About the Match
Starting their campaigns on a winning note, India and Sri Lanka will now face each other on Feb 28 at Fatullah for the fourth match of the ongoing Asia Cup at Bangladesh. While India defeated the hosts by 6 wickets to emerge victorious in their first match, Sri Lanka had defeated Pakistan by 12 runs in the opening match of the series a day earlier. Both sides are riding high with enthusiasm and will come out all guns blazing to seal another win here.
Kohli’s amazing form continued and his brilliant 136 off 122 deliveries helped him lead his team to a comfortable win against the hosts; partnering with Rahane to post a 213-run stand for the 3rd wicket, Kohli took charge as the captain and ensured a much-needed win here. While Rohit Sharma and Dhawan started off well, they succumbed early on to the opponents and it was Rahane’s support to Kohli by scoring 73 off 83 balls that led to a 6-wicket victory. Earlier on, Shami once again displayed his brilliance by taking 4 wickets, giving away just 50 runs to restrict Bangladesh to 279 runs; the total might have been far less if Varun Aaron could have brought in more discipline in his attack, though he took a wicket and others had provided regular breakthroughs. Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar were economical and contributed with a wicket each but they would need to be sharper against the tougher teams. While the team will be upbeat with this win, they need to focus on building strong partnerships like today and getting quick wickets.
The power packed batting performance against Pakistan proved yet again as to why Sri Lanka is a tough team to beat in the sub-continent conditions; Thirimanne’s brilliant century coupled with a good performance by Sangakkara and Mathews, both getting their well-deserved half-centuries, helped the team post a strong total of 296 runs, which was well defended by the tight bowling unit. Malinga was ruthless as he demolished the Pakistani middle order, taking 5 wickets whereas Lakmal took 2 important wickets to seal the fate of the opponents. The other bowlers too kept the pressure on and contributed with regular wickets but it was Malinga’s superb attack that crushed Pakistan to a 12 run defeat in the end. The team boasts of result-oriented and determined individuals, who bring out the best in tough conditions and are backed up by good forms; they will look to continue on this winning roll with an all-round performance.
While both teams have started on a positive note by winning their respective opening matches, they will come out stronger to dominate each other in this crucial match. Sri Lanka is at a good place right now, with things going their way for quite some time now whereas India has been struggling to win matches away from home. The contest between these two strong teams could go either way with the Lankans looking well poised for a victory, but Kohli’s men look hungry to excel and a win against Sri Lanka might just be the turnaround for team India.
India, 1.72 @ Bet365