India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023: India Ends Sri Lanka’s Winning Streak in Thrilling Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Clash.

India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023: “India’s Dominant Bowling Secures Victory Over Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Clash”

India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023: India’s Bowling Brilliance.

     In a crucial Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 encounter, India showcased their bowling prowess to emerge victorious over Sri Lanka, ending their 13-match winning streak. The bowlers set the tone for India’s success with early breakthroughs, putting Sri Lanka under pressure.

India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023: Sri Lanka’s Spirited Fightback:

     Despite the early setbacks, Sri Lanka exhibited resilience, staging a spirited fightback in the middle overs of the match. Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage’s partnership briefly tilted the game in Sri Lanka’s favor, showcasing their determination and skill.

India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023: India’s Batting Struggles and Rain Interruption.

     India’s batting faced a stern test against Sri Lankan spinners on a challenging pitch. The struggle of Indian openers was compounded by a brief rain interruption, which added an element of unpredictability to the game.

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Important to Know:

     “India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super Four Clash”

     India will face Sri Lanka in their second encounter of the Asia Cup Super Four stage. The Indian team showcased their dominance with a resounding victory against Pakistan in the initial Super Four showdown. With an exceptional net run rate, they are now on the verge of securing a place in the final. Another triumph would propel India significantly closer to that goal. The weather conditions are favorable today, ensuring a full game. Stay connected with us for live updates throughout the match.

“Current Standings and Net Run Rates in Asia Cup 2023”

     India has claimed the leading position among the four teams, largely due to their commanding 228-run victory over Pakistan. Even with just one match played, India showcases a remarkable Net Run Rate (NRR) of +4.560.

     In the meantime, Sri Lanka secures the second spot in the rankings, having triumphed over Bangladesh in the Super Four stage. Their NRR currently registers at a decent +0.420.

“Sri Lanka’s Remarkable Winning Streak”

     Sri Lanka, with a score of 257/9, recently clinched a 21-run victory over Bangladesh (who were all out at 236) in their inaugural Super Four match at the Asia Cup 2023. Impressively, they currently boast the second-best winning streak in the history of One Day Internationals (ODIs), trailing only behind Australia. Sri Lanka has secured a remarkable 13 consecutive ODI victories since June 2023. This streak now stands as the second longest in the annals of ODI cricket, with the legendary Australian team’s 21 consecutive wins from January to May 2003 holding the top position. It’s worth noting that Australia’s streak included their triumphant campaign in the 2003 World Cup.

 

“Virat Kohli’s Premier Performance at Premadasa Stadium”

     The Colombo-based Premadasa Stadium has proven to be a fertile hunting ground for Virat Kohli, where he has notched up an impressive tally of four centuries. On September 11, during the match against Pakistan, Kohli achieved a significant milestone. He became the second cricketer in history to register centuries in four consecutive innings at a single venue. This remarkable feat places him in the esteemed company of Hashim Amla, who had previously achieved this feat at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

“Rohit Sharma’s Quest for Sixes in the Asia Cup”

     Rohit Sharma is on the brink of a historic achievement in the Asia Cup. A single six is all he needs to surpass Shahid Afridi’s record and claim the title of the batter with the highest number of sixes in the tournament, currently tied at 26 sixes each. Given Rohit’s prowess, achieving this milestone seems well within his reach. He leveled with Afridi during his innings against Pakistan on Sunday. Additionally, Rohit is just 10 sixes away from matching Chris Gayle’s remarkable record for the most sixes by a player in the history of international cricket.

“Virat-Rohit Partnership: A Record in the Making”

     In the Asia Cup 2023, the dynamic duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma has yet to unite at the crease. This iconic Indian batting pair is on the verge of etching their names in cricket history, requiring just a mere couple of runs to become the fastest to accumulate 5,000 runs in One Day International (ODI) partnerships. As of now, they have shared the batting platform in 85 innings, amassing a total of 4,998 runs.

     Should the stars align for both players in today’s match, they could potentially surpass the long-standing record held by West Indies legends Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, who achieved this milestone in 97 innings.

“Rohit Sharma’s Journey Towards the 10,000 ODI Runs Club”

     The illustrious 10,000-run club in One Day Internationals (ODIs) awaits Rohit Sharma. On Sunday, he was a mere 22 runs away from achieving this milestone when Shadab Khan dismissed him. If Rohit manages to reach this landmark today, he will become the second-fastest player to do so. Today’s match marks his 241st innings, while his teammate Virat Kohli, notably, reached the 10,000 ODI runs mark in just 205 innings. Achieving this feat would propel Rohit past cricket legends such as Sachin Tendulkar (259 innings), Sourav Ganguly (263), Ricky Ponting (266), Jacques Kallis (272), MS Dhoni (273), and Brian Lara (278).

“Kohli’s Staggering ODI Milestones”

     Virat Kohli’s incredible achievements continue to mount as he equals Hashim Amla’s record for the most consecutive centuries at the same ODI venue, with four remarkable centuries at the R Premadasa Stadium. He’s also secured the title of the fastest player to reach 13,000 ODI runs, adding to his previous records of being the fastest to 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000, and 12,000 ODI runs. Furthermore, Kohli is now just two centuries away from matching Sachin Tendulkar’s unparalleled record of 49 ODI centuries, a feat that once seemed unattainable but now lies within Kohli’s reach.

“Kuldeep Yadav’s Pursuit of Bowling Greatness”

     Kuldeep Yadav stands on the brink of a remarkable record in today’s game. If he manages to secure four more wickets (he already had five last night), he is poised to surpass Anil Kumble and claim the title of the fastest Indian spinner to reach the coveted 150-wicket milestone. Kumble, a legend in his own right, had previously set the record, achieving this milestone in 106 matches.

     Additionally, Kuldeep would also become India’s second-fastest bowler to reach this milestone across all roles, with Mohammed Shami being the fastest at 80 games. In the Indian context, he would surpass the achievement of current chief selector Ajit Agarkar, who took 97 matches to get there. On the global stage, Australia’s Mitchell Starc currently leads the pack, having secured 150 wickets in just 77 ODIs.

