A big match of this Asia Cup, Sri Lanka has lost their match against Bangladesh, so they will be looking to bounce back in the tournament. Whereas, India will confident because of their two consecutive wins in the tournament and impressive cricket throughout this new year. India has recently beaten Sri Lanka in a T20 series by 2-1. Fans are anticipating an game here.
MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Angelo Mathews is captaining Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga is sitting out due to some fitness issue. Mathews has also shown the wish to bowl first in today’s match because of the dew factor later in the game. Dhoni believes the pitch is a bit more batting friendly as compared to the last game, whereas, Angelo thinks it is greener than their last outing.
It will be interesting to see how pitch behaves.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Nowan Kulasekara, Dushamntha Chameera, Rangana Herath
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra
Dilshan and Chandimal will kick off the proceedings for Sri Lanka, Ashish Nehra with the new ball once again.
At the end of 1 over, score is 4/0
Just a boundary off the first over of the innings.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 5/0
An impressive start by Jasprit Bumrah, he has been bowling well in the tournament.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 9/1
Chandimal was looking for an extravagant hit, got down the track, Nehra pulled off the length a bit, he got an inside edge and an easy catch for Dhoni. Nehra celebrated in his signature style.
At the end of 4 overs, score is 15/2
Dilshan swept Bumrah for a boundary. He holds the key here for Sri Lanka, while he lost another partner in shape of Shehan Jayasuriya. A good length delivery moving just away from the left-hander, edged it to the keeper.
At the end of 5 overs, score is 22/2
Kapugedera got lucky, a loud appeal for LBW, the ball was actually crashing the leg stump. Umpire didn’t give it out.
At the end of 6 overs, score is 31/2
Bumrah bowling well, Dilshan is looking to score a bit quicker now.
At the end of 7 overs, score is 32/3
Hardik Pandya started off with a brilliant first over, got Dilshan’s wicket with a bouncer and gave away just a single. Mathews in to replace Dilshan.
At the end of 8 overs, score is 35/3
A good over by Yuvraj Singh, bowled his loopy slow left arm deliveries, Sri Lankan batsmen unable to capitalize.
At the end of 9 overs, score is 41/3
At the end of 10 overs, score is 47/3
A four by Mathews in Ravindra Jaedja’s first over. A respectable over for Sri Lanka.
At the end of 11 overs, score is 57/4
Angelo Mathews perished after hitting a boundary off Hardik Pandya, he insided edged the next delivery onto the stumps. A huge wicket for India.
R. Ashwin into the attack now.
At the end of 12 overs, score is 62/4
Five singles off Ashwin’s over.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 75/4
A straight six and delicate four on a late cut by Sriwardana on consecutive balls. A good exhibition of batting.
At the end of 14 overs, score is 84/4
Dhoni thinking out of the box as usual and bringing in Suresh Raina to have a bowl, he conceded two boundaries in the over. A good over for the Islanders.
At the end of 15 overs, score is 91/4
Sri Lanka looking to accelerate now, they are going for their shots. Sriwardana top edged a sweep off Ashwin, but, it fell safely between the two fielders. Kapugedera scored a boundary in the over.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 100/4
Sri Lanka has got 100 runs on the board in 16 overs, they are looking to take on Indian bowlers now.
At the end of 17 overs, score is 104/6
Sriwardana threw his wicket in the cause, he was playing too many shots, Ashwin is a clever bowler slowed the ball a bit and got a top edge, batsman was going for a slog sweep but found the fielder on the boundary. Another good over by the Indian spinner, dried up runs that got India a runout on a free hit.
At the end of 18 overs, score is 115/7
Kapegedera lost his wicket, a lofted shot at covers, Hard Pandya took a decent catch in the deep. Thisara Parera arrived at the crease and caressed two boundaries in the over.
At the end of 19 overs, score is 128/8
Thisara Parera had to be a bit smart, after hitting a six on the second ball of Ashwin’s over, Ashwin was pushing the ball outside off as Parera was coming down the track, he bowled a wide and Dhoni took off the bails in no time. Leg umpire directly gave it out, but, was it really out or Thisara had made his ground? Another poor display of umpiring in Asia Cup, it has been miserable show by umpires till now.
At the end of 20 overs, score is 138/9
Sri Lanka piled up a competitive total. India has to bat well to reach 139 runs in their quota of 20 overs. A couple of early wickets can make the contest extremely thrilling.
Chamara Kapugedera is the best batsman 30 runs off 32 deliveries. Whereas, Pandya and Ashwin were the best bowlers for India, leaking 26 runs and getting 2 wickets in 4 overs.
Rohit sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to start the chase, Mathews with the new ball.
At the end of 1 over, score is 6/0
A fine start by India, Sharma scored a boundary in the over.
Nuwan Kulasekera sharing the new ball with Mathews.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 11/1
Rohit Sharma looking solid, he lofted Nuwan over his head for a boundary. Whereas, Dhawan edged one to Chandimal, the ball was swinging away slightly, it pitched and moved a bit away from Dhawan, it was good enough to find the edge.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 16/1
At the end of 4 overs, score is 20/2
Huge wicket for Sri Lanka, Kulasekera managed Rohit Sharma to edge one to slip, a good dipping catch by Kapugedera. A boundary to end the over by the new man in, Suresh Raina.
At the end of 5 overs, score is 25/2
A very good over by Angelo Mathews, just a boundary and a single off the over.
At the end of 6 overs, score is 37/2
A good over for India, a couple of boundaries in the over.
At the end of 7 overs, score is 42/2
Easy singles in Parera’s over. Kohli looking solid!
At the end of 8 overs, score is 50/2
India is going well, brought up their 50 in just 8 overs. Virat Kohli is looking extremely comfortable in the crease. Fast paced Chameera is not going to haunt Kohli with just his pace.
At the end of 9 overs, score is 58/2
India is cruising towards the target, Raina and Kohli having no difficulty whatsoever.
At the end of 10 overs, score is 66/2
Raina struck another boundary for India in Chameera’s over. It is looking way to easy for the Men in Blue.
At the end of 11 overs, score is 70/2
At the end of 12 overs, score is 77/2
Shanaka got Raina, he has struck on the first ball of his spell. Raina just skied a length ball and Kulasekera took a juggling catch on third attempt. Yuvraj Singh is the new man in. He scored a boundary in the over.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 92/2
Yuvraj turning it on, Herath conceded two sixes from Yuvraj Singh. India needs just 47 runs off 42 deliveries.
At the end of 14 overs, score is 96/3
At the end of 15 overs, score is 105/3
India is in complete control of the match, Yuvraj Singh hitting sixes effortlessly.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 112/3
Yuvraj with another boundary in the over. India needs 27 in 4 overs.
At the end of 17 overs, score is 122/4
Today, Yuvraj Singh showed his true colors, punished bowlers on his will, a bouncer from Thisara Parera brought an end to his wonderfully entertaining innings. Pndya is the new batter for India.
At the end of 18 overs, score is 125/5
Hardik Pandya clean bowled by Rangana Herath, it was a gem of a delivery, round armed, pitched in line that just spun away to knock the off stump down.
At the end of 19 overs, score is 138/5
Dhoni came down the track and lofted it straight over the bowler’s head for a six, Kohli pierced the cover gap to bring up his fifty.
At the end of 19.2 overs, score is 142/5
That is it! Kohli is the man once again, a flick for a boundary to wrap up the game. Kohli remained not out on 56 runs. India has won all of their three matches of the Asia Cup.