Asia Cup: Sri Lanka hold nerves in tense win against India
FATULLAH (Bangladesh): Sri Lanka hammered India by two wickets in a nail biting thriller in a vital Asia Cup game here at Fatullah, ARY News reported.
India had set a target of 265 runs, with major contribution by Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan of 94 runs.
In reply, Sri Lanka began their innings with a convincing start, with their openers providing 80-run stand in their chase. Ravindra Jadega turned the game into India’s favour by grabbing three crucial for 30 runs in his spell. One of his hunts included Mahela Jayawardene. The match was finished with four balls to spare, when one run was required in the last. The single was taken by Thisara Perara, sparking jubilation among Sri Lankan dressing room.
Sangakkara’s 102 runs was the significant difference that pushed India to the losing side. Sangakkara, who was also Man of the Match, said: The dew made it a lot easier for me, my job was to stay there for as long as possible and stay competitive. We had a great opening partnership which really set us up. And with Thisara in the end, we knew he could do the job. I think handling pressure comes with experience… I've worked hard on my fitness and experience counts.
Losing Indian captain Virat Kohli stated, “I think the bowlers did a good job, there was a lot of dew in the end. We didn't expect so much dew because there wasn't so much of it yesterday, but credit to the bowlers to take it to the last over. We could have been smarter with our batting and could have added 25-30 runs more. Jadeja was magnificent with the ball, we were just waiting for the ball to turn before the dew. We have to pull our socks up, rectify the areas we are not good in for the next match.”