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CURRENT ODI FORM:

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head-to-head:

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      India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023:

      The head-to-head statistics between India and Sri Lanka in One Day Internationals (ODIs) are as follows:

  • Total Matches Played: 165
  • India Won: 96
  • Sri Lanka Won: 57
  • Matches Tied: 1
  • Matches with No Result: 11

     When we break down the statistics based on the location of the matches:

     Matches Played in India:

  • India Won: 39

     Matches Played in Sri Lanka:

  • Sri Lanka Won: 28

     Neutral Venue Matches:

  • India Won: 30
  • Sri Lanka Won: 11

     These statistics provide a comprehensive overview of the competitive history between India and Sri Lanka in ODIs.

     “India’s Recent Dominance Over Sri Lanka”

     While Sri Lanka has enjoyed a remarkable 13-match winning streak, today they face an opponent who has clearly had the upper hand in recent encounters. In the last 10 matches between these two teams, India has emerged victorious on eight occasions, highlighting their dominance.

     One particular match that Dasun Shanaka’s men would likely prefer to forget is their recent encounter with India. In that game, India posted an imposing total of 390/5, with Virat Kohli smashing an unbeaten 166 off just 110 balls, and Shubman Gill contributing with a brilliant 116 off 97 deliveries. In response, Sri Lanka crumbled, getting all out for a mere 73 runs, with Mohammed Siraj claiming four crucial wickets. India secured an astonishing victory, decimating Sri Lanka by a staggering margin of 317 runs. It was truly a one-sided affair of epic proportions.

KEY PLAYERS:

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Summary of Match:

India Ends Sri Lanka’s Winning Streak in Thrilling Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Clash:

     In a high-stakes showdown at the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 stage, India successfully halted Sri Lanka’s remarkable 13-match winning streak in ODIs. The match was filled with twists and turns, showcasing the resilience and determination of both teams. Despite a challenging pitch that favored spin, India emerged victorious in a thrilling contest.

     Early Wickets Tumble: Bumrah and Siraj Set the Tone India’s bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, made early inroads into the Sri Lankan batting lineup. Bumrah claimed two key wickets, while Siraj took one, denting Sri Lanka’s top order and putting them on the back foot.

     Kuldeep and Jadeja’s Spin Masterclass As Sri Lanka tried to rebuild, Kuldeep Yadav intervened with his spin, breaking a crucial partnership. Later in the innings, Ravindra Jadeja took charge, further unsettling Sri Lanka’s batting order and reducing them to 99/6.

     Sri Lanka’s Fightback: DdS and Wellalage’s Partnership Sri Lanka didn’t back down easily, as Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage mounted a spirited 63-run partnership. This briefly shifted the balance in Sri Lanka’s favor. However, when de Silva attempted a boundary and perished, and despite Wellalage’s resilience, Sri Lanka’s remaining batsmen couldn’t hold firm.

     Pitch Conditions and India’s Relentless Pressure The pitch favored spin less in the second innings, but India maintained relentless pressure with their bowling and fielding. It was a collective team effort, with captain Virat Kohli frequently offering advice to skipper Rohit Sharma.

     India’s Total and Sri Lanka’s Struggles Batting first, India struggled against Sri Lankan spinners Dunith Wellalage and Charith Asalanka, who picked up nine wickets between them. India’s openers faced challenges against the Sri Lankan pace attack, but it was the introduction of spin that led to their downfall. Rain briefly interrupted play, and India finished their innings at 213.

     Sri Lankan Chase and India’s Victory Chasing a target of 214, Sri Lanka lost five early wickets to Indian pacers, including Bumrah and Siraj. Later, Kuldeep Yadav, Jadeja, and Hardik Pandya finished off the Sri Lankan innings, resulting in India’s victory by 41 runs.

     Key Performers

  • Dunith Wellalage starred with both bat and ball for Sri Lanka, picking up five wickets and scoring crucial runs.
  • Rohit Sharma was India’s top scorer with 53 runs.
  • Kuldeep Yadav’s spin masterclass earned him four wickets for India.

     Final Verdict: In a thrilling encounter, India secured their place in the Asia Cup final with a 41-run victory over Sri Lanka. The match showcased the challenges of the pitch, the brilliance of spinners, and the resilience of both teams. India’s win not only ended Sri Lanka’s impressive winning streak but also solidified their spot in the tournament’s ultimate showdown.

     India successfully ended Sri Lanka’s 13-match winning streak in ODIs during the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 clash. Despite a challenging pitch, India emerged victorious by 41 runs. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj made early breakthroughs for India, while Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja’s spin further unsettled Sri Lanka.

     A 63-run partnership by Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage briefly tilted the balance in Sri Lanka’s favor, but India’s bowlers ultimately secured the win. India’s batting struggled against Sri Lankan spinners, and rain briefly interrupted play, with India finishing at 213. Sri Lanka’s chase saw early wickets fall to Indian pacers, and they were eventually bowled out for 172. Dunith Wellalage was the standout performer for Sri Lanka, taking five wickets and scoring crucial runs, while Rohit Sharma top-scored for India with 53.

This win confirmed India’s spot in the Asia Cup final.

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WEATHER REPORT:

     The current weather in Colombo is exceptionally clear at the moment. Let’s hope it remains rain-free for the day!

BCCI Update – Shreyas Iyer’s Health Status:

     The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has provided an update on Shreyas Iyer’s health condition. While he is reported to be feeling better, he has not fully recovered from his back spasm. In accordance with the advice of the BCCI Medical Team, Iyer has been advised to rest and, as a result, has not accompanied the team to the stadium for India’s Super 4 match against Sri Lanka today.

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Pitch Report Analysis:

     According to Sanjay Manjrekar, the Premadasa Stadium has been a captivating venue in this Asia Cup, particularly when rain hasn’t been a factor. The standout feature has been the pace, which has added to the attractiveness and excitement of the matches. Notably, the pitches across different venues have exhibited consistent high bounce rather than variations in bounce quality. Fast bowlers have played a pivotal role, accounting for 70 percent of the wickets taken in the tournament. For today’s match, it’s noted that the pitch differs from the one used in the India-Pakistan game as there is no grass on it.

