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India have been outstanding with bat, ball and in the field in this Asia CupIANS

That winning habit is what India will not want to break when they play Sri Lanka in their third match of the 2016 Asia Cup T20.

The Indians have been terrific in this Asia Cup so far, showing their prowess with the bat and ball in the first match against Bangladesh, before their fielding and bowling did the business in the second one, the much bigger one, against Pakistan.

This India team is one filled with confidence and balance, and given that the World T20 is just around the corner, the fact that MS Dhoni's men are building momentum bodes well for the title tilt that really matters.

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India and Sri Lanka have met recently, of course, with the former coming up trumps 2-1 in a three-match series. Having said that, however, the one match that Sri Lanka did win, the first of the series, was on a green wicket in Pune.

This Asia Cup in Bangladesh has surprisingly been all about green wickets, with the pitch aiding the fast bowlers considerably, particularly in the first six overs. If Sri Lanka can emulate that Pune performance in this match, India might just suffer their first defeat of the tournament.

However, India are much better prepared to play on such pitches now – that Pune one was a bolt out of the blue – and that should stand them in better stead when they come up against the likes of Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, if fit, and Dasun Shanaka. Sri Lanka will come hard at India, considering they suffered their first ever T20I defeat to Bangladesh on Sunday, and how the batsmen will cope against that will be interesting.

India have the batsmen and experience, as they showed against Pakistan, to counter any kind of attack. Mohammad Amir bowled one of the great spells of T20 cricket in Saturday's encounter, and there was Virat Kohli standing up to the test, when India needed him the most.

The India vice-captain would have felt good to get runs on the board after that strange innings against Bangladesh, when he failed to read the pitch and conditions.

"It was a very challenging knock," Kohli told BCCI's official website about that brilliant match-wining 49. "I think chasing a low total is always tricky when you are three down for eight runs with the ball swinging around with pace. It is never easy to go and dig in and create an innings from there."

India might need to do that again if the pitch continues to offer assistance to the fast bowlers – and Sri Lanka have a couple of really good ones – but with the Indians themselves possessing a potent bowling lineup and with the batsmen capable of weathering the storm, it should be a challenge that they should be able to overcome.

India vs Sri Lanka 2016 Asia Cup T20 schedule:

Date: Tuesday, March 1.

Time: 7.30 pm local time (7 pm IST and Sri Lanka time, 1.30 pm GMT, 8.30 am ET).

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

TV listings: India: Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD3 (Hindi commentary). Sri Lanka: MTV Sports, Star network and SL national channel. Bangladesh: Channel 9. Pakistan: Geo Super, Ten Sports, PTV. USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia: Yupp TV. Middle East and North Africa: OSN Sports Cricket.

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