Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11.10pm And that is that. An excellent performance from India, who are now through to the final? Who will join them there? Sri Lanka still have an outside chance, but they will need to beat Pakistan and hope that Pakistan beat Bangladesh. Lots of possibilities, so do join us for the rest of the tournament. Until next time, bye!

MS Dhoni: "I think consistent performance is very important. In the last 9-10 T20s we have played, we have done well. It was good to see a few of the others contributing as well. Yuvraj Singh's innings was crucial, not just for this match but for the team as well, good to see him get into some good form. Today's wicket was harder than some of the other wickets, but it was still a little soft, which allows the ball to grip and move around. It was good today, because you at least know it will be there for four overs or five overs. Overall, it was a track that was testing initially for the batsmen, but later on it was quite easy."

Virat Kohli is the man of the match. "Touchwood, it's coming out nicely now. Another crunch situation, 16 for 2. It's nice to challenge yourself. Kulasekara and Angie were bowling well. I knew I'm striking the ball well, so I have to take the pressure off the other batsman by hitting the odd boundary, but it has to be a cricketing shot. [Stepping out of the crease] was the plan, because all their seam bowlers bowl that good length. Except Chameera, the rest are all seam bowlers, so it was important not to let them bowl that length. If you're set on 25-30, the ball full of dew is a wonder, but when the ball changes you need to adjust with your bat flow and check your shot sometimes."

Angelo Mathews: "With the dew coming in, it felt like we were 20-25 runs short, but the Indians batted well, as always, and Virat was outstanding. If the wicket was like the previous one, it would have been a fighting total, but the dew came in and the ball started sliding through. We are depending heavily on our seniors, with the side we have. The seniors need to fire, otherwise we're in trouble."

"Felt pretty good," says Yuvraj Singh. "I needed those hits for my confidence. Not the easiest wicket to bat on, you need to go there and give yourself some time. My job was to go and play the situation, this game and the last game. Just happy I'm hitting the ball well."

WalidNisar: "Yuvraj has now more T20I sixes than Boom Boom Shahid Afridi"

Ishan Jain: "With this innings, Kohli's avg in T20Is has again crossed 50. Its 51.03 now."

Talha Hameed: "Most fifties in T20Is: Virat Kohli 13, Brendon McCullum 13, Gayle 13. "

Santosh: "Had Mathews already given up? Siriwardana instead of Kula and himself?"

10.51pm And with that India are through to the final. Sri Lanka dismissed both openers cheaply, and threatened to make a game of this, but Kohli, Raina and Yuvraj batted smartly to steer India home with a fair degree of ease.

19.2
4
Herath to Kohli, FOUR runs, down the track again, and this time the line is straighter. Kohli just whips it away over midwicket one bounce and over the rope, and he's piloted India home with a supremely controlled innings
19.1
0
Herath to Kohli, no run, down the track, and he can't force this whippy drive past the packed cover field

Everyone's in the circle now.

END OF OVER:
19 | 13 Runs | INDIA: 138/5 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 7.26, RRR: 1.00)

  • Virat Kohli52 (45b)
  • MS Dhoni7 (4b)
  • Milinda Siriwardana1-0-13-0
  • Rangana Herath3-0-22-1
18.6
1
Siriwardana to Kohli, 1 run, down the track and this time Siriwardana fires it in full and straight, clipped to long-on
18.5
4
Siriwardana to Kohli, FOUR runs, down the track, and Kohli gets to fifty with a super shot. Flat-bats this wide-ish length ball cleanly over the covers
18.4
1
Siriwardana to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, and that's the other side of Dhoni. Presses forward, just puts his bat in the ball's path, with a slightly closed face, and dabs gently into the midwicket region for a quick single
18.3
6
Siriwardana to Dhoni, SIX runs, down the track, and Dhoni just dismisses that from his presence. Reaches the pitch of this off stump ball and whips his wrists through the line to launch it straight back over the bowler's head
18.2
0
Siriwardana to Dhoni, no run, tossed up close to off stump, Dhoni plays a whippy drive to short cover
18.1
1
Siriwardana to Kohli, 1 run, length ball angling into middle stump, clipped away through midwicket

Siriwardana. Interesting move to bring him on now, this late in the innings.