     Matthew Hayden also chimes in, emphasizing that the current pitch resembles the Premadasa of previous years. The absence of grass is expected to have an abrasive effect on the ball, which could further influence the dynamics of the game.

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TOSS TIME:

     India has won the toss, and the captain, Rohit Sharma, has decided to bat first.

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PLAYING X1s:

     One change in Indian Squad.

One Change, Shardul Thakur is OUT and Axar Patel is in.

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     India’s skipper Rohit Sharma at toss informs that they will bat first. Mentions that it is a challenge to play three consecutive days but feels that they are ready for this fixture. Adds that they did a pool session straight after the game for recovery. Shares that it was a good game for them against Pakistan where they did well with both bat and ball. Reckons that today is a new day and it is a fresh start. Also says that the looks different than the last game and does not have any grass. Informs that they are going with 3 spinners with Axar Patel coming in for Shardul Thakur.

     Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka at toss, says that they would have batted first as well. Adds that the wicket looks good and runs on the board are always handy. Shares that the players are in a good state of mind and are eager to compete. Feels that India are a strong team and they will have to play their best cricket to get over the line. Ends by informing that they are going with an unchanged team.

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Time for National Anthems:

     The highly anticipated Super Four clash is about to commence shortly. Before the action begins, the match officials and both teams will line up for the national anthems. Sri Lanka’s national anthem will be played first, followed by the national anthem of India.

     The pre-game formalities have concluded, and the beautiful blue skies welcome the two umpires as they head out to the middle. Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka can be seen providing final instructions to his team in their huddle before they break away. Following them, the Indian opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill make their way onto the field. Kasun Rajitha has the new ball for Sri Lanka and is ready to kickstart the proceedings. Let the match begin!

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Play Start:

     Runs: 7 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 1

     In the opening over, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill of India managed to accumulate 7 runs without losing a wicket. Kasun Rajitha, the bowler, mixed up his lengths and lines, but Rohit capitalized on an overpitched delivery, driving it for a boundary through the covers. Gill added to the total with a single, and the pair also collected a double when Gill clipped the ball to the leg side.

     Runs: 10 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 2

     In the second over, India added 3 runs to their total, reaching 10 runs without losing any wickets. Theekshana delivered a slightly short ball that Rohit Sharma cut but found a fielder. A single was taken on the next delivery by playing it to long-on. Rohit continued to accumulate singles, turning the ball to the leg side on two occasions, resulting in a total of three runs from the over.

     Runs: 13 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 3

     After three overs, India has accumulated a total of 13 runs without losing any wickets. Kasun Rajitha continued his spell and started with a delivery that Rohit Sharma struck beautifully but found the fielder at point. The following delivery was slightly shorter, and Rohit managed to guide it to third man for a single. Rajitha bowled a tight over, allowing just three runs to be scored in it.

     Runs: 17 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 4

     After four overs, India has reached a score of 17 without any loss of wickets. Facing Theekshana in his second over, Rohit Sharma managed to turn a delivery to the leg side for a double but didn’t find the opportunity for a single on the next ball. Theekshana primarily bowled at the stumps, allowing the batters to comfortably turn the ball to the leg side. To pose more of a threat, the bowler may need to focus on delivering fuller-length balls. This over yielded four runs in total for India.

     Runs: 25 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 5

     After five overs, India has accumulated a total of 25 runs without losing a wicket. In this over by Rajitha, Shubman Gill punched a slightly short delivery outside off to cover, and he followed it with a fantastic lofted shot over mid-off for a boundary. Gill added two more runs by clipping a ball on the pads to the leg side, with Wellalage’s fielding effort in the deep preventing further runs. Rajitha delivered a slower ball but erred down the leg side, resulting in a wide. Rohit Sharma then defended a full and straight delivery with a hint of shape. This over contributed eight runs to India’s total.

     Runs: 31 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 6

     After six overs, India has reached a score of 31 without losing any wickets. Dasun Shanaka came into the attack and bowled a solid line and length, with Shubman Gill attempting a clip but missing, possibly via an inside edge. Rohit Sharma capitalized on a delivery down the leg side by clipping it to fine leg, and a fielding error resulted in the ball being pushed over the boundary rope for a four. This over contributed six runs to India’s total.

     Runs: 43 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 7

     After seven overs, India has progressed to a score of 43 without losing any wickets. Rajitha continued his spell and began with a delivery outside off stump that Rohit Sharma chose to leave. The next ball was on the stumps, and Rohit defended it solidly. However, Rajitha’s next delivery was wide down the leg side, resulting in a boundary for India. Rohit had a close call when a delivery slightly wide of off found the under edge but landed safely close to the stumps. In a remarkable moment, Rohit Sharma hit a six straight down the ground, reaching the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs as India’s captain. This over contributed 12 runs to India’s total.

     “Rohit Sharma Joins 10,000 ODI Runs Club, Second-Fastest after Kohli”

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      “India is performing impressively, with its batsmen accumulating a total of 10,000 runs in ODIs, led by the following players:

  • Sachin Tendulkar with 18,426 runs
  • Virat Kohli with 13,024 runs
  • Sourav Ganguly with 11,363 runs
  • Rahul Dravid with 10,889 runs
  • MS Dhoni with 10,773 runs
  • Rohit Sharma with 10,001 runs.

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      “Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill: Fastest Indian Pair to Reach 1000 ODI Runs”

     “In the IND vs SL match at the Asia Cup 2023, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill achieved a significant milestone by becoming the quickest Indian duo to amass 1000 ODI runs together, accomplishing this feat in a mere 12 innings.”

     Runs: 44 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 8

     After eight overs, India has reached a score of 44 without losing any wickets. Dasun Shanaka continued his spell and began with a full and straight delivery, which Rohit Sharma defended solidly. The next ball, pitched outside off, was guided to third man by Rohit for a single. With the keeper up to the stumps, Shanaka generated some movement, and Rohit tried to guide the ball past third man but was beaten. This over added just one run to India’s total.

