India beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in their third match of the Asia Cup Twenty20 in Dhaka on Tuesday to book their place in the final.
In a script that’s starting to become increasingly familiar for Team India, the openers failed before Virat Kohli put together a well-made knock of 56 from 47 balls to rescue his team from a spot of bother and take India across the finish line.
Like the previous match against Pakistan, this one too generated plenty of humour among Twitter users.
India played Sri Lanka for the fourth time in the past month, having beaten the islanders 2-1 at home in February. The overkill of this rivalry came in for some flak.
Jaitley should impose a tax on India - Sri Lanka matches. At the frequency they happen, Fiscal deficit will be wiped out in months.— $ir $ri $ri Magal (@jhunjhunwala) 1 March 2016
STAT: India is playing 33335555th match against Sri Lanka. #IndvsSL— उमर अब्दुल्लाह (@abdullah_0mar) 1 March 2016
Ashish Nehra got things going for India, taking a wicket in the third over. And Jasprit Bumrah followed that up with a wicket in the next over. At 36, Nehra has made an extremely impressive comeback.
Ashish Nehra is bowling to Jayasuriya. Which year am I living in ? #INDvsSL— H€TU ;) (@HHarsolia) 1 March 2016
Happiness is ashish nehra bowling at 142kmph— Slyduck (@MirthfulMoron) 1 March 2016
Ashish Nehra looks unplayable #INDvsSL— Jim Morrison (@shikhari09) 1 March 2016
Five dot balls by Ashish Nehra. Apocalypse is near. #IndvsBan— Gautam (@gautamverma23) 24 February 2016
Then there were the now common jokes on Nehra’s teeth.
You guys talk of Mohammad Amir as if he is the next Ashish Nehra.— $ir $ri $ri Magal (@jhunjhunwala) 27 February 2016
Mohammad Amir is not Ashish Nehra. He doesn't have the talent, the class or the teeth.— $ir $ri $ri Magal (@jhunjhunwala) 27 February 2016
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a rare front-foot no-ball. But Sri Lanka batsman Dasun Shanaka managed to top that, getting run out off the free hit that followed.
Getting runout on a free hit is like vomiting in your plate at a langar. #INDvsSL— Antinational Bajirao (@bizzarebhide) 1 March 2016
Run out of a free hit is like committing suicide by violently sitting on your own balls. #IndvSL— cricBC (@cricBC) 1 March 2016
In India’s chase of the Lankans’ 138/9, the opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan failed once again.
Shikhar Dhawan has role of guest appearance in the team ?? #INDvsSL— Virender Sehwag (@VirendrSehwag) 1 March 2016
Expectations of a big score from Shikhar Dhawan on a green track is like expecting your crush to text you first #AsiaCupT20— Shubh Aggar'Wall' (@shubh_chintak) 24 February 2016
Shikhar Dhawan paid a tribute to Shahid Afridi on his birthday. #IndvsSL— Sagarcasm (@sagarcasm) 1 March 2016
With India 15/2 in the fourth over, Virat Kohli came to the crease. He read the game well, took his time and kept the scoreboard ticking with ones, twos and the occasional boundary. His unbeaten 56 earned him the man-of-the-match award.
Virat Kohli's 50 in 44 balls yesterday was his slowest of his T20I career— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 2 March 2016
Prev slowest: 43 balls also vs SL at Mirpur in 6 Apr 2014#IndvsSL
India's batting is like BJP's performance .. Heavily depend on one person. #INDvsSL— ??? ?????????? (@abdullah_0mar) 1 March 2016
Every time i switch the channel to cricket, all i hear is "What a brilliant shot by Virat Kohli", this guy is brilliant. #INDvsSL— Gautam (@gautamverma23) 1 March 2016
Virat Kohli will do something even better after retiring from cricket. Because he always performs better in second innings.— Sagarcasm (@sagarcasm) 1 March 2016
There were question marks over Yuvraj Singh when he came in to bat, thanks to his slow innings against Pakistan. The pressure began to build, but Yuvraj released it with consecutive sixes that was reminiscent of his six sixes in an over at the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and his crucial role in India’s 2011 World Cup win.
Can't wait to see, Yuvraj Singh playing a brilliant Test Innings again.#INDvsSL— Sunil (@akshaykanitkar) 1 March 2016
Yuvraj - Maa main ghar chhod ke jaa raha hun— Sagarcasm (@sagarcasm) 15 April 2015
Mom - It's ok beta. I know you will make a great COMEBACK!#KXIPvDD
Yuvraj Singh - 6s in an inns in all intl— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 1 March 2016
7 sixes - 4 times
6 sixes - 2 times
5 sixes - 3 times
4 sixes - 5 times
3 sixes - 14 times#IndvsSL
Yuvraj epitomises the human spirit ! Amazing ! #INDvsSL— Anjana Om Kashyap (@anjanaomkashyap) 1 March 2016
When Yuvraj got out, captain Dhoni came to the cruise, hitting his trademark six to virtually seal the win.
Dhoni without a helmet looks cooler than the usual cool Dhoni.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) 1 March 2016
That expression by Dhoni after the six was, "Abey jaa na, ball utha ke la" #INDvsSL— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) 1 March 2016
Dhoni hitting six on last ball is as certain as finding anti nationals in JNU.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) 24 February 2016
But fittingly, he let Kohli hit the winning runs.
And there were observations that only dedicated Twitter users could have come up with.
Ashwin, a Tamilian, is taking wicket of Sri Lakan this is not good sign for Sri-Lanka and India foreign relations. #INDvsSL— ??? ?????????? (@abdullah_0mar) 1 March 2016
The first time I heard SL are playing Jayasuraya in the Asia Cup, I was like "He's back? that's Sanath fair!" #INDvsSL— Pranav (@pranavsapra) 1 March 2016
1st Wkt Reserved For Nehra..— Babu Bhai Bleed Blue (@Shahrcasm) 1 March 2016
Last Runs Reserved for Dhoni...
Who Said Cricket has no Reservations !!#INDvsSL
Just found out Ashish Nehra is a Jat.— Abhishek Madan (@abhishekmadan) 1 March 2016
As per his own people, he should be fielding at backward point.