Sri Lanka pulled off a surprising win over India in the super-4 stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 through another clinical run chase to cement the top spot while pretty much ending India’s hopes of winning an eighth title. A healthy opening partnership was followed by a brilliant cameo in the death by Dasun Shanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa to help them get over the line in the last over of the game.
The match took place at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday and produced the most exciting encounter of the Asia Cup so far as the contest boiled down to the penultimate ball. With their second successive win, Sri Lanka retained their top spot and there are certain chances that they will be reaching the final. India, on the other hand, will have to defeat Afghanistan in a dominant fashion while hoping that Pakistan loses both their game against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for the men in blue to reach the final.
Rohit Sharma gave a brilliant start to India with a breathtaking knock of 72 off just 41 deliveries to take India to 173/8 despite a flurry of wickets in the final few overs. Dilshan Madhushanka was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, producing sensational figures of 3/24 in his four overs including the crucial scalp of Virat Kohli for a duck.
Sri Lanka’s openers came out all guns blazing as they smashed the Indian seamers in the initial overs, hitting their way to 50 in the sixth over itself. Soon enough, the Lions were cruising at 97/0, but then Yuzvendra Chahal turned the tide of the game in India’s favor by conceding just one run and taking a couple of wickets.
The change in momentum saw Sri Lanka lose one wicket after another, putting India back in the driver’s seat. However, eventually, a brilliant partnership of 64 in just 35 deliveries between Bhanuka Rajapaksa (25 off 17) and skipper Dasun Shanaka (33 off 18) took the Lankans home with a ball and six wickets to spare.
Here is the video of the final moments of the match as Sri Lanka sealed the win:
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Here is how the netizens reacted to the win from Sri Lanka:
Even M Shami & M Siraj had bowled better than this bowling lineup of India..
Agree or not?
— Saeed Cricky🏏⚪ (@SaeedCricky) September 6, 2022
— aliyanadeem65 (@aliyanadeem654) September 6, 2022
Was never on the cards😔 SL made it a one sided chase, then tried to give it to India but again somehow got it to their hand and won the game. India again using only 5 bowlers has impacted them huge. Slight chances to progress but only slight💔 2 Paytm series potu WC kelambuvom😅
— Srivathsan Yuvi (@srivathsan_yuvi) September 6, 2022
— ASfA 🖤 (@asfashokat12345) September 6, 2022
Not the final result we were looking for🥺😔😔.
— Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad (@AhmadCapitano) September 6, 2022
— Hammad Khowaja (@hammadkk1703) September 6, 2022
India just qualified for Delhi Airport
— Bareera (@bareeratariq_) September 6, 2022
No point blaming Gogi for the missed catch vs Pak. He is a good find for India's death over bowling. Well played #arshdeepsingh. Reality is BCCI should make Yo Yo tests tougher. Opinion. #AsiaCup2022 #INDvSL
— Manas P. Kashyap (@manas_33) September 6, 2022