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Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: India March Into Final; Beats Sri Lanka By 41 Runs

India comes into this match after a convincing victory over Pakistan, and they will be aiming to continue their winning momentum.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Sep 13, 2023 02:32 IST
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Asia Cup 2023 IND vs SL Live
Asia Cup 2023 IND vs SL Live

Asia Cup 2023, India Vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka in their second Super Four tie of the Asia Cup 2023. India has won the toss and elected to bat first at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. In an important change to the Indian team, Shardul Thakur has been replaced by Axar Patel, with the pitch expected to favor spinners. Shreyas Iyer remains unavailable due to a back spasm. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has maintained the same playing XI from their previous match. India comes into this match after a convincing victory over Pakistan, and they will be aiming to continue their winning momentum. Sri Lanka, the defending champions, will be looking to bounce back with a strong performance after losing to Bangladesh in their previous match.

The match promises to be an exciting encounter between two competitive teams in the Asia Cup. India will be aiming to secure another win, while Sri Lanka will be determined to get back on track with a victory in this crucial fixture. Cricket fans can expect an entertaining contest between these two sides.

India (Playing XI)

Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI)

Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadira Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjay de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Welles, Mahish Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Mathisha Pathirana.
Axar Patel has been included in India’s playing 11 in place of Shardul Thakur.

01:21 (IST) 13 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: India March Into Final; Beats Sri Lanka By 41 Runs

The Indian bowlers displayed a magnificent collective performance, propelling their team to a 41-run victory over a resilient Sri Lanka in a Super 4 match and securing a spot in the Asia Cup final on Tuesday.

Rohit Sharma's half-century (53 off 48 balls) played a pivotal role in India's below-par total of 213, as Lankan spinners Dunith Wellalage (5/40) and Charith Asalanka (4/18) kept them on their toes.

However, India, guided by Kuldeep Yadav's 4 for 43, managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 172.

India, with four points in the bag, will face either Sri Lanka or Pakistan in the summit clash on Sunday. The hosts are set to clash with Pakistan in a crucial match on Thursday.

The lackluster performance by their batsmen meant that the Indian bowlers needed to be precise from the get-go. Jasprit Bumrah led the way by dismissing Pathum Nissanka, who edged the ball behind the wicket to KL Rahul.

Kusal Mendis, who looked in great form, fell to a slow, full delivery from Bumrah, caught by substitute fielder Suryakumar Yadav at covers. After a quick check with the TV umpire for a bump ball, Mendis was declared out.

Mohammed Siraj joined the party by restricting Dimuth Karunaratne's room to maneuver, leading to a catch by Shubman Gill at second slip.

Sri Lanka was at 25 for 3 at this point, and Kuldeep took a couple of quick wickets, reducing them to 99 for six.

Nevertheless, Wellalage (42 not out) and Dhananjaya de Silva (41 off 66 balls) resurrected Lankan hopes with a partnership of 63 runs for the seventh wicket.

However, the partnership was cut short when De Silva attempted to clear the infield off Jadeja but gave a simple catch to Gill at the edge of the circle.

From that point, Wellalage tried to bridge the gap, but it proved to be an insurmountable task.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Wellalage and off-spinner Asalanka had disrupted the rhythm of Indian batters, taking nine wickets between them.

However, before the Lankan spinners exploited the turning pitch at Premadasa, India started their innings aggressively. Rohit and Gill's opening partnership of 80 runs in just 12 overs brought back memories of India's recent blitz against Pakistan when they posted a massive 356 for two.

Rohit's innings saw him reach a significant personal milestone, becoming the sixth Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in ODIs. This landmark came in style as Rohit hit a majestic six off pacer Kasun Rajita.

Wellalage's introduction shifted the game's momentum as the spinner halted India's early charge. Gill was the first to depart, his defense without full coverage resulted in his dismissal.

Wellalage then dismissed Rohit, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya, securing his maiden five-wicket haul in ODI cricket.

Asalanka wreaked havoc in India's middle and late order, and his delivery to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja was particularly notable. The ball reared from the length, turned, and bounced viciously, taking an edge off Jadeja's bat before nestling into stumper Kusal Mendis' gloves.

India managed to cross the 200-run mark with Axar Patel contributing a valuable 26, which proved to be enough for the night.

