Asia Cup: Efficient India keep Sri Lanka to 138

Asia Cup: Efficient India keep Sri Lanka to 138

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India have won today’s match against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets. Yuvraj Singh scores quick 35 off 18 balls. 
After the victory, Yuvi says,
“Felt pretty good. I needed those hits for my confidence. Not the easiest wicket to bat on, you need to go there and give yourself some time. My job was to go and play the situation, this game and the last game. Just happy I’m hitting the ball well.”

India’s quest to book a place in the final of the Asia Cup on Sunday continued its dominant tone as they limited Sri Lanka to 138/9 after opting to field. Six Sri Lankans made it to double-digits but none topped 30, which is reflective both of the hold India had on them as well as how poorly they applied themselves on a two-paced surface at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Since making an international return to the T20I side on January 31, Ashish Nehra had struck in his first spell on five of eight occasions. Today he made it six, removing Dinesh Chandimal for four when the batsman charged, heaved and nicked to MS Dhoni. As if on cue, Jasprit Bumrah struck moments later when Shehan Jayasuriya feathered a regulation take to Dhoni. Getting starts has been one of Sri Lanka’s main worries this year and a scoreline of 15/2 in four overs was another failure.

Nehra continued to ask questions of Tillakaratne Dilshan, twice belting out confident shouts for lbw as the ball darted about on a skidding pitch. Nehra’s first spell of 3-0-12-1 contained 10 dot balls and with Bumrah also frugal in his first three, Sri Lanka took 31 off the Powerplay overs. First ball after the fielding restrictions were lifted, Dilshan mistimed a hook off Hardik Pandya and found fine leg.

This left Angelo Mathews to once again try and turn a sorry situation into an innings of substance. His decision to take some risks brought about two pleasing boundaries and some wafts outside off stump, one too many against Pandya eventually resulting in his wicket for 18 in the 11th over.

 Four wickets down, Sri Lanka then found themselves having to contend with R Ashwin with their run rate under five-and-a-half per over. Milinda Siriwardana brought the much needed impetus, hitting Ravindra Jadeja for six and four off successive deliveries before he fell trying to hit Ashwin over the ropes. Here on, only a couple meaty swipes from Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara added as minor irritants to India, who struck five times in the last four overs. Chamara Kapugedera’s 30 from 32 deliveries was the highest individual score of the innings.
Ashwin wheeled over his four overs for an economical 2/26, his one blemish being a no-ball that resulted in a free hit … which turned out to be favourable to India with Dasun Shanaka run out off it. That summed up Sri Lanka’s underwhelming evening.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 138/9 in 20 overs (Kapugedera 30, Pandya 2/26, Ashwin 2/26, Bumrah 2/27) v India

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