Asia Cup T20: India beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets to enter final

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2016 22:26 IST
India’s Virat Kohli plays a shot during the Asia Cup Twenty20 international cricket match against Pakistan in Dhaka on February 27, 2016. (AP Photo)


Over 20: And that’s it. India are through to the final.

Over 19: 13 off the over. Kohli brings up a well-made 50. India need one more run. 138/3

Over 18: 3 off Herath. 125/3

Over 17: 10 off that Perera over and Yuvraj’s wicket. 122/2

16.5 Perera to Yuvraj Singh, OUT

Digs it in short now, and that’s a well-directed bouncer. Yuvraj takes his eye off the ball a little while swiveling to hook, and top-edges to the man at fine leg

Over 16: 7 off the over 112/3

Over 15: 9 off the over. 105/3

Over 14: Just four off the over. 96/3

Over 13: Two sixes from Yuvraj to release some of that pressure. 92/3

Over 12: Raina’s wicket and 7 runs off Shanaka. 77/3

11.1 Shanaka to Raina, OUT

Length ball on middle and leg, and Shanaka has struck first ball! Looks to step inside the line and hit over mid-off, the ball is a little shorter than he thought, and it hits high on the bat and loops high in the air, and is caught on the juggle by mid-off

Over 11: Just four off Herath. 70/2

Over 10: 8 from that Chameera over. 66/2

Over 9: 8 off Perera. 58/2

Over 8: 8 off the Chameera over brings up 50 for India. 50/2

Over 7: 5 runs off Perera. 42/2

Over 6: Two boundaries off that Kulasekara over. 37/2

Over 5: 5 runs off Mathews. 25/2

Over 4: Rohit Sharma’s wicket and 4 off the over. 20/2

3.2 Kulasekara to Sharma, OUT

Got him! Beautiful length, and he shifted his line slightly wider to entice the drive away from the body. Goes for the drive on the up, it seams away slightly - just about straightens - and the nick is pouched nicely by Kapugedera at slip, with two hands, a couple of inches above the ground

Over 3: 5 runs off Mathews. 16/1

Over 2: 5 runs and the wicket of Dhawan in that Kulasekara over. 11/1

1.6 Kulasekara to Dhawan, OUT

Got him, excellent delivery. Slanting across into the corridor, the length is just right, and Dhawan is late getting forward to push into the covers, his front foot is still landing on its heel when the ball kisses his outside edge through to the keeper

Over 1: Six runs off Mathews. India 6/0

India need to chase 139 runs to win after restricting Sri Lanka’s batsmen to 138/9 in their Asia Cup Twenty20 match in Dhaka on Tuesday.

After winning the toss, captain MS Dhoni decided to bowl first, preferring to avoid the dew that is likely to be a factor later in the evening. Sri Lanka stand-in captain Angelo Mathews said he would have liked to have bowled first as well.

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For India, Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah struck early in consecutive overs, reducing the islanders to 15/2 in the fourth over. Chamara Kapugedera and Milinda Siriwardana mounted a rescue effort after Mathews departed with the score at 57 in the 11th over. Kapugedera hit 30, while Siriwardana chipped in with 18.

Two more wickets fell quickly in the 16th and 17th over, before some useful hitting from Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara gave the total some measure of respectability.

Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets each.

Sri Lanka need to win to stay alive in the tournament.

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