21:37 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Another Wicket! Jadeja Departs Shanaka, Sri Lanka Stands At 99/6 In 25.1 Overs

Ravindra Jadeja makes an impact on his return with a wicket! He delivers a full, tossed-up delivery just outside off. Shanaka tries to defend but ends up pushing at the ball away from his body. It turns away, taking the outside edge and flying towards Rohit Sharma at first slip. Rohit shows quick reflexes, diving to his right to grab the ball inches from the ground. It's an excellent low catch, and India gets a crucial wicket. Shanaka departs after scoring 9 runs from 13 deliveries, including one boundary. Sri Lanka is losing wickets at regular intervals now.

21:19 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Another Wicket! Yadav Departs Asalanka, Sri Lanka Stands At 73/5 In 19.2 Overs

Kuldeep Yadav strikes again, and this time, it's Asalanka who departs! Kuldeep's flighted delivery drifts in, tempting Asalanka into a sweep shot. Asalanka connects with the ball, but it brushes off his glove and loops up after making contact with the pad. Rahul, the wicketkeeper, showcases exceptional reflexes, diving forward to his right to snatch the catch inches from the ground. Umpire Richard Illingworth doesn't hesitate and raises his finger. Asalanka engages in a brief discussion with Dhananjaya about whether to review, but ultimately, he decides to walk. He scored 22 runs from 35 balls, including two boundaries. Kuldeep Yadav is on fire, sending both well-set batsmen back to the pavilion. Sri Lanka is in a precarious position now.

21:12 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Another Wicket! Yadav Departs Samarawickrama, Sri Lanka Stands At 69/4 In 18.2 Overs

Kuldeep Yadav delivers the crucial breakthrough! Samarawickrama's aggressive approach proves costly as he tries to take on Kuldeep's spin. He ventures down the wicket but fails to connect cleanly, leaving a gap between bat and ball. Behind the stumps, Rahul seizes the opportunity, swiftly dislodging the bails. The square leg umpire doesn't hesitate and raises his finger, with no need for a referral. Samarawickrama departs for 17 runs off 31 balls, with a lone boundary to his name. India finally gets the wicket they were eagerly seeking, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav's deceptive flight and Samarawickrama's audacious shot selection.

20:37 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND Vs SL Live: Sri Lanka Stands At 42/3 In 10.5 Overs

The score after 11 overs is Sri Lanka 42-3. Charith Asalanka is batting on 8 runs from 14 balls, while Sadeera Samarawickrama has scored 7 runs from 11 balls. Hardik Pandya has bowled 1 over, conceding 3 runs without taking any wickets. Sri Lanka has lost 3 wickets at this stage in their innings.

19:29 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Sri Lanka Restricts India At 213

Bowlers of Sri Lanka restricts India at 213 runs in Colombo.

18:54 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Rain Stops, Covers Coming Off

Rain departs from Colombo, covers are coming off from the field. Play to resume soon.

18:32 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND Vs SL Live: It's Raining!

The play has stopped as rain arrived in Colombo.

18:05 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: India Struggles To Reach 200 Runs, Sri Lanka Bowlers Put Up A Great Show

Asalanka is on fire for Sri Lanka as he takes two wickets in two balls. Kuldeep Yadav, who has struggled against spin, goes on the back foot to punch a delivery that is turning away. The ball takes a regulation outside edge and is held nicely by the slip fielder to his left. India is faltering against spin, and the R Premadasa Stadium is buzzing with excitement. Kuldeep Yadav is dismissed for a golden duck, and Sri Lanka's spinners are causing havoc in the Indian batting lineup.

17:50 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Jadeja Departs, India Struggles At 178/7 In 38.5 Overs

Jadeja is dismissed! Asalanka takes the wicket. Jadeja departs with his head down. He is caught by Kusal Mendis. Jadeja scored 4 runs from 19 deliveries.

17:42 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Wellalage Departs Pandeya, India Struggles At 172/6 In 36 Overs

Wellalage to Hardik Pandya, he's gone! Wellalage has his maiden fifer. The last ball of his spell does the trick. It's quicker and full outside off, with a hint of turn away. Hardik Pandya leans forward to defend, but the ball takes a thick outside edge. Kusal Mendis is immediately convinced and appeals confidently. However, the umpire is initially unmoved. Sri Lanka decides to review, and it turns out to be a successful one. Hardik Pandya departs after scoring 5 runs from 18 deliveries. Kusal Mendis takes the catch.