     Runs: 48 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 9

     After nine overs, India has reached a score of 48 without losing any wickets. Pathirana came into the attack and bowled on the stumps, with the batters solidly defending to mid-wicket. Another delivery on leg stump was defended, this time to the short 45. Pathirana attempted a slower yorker, but Shubman Gill defended it confidently. Gill managed to find the gap on a delivery on the pads, clipping it past mid-wicket for a boundary, contributing four runs to India’s total in this over.

     Runs: 65 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 10

     After ten overs, India has surged to a score of 65 without losing any wickets. Dasun Shanaka continued his spell with the keeper up to the stumps. A very wide delivery made Rohit Sharma lose his balance while trying to reach it. The next delivery was wide and full, allowing Rohit to lift it over the off-side for a boundary. This partnership between the openers reached the fifty-run mark. The following ball was full and straight, and Rohit drove it past mid-wicket and mid-on for another four.

     Rohit Sharma continued to dominate, pulling a slightly short delivery past the mid-on fielder for yet another boundary. The final delivery of the over was full and wide, and Rohit drove it past cover for yet another boundary, effectively hitting Shanaka out of the attack. This over added an impressive 17 runs to India’s total.

     Runs: 80 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 11

     After eleven overs, India has surged to a score of 80 without losing any wickets. Pathirana delivered his second over, starting with a full delivery on the stumps, which was driven to the right of mid-on for a single. Rohit Sharma then showcased his prowess with a trademark pull shot for a six on a short delivery. Another short ball followed, which Rohit pulled to the front of square for a couple.

     Pathirana erred on the next delivery, delivering it very wide down the leg side, resulting in five wides as it eluded the keeper. This over contributed a substantial 15 runs to India’s total, with Rohit Sharma looking in fine form.

     Runs: 82 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 12

     After 12 overs, India has reached a score of 82 for the loss of one wicket. When Charith Asalanka came into the attack, he made an immediate impact by dismissing Shubman Gill. Asalanka bowled a delivery pitching on leg and turning away, which clipped the off stump to completely baffle Gill. Gill’s innings came to an end, scoring 19 runs from 25 balls with 2 boundaries.

     Shubman Gill b Wellalage 19 conceded 25 balls with 2 fours.

     Despite losing a wicket, the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma achieved a significant milestone of 5000 ODI partnership runs.

     51st ODI Half Century for Rohit Sharma;

     Runs: 90 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 13

     After 13 overs, India has progressed to a score of 90 for the loss of one wicket. Pathirana continued his spell, and Rohit Sharma took full advantage of his short ball ploy. Rohit pulled a short delivery in front of square for another boundary, displaying his control over such deliveries. Surprisingly, Rohit allowed a short delivery to go past him to the keeper in this over. Despite that, the over yielded eight runs for India, with Rohit Sharma continuing to be the dominant force at the crease.

     Runs: 90 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 14

     After 14 overs, India has reached a score of 90 for the loss of two wickets. Dunith Wellalage continued his spell, delivering spin again. There has been a trend of Virat Kohli getting dismissed by Sri Lankan spinners in recent years, and this passage of play seemed tense for him. Unfortunately for Kohli, he was dismissed by Wellalage, offering a simple catch to mid-wicket. Kohli stared at the pitch in disbelief as he departed after scoring just 3 runs from 12 balls.

     Kohli c Shanaka b Wellalage 3(12)

     With Kohli’s departure, Ishan Kishan came in at number 4. Wellalage delivered a wicket maiden over, tightening Sri Lanka’s grip on the game, and India’s score remained at 90 for 2 after 14 overs.

     Runs: 91 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 15

     After 15 overs, India has reached a score of 91 for the loss of two wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva came into the attack, and there was some turn on offer. Sri Lanka took an attacking approach against Ishan Kishan, the right-arm off-spinner. However, Kishan managed to score just a single run from the over, as Sri Lanka aimed to apply pressure on the Indian batting lineup.

     Runs: 93 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 16

     After 16 overs, India has reached a score of 93 for the loss of three wickets. Dunith Wellalage continued his impressive spell and claimed another wicket. The delivery kept low and went in with the arm, leaving no chance for Rohit Sharma to respond effectively. Rohit Sharma, who had been in good form, departed after scoring 53 runs from 48 balls, including 7 boundaries and 2 sixes.

     KL Rahul came in at number 5. Dhananjaya de Silva delivered a full delivery outside off, and Rahul prodded forward, pushing it on the offside for a single. The ball stopped on Ishan Kishan as he pushed it down the ground for a single as well. Sri Lanka was making quick inroads into the Indian batting lineup, putting pressure on the Men in Blue.

     Runs: 97 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 17

     After 17 overs, India has reached a score of 97 for the loss of three wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva continued his spell from the other end. He delivered a delivery that was too full, allowing the batsman to drive it down the ground for a single. The over, however, yielded only four singles, as Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued to maintain a tight line and length, making it difficult for the Indian batsmen to score freely.

     Runs: 103 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 18

     After 18 overs, India has reached a score of 103 for the loss of three wickets. Dunith Wellalage, who was in his fourth over, faced Ishan Kishan’s aggressive batting. Kishan managed to break the shackles by lifting the ball straight down the ground for a boundary. The over yielded six runs in total, providing some relief for the Indian batting lineup as they looked to build a partnership and stabilize their innings.

     Runs: 107 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 19

     After 19 overs, India has reached a score of 107 for the loss of three wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva continued his spell, maintaining a tight line and length. He conceded just four runs in the over, making it challenging for the Indian batsmen to find scoring opportunities. Sri Lanka’s bowlers were applying consistent pressure, looking to restrict India’s run-scoring and pick up more wickets.

     Runs: 109 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 20

     After 20 overs, India has reached a score of 109 for the loss of three wickets. Dunith Wellalage bowled his fifth over, primarily targeting Ishan Kishan. He bowled over the stumps, turning the ball into Kishan, and then changed his angle to round the stumps, delivering a full and straight ball that Kishan defended back to the bowler.

     The over concluded with a direct hit from Sri Lanka, resulting in an appeal, but Kishan was comfortably inside the crease. Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued to maintain a good line and length, making it challenging for the Indian batsmen to score freely.

