A disappointing defeat to Pakistan on Sunday puts a different spin on India’s Super 4 game against Sri Lanka, which is now a must-win affair. Check out our India vs Sri Lanka betting tips ahead of all the action.
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Our India vs Sri Lanka betting tips revolve around a win for Rohit Sharma’s men, who ran into an immensely talented Pakistan last time out and can count themselves slightly unfortunate.
The oddsmakers have India as overwhelming favourites to come out on top - they are available to back at odds of 1.32 with Pure Win, while Sri Lanka are way out at 3.4. We think India are justified favourites, and will be recommending them to win - albeit at a short price. You can bet on them to cause an upset at odds of 3.4. For more cricket predictions, read below.
Match Winner: India
Toss Winner: Sri Lanka
Virat Kohli top India batter
Wanindu Hasaranga top Sri Lanka bowler
The saying goes in cricket that’d you’d rather have runs on the board - which made India’s five-wicket defeat to Pakistan all the more surprising. A great knock from Virat Kohli - who we backed to top score for India against Pakistan - hit an enterprising 60 from 44 balls to lead his team to 181/7. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul had earlier shared a 54-run opening partnership from just 5.1 overs, putting the prospect of a 200+ score on the table.
However, the loss of three wickets for 40 runs from five overs slowed their run rate, and some good death bowling from Pakistan meant their effort petered out somewhat.
In response, Mohammad Rizwan (71 from 51 balls) and Mohammad Nawaz (42 from 20 balls) starred for the team in green to lead their side to a memorable victory and earn revenge for their defeat to India earlier in the competition.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka scraped home in a thriller against Afghanistan to pick up their maiden win of the Super 4 stage. After being set a target of 180 to win, Kusal Mendis - who we also tipped up to top score for Sri Lanka before the match began - led the chase with a well made 36 from 19 balls, with Pathum Nissanka (35 from 28 balls), Danushka Gunathilaka (33 from 20 balls), and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (31 from 14 balls) all hitting useful scores to see the Lions home with four wickets and five balls to spare.
Despite their loss to Pakistan, the weight of the form is with India - we think they’ll make good on their short odds.
Is he back? An army of Virat Kohli fans swarmed social media in their thousands on Sunday to pay homage to another half-century from the rejuvenated ex-skipper. He has now hit 154 runs for his country so far in this tournament, averaging 77 per innings at a strike rate of 126.22.
Most notably, he has hit the second-fewest boundaries by the top five run-getters in the Asia Cup 2022 so far, a stat that perhaps points to a willingness to run himself into form. In previous months, both domestically and internationally, there was a feeling that Kohli was trying too hard to hit everything to the rope.
We can see he’s on his way back to his imperious best, which is why we will be tipping him up to top score once again for India - you can back him at odds of 3.75 with Pure Win.
For Sri Lanka, we will tip up Wanindu Hasaranga, who is starting to find his form. He boasts tournament figures of 3/83 runs from 11 overs so far, at an average of 27.66 and an economy rate of 7.54. He looks like a solid bet to top the bowling figures at odds of 3.3.
Virat Kohli top India batsman - 3.75
Wanindu Hasaranga top Sri Lanka bowler - 3.3
Of the 24 times these two have met, the India vs Sri Lanka head to head record stands at 17-7 to India. Of Sri Lanka’s seven victories, only one has been achieved when batting first.
Should Sri Lanka win the toss, we can expect to see India put into bat!
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is proving to be a bit of a run-fest in the Asia Cup 2022 - the last three games have seen the teams batting first registering scores of 181, 183, and 192.
Will there be more free-flowing hitting? Or can the spinners wrestle back control of the run rate?
Avesh Khan is available to team management as they aim to avoid an early elimination from the tournament - he may come into the side for Ravi Bishnoi, with India possibly opting to go with three specialist fast bowlers.
There are no new injuries for Sri Lanka to consider, they’re unlikely to make any changes as they chase a hat-trick of wins.
This one can go to India - they have to win, but should do - despite the confidence flowing through Sri Lanka at the moment.