17:33 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Another Blow To India, Asalanka Departs Kishan, Score 170/5 In 34.2 Overs

Asalanka to Ishan Kishan, and he's gone! A fantastic catch by Wellalage has sent Ishan Kishan packing. The delivery was full outside off, tempting Ishan Kishan to go for a powerful drive. He connected well, but the ball was sailing over the cover fielder. However, Wellalage had other plans. He leaped into the air, stretching his arms to the maximum, and plucked the ball out of thin air. Despite not being the tallest of players, Wellalage used every inch of his height to perfection, and his acrobatic effort resulted in a crucial wicket for Sri Lanka. Ishan Kishan's departure has tilted the balance in Sri Lanka's favor. He departs after scoring 33 runs from 61 deliveries, including one boundary and one six. Sri Lanka is now in a commanding position. Ishan Kishan is caught by Wellalage off Asalanka's delivery.

17:23 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND Vs SL Live: India Loses 4th Wicket As Dunith Wellalage Departs Rahul, India At 154/4 In 30 Overs

KL Rahul is dismissed, caught and bowled by Wellalage for 39 runs from 44 balls, including 2 fours. India loses another wicket, and the match continues to be closely contested.

16:56 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND Vs SL Live: Rahul, Kishan Rebuild Innings, India At 131/3 In 26 Overs

After 26 overs, India is at 131-3. KL Rahul is currently batting on 20 runs from 28 balls, while Ishan Kishan has scored 19 runs from 43 balls. Sri Lankan bowler Maheesh Theekshana has bowled 5 overs, conceding 20 runs without taking any wickets. The match is finely poised, with both teams looking to gain the upper hand.

16:23 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Wellalage On Fire, Departs Rohit, India At 98/3 In 17.2 Overs

A crucial wicket for Sri Lanka as Wellalage dismisses Rohit Sharma for 53 runs. Rohit looked well set and was eyeing a big score, but he fell victim to a delivery that stayed low. Wellalage bowled an arm-ball that landed a fraction short, causing Rohit to stay back to defend it. However, the ball didn't bounce as expected, skimming through and beating the toe-end of Rohit's bat before crashing into the leg stump. It was an unlucky dismissal for Rohit, and Sri Lanka gained a vital wicket in quick succession.

16:09 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Wellalage Strikes Again, Departs Kohli, India At 90/2 In 13.5 Overs

A crucial wicket for Sri Lanka as Wellalage dismisses Virat Kohli for just 3 runs. Kohli, who had scored a century in the previous match, was unable to get going this time. Wellalage delivered a shorter length ball that didn't come on as expected, and Kohli couldn't control his flick. He ended up chipping the ball to mid-wicket, where Shanaka took a comfortable catch. This wicket gave Sri Lanka a much-needed breakthrough as Kohli's wicket is always prized.

16:00 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Wellalage Strikes, Departs Gill, India At 80/1 In 11.1 Overs

A brilliant delivery from Wellalage dismissed Shubman Gill, cleaning up his stumps and breaking a vital partnership. Gill, who had been looking solid, was lured into a defensive shot, only for the ball to spin past his bat and hit the top of off-stump. It was a dream delivery for any spinner and got the home crowd excited. Gill departed after scoring 19 runs, including two boundaries.

15:38 (IST) 12 Sep 2023
Asia Cup 2023, IND vs SL Live: Rohit Sharma Achieves A New Milestone, Completes 10,000 Runs

Kasun Rajitha continued his spell from one end, and the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, showcased his class with a magnificent six straight down the ground. This impressive shot not only added valuable runs to the scoreboard but also marked a significant milestone in Rohit Sharma's ODI career - he completed 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.

The Hitman's sensational shot demonstrated his ability to play the big innings that the team needed. With this milestone and his impeccable timing, the stage is set for Rohit Sharma to potentially play a substantial innings for India. The scoreboard read IND 43/0 in 7 overs, and the Indian team was off to a solid start in the match.

First published on: Sep 12, 2023 07:03 PM IST

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