     Runs: 111 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 21

     After 21 overs, India has reached a score of 111 for the loss of three wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva bowled another tight over, putting pressure on Ishan Kishan and not allowing him to clip the ball for singles on either side of the pitch. Kishan managed to lunge forward and drive the ball past cover for a single, but the overall run-scoring remained subdued, with just two runs coming from the over. Sri Lanka’s bowlers were effectively controlling the proceedings, making it challenging for the Indian batsmen to build a partnership.

     Runs: 116 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 22

     After 22 overs, India has reached a score of 116 for the loss of three wickets. Charith Asalanka (Theekshana) returned to the attack, and a misfield by a fielder allowed Ishan Kishan to steal an extra run. Kishan played a slightly shorter delivery by cutting it to the offside sweeper for a single. The over yielded five runs in total, providing some relief for the Indian batsmen as they looked to rebuild their innings. Sri Lanka continued to maintain pressure, aiming to pick up more wickets.

     Runs: 118 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 23

     After 23 overs, India has reached a score of 118 for the loss of three wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva delivered his fifth over, and Ishan Kishan took the opportunity to drive an overpitched delivery down the ground for a single.

     KL Rahul attempted a flick shot in the air, but the ball fell well short of the deep mid-wicket fielder, resulting in just two runs from the over. Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued to maintain a tight line and length, making it challenging for the Indian batsmen to find scoring opportunities.

     Runs: 123 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 24

     After 24 overs, India has reached a score of 123 for the loss of three wickets. Charith Asalanka (Theekshana) bowled his fourth over, and there was a bit of extra bounce in the final delivery of the over. Overall, it was a quiet over, with five runs coming from it. Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued to apply pressure, keeping the Indian batsmen in check and not allowing them to score freely.

     Runs: 128 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 25

     After 25 overs, India has reached a score of 128 for the loss of three wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva bowled his sixth consecutive over. Ishan Kishan attempted to go for a big shot but couldn’t make a good connection, and the ball fell short of the mid-wicket fielder.

     The over yielded five runs as Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued to maintain a disciplined line and length, not allowing the Indian batsmen to score freely.

     Runs: 131 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 26

     After 26 overs, India has reached a score of 131 for the loss of three wickets. Charith Asalanka (Theekshana) continued with his spell. Despite the quick wickets earlier, both the batters have been working to take the game forward. However, run-scoring hasn’t been easy. The over produced just three runs as Sri Lanka’s bowlers maintained a disciplined approach, making it difficult for the Indian batsmen to find scoring opportunities.

     Runs: 134 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 27

     After 27 overs, India has reached a score of 134 for the loss of three wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva continued with his marathon spell, bowling his seventh consecutive over. KL Rahul displayed a reverse sweep and managed to come back for two runs.

     A full and straight delivery allowed Rahul to drive the ball down to long on for a single. There was noticeable turn and bounce in the over, causing Ishan Kishan to be beaten on the outside edge. Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued to apply pressure, making it challenging for the Indian batsmen to score freely.

     Runs: 145 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 28

     After 28 overs, India has reached a score of 145 for the loss of three wickets. Dunith Wellalage returned to the attack. In the over, Wellalage dropped one short outside the off-stump, and KL Rahul took advantage by slicing the ball past backward point for a boundary.

     Wellalage then drifted the ball in straight, and Rahul cut it through point for another boundary. This partnership between Rahul and Kishan reached the 50-run mark, and India continued to recover steadily, finding the boundaries to build their innings.

     Runs: 149 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 29

     After 29 overs, India has reached a score of 149 for the loss of three wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva looped one in, and Ishan Kishan drove the ball down to long-on for a single. Kishan and KL Rahul continued to find gaps in the field, collecting a couple of singles in the over. Four runs were added to the total as India aimed to steadily build their innings.

     Runs: 154 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 30

     After 30 overs, India has reached a score of 154 for the loss of four wickets. Dunith Wellalage was effective in the over as Ishan Kishan reached 150 for India with a single. However, KL Rahul attempted a slog-sweep but mistimed it, and the ball fell short of cow corner.

     In the same over, Rahul chipped the ball straight back to the bowler, resulting in his dismissal. Sri Lanka managed to break another partnership as Rahul departed for 39 runs from 44 balls.

     KL Rahul c & b Wellalage 39 runs conceded 44 balls with 2 fours.

     Runs: 156 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 31

     After 31 overs, India has reached a score of 156 for the loss of four wickets. Charith Asalanka came into the attack, and Ishan Kishan guided the first ball through point for a single. Hardik Pandya followed up with a single as Asalanka managed to find some drift and turn with his off-spin.

     Runs: 165 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 32

     After 32 overs, India has reached a score of 165 for the loss of four wickets. In this over, Dunith Wellalage overpitched a delivery, and Hardik Pandya tapped it to cover. He then produced an excellent length ball that just missed the outside edge with sharp spin. However, on the next delivery, Wellalage overpitched again, and Ishan Kishan capitalized by launching the ball down the ground for a six.

     Runs: 168 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 33

     After 33 overs, India’s total stands at 168 for the loss of four wickets. Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya are consolidating the innings by picking up singles and rotating the strike. In this over, Charith Asalanka delivered a ball that hit Hardik Pandya’s pad and popped up towards the keeper, resulting in a stifled appeal from the Sri Lankan fielders, but the umpire remained unmoved.

     Runs: 170 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 34

     India has reached a total of 170 for the loss of four wickets after 34 overs. Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya are steadily accumulating runs, with singles and occasional boundaries, as they look to build a strong partnership for India. The Sri Lankan bowlers, including Dunith Wellalage, are trying to apply pressure and create opportunities.

     Runs: 171 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 35

     India has added a total of 171 runs to the scoreboard with the loss of five wickets in 35 overs. Ishan Kishan, who had been anchoring the innings, was dismissed by Asalanka. Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman at the crease, and India will look to continue building their innings while being mindful of losing wickets.

     Ishan Kishan c Wellalage b Asalanka 33 runs conceded 61 runs with one four and one six.

     Runs: 172 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 36

     India’s score has reached 172 runs with the loss of 6 wickets in 36 overs. The recent dismissal of Hardik Pandya has put India in a slightly precarious position. Sri Lanka has managed to pick up crucial wickets, and India will need a solid partnership to post a competitive total.

