IND vs SL: Sri Lanka dent India’s hopes in Asia Cup 2022 with six-wicket win in Super Four clash

IND vs SL: Sri Lanka dent India's hopes in Asia Cup 2022 with six-wicket win in Super Four clash
IND vs SL: Sri Lanka dent India's hopes in Asia Cup 2022 with six-wicket win in Super Four clash

IND vs SL: Sri Lanka dent India’s hopes in Asia Cup 2022 with six-wicket win in Super Four clash

IND vs SL: Half-centuries by openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis helped Sri Lanka clinch a six-wicket win in a thrilling Super Four clash against India at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka are now a step closer to reaching the finals. India, on the other hand, has a remote possibility of making it to the championship game, and their chances now depend on the permutations and combinations that result from the games of the other teams.

Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka’s openers, got off to a strong start in their pursuit of 174 by hitting multiple boundaries and sixes. They contributed to their team scoring 50 runs in 5.2 overs.

Kusal Mendis (24*) and Pathum Nissanka (33*) led Sri Lanka to a score of 57/0 after six overs and the powerplay.

In the ninth over, both of the openers continued to punish the Indian bowlers by fending off two consecutive efforts to run them out. Nissanka mentioned his sixth fifty-year mark.

After 10 overs, Sri Lanka had 89/0 thanks to Nissanka’s (50*) and Kusal Mendis’ (39*) contributions.

Nissanka was taken out for 52 off 37 balls by Yuzvendra Chahal, ending their 97-run partnership. While attempting a reverse sweep, Rohit Sharma caught the batter at a backward position.

Charith Asalanka was caught by Suryakumar Yadav three balls after Chahal dismissed him. Sri Lanka had a 97-2 score.

Kusal maintained his strong beginning and turned it into a half-century. Danushka Gunathilaka joined him.

The pair maintained the scoreboard and assisted their team in reaching 100 runs in 12.3 overs.

With Ravichandran Ashwin scoring this time, Indian spinners maintained their strong performance throughout the game. Gunathilaka was caught by KL Rahul at long-off while attempting to go big, and he dismissed him for 1 of 7 balls.

The next player on the crease was Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Chahal secured the third wicket of the game by catching Kusal leg before wicket and dismissed him for 57 off 37 balls. With a score of 110/4, SL appeared to be in trouble.

The skipper, Dasun Shanaka, joined Bhanuka. After 15 overs, Sri Lanka had a score of 120/4, with Rajapaksha (7*) and Shanaka (2*).

After 16 overs, Bhanuka smashed two pressure-relieving sixes, and the score was 132/4. In the final 24 balls, Sri Lanka needed to score 42.

They needed 33 in 18 balls as they started to construct a new stand to turn things around for their side.

The next over was bowled by Hardik for Team India. The run flow for Sri Lanka did not stop, as the total after one over was 21 runs in 12 balls.

The following over was to be bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Even though Sri Lanka only only seven runs from the final over, he gave up 14 runs, including two wide balls.

When it was time to bowl the last over, Arshdeep arrived and bowled several tight yorkers. However, with Shanaka (33*) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (25*) on the fifth delivery of the over, Sri Lanka triumphed by six wickets with little to defend.

Chahal, who had a spell of 3/34, was the best bowler. Also taking a wicket was Ashwin.

IND vs SL: Sri Lanka dent India's hopes in Asia Cup 2022 with six-wicket win in Super Four clash
IND vs SL: Sri Lanka dent India’s hopes in Asia Cup 2022 with six-wicket win in Super Four clash

Earlier, skipper Rohit Sharma’s quickfire half-century enabled Team India achieve a competitive 173/8 at the end of their 20 overs against Sri Lanka.

After decimating its top order earlier, the Lankan bowlers did not let any significant partnerships, save for a 97-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav. After Suryakumar’s wicket fell, the tide once more went in Lanka’s favour.

Dilshan Madushanka, a bowler, bowled the first over of the inning while fielding first and keeping Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma quiet, only allowing four runs. In the second over from the spinner Maheesh Theekshana, Rahul attempted to relax his grip and hit a half-volley down the extra cover for four runs. However, after making 6 of 6 balls, he was trapped lbw in the following ball. India’s odds were at 11/1.

Virat Kohli, a star batter, was then called to the crease. Madushanka dislodged his stumps, forcing him back for a duck, therefore he was unable to remain on the crease for too long. At 13/2, India seemed to be in trouble.

On the crease, Suryakumar Yadav was the next player. By connecting with Asitha Fernando for a four and a six, Sharma released some tension.

Rohit persisted in making accurate shots to help India get through the powerplay unscathed. India was at 44/2 after 6 overs, with Rohit (29*) and Suryakumar (6*).

The pair enabled India to reach 50 runs in 7.1 overs. With sporadic big shots, they kept the scoreboard moving. They mentioned their 37-ball, 50-run stand.

With a four in the 10th over in just 32 balls, Sharma reached his second T20I fifty of the year and his 28th overall. Asitha’s 10th over cost her team 14 runs.

India was in a much better position with 79/2 after 10 overs, Rohit (53*) and Suryakumar (17*) on the crease.

Without letting the loss of the first two wickets stop them, Rohit and Suryakumar continued to pound Lankan spinners.

When Chamika Karunaratne dismissed Rohit Sharma for 72 runs (made of 41 balls), he put an end to the 97-run stand off 57 balls. Pathum Nissanka successfully caught him at deep-point. India was currently 110/3.

Hardik Pandya, an all-around player, entered the field next. Suryakumar soon caught for 34 runs on 28 balls by captain Dasun Shanaka. Theekshana caught him at short third man. India has a current score of 119/4.

The next batsman to come to the crease was Rishabh Pant, who started things off with a stunning boundary over deep midwicket and added another to conclude the 15th over. India had 127/4 after 15 overs because to Pant (8*) and Hardik (4*).

With the help of some sporadic huge hits and strike rotation, Pant-Pandya kept the Indian scoreboard moving.

Pandya taken out by Shanaka for 17 points in 13 balls, dealing India its fifth defeat at 149 runs.

Following Deepak Hooda, he took the field. His time at the crease was brief when Madushanka cleanly bowled him for 3 runs off of 4 balls.

As soon as Hooda dismissed for 17, Pant also dropped for Team India. He attempted to knock it over deep midwicket but caught by Nissanka off a Madushanka delivery. At 158/7, India was running out of recognised batsmen.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin tasked with scoring some runs to help India reach a respectable total. However, Bhuvneshwar  clean bowled for a duck by Karunaratne.

With Ashwin (15*) and Arshdeep (1*), India finished their innings at 173/8.

The best bowler for Sri Lanka was Madushanka, who finished with 3/24 in four overs. While Theekshana and Karunaratne each took one, Shanaka took two.