Indian bowlers produced a splendid collective effort to hold their workforce to a 41-run win over a spirited Sri Lanka in a Tremendous 4 match, and into the Asia Cup closing on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma’s fifty (53 off 48 balls) was the cornerstone of India’s sub-par 213 after Lankan spinners Dunith Wellalage (5/40) and Charith Asalanka (4/18) bamboozled them. However India, guided by Kuldeep Yadav’s 4 for 43, bowled out Sri Lanka for 172. India, who entered the ultimate with 4 factors, will both face Sri Lanka or Pakistan within the summit conflict on Sunday. The hosts will face Pakistan in a crunch match on Thursday.
The insipid effort of their batsmen made it obligatory for the Indian bowlers to be on the cash from ball one, and Jasprit Bumrah led the best way.
Bumrah took the ball away from Pathum Nissanka and the wholesome edge was snaffled behind the wicket by a diving KL Rahul.
Kusal Mendis appeared in superb contact however he did not maintain his drive off a sluggish, full supply from Bumrah down.
Substitute fielder Suryakumar Yadav took the catch at covers and umpires gave Mendis out after a fast verify with the TV umpire for bump ball.
Mohammed Siraj quickly received into act, cramping Dimuth Karunaratne for room and his lower didn’t transcend Shubman Gill at second slip.
Sri Lanka had been 25 for 3 at that stage and Kuldeep took a few fast wickets to additional dent their chase, decreasing them to 99 for six.
Nonetheless, Wellalage (42 not out) and Dhananjaya de Silva (41 off 66 balls) added 63 runs for an enterprising seventh wicket alliance to revive Lankan hopes.
However a second of indiscretion ended the stand as De Silva tried to clear the infield off Jadeja solely to provide a easy catch to Gill on the fringe of the circle.
From that time, Wellalage, who batted exceptionally properly below strain in opposition to a fancied opponent, tried to bridge the hole.
However the job was a tad too onerous to attain with a one man present.
Earlier, left-arm spinner Wellalage and offie Asalanka didn’t permit Indian batters to settle into any type of rhythm, as they knifed by their line-up taking 9 wickets amongst them.
However earlier than Lankan spinners exploited the beneficiant flip and grip on the Premadasa pitch, India began their innings in a blazing vogue.
Rohit added 80 runs for the opening wicket with Gill, and that remained the brightest part of Indian innings.
Watching Rohit and Gill including these runs in simply 12 overs rekindled the reminiscences of India’s blitz in opposition to Pakistan on Monday, once they posted a large 356 for 2.
Throughout his innings, the Indian captain additionally went previous a major private milestone, changing into the sixth Indian batsmen to attain 10000 runs in ODIs.
The landmark got here in a befitting vogue too, as Rohit lifted pacer Kasun Rajita over his head for an imposing six.
Different Indian batsmen to achieve the mark are: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Certainly, a powerful firm to be in! Nonetheless, the introduction of Wellalage modified the entire complexion of the sport, because the spinner halted Indian batsmen’s early cost.
Gill was the primary batsman to depart. The opener performed a ahead defence with out totally overlaying the road and as soon as the ball beat his bat, Gill’s destiny was sealed.
Wellalage, a former under-19 captain of his nation, then went on to point out why he has been spoken so extremely in Lankan cricketing circles.
The 20-year-old bowled a straight, fast supply and Rohit couldn’t convey his bat down on time, because the ball rearranged his timber.
However Wellalage wasn’t completed. He added the wickets of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, who added 63 runs for the seventh wicket with Ishan Kishan, and Hardik Pandya to his kitty for his maiden five-wicket haul in ODI cricket.
Not one of the following batsmen may successfully negate the uneven bounce and activate the pitch, as Asalanka wreaked havoc in India’s center and late order.
His supply to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja would carry loads of repeat worth.
The ball reared from the size, turned and bounced viciously to take an fringe of Jadeja’s bat earlier than nestling in stumper Kusal Mendis’ gloves.
India inched previous the 200-run mark as Axar Patel made a valuable 26, and the whole proved simply sufficient on the evening.
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