Consistent Kohli and Aggressive Yuvraj gives India a Comfortable Win
India has won their third consecutive game of the Asia Cup; they defeated Sri Lanka convincingly by 5 wickets. Sri Lanka managed a fighting total of 138/9 in their 20 overs. However, Sri Lanka, in absence of their T20 skipper, Lasith Malinga seemed to have a quite weak bowling line.
MS Dhoni once again won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first. Sri Lankan openers yet again failed to provide a respectable platform to their middle order. Dinesh Chandimal lost his wicket early in the piece and Shehan Jayasuriya couldn’t do anything significant in extremely short-lived innings of 6 balls for 3 runs. The senior pair of Lanka, Angelo Mathews and Dilshan looked to give some sort of stability to their tumbling batting line. But, they both perished scoring 18 runs apiece getting out at a score of 31 and 57 respectively.
Chamara Kapugedera and Milinda Sriwardana took Sri Lanka to 100 runs. The two batsmen contributed 43 runs together on just 31 deliveries. Sriwardana lost his wicket after scoring 22 useful runs for his team, he was looking to accelerate the innings and fell in the cause. Other Sri Lankan batters contributed in just bits and pieces. The best batsman for Sri Lanka remained Kapugedera with 30 runs off 32 deliveries. On the other hand, Ashwin and Hardik Pandya bagged two scalps each, giving away just 26 runs in their 4 overs.
India didn’t have an ideal start; they were jolt by the experienced Nuwan Kulasekara when he got both of Indian openers cheaply. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina had a match changing partnership of 54 runs off 47 balls. Raina got out after scoring 25 runs on 26 balls. Whereas, Virat carried on his prime form and constructed a partnership of 51 runs with Yuvraj Singh, who played the role of an attacker in the partnership. Yuvraj just took away the game from Sri Lanka with his innings of 35 runs at a strike rate of 194.44. The final touches were provided by Dhoni and Virat Kohli finished the game in style.
Once again, the best performer for India and the Man of the Match of this game was Virat Kohli for his unbeaten 56 runs innings on 47 balls. Nuwan Kulasekara was the pick of the bowler with 2 wickets, leaking 21 runs in his 3 overs.