Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava & Jayanta Oinam
Fatullah: Sri Lanka defeated India by two wickets in the fourth match of Asia Cup 2014, played at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, Bangladesh.
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Sri Lanka innings:
Over 49.2 || Score 265/8
Sangakkara hit a low full-toss from Shami towards deep square leg, where a misfield by Dhawan conceded four runs, and the Sri Lankan legend reached his 18th ODI ton! But Shami dismissed him off the very next ball, as he bowled a waist-high full-toss which Sanga hit straight to Ashwin at short third man. Indian cricketers have probably dropped too many catches today and Dhawan joined the list when he dropped Perera off Bhuvneshwar's bowling at mid-off. Perera took a single off the next ball and Sri Lanka won the match by two wickets.
KC Sangakkara c Ashwin b Mohammed Shami 103 (84b)
Over 45 || Score 221/7
Jadeja – The man with the Golden arm scalped another wicket when he trapped Chaturanga de Silva in front of the wicket. Thisara Perera is the new man in and he can change the course of the game with a few lusty blows. Sangakkara, on the other end, is on his way to a brilliant knock. Sri Lanka 44 runs from the last three wickets, India need three wickets.
PC de Silva lbw b Jadeja 9 (12b)
Over 40 || Score 191/6
Shami has once again shown why is he a great bowler, as he managed to pick two wickets out of this wicket, which has nothing for the seamers. Angelo Mathews was trapped in front of the wicket while Senanayake hit one straight to the fielder at mid-on. Sri Lanka needs 74 runs from the last ten overs, and with Sanga batting on 54, he will have to do most of the scoring. Chaturanga de Silva is the new man in.
SMSM Senanayake c Sharma b Mohammed Shami 12 (13b)
AD Mathews lbw b Mohammed Shami 6 (18b)
Over 35 || Score 161/4
Ravindra Jadeja bowled a brilliant fifth over where he dismissed Mahela and Chandimal off consecutive balls. While Mahela hit one straight to the fielder at cover, Chandimal was bamboozled by a ball which pitched on line and spun away to knock the stumps. Angelo Mathews faced the hat-trick ball which he convincingly worked towards third man for a couple. Earlier, Dinesh Karthik missed out on a very easy chance to stump Sangakkara, when the left-hander came out to defend Jadeja's delivery, and was well outside his crease when Karthik missed out to hit the stumps in the first attempt. That would have been a massive blow for Sri Lanka out of nowhere. But that double-blow by Jadeja has given India a real chance to win the match.
LD Chandimal b Jadeja 0 (1b)
DPMD Jayawardene c Sharma b Jadeja 9 (12b)
Over 30 || Score 141/2
Ashwin picked his second wicket of the match when Perera was caught behind off a fuller length delivery which spun away. Before being dismissed, Perera had done his job with his 64-run knock. Two legends of Sri Lankan cricket – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are batting at the moment, and India needs to break this partnership if they want to win the match.
MDKJ Perera c Karthik b Ashwin 64 (81b)
Over 20 || Score 93/1
After all those variations from different bowling actions, Ashwin got India their first breakthrough with the one we have seen him bowling ever since he made his debut. It was a good delivery that pitched slightly outside the leg stump, and Thirimanne was surprised with the amount of turn it received while he failed to connect it with the bat. 20 runs have been scored in the last five overs. Kusal Perera is batting on 48 and Sangakkara has just come to the crease.
HDRL Thirimanne lbw b Ashwin 38 (55b)
Over 15 || Score 73/0
India continue to search for their first breakthrough. The openers have already provided a decent opening stand, and considering the depth in the Sri Lanka batting line-up, Virat Kohli would be a worried skipper at the moment. It is difficult to jusge, which of these two is playing a better innings. While Perera is going for his shots, Thirimanne is matching his strokes with class of his own.
Over 10 || Score 51/0
India couldnt't capitalise on another chance, when Ravindra Jadeja dived full length to his right at covers, but dropped the catch off Thirimanne's bat at the last moment. Indian bowlers have been unlucky today and the Sri Lankan openers are making the best out of the opportunities which have come their way.
Lahiru Thirimanne 26* (35b) Kusal Perera 24* (25b)
Over 5 || Score 17/0
Both the Sri Lankan openers have got their side to a decent start in the first five overs. Kusal Perera got a life in the fifth over of the innings when he mistimed one behind point, where Rahane got under the ball and grassed it at the last moment, as a result of a collision with Shikhar Dhawan.
Over 50 || Score 264/9
In the last five overs, Indians scored 40 runs for the loss of two wickets and probably the best productive period in the innings.
Bhuvneswhar Kumar st Kumar Sangakkara b Ajantha Mendis 0 (0b)
The innings witnessed both bat and ball sharing the honour. If Shikhar Dhawan applied himself to compiled a 90+ score, Ajantha Mendis showed why he is still one of the best slow bowlers around with a four-wicket haul.
After scoring a defend-able total of 264 runs, Indian team will need a concerted effort to restrict the Lankan innings.
Over 47.6 || Score 245/8
A little brave innings from Ashwin came to an end.
Lasith Malinga shown his full repertoire. Ashwin, who charged down the wicket against the fast bowler, got himself yorked.
Ravichandran Ashwin b Lasith Malinga 18 (16b)
Over 45 || Score 224/7
It's downhill slide for the Indian batting here. In the last five overs India have lost four wickets.
