IND vs SL: India’s second consecutive defeat, Sri Lanka gave a blow to the hopes of the final
IND Vs SL T20 Asia Cup Match Report Today: Indian team had to face defeat against Pakistan in their last match of Super Four.
Asia Cup 2022 to reach the finals of Indian Cricket Team Expectations have been dealt a blow. After the loss to Pakistan, India also had to face defeat in a tough match against Sri Lanka. In another thrilling match that lasted till the last over in Dubai, India lost by 6 wickets. Sri Lanka achieved the target of 174 runs from India on the fifth ball of the 20th over. In this way, Sri Lanka took a step in the final with two consecutive victories, while Team India is in danger of being out.
Sri Lanka’s scintillating opening
The Sri Lankan team, who chased down the target in two consecutive matches against Bangladesh and then Afghanistan, went into this match with confidence. The opening pair of Pathum Nisanka and Kusal Mendis, who were batting tremendously, had themselves blunted half the edge of the target of 174 runs from India. Both scored 27 runs in the first 4 overs of the powerplay, but ended the powerplay with 57 runs in the next two overs, adding 30 runs.
Chahal-Ashwin made a comeback
India included Ravichandran Ashwin in this match, but he too could not make an impact in the beginning, while the first two overs of Yuzvendra Chahal were very expensive. Nisanka scored a half-century in 32 balls and took the team to 97 runs by the 11th over. Then the Indian team returned. Yuzvendra Chahal took the wickets of Nisanka and Asalanka in the 12th over, while Ashwin took the wicket of Guntilaka in the 14th over.
The 15th over was the last of Chahal’s spell and he brought some relief to India by taking a big wicket of Mendis off the first ball.
Rajapaksa-Shanaka’s finishing touches
From here Team India had a chance to return. Sri Lanka needed 64 runs in the last 35 balls but then there were two in-form batsmen in the form of Bhanuka Rajapaksa and captain Dasun Shanaka. Like the last two matches, both of them once again made a tremendous partnership and snatched the chance of victory from India. In the second consecutive match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved to be expensive in the 19th over and despite all the efforts of Arshdeep Singh in the last over, the team could not escape the defeat.
Kohli-KL fail, Rohit made rail
Once again in Dubai, Team India had to bat first and as bad as the start of the Indian innings was, it did not end well either. Team India lost the wickets of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli within 16 balls at the beginning of the innings. The score was just 13 runs. In such a situation, captain Rohit Sharma played a fiery innings and scored fifty in just 32 balls. During this, Rohit shared an excellent partnership of 97 runs for the third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav.
middle order flop show again
When Rohit got out in the 13th over, India’s score was 110 runs. In such a situation, it was expected that the middle order batsmen would take the team beyond 190 with smoky batting. That didn’t happen. After the fall of Rohit’s wicket, in the remaining 46 balls, the Indian team kept on losing wickets and could only add 63 runs on the board. Once again Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Deepak Hooda returned to the pavilion after playing one or two big shots. In the end, with the help of Ravichandran Ashwin’s 15 runs in 7 balls, the Indian team could reach 173.