IND vs SL Asia Cup: India defeat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets


Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first against Sri Lanka at Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.


"Felt pretty good," says Yuvraj Singh. "I needed those hits for my confidence. Not the easiest wicket to bat on, you need to go there and give yourself some time. My job was to go and play the situation, this game and the last game. Just happy I'm hitting the ball well."


Over 19.2 Herath to Kohli, FOUR! down the track again, and this time the line is straighter. Kohli just whips it away over mid wicket one bounce and over the rope, and he's piloted India home with a supremely controlled innings.

India 138/5 (19)

Over 18.5 Siriwardana to Kohli, FOUR! down the track, and Kohli gets to fifty with a super shot. Flat-bats this wide-ish length ball cleanly over the covers.

Over 18.3 Siriwardana to Dhoni, SIX! down the track, and Dhoni just dismisses that from his presence. Reaches the pitch of this off stump ball and whips his wrists through the line to launch it straight back over the bowler's head.

India 125/5 (18)

Over 7.5 Herath to Pandya, OUT, bowled him! Herath has just worked Pandya over here. Bowled it much quicker, on a good length, and got it to straighten. Pandya's front shoulder opens up again as he looks to whip across the line, and the ball beats his outside edge and pegs back off stump.

HH Pandya b Herath 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

India 122/4 (17)

Over 16.5 That’s gone! Caught OUT at the fine leg. Perera bangs a well directed bouncer and Yuvraj takes his eye off the ball a little while swiveling to hook.

Yuvraj Singh c Kulasekara b Perera 35 (18b 3x4 3x6) SR: 194.44

Over 16.4 Perera to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, shot! That's right in Yuvraj's slot, full, giving him swinging room outside off, and he swings freely through the line to lift it over the wide mid-off region.

Over 16.1 Edged and four! The irony: Of all the impeccable shots Virat has played today, he gets four for the inside edge.

India 112/3 (16)

Over 15.5 Chameera to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR! shortish on middle and leg, that didn't climb as much as Yuvraj expected. He drags his pull down off the inside half of his bat, gets it into the gap to the left of long leg.

India 105/3 (15)

Over 14.3 SIX! He's dealing it in sixes now. Yuvraj Singh has hit that one over the cover point. A slice under the ball!

India 96/3 (14)

Quick fact: While chasing in T20Is, the average of Virat Kohli is 73.44, with seven of his 12 50s coming when batting second.

India 92/3 (13)

Over 12.6 Oh Yuvraj! Your fans have been waiting for this so long. SIX! That’s special from Yuvi. Full on leg stump and he whips it away soaring over the midwicket boundary.

Over 12.5 Six! Yuvi goes down the track, doesn't quite reach the pitch of this off-stump ball, but he doesn't care. Just goes through with the shot, hard over the bowler's head, and long-on has no chance even though he barely has any distance to cover to his right.

"I am afraid the umpires have a bit to answer for in this tournament," Harsha Bhogle tweets.

India 77/3 (12)

Over 11.4 Yuvraj Singh comes in to bat and opens his account with a Four. Short, angling away delivery and Yuvraj chases it and slashes it away over backward point

Over 11.1 Raina was looking to chip it, just checked his shot at the last moment. the ball went straight up in the air, which Kulasekara took with a little fumble.

SK Raina c Kulasekara b Shanaka 25 (26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 96.15

India 70/2 (11)

Rangana Herath into attack

India 66/2 (10)

Over 9.5 Chameera to Raina, FOUR! length ball on off stump and that's been played beautifully. Gets his head over the ball and whips it away to the left of mid-on.

India 58/2 (9)

Virat Kohli is timing the ball perfectly and showing great class and technique. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina is getting into a good position toplay each ball.

India 50/2 (8) 

Over 7.3 Oh, that sweet sound of the bat! Just showed full face of the bat and punched a fullish outside ball between short cover and mid-off. Four to Kohli.

India 42/2 (7)

India 37/2 (6) 

Over 5.6 Kohli reaches out to a length ball outside off, and flashes a magnificent cover drive of the off-side. Exceptional weight transfer.

Over 5.1 Kulasekara to Kohli, Four! length ball wide of off, Kohli reaches out to drive and slices it squarer than he wanted, in the air over the leaping point fielder.

India 25/2 (5)

Over 4.2 Four! Kohli flicks a length ball angling into off stump into the gap to the right of midwicket, and timed so well that long leg has no way of running around and cutting it off.

India 20/2 (4)

Over 3.6 Kulasekara to Raina, Four! full on middle and leg, clipped in the air, but into the gap to the left of midwicket.

Over 3.2 OUT, got him! That was lazy from Sharma. Beautiful delivery on off, enticing the batsman to drive away from the body. Sharma goes for it, gets a nick, which pops towards Kapugedera at slip.

RG Sharma c Kapugedera b Kulasekara 15 (14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

India 16/1 (3)

Over 2.1 Oh, almost a catch! That was sloppy from Sharma, who clips the angling ball from Mathews towards mid-on. Ends up chipping it up in the air, fortunately the ball landed in front of the diving fielder. Four!

India 11/1 (2)

Over 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

S Dhawan c †Chandimal b Kulasekara 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Over 1.4 One bounce, over the fence for four! Rohit Sharma lofted that one up the mid-on fielder.

India 6/0 (1)

Over 0.5 Four! Back of a length delivery, a bit of width and Rohit puts it away, full follow-through of the bat, finishing above his left shoulder, as he slaps it away in front of point.

There we go. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are at crease to chase down the target set by Lankans.

India require 139 runs to win.

Sri Lanka 138/9 (20)

Over 19.6 OUT! smashed away towards deep midwicket.Virat Kohli fires the throw at wicket keeper's end, Dhoni takes off the bail with lightning speed. Kulasekara is well out of the crease.

