Asia Cup: India’s do or die match against Sri Lanka in Super 4
Sri Lankan team can adopt Pakistan’s strategy against India
New Delhi. After the defeat in the Super-4 match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan, India’s road to the final has become a bit difficult. Now there is no room for error. The next match of Rohit Sharma’s Team India is against Sri Lanka. Even though Sri Lanka did not start well in the tournament. In the opening match against Afghanistan, this team was bundled out for 105 runs. But, the way Sri Lanka chased down 184 and 176 against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the last two matches. Looking at that, Team India cannot make the mistake of taking Sri Lanka lightly.
Sri Lanka can also play a Pakistan-like move against India in the Super-4 match of the Asia Cup. Thinking this, you must have also been thinking that after all what was the move by Pakistan against India, which can also be used by Sri Lanka. So let me explain this to you in detail. In the Super-4 match against India, Pakistan had played bets on the spin bowlers and this strategy worked. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz bowled amazingly against India.
Both these bowlers craved the Indian batsmen for runs in the middle over. Shadab Khan took the wickets of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant for 31 runs in 4 overs, while Nawaz showed Suryakumar Yadav the way to the pavilion.
Pakistani spinner troubled Indian batsmen
Nawaz took 1 wicket for just 25 runs in his quota of 4 overs. That is, both the bowlers of Pakistan took wickets along with bowling economical. Nawaz went a step ahead and he scored 42 runs in just 20 balls during the batting. Now Sri Lanka can also adopt this strategy against India. He has a great leg spinner in Vanindu Hasaranga. At the same time, Mahish Thikshana is a mystery spinner. Those who walk then can win the match on their own.
How miserly he is in terms of giving runs in T20, it can be gauged by looking at his figures. Mahish has taken 18 wickets in 21 T20Is. But, his economy rate is 6.56, which will be considered very good in terms of T20.
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Sri Lanka can adopt Pakistan’s trick
If we talk about the bowlers who took the most wickets in T20 for Sri Lanka in the last 1 year, then Hasranga and Thikshana are at number one and second. Hasaranga has taken 32 wickets in 19 innings at an average of 15. At the same time, Thikshana has also taken 18 wickets in 21 innings. Both these bowlers have done well in UAE. Not only this, both of them have experience of bowling against Indian batsmen in IPL. In such a situation, India will have to be careful with these two Sri Lankan bowlers.
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It is only a matter of relief for India that in this Asia Cup, Hasanraga and Thikshana have not been able to perform according to their status so far. While Hasranga has taken 3 wickets in 3 matches, Thikshana has got 2 wickets in the same match. But, both have bowled economical. So the competition is expected to be interesting.
Tags: Asia cup, India Vs Sri lanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Rohit Sharma, Shadab Khan, Wanindu Hasaranga
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 05, 2022, 21:15 IST