     Hardik Pandya ct Mendis b Wellalage 5 runs conceded 18 balls.

     Runs: 174 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 37

     Charith Asalanka, continue, India’s score has moved to 174 runs with the loss of 6 wickets in 37 overs. The Indian batsmen are looking to build a partnership and push the score further as they approach the latter part of their innings. Sri Lanka is maintaining pressure with some tight bowling.

     Runs: 175 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 38

     Dhananjaya de Silva continue, India ads just one run in the 38th over as they aim to stabilize their innings after losing a few quick wickets. Sri Lanka’s bowlers are maintaining a tight grip on the game.

     Runs: 178 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 39

     Charith Asalanka, continue, Sri Lanka tightens the screws further with another wicket in the 39th over. India is facing a tough challenge as they continue to lose wickets.

     Ravindra Jadeja c †Mendis b Asalanka 4 runs conceded 19 balls.

     Runs: 180 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 40

     Dhananjaya de Silva continue, India is struggling to build a substantial total as wickets continue to fall. Sri Lanka’s bowlers are putting on a disciplined performance.

     Runs: 184 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 41

     Charith Asalanka continue,   India is trying to gather runs cautiously, but Sri Lanka’s bowlers are maintaining pressure, not allowing many boundaries.

     Runs: 186 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 42

     Maheesh Theekshanandia’s replace Dhananjaya de Silva, India’s  lower-order batsmen are finding it challenging to score boundaries, and Sri Lanka’s spinners are keeping them in check.

     Runs: 186 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 43

     Charith Asalanka continue, Sri Lanka’s spinners, led by Asalanka, have been instrumental in breaking down India’s batting lineup. In this over, Asalanka claimed two wickets, dismissing Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav.

     Runs: 190 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 44 –

     Theekshana’s Over In the 44th over bowled by Theekshana, India added 4 runs to their total, reaching 190/9. Axar Patel played a couple of shots, including a two and a single.

     Runs: 191 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 45 –

     Asalanka’s Over In Asalanka’s 45th over, India managed to add just 1 run to their total, reaching 191/9. Axar Patel secured a single, while Siraj blocked the final ball.

     Runs: 194 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 46 –

     Theekshana’s Over During Theekshana’s 46th over, India added 3 runs to their total, moving to 194/9. Axar Patel and Mohammed Siraj each secured a single as the dark clouds began to approach, suggesting potential rain delays.

     Runs: 197 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 47 –

     Asalanka’s Over In Asalanka’s 47th over, India added 3 runs to their total, reaching 197/9. The partnership between Axar Patel and Mohammed Siraj managed to collect a couple of runs before rain interrupted play, bringing out the covers.

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INSPECTION:

     “An inspection is scheduled to occur once the covers have been removed.”

“Resumption of Play at 7:15PM IST with a Swift Turnaround”

     “We are set for a prompt restart with play resuming in just seven minutes. The innings break will be limited to only 10 minutes.”

Play Resume:

     Runs: 208 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 48 –

     Theekshana’s Over In Theekshana’s 48th over, India gathered 11 runs. Axar Patel and Mohammed Siraj began their partnership cautiously, with Axar Patel hitting a crucial six over long-on during the over. The Indian innings reached a total of 208/9.

     Runs: 212 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 49 –

     Pathirana’s Over In Pathirana’s 49th over, India added 4 runs to their total. Axar Patel and Mohammed Siraj managed to squeeze in a few singles and a couple of wides were bowled in this over. The Indian innings reached a total of 212/9.

     Runs: 213 | Wickets: 10 | Overs: 49.1

     In the final over bowled by Theekshana, India lost their last wicket, with Axar Patel being dismissed for 213. This marked the end of India’s innings, and they were all out in 49.1 overs.

     In the Super 4 stage clash of the Asia Cup between India and Sri Lanka, India batted first and managed to score 213 runs in 49.1 overs. The Sri Lankan bowlers, especially the spinners, were outstanding and took all of India’s wickets. The Indian innings began strongly with Rohit Sharma scoring a quick 53, but then young left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage turned the tide with a five-wicket haul. Despite efforts from Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul, they too fell after crossing 30 runs.

    Sri Lankan part-time off-spinner Charith Asalanka took 4 crucial wickets. Notably, Sri Lanka has now bowled out their opponents in the 14th consecutive ODI game, showcasing their dominance in 50-over cricket. This game highlighted the spinners’ prowess on a turning wicket, and Sri Lanka will be pleased with their bowling effort as they aim to chase down the target with confidence. This is also the first time India has lost all their wickets to spinners in an ODI game.

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TARGET FOR SRI LANKA, 214/50:

CHASE START:

     Runs: 7 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 1

     Sri Lanka’s innings began,  Bumrah bowling the first over for India. Nissanka and Karunaratne opened the batting for Sri Lanka. Bumrah conceded 7 runs in the over, which included a boundary

     Runs: 7 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 2

     Sri Lanka’s score remains at 7 without any loss after 2 overs. Siraj bowled a maiden over, applying pressure to the Sri Lankan batsmen.

     Runs: 7 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 3

     Sri Lanka loses its first wicket early in the innings. Nissanka departs for 6 runs. Bumrah bowled a wicket maiden over, putting India in an advantageous position. Sri Lanka is 7/1 after 3 overs.

     Nissanka c Rahul b Bumrah 6 runs conceded 7 balls with a four.

     Runs: 15 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 4

     Sri Lanka is 15/1 after 4 overs. Mendis played a confident boundary shot in that over, and Siraj nearly got another breakthrough with a chance in the slip.

     Runs: 21 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 5

     Sri Lanka is 21/1 after 5 overs. They managed to find the boundary, but Bumrah had them appealing for an LBW that was not given.

     Runs: 21 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 6

     Sri Lanka remains at 21/1 after 6 overs. Siraj has delivered a maiden over with a well-placed bouncer.

     Bumrah Strikes Again!