KMDN Kulasekara run out 13 (9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 144.4

Over 19.4 And again, it’s a Four! Another low full toss outside off, Kulasekara bends his knees, gets under it and hits it beautifully over cover for four.

Over 19.3 Nehra to Kulasekara, FOUR! shot. Picked his spot and executed well. Got a low full toss which aided and abetted him. Kulasekara slogs it away over midwicket.

Sri Lanka 127/8 (19)

Over 18.5 Stumped by Ashwin's cleverness. OUT! Perera goes down the track again but Ashwin balls slow and wide off the stump. Dhoni whips off the bails. The replay shows his bat was inside the line.

NLTC Perera st †Dhoni b Ashwin 17 (6b 2x4 1x6) SR: 283.3

Over 18.2 Ashwin to Perera, SIX! He does what the number 8 should be doing. He goes down the pitch, slogs it over midwicket for a gigantic six.

Sri Lanka 115/7 (18)

Over 17.4 Oh! There's another one. Four! Slower ball this time on middle and Perera pulls powerfully in the gap at midwicket.

Over 17.3 Four! Perera clears one foot and muscles a drive to the long-off boundary to the first ball.

Over 17.2 OUT! taken. Wow, what sweet timing, but he has picked out sweeper cover to perfection. Full delivery outside off, Kapugedara smashes an inside-out drive with amazing timing and it carries to Pandya at sweeper cover who takes a really good catch, backtracking.

CK Kapugedera c Pandya b Bumrah 30 (32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 93.75

Sri Lanka 104/6 (17)

Over 16.6 Oh! Run out on a free hit. Ashiwn balls a low full toss on middle, Shanaka slogs it away to midwicket. Rohit Sharma fires down the throw, Ashwin does the needful.

Over 16.6 Ashwin balls a no ball, Free Hit!

Over 15.1 That's gone, OUT! Tossed up on off, Siriwardana clears one foot and launches it high in the air towards long-on where Raina settles under it to take an easy catch.

TAM Siriwardana c Raina b Ashwin 22 (17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 129.4

Sri Lanka 100/4 (16)

Sri Lanka are taking risks with cheeky singles and have been fairly rewarded.

Sri Lanka 91/4 (15)

Over 14.4 Aswhin to Kapugedera, Four! Over the covers.

Over 14.2 Oh! The ball went high up in the air, but sadly no one was there to catch. 

Sri Lanka 84/4 (14)

Over 13.2 Four! They are looking to step up the gear here. Kapugedera swivels one down the leg over to the backward square leg boundary.

Raina comes in

Sri Lanka 75/4 (13)

Over 12.3 Four! Jadeja is going for a spin here. Cleverly done by the batsman; beautifully guided the ball to the third man boundary.

Over 12.2 SIX! Going, Going, Gone. Siriwardana hits one straight off the bowler's head.

Just about Angelo Mathews started to take on Indian bowlers, he got out! Can Lankans climb out of the void?

Sri Lanka 62/4 (12)

Ashwin comes into attack.

Sri Lanka 57/4 (11)

Over 10.6 OUT! An eventful over from Pandya. Full outside off, Mathews brings an angled bat down late and gets a thick inside edge which clatters into the stumps.

AD Mathews b Pandya 18 (19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.73

Over 10.5 Four! Superb stroke from Mathews. He has found his spot: midwicket and mid-on. Fine execution.

Over 10.1 Pandya to Mathews, FOUR! smashed, runs down to the pitch and bludgeons a length delivery past wide mid-on for four. Good intent and execution from Mathews so far.

Sri Lanka 47/3 (10)

Over 9.4  Jadeja to Mathews, Four!

Sri Lanka 41/3 (9)

Over 8.1 Pandya to Kapugedera, Four! Nicely placed away from the first slip, down to the third man boundary.

Sri Lanka 35/3 (8) 

A decent over by Yuvi.

Sri Lanka 32/3 (7)

Over 6.1 WICKET! Dilshan is gone. First ball from Pandya: a bouncer on the middle. Dilshan pulls it straight to Ashwin’s hand at fine leg.

TM Dilshan c Ashwin b Pandya 18 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Sri Lanka 31/2 (6)

Over 5.1 Four! Poor delivery from Bumrah and punished by Dilshan. Length delivery but sliding down leg, Dilshan helps it on its way towards fine leg where Dhawan does well to get around and stop it, but the ball trickles away to the fence.

Sri Lanka 22/2 (5)

Over 4.5 Huge appeal! Oh my, what has happened here. The ball hit the pads, Nehra and others were excited; but the umpire had other things in mind.

Sri Lanka 15/2 (4)

Over 3.4 OUT! The appeal to a terrific good length, drifting to the off side, was made quite late by Dhoni. Bumrah responds, and the finger goes up.

DSNFG Jayasuriya c †Dhoni b Bumrah 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Over 3.2 Four! Dilshan goes for improvisation of the dilscoop type, beats the short fine leg.

Sri Lanka 9/1 (3)

Over 2.2 OUT! In-form Chandimal goes down the wicket attempting a slog, Nehra bangs a good of length ball. The ball edges the bat and goes to wicketkeeper Dhoni, who makes no mistake.

LD Chandimal c †Dhoni b Nehra 4 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.3

Sri Lanka 5/0 (2)

Sri Lanka 4/0 (1)

Over 0.2  Four! Chandimal drives uppishly to a full and wide delivery from Nehra


India XI: Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (wk & capt), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Aswhin, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka XI: Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Milinda Siriwardana, 4 Dasun Shanaka, 5 Angelo Mathews (Capt), 6 Chamara Kapugedara, 7 Shehan Jayasuriya, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Thisara Perera