Asia Cup: India captain Rohit hails team's resilience in dramatic win

Now the winner of the Super Four clash between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Thursday (September 14) will play India in Sunday's final

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Sri Lanka's Matheesha Pathirana (right) is clean bowled by India's Kuldeep Yadav (not in picture) during the Asia Cup match. — AFP
Sri Lanka's Matheesha Pathirana (right) is clean bowled by India's Kuldeep Yadav (not in picture) during the Asia Cup match. — AFP

Published: Tue 12 Sep 2023, 11:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 12 Sep 2023, 11:02 PM

Indian captain Rohit Sharma was delighted with the resilience of his team which overcame a spirited challenge from Sri Lanka to book a place in the Asia Cup final on Tuesday.

Kuldeep Yadav starred as India beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs despite a brilliant all-round effort from Sri Lanka's Dunith Wellalage in Colombo.


Now the winner of the Super Four clash between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Thursday (September 14) will play India in Sunday's final.

Kuldeep took four wickets including the final two as India defended 213, bowling out Sri Lanka for 172 to silence a large home crowd at Colombo's R. Premadasa Stadium.


India recorded their second straight Super Four win in the 50-over tournament, a prelude to the upcoming ODI World Cup, and ended Sri Lanka's 13-match winning streak in ODIs.

Wellalage, who claimed his maiden ODI five-wicket haul, remained unbeaten on 42 when he ran out of partners as left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep wrapped up the opposition tail in 41.3 overs.

It was India's third straight day on the field after they crushed Pakistan by 228 runs on Monday in a match that was played across two days due to rain.

"It was a good game. For us it's good to play a game like that under pressure. Challenged a lot of aspects of our game. We definitely want to play on pitches like to see what we can achieve," Rohit said before praising Kuldeep.

"Again for the past year or so he is bowling really well. He's worked hard on his rhythm and you can see the results in the last 15 ODIs he's played. He gives us a lot of options. So going forward it's a pretty good sign."

Earlier, Rohit scored 53 to hand his team a brisk start but Wellalage hit back.

The 20-year-old returned figures of 5-40 including the key wickets of Rohit and Virat Kohli with strong support from part-time spinner Charith Asalanka, who claimed four victims for 18 runs.

Rohit entered an elite list of players with over 10,000 ODI runs and hit his second successive fifty.

Wellalage struck with his first ball of the match when he bowled Shubman Gill for 19 and there was no looking back for the young spinner.

He made the home fans erupt with the wicket of Kohli who fell for three a day after an unbeaten 122 against Pakistan at the same venue.

Rohit was also bowled by Wellalage who snared his third scalp in three overs.

Ishan Kishan, who made 33, and previous-match centurion KL Rahul attempted to rebuild the innings with a stand of 63.

Wellalage ended that partnership when he got Rahul caught and bowled for 39 and then took his fifth.

Asalanka kept chipping away from the other end and was on a hat-trick with India on 186-9, but Axar Patel took the total past 200 after a nearly 45-minute rain break and hit 26.

India hit back with regular wickets and Jasprit Bumrah struck twice.

Asalanka attempted to increase the run-rate but became Kuldeep's second wicket.

Dhananjaya de Silva fought back along with Wellalage in a threatening seventh-wicket stand of 63 but Ravindra Jadeja broke the partnership with the wicket of De Silva for 41.

Brief scores

India 213 all out in 49.1 overs (R. Sharma 53, KL Rahul 39, I. Kishan 33; D. Wellalage 5-40, C. Asalanka 4-18)

Sri Lanka 172 all out in 41.3 overs (D. de Silva 41, D. Wellalage 42 not out; K. Yadav 4-43, J. Bumrah 2-30, R. Jadeja 2-33)

Result: India won by 41 runs

Next match

Thursday

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Colombo

1:30 pm UAE Time

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