India vs Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11 Asia Cup 2023 Final: Will Shreyas Iyer Play Today?
When Team India plays Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 final, all eyes will be on their starting lineup today. India will have to alter its course if the circumstances are favourable to spin.
This is because Axar Patel, their left-arm spinner, is out with a thigh injury. He was hurt during the most recent Super 4 stage match against Bangladesh.
The spin-bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar has taken Axar's spot. Sundar left for Sri Lanka with all haste after Axar was eliminated from the final on Saturday.
There is also a concern about injuries in Sri Lanka. In addition to losing important players like Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga, the islands have now suffered a hamstring injury from their mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana. He suffered an injury during the Super 4 match against Pakistan. The 27-year-old offspinner Sahan Arachchige has taken his spot.
It will be interesting to watch how India handles the matter involving Shreyas Iyer. Iyer played a match against Pakistan in addition to making a comeback in the Asia Cup.
But Iyer suffered an injury prior to India's Super 4s match against Pakistan. Due to Iyer's injury, KL Rahul was able to play again in that particular match. Rahul has performed admirably ever since he hit a hundred to gain the management's trust.
At the same time, Ishan Kishan has delivered some solid hits. Will Iyer get a game if, as appears likely, he recovers in time for the final? If so, who in the starting eleven will he replace? These are some questions that will shortly get answers.
In the India-Bangladesh match, up to five players were rested. They were Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, and Virat Kohli. It is highly probable that they will revert to the starting lineup for today's Colombo final. Who will Sri Lanka select to replace Theekshana, let's see.
Sri Lanka will need to find a capable substitute who can contain the Indian hitters in the first 10 overs since the mystery spinner has been excellent in the powerplay overs.
The following players are likely to start for India: Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar/Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli
Sri Lanka Probable Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madhushan/Dushan Hemantha, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana