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Entertainment Quotient Probable to Rise as India, Sri Lanka Gear Up for Crucial Match

Entertainment Quotient Probable to Rise as India, Sri Lanka Gear Up for Crucial Match

March 01
10:32 2016

indslNew Delhi, Tuesday, March 1 – Sri Lankan cricket team is keen to register win on Indian cricket team as this is important for them to earn points, head up in the contest and lower probability of getting eliminated. Lasith Malinga will lead the team that has Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay and Niroshan Dickwella.

On the other hand, Indian side will have Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Parthiv Patel. India are leading the points table with 4 points in pocket. Bangladesh also have 4 points but thanks to better net run rate of +1.970 than the host, who have NRR of +0.483, the Men in Blue are at top position. Sri Lanka are ranking third with a net run rate of -0.225. Pakistan have net run rate of -0.494, while United Arab Emirates 29 have -1.266.

Indian side faced some challenges against Bangladesh but managed to utilize experience earned in these many years to log a win that vanished away the bitterness of defeats in Bangladesh soil last year. They did well during mega show when met Pakistan on February 27 at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Indian bowling is usually not considered strength of Indian team but at a snail’s pace it is improving certainly. Bumrah’s presence in the team has given an edge to bowling lineup. When an individual is determined to bowl well, others also get motivated to contribute much in the success of their team.

Nehra is maintaining good line and length to add pressure on the opponents. Hopes are soaring with Jadeja and Pandya too. Indian cricket team definitely has some brilliant fielders who are not only quick in collecting the ball but also opt for fast approach in getting unexpected breakthrough either by directly hitting the stumps or by making it reach to the player standing near it. Sri Lanka must be aware of the potential housed by Indian players, who have the ability to change the game at any stage. Some excellent efforts to run out Pakistan and Bangladesh players helped India have grip in the first two contests.

Sri Lankan side is tough to beat and Dhoni-led side is familiar with this fact. This is the reason why those strategies are likely to be implemented that could allow India be a step ahead of the opponents. 7th match of Asia Cup will be played today amid great enthusiasm. Crowd in the stadium might not be huge but this is certain that supporters of both India and Sri Lanka will be there to back their teams, boosting confidence to outperform. Toss will be important giving one of the skippers make a decision to bat or ball.

Making best use of cricketers’ talent must be priority of both Playing XIs. What will be Dhoni’s pick today is keeping cricket fans busy. Whether he goes with winning combination of earlier two matches or comes up with a few changes will be a key thing to watch. This point is without a doubt has great weightage. Today’s competition is going to grab eyeballs. Sri Lanka look forward to success today as they faced humiliating defeat at the hands of Bangladesh a couple of days ago. The defeat was shocking for them but must have made them get alert over possibility of witnessing some expected results. No wonder if they attack India through bowling, batting and fielding skills with double impact.

Whatever happens next, cricket lovers are set to watch entire happenings of the contest the moment it starts.  If truth be told the before the beginning of the T20 World Cup, India have the opportunity to hone skills and get perfect reply to all critics who continue to question on Dhoni and his team’s ability as soon as any team inflicts a defeat on them. Their good show in Australia in the shortest format may probably have changed a lot in people’s thinking procedure that pointed mostly towards India’s failures. Analysis over potential of Indian players needs to be revised thanks to disciplined bowling in the recent past and the efforts to score big while batting first. Good equations between teammates impart major role in changing the things on field. It would be interesting to notice whether India continue to register wins in the slated matches or see some other outcomes that will put a ceiling on them to progress ahead in the tournament with confidence.

As a matter of fact, chances are equal for India and Sri Lanka. Dhaka pitch is not good for hitting long shots and this gets proved after witnessing India and Pakistan match where no six was hit by any team. This is one of the few matches in T20 format where cricketers did not get success to make the ball cross boundary line regardless of attempting to do that. If Sri Lanka lose today’s match, it will be difficult for them to make into the finals as only one game will be left for them to think of earning any point. They are to face Pakistan on March 4. As both teams being the powerhouses, challenges will be massive.

Apart from good show in the field, huge fan base in the stadium increase confidence of Indian cricketers to do well in opposition to their competitors, taking the level of confidence up.  India are good at chasing the target. Sri Lankan captain may decide to bowl first, taking this point into consideration. Stopping the Men in Blue from scoring big must be their motto. It is the occasion to rise to get confident before upcoming World Cup of the shortest format. Even though Yuvraj did not score much against Pakistan but he stayed on the crease to give desired support to Kohli, who is growing day by day. Virat is turning out to be a threat for the opponents. Not to be surprised if Sri Lanka must be planning to earn his wicket as early as possible to nullify chances of being attacked by great batting from this young man. The game between these two squads is going to be interesting. Audience is ready for the action to begin. The match starts at 7 in the evening.

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