Despite a tumultuous final over, Sri Lanka was able to pull off an upset victory over India and advance to the Super-4 round of the Asia Cup. The event took place in Dubai.
As the Dasun Shanaka-led team maintained their resurgence after their opening match loss to Afghanistan, the Asia Cup match between India and Sri Lanka featured one more final-over drama. India won the match, and Sri Lanka advanced to the next round.
Shanaka was unable to get a bat on a short and slower ball that Arshdeep Singh bowled in Dubai when Sri Lanka needed two runs off of the final two deliveries. However, the Sri Lankan captain began to run for the single just as Bhanuka Rajapaksa was making his way down the pitch toward the striker’s end. Rishabh Pant failed to toss the ball at the stumps, which allowed Rajapaksa to run in without being caught. On the other hand, Arshdeep had a chance to run Shanaka out at the end when he was not batting.
However, the left-arm bowler again missed his delivery, and as a consequence of the overthrow, Sri Lanka were able to take another run, which allowed them to win the match and seal the triumph.
With two victories from their first two matches, Sri Lanka has almost secured their spot in the championship match.
India, meantime, is on the verge of elimination, and in order to avoid that fate, they need Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to both win their matches against Pakistan, in addition to ensuring that they win their match against Afghanistan by a sufficient margin to advance based on net run rate.
After suffering a loss at the hands of Pakistan at the same location, Shanaka sent India to the batting crease.
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The contribution of Rohit Sharma’s 72 runs off just 41 balls was a boost for the squad, but the rest of India’s batting order fell short as they scored 173 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Then, half-centuries from openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis set the stage for Sri Lanka’s chase. However, despite losing four wickets for only 13 runs in the middle of the game, Shanaka and Rajapaksa put on an unbeaten 64-run stand to carry Sri Lanka home with a ball to spare.
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