India and Sri Lanka are playing their match in Asia Cup 2023 Super 4’s category. After playing Pakistan for two days, India is playing against Sri Lanka on 12th September. Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first on a spin-friendly pitch. Sri Lanka seems to have prepared a pitch that suits their spin attack. India decided to go with Axar Patel instead of Shardul Thakur, in this match. After a great win against Pakistan, India looked more confident in choosing to bat first.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill opened the innings for India, in their regular style. Shubman Gill looked circumspect and hit 19 runs off 25 balls. Rohit Sharma went after Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka in the first ten overs. He completed 10,000 ODI runs and scored 53 runs off 48 balls. He became 6th Indian batsmen to score 10,000 ODI runs and 15th overall. India tumbled with the introduction of Dunith Wellalage. Young spinner got Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to push India on the back foot.
Ishan Kishan scored 33 runs off 61 balls and KL Rahul scored 39 runs off 44 balls. They have put on 63 runs partnership against in form spinners. Charith Asalanka also joined the Dunith Wellalage and Indian batsmen failed to score freely against them on a mine-field type pitch. India lost 9 wickets 186 as rain came down. After a short interruption, the match progressed. Axar Patel with 26 managed push India score above 200. Dunith Wellalage(5/40), Charith Asalanka(4/18) and Maheesh Theekshana(1/41) took wickets for Sri Lanka. India scored 213 in 49.1 overs on a turning track and we have to see how Sri Lanka will answer Indian spin challenge.
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