Asia Cup 2022: After another final over defeat, India faces elimination from the Super 4

In the inaugural Asia Cup 2022, a disciplined Sri Lankan team chased down a 174-run target to make it two wins out of two by beating India to achieve the historic double in Dubai on Tuesday, as India suffered their second straight defeat.

Asia Cup 2022: After another final over defeat, India faces elimination from the Super 4
Sri Lanka beat India by 6 wickets

The Sri Lankan cricket team firmly pushed the Indian cricket team towards the exit door with a six-wicket victory in their Asia Cup Super Four match in Dubai on Tuesday, thanks to a rejuvenated team. In the Super 4 stage, this is India’s second successive defeat and the Rohit Sharma-led side is in serious danger of missing out on a semi-final place if they fail to win the match.

There was no way for Rohit Sharma to counter Dasun Shanaka’s valiant 72-run knock as the Dasun Shanaka-led side chased down the 174-run target to seal their second successive victory in the Super 4 stage despite Rohit Sharma’s valiant 72-run knock. In the match against Sri Lanka, the Indian team was exposed for their inadequacies, primarily poor mindsets and poor shot selections, something that was exploited to the hilt by Pakistan just a couple of days later as well.

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Now, India has to wait and see if other results go their way so that they can qualify for the final of the Asia Cup. India would be hoping that either Sri Lanka or Pakistan would go on to win all of their remaining matches and that they would beat Afghanistan on Thursday as well. To break the tie, it will once again be decided on the basis of the Net Run Rate.

Earlier in the day, captain Rohit Sharma led from the front and made a scintillating 72 not out off 41 deliveries in India’s Asia Cup Super Four match against Sri Lanka as they collected 173 runs on eight balls. At a time when Sri Lanka’s bowling attack had gotten two early wickets during the powerplay for the Indian team, Rohit’s innings came at a time when India was falling behind the game.

It was not a good start for India in the powerplay as Maheesh Theekshana took the wicket of KL Rahul with a low full toss, while Virat Kohli was caught by Dilshan Madushanka in the third over of the match by Maheesh Theekshana. It was Rohit who then hit five fours and four sixes during an entertaining knock during which Suryakumar Yadav (34 off 29 balls) was well supported during a partnership of 97 runs for the third wicket. It was, however, Rohit’s dismissal that caused the innings to slip as India added 63 runs after being 110 for three when Rohit was bowled in the 13th over.

Within a few balls, Suryakumar was caught by Dasun Shanaka for 34 runs from 28 balls and was out for 34 runs. Theekshana caught him at short third man and he was immediately taken to the hospital. The score of India at the time was 119/4. The next player on the crease was Rishabh Pant, who got off to a flying start with a stunning boundary over deep midwicket and followed it up with another to end the 15th over. After 15 overs, India was 127/4 at the end of the innings, with Pant scoring 8 runs and Hardik scoring 4.

There were some occasional big hits for Pant-Pandya, and even some strikes rotated in Pant-Pandya’s innings as India kept the scoreboard ticking. The fifth blow for India at 149 runs came when Shanaka dismissed Pandya for 17 runs off 13 balls. The next player on the crease was Deepak Hooda. As a result, Madushanka clean bowled him for 3 runs off 4 balls during his stay at the crease, which did not last long at all.

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