India beats Sri Lanka, enters Asia Cup 2016 final
India innings (target: 139 runs from 20 overs)
S Dhawan c â€ Chandimal b Kulasekara 1
RG Sharma c Kapugedera b Kulasekara 15
V Kohli not out 56
SK Raina c Kulasekara b Shanaka 25
Yuvraj Singh c Kulasekara b Perera 35
HH Pandya b Herath 2
MS Dhoni*â€ not out 7
Extras (w 1) 1
Total (5 wickets; 19.2 overs; 95 mins) 142
Update: Ashwin takes his first wicket today sends back a set looking Sriwardana (22) Lanka 100/5
Update: Chamara Kapugedera (26) and Milinda Siriwardana (19) steady Lankan inning. After 15.4 overs, Lanka 97/4. A 150 score cannot be ruled out
Update: First six of the inning. Sriwardana hits a massive six over ‘Sir’ Jadeja’s ball. Lanka 73/4 after 12. 4 overs
Pandya scalps his second wicket. Great performance by him. AD Mathews out after scoring 18 runs, Lanka 57/4
Update: Pandya scalps Dilshan’s wicket. It is an important wicket that leaves Lanka struggling at 31/3 after 7 overs
Update: Another shocking dismissal. Jaysurya goes as Bumrah takes his wicket. Lanka in trouble. 15/2
Update: Ashish Nehra’s fairy-tale return continues. Takes Chandimal’s wicket in his first over. Lanka rocked
While India seems to be in great form right now, the Indian side cannot take the islanders lightly. The match is going to be a test of nerves for the Indian batsmen and bowlers as well.
The last match that India played against Pakistan might have been a damp squib in more ways than one, nonetheless Indiaâ€™s top order was tested by Mohammad Amir who bowled as if it was test of his nerves. At 25, despite being out of the game for five years, he remains as potent or more than what he was.
Someone seems to have rightly said that the five years out of cricket might have been good for him. Now in the prime of his youth he can sustain the pressure of international cricket than a teenager that he was.
To be true, the last match would have gone either way except for Virat Kohli. He is such an exceptional player and has evolved so well, that he has become the bedrock of Indian batting. He is all the more useful in sub continental condition, though produces results everywhere in the world.
In the meantime India got an upper hand in todayâ€™s match as Dhoni won the toss and asked islanders to bat first. Sri Lanka were without Lasith Malinga for the second successive game, as India won the toss and chose to bowl on a Dhaka surface topped with a layer of short grass. Angelo Mathews, who stepped in as captain again, said he would have liked to bowl first as well. Malingaâ€™s absence is a big drawback for the Lankan side.
A good news for the Indian team is the fact that Shikhar Dhawan has returned to the top of India’s order after recovering from injury. He displaced Ajinkya Rahane from the XI. India were otherwise unchanged from the side that defeated Pakistan on Saturday. There is no denying the fact that Lankan team is not settled after spate of losses. They lost their first T20 to Bangladesh on Sunday, but opted to retain the XI from that match – Thisara Perera was given another game. How the team will perform will be seen in the next few hours.
Fans who want to watch the India vs. Sri Lanka cricket match live online can find streaming video of the 2016 Asia Cup by clicking here.
MS Dhoni*â€ , R Ashwin, JJ Bumrah, S Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, P Negi, A Nehra, HH Pandya, PA Patelâ€ , AM Rahane, SK Raina, RG Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
Sri Lanka Squad
SL Malinga*, AD Mathews, PVD Chameera, LD Chandimalâ€ , N Dickwellaâ€ , TM Dilshan, HMRKB Herath, DSNFG Jayasuriya, CK Kapugedera, KMDN Kulasekara, NLTC Perera, SMSM Senanayake, MD Shanaka, TAM Siriwardana, JDF Vandersay