Asia Cup 2016: India seal final berth with 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka

India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets to seal final berth of Asia Cup 2016 in Mirpur on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 2, 2016 11:24 am
Live Cricket Score, live score cricket, cricket live score, india vs sri lanka live, live ind vs sl, ind vs sl live, live ind vs sl, asia cup live, asia cup 2016 live, india sri lanka live, india vs srilanka live, ind vs sl asia cup 2016 t20 live score, ind vs sri lanka asia cup live score, ind vs sl asia cup match live score, india vs sri lanka asia cup t20 live score, india sri lanka asia cup live score, asia cup 2016 india sri lanka, india sri lanka live streaming, live streaming Virat Kohli top-scored with an unbeaten 56. (Source: AP)

Needing a win to progress into the final, India get the job done with a 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka with four balls to spare. The balls left may show a neck-and-neck game but it wasn’t. After early blip, Virat Kohli’s 56 unbeaten ensured India got past the winning line with ease. Yuvraj Singh with a swift knock of 35 as well. Earlier Sri Lanka could only muster 138 with a few highs and lows during their inning. Lankans possibly needed a Kohli amongst their ranks but didn’t have one. With the loss, Sri Lanka rely on the other teams to decide their fate for the final on Sunday.

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Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka

As it happened:

2220 hrs IST: Kohli ends things with a boundary.

2218 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli charges Siriwardana and smokes it over covers for a boundary, brings up his 13th T20I fifty

2216 hrs IST: SIX! Dhoni goes straight and hits it for a maximum

2213 hrs IST: WICKET! Pandya plays a Herath delivery down the wrong line and is clean bowled for just 2. India 125/5

2209 hrs IST: WICKET! Steep bounce and Yuvraj fails to put it away. Mistimes it to the fine-leg fielder. Out for a 18-ball 35

2207 hrs IST: FOUR! Yuvraj picks the length early and clears the circle with ease. 35 off 17 now

2201 hrs IST: FOUR! Yuvraj clips one fine and enters the 30s, off 15. We are seeing Yuvraj of the old today

2157 hrs IST: SIX! Inside out over covers. Yuvraj playing a little gem today. Races to 25 off just 12

2150 hrs IST: Equation very much under control for India. Two set batsman in the middle, and not many runs to score

2140 hrs IST: Yuvraj is away with a boundary. He has spent time in the middle in the last two games, time to free his arms today

2138 hrs IST: WICKET! Raina mistimes and Kulasekara, after a little juggle, completes the catch. India 70/3

2132 hrs IST: Four! Nice little clip by Raina for a four. Brings up 50 run partnership. With 10 overs left, India need 73 runs. Unlikely to cause India any worry.

2125 hrs IST: Steady batting by Kohli and Raina. Getting a boundary here and there while keeping the scoreboard ticking with one and two’s as well.

2118 hrs IST: After seven overs, India are a steady lot at 42/2.

2114 hrs IST: FOUR! This time Kohli is in control and he flashes towards the off side for a comfortable boundary.

2112 hrs IST: Raina goes over but doesn’t get the elevation to breach the boundary.

2111 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli slices the ball over the infield for a boundary.

2107 hrs IST: BOUNDARY! Virat Kohli opens his scoring with a boundary.

2105 hrs IST: BOUNDARY! Raina plays an uppish shot but in the gap. Finishes fourth over with a four.

2102 hrs IST: WICKET! Casual shot by Rohit Sharma away from his body and Kulasekara strikes again. Taken in the slips by Kapugedera. 

2059 hrs IST: No good starts in the Asia Cup:

2055 hrs IST: WICKET! Nice angled delivery by Kulasekara, perfectly placed and seam movement to bring Dhawan forward and bring out an edge to be taken behind by Chandimal. India are 11/1 after the second over.

2050 hrs IST: Players are out in the middle as India chase 139. Rohit Sharma relaxes arms on the fifth ball off Angelo Mathews for a boundary. India are 6/0 after the first over.

2032 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have manged to post 138/9 in their 20 overs. Kulasekara was run-out on the last ball. Can India chase the target?

2024 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin bowls a wide one, out of Perera’s reach. The batsman fails to reach back. Dhoni removes the bails

2018 hrs IST: Perera has cracked two consecutive fours off Bumrah

2017 hrs IST: WICKET! A good shot from Kapugedera but Pandya with an equally good catch. SL 105/7

2013 hrs IST: WICKET! Shanaka takes off immediately after hitting the ball but a good throw from Rohit and Ashwin dislodges the bails in a flash. Sri Lanka lose another. All this on a FREE-HIT

2009 hrs IST: 100 up for Sri Lanka after the 16th over

2004 hrs IST: Sri Lanka getting a move on. Kapugedara and Siriwardana pacing up the innings. After 15 overs, they are 91/4

2000 hrs IST: Sri Lanka still slow in their innings. They are 84/4 after 14 overs

1950 hrs IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya, after being smashed for a four by Angelo Mathews, castles the batsman. Inside edge involved

1944 hrs IST: Mathews sends one straight to the sight-screen of Jadeja. Sri Lanka are 47/3 after 10 overs

1935 hrs IST: A few nervy moments for Mathews and Kapugedara but Sri Lanka are surviving in the middle

1930 hrs IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl and the first ball to Dilshan is a bouncer. The batsman pulls it but no proper connection means it travels to deep fine-leg where R Ashwin takes a simple catch

1924 hrs IST: India have kept Sri Lanka quiet till now but Dilshan shifting the gear now

1917 hrs IST: WICKET! Jayasuriya edges one to the keeper but no appeal from India. Dhoni and Bumrah realise it late and appeal. Umpire gives the batsman out. Sri Lanka in trouble at 15/2 after 4 overs

1914 hrs IST: Dilshan has tried the scoop twice now! Will he strike form today?

1910 hrs IST: WICKET! Chandimal goes for a big swing but is cramped for room. Nehra has out smarted Chandimal and the edge is safe taken by MS Dhoni

1908 hrs IST: Nehra and Bumrah have bowled tight opening overs. Sri Lanka are 5/0 after 2 overs

1901 hrs IST: Chandimal smashes one through covers for the first FOUR!

1850 hrs IST: The teams are making their way out on the field. 10 minutes to live action

1840 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of the two teams

1830 hrs IST: TOSS: India win toss, decide to bowl against Sri Lanka. Opener Shikhar Dhawan returns and Ajinkya Rahane has to sit out. Sri Lanka are unchanged

1828 hrs IST: A good batting pitch in Mirpur. Batting first or second won’t matter much

1818 hrs IST: Toss in ten minutes. What should the team winning the toss elect?

1810 hrs IST: You cannot keep him away from Sri Lanka cricket

1807 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma getting ready for the match

1806 hrs IST: Harsha Bhogle picks India as favourites but wants a tough game

1805 hrs IST: Kohli against Pakistan faced 28 dot balls

1800 hrs IST: Hayden has some tips for Yuvraj Singh

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