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Asia Cup T20: India vs Sri Lanka - As it happened...

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 22:33
Zee Media Bureau

In the 7th Match of the Asia Cup, India beat Sri Lanka convincingly by five wickets at Shere Bangla Stadium to secure a berth in the final. 

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22:20 PM

Over 19.2 || Score 142/5 (Dhoni 7, Kohli 56)

Kohli hit the winning runs as he smashed Herath for a boundary towards mid-wicket. And with that India continued their winning streak by beating Sri Lanka by five wickets, with four balls to spare.   

22:18 PM

Over 19 || Score 138/5 (Dhoni 7, Kohli 52)

Siriwardana to bowl the over. First Dhoni hit the bowler for a six. And then Kohli slapped a boundary to complete his fifty. India need  single to seal the match.  

22:13 PM

Over 18 || Score 125/5 (Dhoni 0, Kohli 46)

Herath gave his team another breakthrough as Pandya got out cheaply once again. Dhoni is the new man in. India need 14 runs from 12 balls. 

22:10 PM

Over 17 || Score 122/4 (Pandya 0, Kohli 45)

Perera finally picked up his first wicket. Yuvrak pulled straight into the hands of Kulasekara, who was patrolling at square leg. Ten runs from the over. 

Yuvraj Singh c Kulasekara b Perera 35 (18b)

21:59 PM

Over 16 || Score 112/3 (Yuvraj 31, Kohli 39)

Kohli is playing a matured knock. On the other end, Yuvraj is hitting the bowlers all over the park. What a sight to watch. Yuvraj collected his 4th boundary as well. Seven runs from the over.    

21:54 PM

Over 15 || Score 105/3 (Yuvraj 26, Kohli 37)

Perera back in action. Yuvraj smacked the bowler for a SIX towards cover point. What a hit. Old Yuvi is back! India cruising towards victory. India crossed the 100-run mark as well. Nine from the over.    

21:47 PM

Over 14 || Score 96/3 (Yuvraj 19, Kohli 35)

Chameera with his 3rd. Tight over by the pacer as he conceded mere four runs. India need 43 off 36 balls. 

21:42 PM

Over 13 || Score 92/3 (Yuvraj 18, Kohli 33)

Herath to continue. It's a good time for Yuvraj to bat. He can take some time to set his eyes, before going for big hits. Yuvraj came down the track to hit the spinner for a six. In the next ball, he again launched the bowler for a maximum. 15 runs from the over.    

21:36 PM

Over 12 || Score 77/3 (Yuvraj 5, Kohli 31)

Shanaka picked up a wicket off his first ball. In trying to clear mid-off​ Raina gave a simple catch to Kulasekara. Yuvraj Singh joined Kohli in the middle. Yuvraj opened his account with a boundary towards backward point. Seven from the over. 

SK Raina c Kulasekara b Shanaka 25 (26b)


Despite injuries, India have the edge against the island nation, whom they beat 2-1 in a recent home series. The reason being a possible injury to Lankan captain and primary strike bowler Lasith Malinga, whose knee problem has again flared up and has put his further participation in the tournament in doubt.

More than the challenge posed by defending World T20 champions, the Indian team will like to set their house in order as far injuries are concerned.

For Sri Lanka, which has been hit hard by the retirements of legends, the injury to skipper Malinga comes as a big blow -- more so after their 23-run loss at the hands of Bangladesh, which has seriously jeopardised their chances of qualifying for the final.

India vs Sri Lanka Team Squads

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parthiv Patel

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Lasith Malinga (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay, Niroshan Dickwella

First Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 22:34
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