The IND vs SL Super 4 match in Colombo took a dramatic turn with the Indian top-order facing a sudden collapse. Dunit Wellalage, the Sri Lankan bowler, dismissed Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma in quick succession, putting India in a precarious situation.
Despite a strong opening partnership of 80 runs between Rohit and Gill, India’s fortunes changed rapidly as Wellalage capitalized on the uneven bounce of the pitch. His deliveries outfoxed the Indian batsmen, exploiting the variable bounce to Sri Lanka’s advantage.
The ball that dismissed Gill spun sharply, deceiving the batsman who had anticipated it to come inward. Kohli, too, was left bewildered by the unexpected turn and bounce generated by the pitch, while Rohit fell victim to a lack of bounce from the delivery. These deliveries highlighted the inconsistent bounce on the track, a contrast to the conditions observed on the previous Monday.
After slipping to 91/3, India managed to regain their footing with a 63-run partnership between KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan. Just when it seemed like India was stabilizing, Wellalage returned to the attack and dismissed Rahul, who, like Kohli, was taken aback by the bounce of the delivery that got him out.
Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan displayed quick reflexes and remarkable glovework to save himself from a throw by Sadeera Samarawickrama. In the 25th over of the Indian innings, Kishan played a ball towards him at cover, which was fielded by Sadeera. He swiftly caught the ball, and Sadeera Samarawickrama immediately apologized for the throw.
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Ultimately, the incident showcased the spirit of cricket and camaraderie between the two teams. Both India and Sri Lanka have each won a game in the Super 4 stage. The team emerging victorious in this crucial match will move one step closer to the final of Asia Cup 2023. Earlier in the day, India won the toss and chose to bat first.