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India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Highlights


Cricket  •  13 Sept, 2023  •  2,692 Views  •  ⭐ 2.0

Written by Anand Swami


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India again showcased their dominance in the Asia Cup, sealing a place in the finals with a 41-run victory over Sri Lanka. This success came just a day after a momentous win against Pakistan. The star of the show was Kuldeep Yadav, who, with his splendid performance, continued to torment the opposition with his spin wizardry.

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Double Victory in Tight Schedule

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Merely twenty-four hours after their win over Pakistan, India registered another resounding victory against Sri Lanka at Colombo's iconic R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Despite a rained-out match with Pakistan which spilled into the reserve day, India's spirits remained high. Kohli and KL Rahul's scintillating centuries and Kuldeep's five-wicket haul against Pakistan set the momentum for the team.

Pacers and Spinners – The Winning Combination

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While the Indian batting lineup faced a challenge from the Lankan spinners, the story was quite different when Sri Lanka came out to bat. The initial blows delivered by pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, reducing Sri Lanka to 25 for 3, paved the way for India's victory. Following this, the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja further tightened the screws, not letting the Lankan middle order settle in.

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Dunith Wellalage's Lone Battle

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While India’s team effort was evident, one cannot overlook the commendable all-round performance from Sri Lanka's young talent, Dunith Wellalage. The 20-year-old showcased his bowling prowess by claiming five major Indian wickets and later displayed a mature batting performance. His 63-run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva kept Sri Lanka's hopes alive, albeit briefly.

The Decisive Bowling Spells

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Sri Lanka's spinners, especially the young Dunith Wellalage, were in their element as they gave Indian batsmen a hard time, leading to India's total of 213. Wellalage's five-for was ably supported by Charith Asalanka, who surprised everyone with his career-best figures of 4 for 18. But it was Kuldeep Yadav who had the last laugh, reaching a personal milestone of 150 ODI wickets and guiding India to victory.

Rohit Sharma: Ascending to 10,000 ODI Runs with Style

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Securing his 285th ODI six, Rohit Sharma proudly stands as the 15th cricketer to amass 10,000 ODI runs. Boasting an enviable average of 49, a swift strike rate of 90, and three outstanding double centuries, Rohit has made his mark as the second-fastest to this achievement. The record for the fastest 10,000 runs remains with the ODI maestro, Virat Kohli. Amongst six-hitting giants, only Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi surpass him. Concurrently, India has set a robust foundation with 44 runs without loss in the first eight overs.

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Ravindra Jadeja's Perseverance Shines Through Challenges

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Despite the challenges on the field, Ravindra Jadeja remained relentless. From enduring a dropped catch to almost clipping the off stump with a turn from the middle, and narrowly missing a potential run-out, his determination never waned. His commendable performance is evident from his remarkable figures of 10-0-33-2, showcasing his unwavering commitment to the game.

Hardik Pandya: The Turning Point for India

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Amidst the growing momentum of the de Silva-Wellalage partnership, it's been Hardik Pandya who has brought India back into the game. Delivering his fourth over of a challenging spell, Pandya's efforts have paid off with a much-deserved wicket. His increased pace and aggressive approach have left little room for the batters. It all culminated when Maheesh Theekshana played a length ball straight to mid-on. The game intensifies as the requirement stands at 43 runs from 55 balls, with just two wickets remaining.

What's Next?

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Having secured their position, India qualified for the finals of the Asia Cup 2023 after a compelling 41-run win over Sri Lanka in the Super Fours stage. The next clash in the Super 4 is set to be explosive, as Pakistan and Sri Lanka face off with the victor gaining the chance to challenge India in the finals. With India's ensuing game against Bangladesh not impacting the championship's final lineup, it presents a potential window for the team management to assess their reserve players.

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Conclusion

The 2023 Asia Cup has been nothing short of exciting, with each match unfolding new stories and heroes emerging. India's consistent performance, highlighted by their Super 4 victories, underscores their position as one of the tournament favourites. With the finals on the horizon, cricket enthusiasts await another thrilling contest to crown the champions of Asia.

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