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Sri Lanka’s winning streak was broken, India defeated in a thrilling game and reached the final

Sri Lanka's winning streak was broken, India defeated in a thrilling game and reached the final

The Indian team continued its winning streak in the 2023 Asia Cup and secured its place in the final by winning the Super 4 against Sri Lanka by a spectacular 41 runs. The Indian team was restricted to a score of 213 runs in this match. Thereafter, the Sri Lanka team chasing the target was restricted to 172 runs in 41.3 overs. On behalf of the Indian team, the bowling magic of Kuldeep Yadav was once again on display as he took four wickets. Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah also took 2-2 wickets. With the loss in this match, Sri Lanka’s winning streak of 13 consecutive matches in ODIs was also broken.

As the Sri Lankan team headed towards the target in this game, their start was not good at all. The first blow for the team came in the form of Pathum Nissanka with a score of 7, who became the victim of Jasprit Bumrah. After that, with the score at 25, the team lost its second wicket in the form of Kusal Mendis. Mohammad Siraj dealt the Sri Lankan team the third blow in the match in the form of Dimuth Karunaratne with the score of 25. After the end of the first 10 overs, the Sri Lankan team’s score was 39 runs for a loss of 3 wickets.

In this match, Samarawickrama and Asalanka tried to handle Sri Lanka’s innings after losing the first three wickets early. For the fourth wicket, there was a 43-run partnership between the two. This dangerous pairing was broken by Kuldeep Yadav as Samarawickrama was stumped trying to play a big shot. Sri Lanka lost their fourth wicket for 68.

After that, the Indian team quickly took Sri Lanka’s fifth wicket, sending Charith Asalanka to the pavilion, whose wicket was also taken by Kuldeep Yadav. With the score at 99, Sri Lanka were given the sixth strike in the form of captain Dasun Shanaka and from then on it became very difficult for them to get back into the game.

Dhananjaya de Silva, who had lost six wickets with the score at 99, took care of the Sri Lankan team’s innings and Dunitha Vellalage, who showed wonders with the ball in that game, started the process of scoring runs at a fast pace. The partnership of 63 runs in 75 balls between the two for the 7th wicket had fully brought Sri Lanka back into the game. Ravindra Jadeja brought the Indian team back into the game by taking the wicket of De Silva, who returned to the pavilion after scoring 41 runs.

After the fall of Dhananjaya de Silva’s wicket, all the hope of the Sri Lankan team rested on Dunitha Vellage. However, he could not get such support from the other end. After the 7th wicket fell for 162, the Sri Lankan team’s innings was reduced to 172 runs in this match. Dunitha Vellalage remained unbeaten in the match after scoring 42 runs at one end. Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets in the game for the Indian team. Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah took 2-2 wickets while Hardik Pandya and Mohammad Siraj took 1-1 wickets.

If we talk about Team India’s batting performance in this game, one could see brilliant half-century innings with captain Rohit Sharma’s bat. Apart from this, KL Rahul scored the team’s second highest score with 39 runs. This game also saw the magic of the spinners of the Sri Lanka team who took all 10 wickets of the Indian team. In the process, 20-year-old spin bowler Dunitha Vellalaghe took five wickets to his name.

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