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Just then, after a delayed start due to rain, we thought we would get to see some good cricket from both teams, but it ended up being a very short first innings, with India bowling Sri Lanka out for 50 runs in 15 ,2 transl. Shocking right? It was a day to remember for the pacers as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya ensured they took all 10 wickets. The target for India is 51 runs and they have 50 overs to reach it. The required running speed is just over 1. Grab a cup of coffee as we bring you the run soon. Until then, hang in there.
The man of the moment, Mohammed Siraj, joins us for a chat. He says it feels like a dream. Mentions that he had a similar start against Sri Lanka in Trivandrum. Shares that he tried to keep it simple and seemed to execute his lines and lengths. Declares his intention was to make the batter play and pull him out. Adds that he tries to swing the ball in white-ball cricket.
There is nothing but praise for the Indian bowling unit. Jasprit Bumrah batted in the first over himself and dismissed Kusal Perera for a duck. Mohammed Siraj took matters into his hands in his 2nd over back and took 4 wickets. After that there was no recovery by the Lankans and the Indian bowlers were all over them. Mohammed Siraj completed his fifer by bowling over Dasun Shanaka, the opposition skipper followed by the wicket of Kusal Mendis in the same manner. Then it was Hardik Pandya who bowled a well-controlled bouncer to dismiss Dunith Wellalage and give India another breakthrough. Matheesha Pathirana and Pramod Madushan were also sent back by him and ended the innings. A comprehensive performance from the bowlers and fielders did not allow Sri Lanka to go past 50. We saw the pacers perform as expected along with some good catches by the fielders. Overall, India dominated Sri Lanka in the first innings.
Honestly, not much to say about the battle in Sri Lanka. They were put on the back foot in the first over themselves when Kusal Perera was dismissed for a duck. After that, they never seemed to be in control of the game at any point. The 4th over bowled by Mohammed Siraj crushed the Lankans badly as he dismissed Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva in the same over. 4-wickets in one over was a lot to recover from as by then the Lankans were already 5-wickets down. The skipper, Dasun Shanaka, was the next to be dismissed for a duck by Siraj again. After this, youngster Dunith Wellalage and Kusal Mendis slowly tried to take control of the innings, but Kusal Mendis’ innings came to an end after a long struggle. Dunith Wellalage was the next to go back to the pavilion soon after, bringing the tail out in the middle. Pramod Madushan and Matheesha Pathirana were cleaned up by Hardik Pandya in successive balls that brought an end to the innings. None of the batsmen except Kusal Mendis could cross the 15-run mark and 5 batters were dismissed for ducks. A very disappointing batting performance by Sri Lanka.
Incredible from India! Hardik Pandya leads his team back to the pavilion after cleaning up the Lankans. The pacers had a good outing as they cleaned up Sri Lanka for 50 runs in just over 15 overs in the Asia Cup final 2023. Siraj single-handedly destroyed the Lankan top order and he looked at another level today.
15.2 overs (0 runs) OUT! CAPTURED! Done and dusted in a flash! Hardik Pandya bowls this one back of a length around off. Matheesha Pathirana stays back and tentatively pushes it. The ball goes from outside half to the left of point where Ishan Kishan takes a good catch. Pathirana departs the first ball and Pandya ends up with three wickets. Sri Lanka have been bundled out for a total of 50!
Matheesha Pathirana is the last man standing in
15.1 overs (0 runs) OUT! EDGED AND ROOFED! Hardik Pandya gets his second wicket and Sri Lanka are now 9 down. Pandya goes full and wide outside off and invites a drive. Pramod Madushan’s eyes light up and he looks to smash it through the covers. Madushan gets a thick outside edge that flies to first slip and Virat Kohli there takes a sharp catch with both hands falling on his back.
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