  • Four!! Mendis expertly flicks a full ball over the infield, sending it to the leg side for a boundary.
  • Wicket!! Fielders celebrate a catch at short cover, but the umpires check for a bump ball. Replays indicate that the ball pitched before hitting the bat. This marks the second wicket.
  • Kusal Mendis departs after scoring 15 runs (3 boundaries). Sadeera comes in as the new batter.

     SL 25/2 in 7 overs

     Runs: 26 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 8

     Siraj Strikes!

  • Wicket!! Karunaratne edges one to first slip. The delivery is short and angling across, and Dimuth goes for a hard slash. A thick outside-edge flies directly to Gill. Karunaratne departs after scoring just 2 runs.
  • Charith Asalanka joins the action as the new batter.
 

     Runs: 31 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 9

     Sadeera scores a boundary in this over, adding four runs to the total.

     Runs: 39 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 10

     Asalanka hits two boundaries in this over, contributing eight runs to the total.

     Runs: 42 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 11

     A quiet over from Hardik, with just three runs coming from it.

     Runs: 44 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 12

     Kuldeep Yadav’s first over is a tidy one, conceding just two runs.

     Runs: 47 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 13

     Ravindra Jadeja’s introduction into the attack brings some spin and bounce, but Sri Lanka manages to add three runs in the over.

     Runs: 52 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 14

     Charith Asalanka sweeps for three runs as Kuldeep Yadav continues, adding five runs to Sri Lanka’s total in the over.

     Runs: 56 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 15

     Sadeera takes a quick single after getting an inside edge off Jadeja’s bowling. The over yields four runs for Sri Lanka.

     Runs: 62 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 16

     Sadeera cuts a shortish delivery from Kuldeep through point for a couple, and the over produces a total of six runs for Sri Lanka.

     Runs: 67 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 17

     Asalanka survives a dropped catch attempt from a fielder running in from the deep during Jadeja’s over. The over yields five runs for Sri Lanka.

     Runs: 69 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 18

     Kuldeep Yadav claims a crucial wicket as Sadeera Samarawickrama is stumped by Rahul. Sri Lanka is now at 69/4 in 18 overs.

     Samarawickrama st Rahul b Kuldeep Yadav 17 runs conceded 31 balls with a four.

     Runs: 73 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 19

     Sri Lanka adds 4 runs to the total, now at 73/4 in 19 overs. De Silva finds the boundary with a well-executed pull shot off Jadeja.

     Runs: 79 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 20

     Kuldeep Yadav claims his second wicket as Asalanka departs for 22. Sri Lanka is now 79/5 in 20 overs. Shanaka opens his account with a boundary through the covers.

      Asalanka c Rahul b Kuldeep Yadav 22 conceded 35 balls with 2 fours.

     Runs: 80 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 21

     Axar Patel concedes just a single in his first over as Sri Lanka reaches 80/5 after 21 overs.

     Runs: 84 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 22

     In the 22nd over, bowled by Kuldeep Yadav, there was a top-edge as De Silva attempted a sweep shot. The ball went over the head of the leg slip fielder and landed safely, allowing the batters to take a couple of runs. Sri Lanka now needs 130 runs to win.

     Runs: 93 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 23

     In the 23rd over, bowled by Axar Patel, Sri Lanka added eight runs to their total. The first boundary was a result of a delicate touch that guided the ball past slip, and the second came from a well-executed slog sweep into the vacant midwicket region. Sri Lanka’s score reached 93/5.

     Runs: 95 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 24

     Kuldeep again. Appeals for LBW. But a clear deflection off the glove before hitting the pads. Two from the over.

     Runs: 99 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 25

     Axar Patel bowls a tidy over, conceding only four singles. Sri Lanka needs 115 runs to win.

     SL 104 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 26

     Jadeja strikes in his first ball of the over, Shanaka edges to Rohit, who takes a sharp catch. Wellalage will face a free hit off the last ball. Five runs come from the over.

     Shanaka c Rohit b Jadeja 9 runs conceded 13 balls with a four.

     SL 108/6 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 27

     Axar Patel keeps things tight, conceding just four runs in the over. Sri Lanka requires 106 runs to win.

     SL 111/6 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 28

     Kuldeep Yadav sends down a tidy over, giving away only three runs. Sri Lanka requires 103 runs to win.

     SL 122/6 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 29

     Axar Patel’s over proves costly for India as he concedes five wides down the leg side and goes for a boundary. Sri Lanka requires 92 runs for victory.

     SL 125/6 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 30

     Ravindra Jadeja bowls a tight over, allowing just three runs. Sri Lanka requires 89 runs from 20 overs.

     SL 133/6 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 31

     In the 31st over, Kuldeep Yadav returned to the attack for India. Sri Lanka managed to score eight runs in the over. The batsmen rotated the strike with a single on the first ball. Then, Wellalage took charge, stepping down the track and lofting a delivery between midwicket and mid on for a well-placed boundary. This over provided some much-needed runs for Sri Lanka, and they now require 81 runs to win the match.

     Runs: 138 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 32

     In the 32nd over, Jasprit Bumrah returned to the attack for India. He bowled a short delivery on the stumps, which the batsman defended behind square. Bumrah followed it up with a yorker on middle stump, and the Sri Lankan batsman managed to keep it out. However, on the next ball, a delivery outside off stump was skillfully guided past point for a boundary. Sri Lanka now requires 76 runs to win the match.

     Runs: 148 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 33

     Kuldeep continues to create chances, but Sri Lanka’s Wellalage remains a threat. Wellalage smashes a massive six over midwicket, displaying his aggressive intent. However, he survives a close call after an attempted slog sweep. Sri Lanka requires 66 runs to win.

     Runs: 152 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 34

     Bumrah maintains a tight line, generating extra bounce. Sri Lanka manages to score four runs from the over, leaving them with a required run rate of 3.88 runs per over to win.

     Runs: 154 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 35

     Hardik Pandya delivers a tidy over, conceding only two runs. Sri Lanka requires 60 runs from 90 balls to secure the victory.

     Runs: 154 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 35

     Hardik Pandya delivers a tidy over, conceding only two runs. Sri Lanka requires 60 runs from 90 balls to secure the victory.

     Runs: 157 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 37

     Hardik Pandya bowls a disciplined over, giving away just a single run. Sri Lanka now requires 57 runs from 78 balls.

