Asia Cup 2016 has now reached that stage in which each match could seemingly dictate the finalists. And the very fate of Sri Lanka and India could just be written when they get pitted against each other today.
The dressing room moods of the two teams must sure be contrasting, and so are their chances of qualifying to the final. India has done more than half the job, and the jovial mood and tempo of the team would only be boosted when they face Sri Lanka to seal their spot in the final of the tournament.
The two teams have clashed earlier this year, and except for the first game upset in that series, India never looked to be losing grip of the clutches against their opposition.
MS Dhoni would seldom be worried to pitch the same team that faced their arch rivals again for the Tuesday night game against Sri Lanka.
The game will be played under the floodlights and will start at 7:30PM local time (7:00PM IST). You can watch the live coverage on Star Network channels, Channel 9, MTV Sports TV, TNL Sports, and Willow TV depending on the region from where you tune in.
The live stream online can be watched here on STar Sports website.
And if it goes by his plans, then men in blues could heap all sorts of misery over Sri Lanka, who have recently grown up to be a mere impersonate of the Pakistan cricket squad.
A healthy bowling line up is what Sri Lanka has got to boast off. But this could misfire once they fail to pick up the tandem when having the balls in their hands.
Twice did they manage to have the Indian batsmen worried during the initial overs, but never could they capitulate on this for a positive result except for the first game in which they bowled the opposition out with sheer determination.
The latter did got its birth with the aid they got from the pitch in Pune, and the one in Mirpur won’t be much different from that considering the grass that has been seen on the pitches during the recent matches.
But giving it all upon the pitch won’t do any help for the team who’s batting never lives up to the expectation.
The entire morale of the team must be surged if to keep their squad alive in the competition.
A lose here means that their qualification hopes would depend on the outcome of the game tomorrow between Bangladesh and Pakistan. A new strategy is all what could save the Lankans from drowning in the hands of the highly vibrant Indian team.