Asia Cup 2023, India vs Sri Lanka playing XI tip off: Kohli-Bumrah to be rested, Shreyas and Shami walk in

It took two days to see the completion of the India-Pakistan Super 4 match at the 2023 Asia Cup, but at the end of it Rohit Sharma and Co have two points in their kitty with two more games to go for booking a place in the summit clash on Sunday. The first of which shall be played on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after India bested Pakistan in a 228 run win.

With a World Cup around the corner, the team management will be mindful of resting a couple of players while also utilizing others who need match time to try and earn their stripes ahead of the marquee tournament in India next month. Here are the possible changes can make to their lineup for their second Super 4 game.

Team news

India may want to give a chance to some of their reserves. This could bring Suryakumar and Shami into the mix. It isn’t clear yet if Iyer will be fit to return. Sri Lanka may not want to fix something that isn’t broken given they are already without several first-choice bowlers following injuries.
India (probable XI)
1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 KL Rahul (wk), 5 Suryakumar Yadav/Ishan Kishan, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja/Axar Patel, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka (probable)
1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 8 Dunith Wellalage, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Matheesha Pathirana

Pitch and conditions

It is expected to remain sultry, with humidity likely to be a massive factor. Evening showers are forecast, although if there’s one thing we have found out over the past week, it’s futile trying to predict weather patterns. It isn’t clear yet if a fresh surface will be used for this match. Either way, given the pitch will be fully covered until about noon – rain or no rain – there could be some moisture for the fast bowlers to try and exploit first up, before conditions spice up for them under lights.

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