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India Book a Berth in the Grand Finale of Asia Cup

India Book a Berth in the Grand Finale of Asia Cup

March 02
13:14 2016

men in blueNew Delhi, Wednesday, March 2 – The team that survives under pressure emerges as a victor in the end while the other squad that succumbs to it easily has to wait for another chance to prove they are capable of doing extra ordinary things. The aforementioned saying turned true yesterday in India vs. Sri Lanka match where former beat the latter by 5 wickets.

Here is to mention that players having excellence & potential to do extraordinary things and fineness do matter in each match but surviving under stress is the prime challenge for a team, which may be a mix of both young and experienced players. Enthusiastic Indian players during a match on Tuesday helped the team book a berth in the Grand Finale of Asia Cup. A few individuals shone thanks to determination to impart bigger role in the success of Indian camp. Best was to see Yuvraj Singh coming back in form.

India Playing XI had Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra, while on the other hand, Sri Lankan team comprised Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera and Rangana Herath.

Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka was not crowded as it is when Bangladesh are to compete with a team. However, fewer cricket fans in the stadium continued to support their nations whenever shots were struck or wickets were earned. Indian skipper Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first. The decision was likely given that India love to chase the target set by the opponents. The seventh match of Asia Cup was imperative for both teams. India, though, had the chance to rise in against United Arab Emirates on Thursday, March 3, but same can’t be said for Sri Lanka, who now have feeble opportunity to think of entering in the final blow.

If Bangladesh loses its match at the hands of Pakistan today then only both Pakistan and Sri Lanka can think of qualifying in the finals. The team with better net run rate will decide which group makes it to the last round to challenge India and fight for the trophy. Nehra once again imparted terrific role in giving India first breakthrough by showing wicket-keeper Chandimal way back to the dressing room. Dhoni did not make any mistake in taking a good catch. The opener scored 4 runs in 11 balls that was due to a boundary. Shehan Jayasuriya failed to read how Bumrah delivery is delivered. Dhoni once again pouched the ball making the left-handed batsman leave for the pavilion after scoring 3 runs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the senior player, impressed Sri Lankan fans by sending the ball towards boundary line twice but Pandya couldn’t let him go any further. Dilshan, who at once seemed strong to pull his team out of danger, was dismissed at a score of 18 runs off 16 balls. Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews did not succeed to play a wonderful knock this time too. Despite the fact that he hit three fours, the 28-year-old cricketer was out by Pandya when playing at an individual score of 18. Chamara Kapugedera somehow stabilized Sri Lanka innings thanks to a knock of 30 runs off 32 balls (4 x 3). Milinda Siriwardana gave his desired partnership but soon Ashwin dismissed him, letting India come back in the game. Siriwardana scored 22 runs off 17 deliveries, together with a six and four. He latter succumbed to Bumrah.

Losing Dasun Shanaka for 1 run added stress on Mathews-led side. Being run out by Rohit and Ashwin, he was left with no option but to think for more than once whether to run when playing against a team that has some brilliant fielders. Kapugedera, the highest scorer from Sri Lanka, was next to depart. Thisara Perera was stumped by Dhoni in Ashwin’s over. His dismissal was eyed by India as the 26-year-old tail-ender batman already scored 17 runs in just 6 balls with the help of two fours and a biggie. Nuwan Kulasekara was run out at 13 runs (4 x 2) on the final ball of the over. Dushmantha Chameera was not out at 2 runs. Anyhow, the entire team managed to put 138 runs for the loss of 9 wickets after 20 overs. The total made Sri Lanka think of giving a fight to India, who just required a win to enter the finale.

Two wickets each were taken by Bumrah, Pandya and Ashwin, while Nehra got just one. The moment India kicked off batting, Dhawan lost his wicket at 1 runs. The commencement wouldn’t be called memorable as Rohit Sharma was dismissed at a time when he looked confident. Body language and three boundaries clearly showed that Rohit will not let things go but it was Kulasekara who made his 15-run knock off 14 balls to come to an end. In spite of losing a wicket a tad early, the new batsman on the crease Virat Kohli tried to keep the calm and bat with full concentration.

Suresh Raina gave him support that made India come back on track as early as possible. Dasun Shanaka took his wicket when he was batting at a score of 25 that comprised two fours also. Yuvraj displayed why experience is always better. Even though Perera finished his innings, his 35 runs off 18 balls (4 x 3 and 6 x 3) helped him and the team gain foothold. His knock must have increased his confidence that is good for India as T20 World Cup is nearing. Hardik Pandya lost his wicket early this time too when Herath was brought into attack. He scored a couple of runs.

At one stage the match seemed moving back and forth. It could have been anybody’s game had Indian wicket-keeper Dhoni did not strike a biggie on the dot, lifting the pressure up. Virat Kohli, who was not out at 56 runs (4 x 7), hit the winning run. Dhoni was not out at 7 runs (6 x 1). In 19.2 overs, India scored 142 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. The victory spread broad smiles on each Indian cricketer and fan as the team is first to reach in the finals. Focus of Dhoni’s men will now be at lifting the trophy that will require more than one hundred per cent efforts. Sometimes good performances and tactics fail under pressure. India have the ability to shine in a stressful surrounding unquestionably and better opportunity to win the upcoming game, which is automatically going to grab eyeballs.

One point they need to bear in mind is that there will be no room for making any mistake. Indian cricketers have the potential to change whole equation both with individual performances and through team efforts. The level of enthusiasm is gonna be at peak. The war between bat and ball will fetch attention of the masses on the day when India and one another team will fight for winner’s title. The time for the real action is about to arrive. Hopes are certainly up from full-time, part-time bowlers, batsmen and all-rounders of the Indian camp. Kohli was given Man of the Match for his stylish batting, which lent a hand to India stay robust in the contest soon after he arrived on the pitch.

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