Asia Cup: India seal final berth

India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the Asia Cup 2016 contest in Mirpur on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 2, 2016 12:14 am
Ashish Nehra leaked runs at the death but gave his side an early wicket, again. (Source: AP)

#ALL OVER! Kohli with the winning runs as India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in Mirpur

Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2016

# Dhoni goes straight, goes big. Clean hit off the spinner

# Yuvraj mistimes one to the fine-leg fielder, Pandya follows him as he too is out cheaply

# Glorious Yuvi is gloreous

# Umpire learns his lesson to confer with the third umpire as Raina goes back…

# India manage 37/2 in the powerplay. Kohli, however, shifted gears in the 6th over…

# India under pressure in the chase now. Rohit Sharma makes the long walk back. Kulasekara strikes again. India lose openers

# Openers have struggled in the tournament. Fared miserably so far

# Dhawan is in the hut early. Out fishing around the off-stump, again

# Rohit’s in the mood. A couple of boundaries already by the opener

# Openers Rohit and Dhawan out in the middle. Not many runs to chase, and India would like to gun down the total in comprehensive fashion

# Kulasekara with two lusty blows and pushes Sri Lanka to 139/8. They now have something to bowl at. Should be an exciting chase provided they strike early

# Smart Ashwin at work! Drags one wide, and Perera is out stumped. Ashwin does this often – outhinking the batsman

# Good shot but how good a catch that was? Hardik Pandya takes a stunner near the ropes. Kapugedara out for 30


# When did this happen the last time? A player getting run-out on a free-hit delivery. Shanaka won’t forget this dismissal easily

# The patter repeats. Siriwardana, just when he was looking good, hits a Ashwin delivery to Raina in the deep

# Sri Lanka definitely lack firepower in batting and no Malinga means toothless bowling attack

# It’s that man Pandya again! Sri Lanka lose a wicket just when a batsman was showing some promise. Mathews cleaned up for a 19-ball 18

# At the half-way mark, Sri Lanka 47/3. Looks like another low scoring game. 120? or 130 if they bat really well

# Very important this for Mathews. Sri Lanka need someone to show them the way, in what’s being termed as ‘transition phase.’

# The golden arm of Hardik Pandya. Strikes first ball. Breaks the steady little stand, Dilshan departs

# Nehra’s just getting better. Has already picked one, and looking good to pick more

# And a record of sorts for MS Dhoni

# Now Bumrah joins the act from the other end. Jayasuriya out after scoring only one. Sri Lanka’s poor run continues…

# Dinesh Chandimal took the chance, but could only edge it to Dhoni behind the stamps. ‘Nehra ji’ draws first blood for India

# ‘Nehra ji’ has become very popular on the social media. Thanks to his friend Virender Sehwag

# Not many sixes have been hit in the tournament so far. Here’s a look at who has conceded the most

# No Malinga, no changes. Sri Lanka have to play out of their skins against this on-song Indian unit today

# India elect to field against Sri Lanka in Mirpur on Tuesday. Shikhar Dhawan in for Rahane. So India will have their regular openers back at top of the order

# Some warm-ups before the first ball is bowled in Mirpur

# Dot-ball percentage has been very high in the tournament so far. Blame the nature of wickets on offer

# Yuvraj Singh in an interaction with Mathew Hayden ahead of the T20I contest against Sri Lanka

# Yes, India are favourites but it would be interesting to see the combination they pick for this game. Couple of injuries at top of the order

# Here’s a look at the players with most number of dot balls

# Follow the match in HINDI

# And, Perry’s there to cheer for Sri Lanka

# Fans throng the stadium as they do for each India game

# Team India has left its hotel

# Clock ticking down


# MS Dhoni hits one over and out

# Raina at the nets

#Injured Dhawan practicing 

# Bumrah during the nets

# Shikhar Dhawan with a heavily strapped foot

# Dhawan with Harbhajan

Toe, ankle allow elbow room for trial

A piece of black cloth served as the ‘iron curtain’. Cameras were intruding into ‘dressing room’ privacy and the Indian cricketers must have felt a little uncomfortable.

‘Where there is a window to attack, I will’

Towards the end of India’s net session on Monday, R Ashwin became intent on practicing his leg-breaks and googlies. A conventional off-spinner, he uses these variations occasionally to out think batsmen. The Tamil Nadu offie has been magnificent of late, contributing immensely to India’s recent run of T20 victories.

Dhoni loses his peace over ear piece

At the post-match press conference on Saturday, MS Dhoni raised an interesting point related to umpires wearing earpieces. The on field officials would be better off without their gadgets, he felt. Dhoni had reasons to be irritated.