Sri Lanka defeated India in the third match of the Super 4 stage in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Chasing 174, Sri Lanka had a phenomenal start as their openers, Pathum Nissanka (52) and Kusal Mendis (57), took the game away right from the beginning with a dominating partnership.
The duo added 97 runs before Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of Nissanka. A few balls later, Chahal also dismissed Charith Asalanka to bring India back into the game. Ravichandran Ashwin also joined the party and removed Danushka Gunathilaka before Yuzi bagged his third wicket in the form of Mendis.
The sudden fall of wickets took the game to the final over, where the Lankans managed to hold their nerves and won the contest by six wickets.
Earlier, a quickfire half-century by skipper Rohit Sharma helped Team India reach a challenging total at the end of their 20 overs.
Apart from a 97-run partnership for the third wicket between Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav, the Lankan bowlers did not allow any big stands after destroying India’s top order.
Following Suryakumar’s dismissal, the momentum again swung in Sri Lanka’s favour as the Men in Blue reached 173/8. For the Islanders, Dilshan Madushanka picked up three wickets for 24 while Chamika Karunaratne (2/27) and Dasun Shanaka (2/26) bagged a couple of scalps each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
WHAT. A. WIN! 👊👊
Sri Lanka clinch a thriller against India. Win by 6 wickets 👏
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 6, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2022
India losing consecutive Asia Cup matches in 21st century:
v SL & PAK in 2014
v PAK & SL in 2022
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 6, 2022
India has a lot of concerns to address and they will be very disappointed with this result. Many areas to improve on before the World Cup. A special effort by Sri Lanka though. #IndvsSL
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) September 6, 2022
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) September 6, 2022
The winning moment of Sri Lanka, chase down 176 runs vs Afghanistan and 174 runs vs India in Super 4. pic.twitter.com/6QjLKCVkjD
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 6, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 6, 2022
Heartbreak at the end of another thriller, as Sri Lanka clinch the win in the final over.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 6, 2022
Not an excuse but tough to ignore the Toss impact in Dubai. Hardest ground to win defending. One has to score in excess of 185 to win. In the last 19 games , 17 have won by the chasing team. The two games that the team won batting first were NZ v Scotland and India v Hong Kong.
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) September 6, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) September 6, 2022
So here we are again. How can India make it to the finals?
Afghanistan will have to defeat Pakistan
India will have to beat AFG
Sri Lanka will have to beat PAK#AsiaCup2022
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) September 6, 2022
Sri Lanka win the Super Four game by 6 wickets.
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 6, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 6, 2022
2 games in a row, a young pacer was given this huge responsibility.
He took it deep, very deep with some brilliant yorkers. He did all he could to give us a chance.
Keep your head very high with a lot of pride, @arshdeepsinghh. ❤️
Arshdeep & Bumrah, we believe in you. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3VfCRTrUaA
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) September 6, 2022
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