Player of the Match
Player of the Match
881dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Kohli, bowlers put India in final

Virat Kohli stroked his third fifty in as many T20s against Sri Lanka to send his team cruising to the Asia Cup final, after a tight bowling performance had restrained the opposition to 138 for 9

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
56(47) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 21 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
6 4 2 3 14 13 3 11
Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
35(18) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
5 0 4 0 8 7 4 7

Best performances - Bowlers

KMDN Kulasekara
KMDN Kulasekara
O3
M0
R21
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
HH Pandya
HH Pandya
O4
M0
R26
W2
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

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
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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.