Both Sachithra Senanayake and Ajantha Mendis have scalped three wickets each to put Sri Lanka in a strong position.
All the Indian batsmen have fallen to slow bowlers. Now, even 250 run look a huge ask for the batting side.
Ambati Rayudu c Kusal Perera b Chaturanga de Silva 18 (23b)
Stuart Binny lbw b Sachithra Senanayake 0 (4b)
Over 40 || Score 200/5
Two wickets in one over, and the script has turned upside down for the Indians.
The crafty Sri Lankan spinner, Mendis reduced the Indian middle-order into a tour party, removing well-set Dhawan and dangerous Karthik.
For Dhawan, this is the sad part. After that 98 against New Zealand, yet another miss will do no good to his confidence.
Shikhar Dhawan b Ajantha Mendis 94 (114b)
Dinesh Karthik c Chaturanga de Silva b Ajantha Mendis 4 (3b)
Over 35.1 || Score 175/3
Senanayake strikes back, first ball after the break
Ajinkya Rahane, who was playing so well departed, trying to loft the ball over extra cover for some big runs. The ball took a thick edge and instead flew towards the backward point, where Thirimanne completed the catch.
The break worked for the Lankans.
Ajinkya Rahane c Lahiru Thirimanne b Sachithra Senanayake 22 (27b)
Over 35 || Score 175/2
Indians have taken the batting power-play in the 34th over. Started the period rather quietly, scoring only four runs.
In between, the opener in Shikhar Dhawan is still running strong, stealing singles and egging his partner to up the tempo. Dhawan in on 89 having faced 105 balls. While his partner, Ajinkya Rahane is batting beautifully at 22 from 26 balls.
Over 30 || Score 145/2
With 30 overs gone, it's anybody's game.
India, with the loss of two wickets, have scored 145 runs at a rate just under five an over. The concern for the batting side, however, is their skipper, the best known power-hitter in the team has gone.
For the fielding side, it's all about the slow bowlers. Both the wickets have gone to the spinners. The role of slower bowlers would be of great importance in deciding the outcome of the match.
Over 26.3|| Score 130/2
Virat Kohli out
The carrom-ball has done its trick. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli failed to measure the trickery with which Mendis bowled this particular ball.
The 3rd wicket partnership had broken three runs short of a century stand.
Virat Kohli b Ajantha Mendis 48 (51b)
Over 25 || Score 115/1
In a productive period for the Indians, Dhawan reached his fifty in the 23rd over, playing a deft shot off Chaturanga de Silva to short fine leg. The Delhi batsman took 68 balls to reach the mini-milestone.
His partner, Kohli is showing his pristine touch so far. And has already reached into the forties, with a massive six over the deep-midwicket, off Chaturanga de Silva in the 25th over.
If Sri Lankans have to restrict the innings for a small, achievable total, they will need to break this partnership. With wickets in hand, Indians sooner or later will start attacking the Lankan bowlers, and this partnership is building the launchpad for the onslaught.
Over 20 || Score 85/1
Barring the stumping chance to dismiss Virat Kohli in the 17th over, it has been one-way traffic here with Indians slowly seizing the initiative from the Lankans.
The Indian duo of Dhawan and Kohli have added another 50 runs, at a rate of over five an over.
Opener Dhawan is one 45 from 60 balls with five hits to the boundary while his skipper, Kohli is on 26 from 32 deliveries with three boundaries.
For the bowling side, wicket-taker Senanayake has completed five overs, conceding 27 runs.
Over 15 || Score 62/1
After the fall of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are building a partnership to resurrect the Indian innings.
Considering the previous matches, anything below 280 will not be considered a match winning score here. For India to post such a total, the current partnership will need to flourish.
Over 9.2 || Score 33/1
As early as 6th over, Sri Lanka have deployed slow bowler, in the form of right-arm offbreak Sachithra Senanayake. The introduction of the slow bowler has somehow worked for the fielding team.
Wicket: Rohit Sharma
A slower delivery from Senanayake trapped Rohit in front, possibly due to the low bounce. The straight delivery hit the front foot and the replays showed the ball hitting the middle stump.
Rohit Sharma lbw b Sachithra Senanayake 13 (28b)
And with that, arrived Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the centre.
Over 5 || Score 19/0
A rather cautious start from the Indian openers against the acclaimed Sri Lankan new ball bowlers – Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews.
But two successive boundaries off Malinga by Shikhar Dhawan, in the fifth over, gave the Indian scorecard some readability.
Malinga's bowling partner, Mathews has been in the midst of splendid opening spell. The Sri Lankan skipper started with a maiden over.
Here are the teams:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (capt.), Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneswhar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, LahiruThirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (capt.), Chaturanga de Silva, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis
Sri Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews has won the toss and invited India to bat first in Fatullah.
Fatullah: Both India and Sri Lanka, having won their respective opening matches in this five-team tournament, will try to keep the momentum with a win when they meet in Fatullah.
For the Indians, it will once again be a test of leadership for the newly anointed skipper – Virat Kohli. In their opening match against the hosts, Bangladesh, Kohli proved his mettle, leading his team to an emphatic win. His match-winning knock took the pressure off the young squad.
Like his Indian counterpart, Angelo Mathews, despite his relative inexperience as a skipper has successfully lead a squad which includes heavyweights and former captains like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
This crucial match will also provide a perfect platform to a host of youngsters to stake their claim for a permanent place in their respective national teams.