India and Sri Lanka continue their Asia Cup campaigns with a game against each other in Fatullah, having both taken victory in their opening matches of the tournament.
Venue: Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
Date: Friday, Feb. 28
Start time: 8 a.m. GMT
Live on: Star Cricket (India), PTV Sports (Pakistan), MTV Sports (Sri Lanka), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), 1 TV (Afghanistan), Star Life OK (UK), ATN (Canada), Willow TV (USA)
Weather: According to Weather.com, it promises to be partly cloudy for the game, with highs of 28 degrees Celsius.
India took a comfortable victory in their first game of the Asia Cup, as they beat hosts Bangladesh by six wickets.
India’s bowling effort was led by Mohammed Shami, who took 4-50 in his 10 overs and took some crucial wickets.
The pair put on 213 for the third wicket in 32 overs to take India to the brink of victory, with Rahane making 73 and Kohli an impressive 136.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka were also successful in their opening game of the tournament as they squeaked past Pakistan by just 12 runs.
The Sri Lankans batted first and were indebted to opener Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored 102 from 110 balls and dominated proceedings early on.
He was supported by 67 from Kumar Sangakkara and an unbeaten 55 from captain Angelo Mathews, with the latter’s knock coming from just 50 balls as Sri Lanka looked to be aggressive in the closing stages.
The pair put on 121, but when Akmal fell for 74 and was then followed by Afridi just two overs later, the game was nearly up for Pakistan.
Despite some late fireworks, they were bowled out for 284, meaning Sri Lanka took a tight victory by just 12 runs.
With both teams having won their opening matches, this fixture promises to be an absorbing one even with this year’s tournament still in its infancy.
India (from): Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey, Dinesh Karthik.
Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-captain), Lasith Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Chathuranga De Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan, Dhammika Prasad.
India cruised to victory against Bangladesh thanks in large part to 136 from captain Virat Kohli, as they eased home by six wickets.
Kohli looked in very good touch in his innings of 122 balls and will be a prized wicket for the Sri Lankan bowlers.
Still one of the most lethal pace bowlers in world cricket, Lasith Malinga was on top form against Pakistan and will want to reproduce that against India.
Malinga’s 5-52 against the Pakistanis was critical in Sri Lanka restricting their opponents’ run chase, and he will want to do something similar as his country’s senior seamer.