Several important details of the India vs. Sri Lanka Asia Cup final in 2023 include:

1. India have faced Sri Lanka 166 times in ODIs

2. India have won 97 of those matches while Sri Lanka have won 57. 11 matches ended with no result and one was a tie.

3. The two sides have faced each other in 20 ODI matches in the Asia Cup and have won an equal number of matches

4. India beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs the last time the two sides met in the Super 4 stage of this tournament

5. There are rains and thunderstorms expected towards the evening today in Colombo and so the final could see some delays 

6. A reserve day – available in case of a washout on the day of the final 

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Over the course of the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka has established itself as one of the most formidable teams in the competition. Despite losing almost all of their frontline bowlers, a combination of inexperienced part-timers and young bowlers has made scoring against them challenging while players like Kusal Mendis have excelled with the bat. However, India, who has looked as formidable as ever, has been their lone opponent in their last 15 ODI matches.

Their most recent match was in a loss to Bangladesh, however the majority of their star players chose to sit it out. Strong performances have come from Jasprit Bumrah and KL Rahul, while Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shubman Gill have all been clicking.

Prior to the final, both teams suffered from injury setbacks, however Sri Lanka may have been more adversely affected. Washington Sundar has been flown in as backup for India despite the loss of Axar Patel for this game and maybe the forthcoming series against Australia. Mahesh Theekshana, Sri Lanka’s frontline spinner, is now out of the competition for the duration. However, Sri Lanka has stated that they anticipate Theekshana to be prepared for the World Cup the following month. Sundar, on the other hand, has been selected for the Indian second string team to compete in the Asian Games later this month, making it doubtful that he would be selected for the World Cup squad.

The World Cup taking place next month casts a larger shadow on the final, the entire tournament, and every other international ODI game right now. Both teams want to give their players as much time in the centre of the pitch during stressful matches, but they are also concerned about injuries, as was the case with Theekshana for Sri Lanka or, more tragically, Naseem Shah for Pakistan, who may now miss the World Cup.

India hasn’t really had to cope with a serious injury that could cause them problems during the major competition. However, they have some of their important players who have been sidelined by injuries return during this tournament, and in the instance of Bumrah and Rahul, they do so in style. However, it must be acknowledged that there may be tension today given that the Asia Cup has been India’s lone multi-team tournament victory in the ten years following their Champions Trophy triumph in 2013.

They last raised this trophy in 2018, back then. This game gives practically a replica of the kind of strain Rohit Sharma’s team would encounter in the major knockout matches in the World Cup, which they will attempt to win at home next month.

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