Wednesday, September 13, 2023

How Sri Lanka's 13-game winning streak was broken by India to go to the Asia Cup final

 Delhi, India: A stupendous all-round bowling exertion drove by Kuldeep Yadav compensated for an under-standard trip with the bat as India finished Sri Lanka's 13-game series of wins in ODIs with a thorough 41-run win in a low-scoring thrill ride in Colombo on Tuesday.

With the success, India turned into the main group to fit the bill for the Asia Cup 2023 last.


Subsequent to terminating 356 at the R Premadasa Arena a night prior to, India batting collapsed against the quality Sri Lankan turn assault as Rohit Sharma and co. were packaged out for 213 on a bowling well disposed surface.

For the first time ever, India surrendered all of their wickets to the spinners of the opposition, establishing an undeserved record. As India's batsmen appeared out of sorts, Charith Asalanka took four wickets while Dunith Wellalage took one.

Be that as it may, making the most of the circumstances, the India bowlers went hard and fast, wrapping up the Sri Lanka innings for 172 inside 42 overs. Once more kuldeep featured with the ball, driving the assault with figures of 4 for 43 as a noteworthy trip with the ball brought India into the last.

— BCCI (@BCCI) Here are some highlights from the thriller between Sri Lanka and India.

A strong opening stand

As India won the throw and selected to bat, openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill by and by gave an ideal beginning. The pair added 80 runs for the first wicket, establishing a solid foundation. Rohit appeared to be comfortable with the new ball and took advantage of the Powerplay restrictions, whereas Gill initially had some trouble. Rohit, in particular, looked quite good against the Lankan bowlers as he entered the 10,000-run club in ODIs despite the mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana working alongside pacers within the first ten overs. At the conclusion of the first Powerplay, India had scored 65 runs with Rohit's bat. The eleventh over from slinger Matheesha Pathirana too yielded 15 runs as India looked set for a major aggregate.

Wellalage wizardry

Looking at to leave his imprint against the elegant Indian batting line-up, 20-year-old Dunith Wellalage (5/40) had quite possibly of his best global excursion ever as the left-arm spinner went through the batting line-up. Presented in the twelfth over, Wellalage got right into it immediately, striking first-ball and eliminating Shubman Gill with a ripper for 19. His next casualty was star Virat Kohli, the last match centurion as he was scattered by the skip off the surface and gave a clear catch to Dasun Shanaka at mid-wicket for 3. After wickets in two progressive overs, Wellalage then fortified half-centurion Rohit in his third done with an arm ball. While the Kohli conveyance stuck into the surface and skipped, the Rohit excusal saw the ball keeping very low and pushing over his center stump. Wellalage led the Lankans' flawless comeback after India fell behind 3-1 quickly.

Rahul, Ishan salvage act and the breakdown

As Wellalage unleashed ruin with his triple-strike, last-match centurion KL Rahul and Isahan Kishan held hands to capture the slide. Both fought back against the spinning ball and attempted to form a partnership. While the limits had evaporated totally for India both Rahul and Ishan focussed on pivoting the strike and kept the scoreboard moving. With the pair dealing with a 50 or more association, maybe India were rescued of difficulty yet Wellalage got back to break the 63-run stand in the 30th over. Ishan, 33, joined Rahul shortly after he left for 39, and in the 35th over, he lost to Charith Asalanka. After the excusals of Rahul and Ishan in a matter of seconds, it was normal that Hardik Pandya would act the hero close by Ravindra Jadeja yet both looked totally dumbfounded against the wizardry of Wellalage and Asalanka. As the team fell inexpensively for 5 and 4 individually, the Lankans then squeezed towards packaging out India. Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav excessively withdrew for single digit scores however as Axar Patel and Mohd. Siraj battled for the last wicket before downpour halted play toward the finish of the 47th over. After a postponement of very nearly 40 minutes, Axar and Siraj hauled India past the 200-run mark. Their vital 27-run represent the last wicket took India to 213 preceding Theekshana excused Axar in the last finished.

India's pacers, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohd, rocked Lanka early in the defending 213. Siraj getting three wickets in the first powerplay. While Pathum Nissanka was the first to stroll back for 6 in the third finished, Kusal Mendis (15) followed him not long after hitting 3 limits with Bumrah providings early accomplishment to India. Dimuth Karunaratne (2) then pursued a wide Siraj conveyance outside off and took care of it with his wicket. At 25 for 3 at the beginning of the eighth over, Sri Lanka was reeling.

Kuldeep strikes and Dhananjaya, Wellalage stand

Following an effective powerplay, India kept the tension on Sri Lanka with wickets at customary spans. Charith Asalanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama put an end to the slide with a 43-run partnership, but Kuldeep struck twice in consecutive overs to put India ahead. Ravindra Jadeja then, at that point, eliminated captain Shanaka as Lankans ended up reeling at 99 for 6 in the 26th over. Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage struck a sensational 63-run partnership for the seventh wicket out of nowhere, giving India the appearance of a straightforward victory. Disappointing the India bowlers, both pivoted hit pretty well alongside an intermittent limits. As the organization took off, it looked that the outcome was shifting towards the Lankans. Both de Silva and Wellalage fought hard until the 38th over, giving the Indian bowlers a run for their money.

India had a difficult time with Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage, but Jadeja made the crucial breakthrough in the 38th over, ending the great partnership. De Silva's dismissal opened the gates. Dhananjaya missed a crucial shot, and Shubman Gill caught him at midfield for 41. With not much help left, youthful Wellalage gave all that he had however the Lankans missed the mark. Maheesh Theekshana before long followed De Silva as he was excused by Hardik and after that Kuldeep got back to wrap up the tail, excusing Kasun Rajitha and Matheesha Pathirana off progressive conveyances in the 42nd over. Wellalage stayed unbeaten on 42 as Lanka collapsed for 172, giving India a 41-run win.

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