Sri Lanka beat India by 6 wickets in the third match of the Asia Cup Super Four. With this victory, Sri Lanka has strengthened its claim for the Asia Cup final, while the road to the final has become difficult for India. Batting first, Team India scored 173 runs for the loss of 8 wickets with the help of Rohit Sharma’s half-century innings. In response, Sri Lanka won the match by scoring 174 for 4 in 19.5 overs. The openers got the Sri Lankan team off to a great start. Pathum Nisanka and Kusal Mendis shared a strong partnership of 97 runs for the first wicket. Both the batsmen played half-centuries. However, Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal sent the openers to the pavilion in the 12th over. Pathum Nisanka returned to the pavilion after scoring 52 runs in 37 balls. He hit 4 fours and two sixes in the innings. Kusal Mendis scored 57 runs in 37 balls. During this, Mendis hit 4 fours and three sixes.
Chahal did not allow Charith Asalanka to open the account and he was dismissed after playing three balls. Danushka Gunatilka was dismissed after scoring 1 run in 7 balls. Shanaka and Rajapaksa shared 64 runs in 34 balls for the fifth wicket. In the last over, Sri Lanka needed 7 runs in 6 balls to win. Sri Lanka needed seven runs from the last over. Arshdeep Singh gave only five runs in the first four balls, but the Sri Lankan batsmen won by running for two runs due to an overthrow on the fifth ball.
Earlier, India scored 173 for eight in the Asia Cup Super Four match against Sri Lanka, thanks to captain Rohit Sharma’s 72 off 41 balls. After losing the first two wickets early, Rohit played the captaincy innings and hit five fours and four sixes. Suryakumar Yadav supported him well by scoring 34 runs in 29 balls. Both added 97 runs for the third wicket.
After the dismissal of Rohit, however, the Indian batsmen could only score 63 runs. At one point India’s score was 110 for three in the 13th over when Rohit got out. Sri Lanka got off to a good start with opener KL Rahul (six) and third-placed Virat Kohli (0) being dismissed cheaply. India’s score was 13 for two in the third over.
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After hitting a boundary at extra cover in the second over, Rahul got leg before off-spinner Mahish Teekshana. Rahul also took a review but the decision was not in his favor. After that, the star batsman Kohli could not even open the account in four balls and left-arm fast bowler Dilshan Madhushanka sent him to the pavilion.
Rohit continued to score runs from the other end and hit Chamika Karunaratne for a four at mid-on. Fast bowler Asith Fernando was hit for a six and four by Rohit and took 14 runs in the fifth over. In the next over, Teekshana was hit for a four to take the score to 44 runs after six overs of the powerplay.
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Leg-spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Karunaratne bowled some economical overs which prevented Rohit and Surya from scoring runs. Meanwhile, Rohit got life in extra cover off Hasranga’s delivery on a personal score of 40. Surya hit the first boundary after playing 12 balls. He also hit Madhushanka for a six while Rohit then hit a four and a six again after hitting Hasranga for a six. Karunaratne dismissed Rohit in the next over. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant 17. Got out after scoring 17 runs. Deepak Hooda could also score only three runs.
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