END OF OVER:
18 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 125/5 (14 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.94, RRR: 7.00)

  • MS Dhoni0 (1b)
  • Virat Kohli46 (42b)
  • Rangana Herath3-0-22-1
  • Thisara Perera4-0-32-1
17.6
0
Herath to Dhoni, no run, quickish and flat on off stump, Dhoni stretches out to block it

Here's Dhoni. India need 14 from 13.

17.5
W
Herath to Pandya, OUT, bowled him! Herath has just worked Pandya over here. Bowled it much quicker, on a good length, and got it to straighten. Pandya's front shoulder opens up again as he looks to whip across the line, and the ball beats his outside edge and pegs back off stump

HH Pandya b Herath 2 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

17.4
2
Herath to Pandya, 2 runs, down the track now and Herath holds his length back slightly. Goes over the top, chips into the gap between sweeper cover and long-off
17.3
0
Herath to Pandya, no run, lovely flight on middle and leg. Pandya is opened up a little, looks to drive to long-on, ends up driving back to the bowler
17.2
0
Herath to Pandya, no run, flighted ball on off and middle, driven to short extra cover
17.1
1
Herath to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, steps down the track, gets inside the line, and drives with a straight bat to long-off

Rakesh Souriraj: "When Yuvi fires , this Indian team looks even more dominating . They are real title contenders."

END OF OVER:
17 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 122/4 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 5.66)

  • Virat Kohli45 (41b)
  • Hardik Pandya0 (0b)
  • Thisara Perera4-0-32-1
  • Dushmantha Chameera4-0-27-0
16.6
1
Perera to Kohli, 1 run, full outside off, driven to sweeper cover

Here's Hardik Pandya.

Rishabh : "I'm a big fan of Yuvraj no doubt , but I feel Manish Pandey should be given a chance ahead of him. It was really painful to watch Yuvraj against Pakistan. He isn't the Yuvraj of 2007 or 2011. He is the Yuvraj who struggles against pace and is unreliable."

16.5
W
Perera to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, digs it in short now, and that's a well-directed bouncer. Yuvraj takes his eye off the ball a little while swiveling to hook, and top-edges to the man at fine leg

Yuvraj Singh c Kulasekara b Perera 35 (30m 18b 3x4 3x6) SR: 194.44

16.4
4
Perera to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR runs, shot! That's right in Yuvraj's slot, full, giving him swinging room outside off, and he swings freely through the line to lift it over the wide mid-off region
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Half-century, each time

3

No. of half-centuries for Virat Kohli against Sri Lanka in T20Is, in as many innings. His scores against them: 68, 77 and 56*.

The chasing machine

73.44

Virat Kohli's average while chasing in T20Is, before this match. He averages just 35.88 when batting first. 7 of his 12 50s have also come when chasing.

Bowlers striking everytime

13.28

Average opening stand in the 7 games of this Asia Cup. Only twice there has been an opening stand of more than 20 runs in 14 innings.

Pathetic first-half

47

Runs scored by Sri Lanka in the first ten overs - their second-lowest in T20Is when batting first. They were 43 for 7 vs SA, Cape Town, World T20 2007.

Not a good year so far

12.28

Dilshan's average in T20Is this year, including today's innings. He has scored 86 runs in 7 innings. In his last two T20Is in 2015, he made half-centuries in both.

No solid starts

10

No. of innings in this Asia Cup (main round), where the teams lost at least 2 wickets in the powerplays, including today, in 13 innings.

On the toss-winning track

3

No. of tosses won by India in recent 4 T20Is, including today. Incidentally, they had called it right only once in 13 T20Is before that.