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India Playing XI vs SL: India vs SriLanka LIVE: After losing the Super 4 clash to Pakistan, India are now in a tricky…

India Playing XI vs SL: India vs SriLanka LIVE: After losing the Super 4 clash to Pakistan, India are now in a tricky spot. India have to win the remaining two matches against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to have a shot at playing the final. If India lose another match, it will be game over. Hence, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid have big decisions to make, especially regarding Dinesh Karthik and Axar Patel for the Sri Lanka clash on Tuesday. Follow IND vs SL LIVE & Asia Cup Super-4 LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.

India gamble of playing Deepak Hooda ahead of Axar Patel in Ravindra Jadeja’s absence did not work out. In fact, Hooda was played as a No 7 and did not give him the ball. India’s most experienced bowlers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal — were the most expensive ones. While Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi did decently, one mistake overshadowed everything.

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Furthermore, the decision to get Rishabh Pant in for Dinesh Karthik also did not quite work out. Pant threw away his wicket for just 14 runs. Hooda tried his best but could not play his natural game with the scoreboard pressure on at No 7. He could only manage 16 off 14 balls. Someone like Axar Patel who has a proven track record at lower order could be useful.

India Playing XI vs SL: What changes can be expected in IND vs SL game?

  • Axar Patel being a specialist spinner with solid batting skills could be welcomed.
  • The pacers did not have much on the Dubai surface after the initial high.
  • It could force Team India to go with three pacers including Hardik Pandya for Sri Lanka clash.
  • Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik? – It is decision time once again as India need a reliable lower-order batter.
  • India may have to bench Deepak Hooda for either Axar Patel or Dinesh Karthik.
  • With Axar, India will have 6th bowling option while with Karthik, India will be stuck with just five.
  • Another change could be of Ravi Bishnoi, purely tactical.
  • Even though he bowled decently against Pakistan, to counter Sri Lanka’s charging left-handers, R Ashwin can be brought in.
  • Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Danushka Gunathilaka and Charith Assalanka are three lefties who could rip apart the opposition bowling attack.
  • Bringing in an off-spinner could be useful.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Decisions to make

  • Rishabh Pant vs Dinesh Karthik: There could be a place for both or just one of them in the Playing XI. Rishabh Pant is expected to get the go-ahead in the middle order. With Karthik, India will have no 6th bowling option and that could be a problem.
  • Deepak Hooda vs Axar Patel: Playing Hooda at No 7 doesn’t make sense if he doesn’t bowl. He did not bowl against Pakistan even when Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Nawaz were on assault on established Indian bowlers. Axar being a left-arm spinner besides a quality batter, should get the go-ahead. If there is no place for Karthik, Axar with a strike rate of 152.31 is an asset.
  • Ravi Bishnoi vs R Ashwin: After seven months of exile, Ashwin was brought back in for the West Indies tour. But he played only 3 games with decent bowling stats, bagging three wickets for 6.66 economy rate. But even then, he has been rendered a bench-warmer. But as Sri Lanka have 3 left-handers in their lineup, Ashwin can be lethal. Bishnoi, despite his decent performance against Pakistan, is likely to sit out, purely based on tactics.
  • Avesh Khan vs Arshdeep Singh: The young Punjab pacer might have had a bad day on the field but he was the best pacer against Pakistan. Arshdeep conceded just 27 runs in 3.5 overs. Had Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a good 19th over, India might have won the match as Arshdeep conceded only 7 runs in 5 balls in the last over. With Avesh Khan, he is recovering from a fever and as the pitch has flattened out, he may spend an extended period on the bench.

India Playing XI vs SL: Axar Patel likely to COME BACK, Rohit Sharma has another Pant vs DK decision to make, Follow Asia Cup 2022 LIVE Updates

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India Playing XI vs Sri Lanka:

  1. Rohit Sharma (C)
  2. KL Rahul (VC)
  3. Virat Kohli
  4. Suryakumar Yadav
  5. Rishabh Pant (WK)
  6. Hardik Pandya
  7. Axar Patel/ Dinesh Karthik
  8. Ravichandran Ashwin
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Arshdeep Singh
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal

India Asia Cup Squad: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin

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