Asia Cup: Shanaka rises to the challenge, keeps Sri Lanka in the title hunt

Sri Lanka have actually won 3 suits on the trot following their humiliating loss to Afghanistan in the competition opener

A number of days prior to the beginning of the DP Globe Asia Mug in the UAE, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka proclaimed that his group was below to bring happiness to their long-suffering individuals by taking the prize back residence.

Couple of would certainly have offered him a possibility to stroll the talk amidst the craze over the opportunity of experiencing 3 India-Pakistan suits in this competition, consisting of the last on September 11.

Also less possibly had actually anticipated Shanaka to provide when he strolled in with the group having a hard time at 110 for 4 in 14.1 overs, while going after 174, after they shed 4 fast gates adhering to a 97-run opening collaboration off simply 66 rounds in between Kusal Mendis (57 off 37 rounds) and also Pathum Nissanka (52 off 37 rounds).

However Shanaka (33 not out off 18 rounds, 4 fours, 1 6) and also Bhanuka Rajapaksa (25 not out off 17 rounds, 2 6s) knocked the packing out of India with a great 64-run unbroken fifth-wicket collaboration that basically placed their group in the last and also pressed India to the edge of removal.

It was Sri Lanka’s 2nd straight win in the Super 4, having actually defeated Afghanistan by 5 gates in their opening Super 4 clash.

Indian rewriters, led by Yuzvendra Chahal (3/34), countered with 4 fast gates, yet Shanaka and also Rajapaksa held their nerve to take the group residence.

Currently India, that shed to Pakistan by 5 gates in their opening Super 4 clash in Dubai on Sunday, require a wonder to maintain their slim opportunities of getting to the last active.

To maintain the Rohit Sharma-led group’s mathematical opportunities active, Afghanistan need to draw of a historical success over Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Arena on Wednesday.

However if Pakistan win in Sharjah, Babar Azam’s group will certainly deal with Sri Lanka in the last on September 11.

Poor beginning

Earlies, captain Rohit led from the front to assist India recoup from an inadequate beginning, yet Sri Lanka resisted to limit India to 173 for 8.

Rohit’s 41-ball 72 (5 fours, 4 6s) and also his 97-run collaboration with Suryakumar Yadav (34 off 28 rounds) place the group back on course after Sri Lanka stunned India with 2 very early gates,

Kl Rahul (6) was the very first male to drop when he was dismissed after a charm for lbw from Maheesh Theekshana as the off-spinner struck in his very first over with the brand-new round.

India experienced a larger strike when Virat Kohli (0) tried a huge shot over the mid-wicket limit versus left-arm pacer Dilshan Madushanka (3/24) just to miss out on the line and also shed his center and also leg stumps.

Rohit after that reconstructed the innings with Yadav prior to introducing his complete series of large shots to score his very first global half-century in 7 innings.

However when India looked established for a large rating, the Sri Lankans countered and also damaged the rear of the Indian center order.

The Sri Lankans bowlers, led by the dazzling Madushanka and also right-arm pacer Chamika Karunaratne (2/27) maintained the competing batsmen on a limited chain as Hardik Pandya (17) and also Rishabh Pant (17) stopped working to transform their beginnings and also provide India a larger overall to protect on a lovely gate to bat.

” The self-confidence in the clothing area is excellent. The bowlers in spots, they bowled well. Credit history to Dilshan, and also Theekshana, they bowled truly well. The batters came out versus them, yet we succeeded,” Shanaka claimed.

They definitely have actually done quite possibly to win 3 suits on the trot after being bowled out for 105 in an awkward loss to Afghanistan in the competition opener.

Currently Shanaka’s males have an actual possibility of copulating versus all the chances.

Quick ratings:

> > Sri Lanka defeated India by 6 gates.

> > India 173-8 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 72, Suryakumar Yadav 34; Dilshan Madushanka 3/24, Chamika Karunaratne 2/27)

> > Sri Lanka 174-4 in 19.5 overs ( Kusal Mendis 57, Pathum Nissanka 52, Dasun Shanaka 33 not out, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 25 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/34, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/32).

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