     Runs: 162 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 38

     Ravindra Jadeja provides the breakthrough for India, dismissing Dhananjaya de Silva. Sri Lanka now requires 52 runs from 72 balls with three wickets in hand.

     Dhananjaya c Shubman Gill b Jadeja 41 runs conceded 66 balls with 5 fours.

       A 63 Runs partnership comes to an end.

      Runs: 168 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 39

     Sri Lanka edges closer to the target, needing 46 runs from 66 balls.

     Runs: 170 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 40

     Sri Lanka’s batters survive a mix-up but only manage to add two runs to the total. They require 44 runs from the remaining 60 balls.

     Runs: 172 | Wickets: 8 | Overs: 41

     Hardik Pandya strikes again, and India needs just two more wickets to win the match. Theekshana departs for 2 runs, and Sri Lanka is now 170/8 after 40 overs.

     India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023:

     Kuldeep gets Rajitha and Pathirana! India Wins!!

     In the 42nd over, Kuldeep Yadav stepped up with some exceptional bowling.

  • First, he dismissed Rajitha with a fantastic slider that left the batsman clueless.
  • Then, he cleaned up the last Sri Lankan wicket, Pathirana, with a turning delivery that crashed into the stumps.

     With these wickets, India secured a convincing victory by 41 runs.

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India, Through to The Final:

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     Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka after defeat.

     “We didn’t expect this kind of a wicket, but after the first 10 overs we came into the match brilliantly with the spinners. The luxury of the two genuine batters bowling is great, they’ve done well in the nets but it was great how they performed. [Wellalage?] After the last game with Bangladesh I sensed he would do something special.”

     Shanaka on Wellalage:
     “Seeing the last game against Bangladesh I knew he (Wellalage) would do something special today, he took Kohli’s wicket and I was pretty sure it was his day and will take a couple more wickets,” says Dasun Shanaka.

     India’s KL Rahul:

     It was amazing, we were trusted throughout. We were not on the field for 100 overs but how many ever overs we were there it tested us physically, great to see we turned up today and gave it our best. We turned up and that is a big tick mark for us as a team. Always happy when I contribute to the team, when you are batting in the middle order it is important to build partnerships. I have been out for 4-5 months, I will take anything that comes, it was a crucial partnership with Kishan. Third day in a row playing at the same vene, bit of spin but we managed it really well, we were 20-30 runs short, few more partnerships could have got us to 230-240. When you are behind the stumps, you have a good idea as to what the batter is doing and I just passed on the message, luckily it worked for Kuldeep (referring to his tip to Kuldeep before Samarawickrama’s dismissal).

     India skipper Rohit Sharma:

     Was a good game. For us also to play a game like that under pressure on a slightly challenging pitch. Challenging in a lot of aspects. Definitely looking to play on pitches like this to see what we can achieve, we might as well come here and play on pitches like these. [on Hardik] He has worked really hard in his bowling for the last couple of years. It doesn’t happen overnight and it’s pleasing to see. He looked like taking a wicket off every ball. Was not an easy target to defend as the pitch got easier at the end and we had to put it consistently in one area and I think we did quite well. [on Kuldeep] For the past year or so bowling really really well. He has done a lot of hard work on his rhythm. He went back to the drawing board and worked on it. The ball is coming out nicely and you can see the results in the last 10 ODIs.

     Rohit Sharma on Hardik Pandya
     “He has worked really hard in his bowling for the last couple of years. It doesn’t happen overnight and it’s pleasing to see. He looked like taking a wicket off every ball. Was not an easy target to defend as the pitch got easier at the end and we had to put it consistently in one area and I think we did quite well,” says Rohit Sharma.

     Rohit Sharma on Kuldeep Yadav
     “For the past year or so bowling really really well. He has done a lot of hard work on his rhythm. He went back to the drawing board and worked on it. The ball is coming out nicely and you can see the results in the last 10 ODIs,” says the Indian captain.

     “Dunith Wellalage’s Post-Match Reaction After Receiving the Player of the Match Award”

     “First of all I want to congratulate the Indian team. They have so many experienced players but unfortunately we lost the game but we have another game and we want to put up a good fight. Kuldeep is a great bowler, I tried to play my normal game with a positive mindset. I want to thank my team-mates and my coaching staff – they gave me great support.”

     “Wellalage’s Remarkable Spell Deserves Applause! Singlehandedly Disrupted the Indian Batting Lineup, and His Future Shines Bright. Here Are Sri Lanka’s Best ODI Bowling Figures at the Asia Cup:

  1. 6/13 – Ajantha Mendis, Karachi, 2008
  2. 5/22 – Ajantha Mendis, Lahore, 2008
  3. 5/31 – Muthiah Muralidaran, Karachi, 2008
  4. 5/34 – Lasith Malinga, Dambulla, 2010
  5. 5/40 – Dunith Wellalage, Colombo (RPS), TODAY.

Dunith Wellalage won Player of The Match:

      India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023:

     “Kuldeep Yadav Achieves Milestone: Second-Fastest Indian Bowler to 150 ODI Wickets”

     “In an impressive feat, Kuldeep Yadav, the chinaman bowler for Team India, has secured his place as the second-fastest Indian bowler to reach 150 wickets in ODI cricket. He achieved this milestone with a spectacular four-wicket haul during India’s 41-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match.

     Here’s a look at the Fastest Indian Bowlers to 150 ODI Wickets, ranked by matches taken:

  1. Mohammed Shami – 80 matches
  2. Kuldeep Yadav – 88 matches
  3. Ajit Agarkar – 97 matches
  4. Zaheer Khan – 103 matches
  5. Anil Kumble – 106 matches
  6. Irfan Pathan – 106 matches”

     Kuldeep Yadav’s achievement adds another feather to his cap and underscores his prowess as a wicket-taking bowler in the limited-overs format.

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Stats of the Match

RESULT:

10th Match, Super Four (D/N), Colombo (RPS), September 12, 2023, Asia Cup between India and Sri Lanka

India
India
213/10(49.1/50)
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
172/10(41.3/50)

India win by 41 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
42* (46), 5/40 & 2 catches

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