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173/8 (20)
174/4 (19.5)
SL won by 6 wickets
Player of the match: Dasun Shanaka
 
So that's that from what was another engrossing battle at the Dubai International Stadium. The post-mortem of it is bound to continue long into the night - you can start with this piece below that dissects five key observations from today's contest. Of course, do join us for our coverage of the Pakistan-Afghanistan clash tomorrow at the same time while keeping yourselves updated with all the other cricketing news from around the globe here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage today - this is the troika of Shashwat Kumar, Pratyush Rohra and Sooryanarayanan Sesha signing off. Good night and take care!
A superlative display by the Sri Lankans. It was a two-paced surface and the chase was bound to be tricky. But the manner in which they went about their job was as clinical as it could get. One foot in the final and they'll have both feet in if Pakistan get the better of Afghanistan tomorrow. As for India, who'd have thunk, eh? They need a miracle. Of the highest order. And it must start with Afghanistan beating Pakistan, else that officially brings the curtains down on their Asia Cup 2022 campaign. Loads to look back at for sure as far as Rohit Sharma and Co. are concerned.
Sri Lankan Captain Dasun Shanaka is the Player of the Match for his invaluable 33-run unbeaten cameo, aside from his two wickets. Hear from the man:The environment has been simply superb in the team. The confidence in the dressing room gave us the confidence to win the game. I think the batting (won us the game). The bowler bowled well in patches. Credit to Dilshan, Theekshana and Chamika - they bowled well in this game. The Indians came hard at us but we managed to restrict them well under 180. We had a good discussion after the first game. We were down early in the tournament but we knew what we could do. Pathum and Kusal were absolutely brilliant today - they set the tone for us before Rajapaksa and myself finished it off. Due to the team combination, Chamika has always been bowling four overs for us. So I haven't been bowling my quota of overs. I need to take the best decision for my team.
Rohit Sharma (Indian captain): We just ended up on the wrong side (of the result). As simple as that. I thought the kind of total we could in the first half, we were 10-15 runs short. We didn't capitalize on the first half of our innings. The guys who were in the middle can learn a thing or two from there in terms of shot-making. These things can happen. This team has been on a winning run for a long time and these losses will teach us plenty. The last over was also encouraging, putting in a good performance with the ball at the backend. The spinners did well too, bowling aggressively. We thought about it but with the bigger boundary, we thought we could use the spinners well. Their right-handers batted for a long time. I was thinking of using Hooda to use the longer side of the boundary but it didn't work out. (Playing with three seamers) Avesh was sick. Unfortunately, he has not pulled up that well. We've been monitoring him and he was quite sick, so it didn't look well. Ideally, the combination we play with is with four seamers but that doesn't always work out. We have played with three seamers and have moved to four seamers with Hardik coming back with him playing the fourth seamer. That's the combination we wanted. I want to be prepared for all the challenges going up to the World Cup. Now, we know how to deal with three spinners or four seamers and work around with the combinations. These are the only two games we've lost back to back. These things will teach us a lot. This bowling combination (two spinners and three seamers) is something I wanted to try and see how it goes. We are still looking for answers. We've been in two consecutive things with close finishes which we will learn from. I have to give credit to Arshdeep for the way he came back to bowl the final over. Chahal and Bhuvi are senior pros now. We are looking at the likes of Avesh and Arshdeep to show what they can bring to the side. 
Sri Lanka 174/4 (19.5) beat India 173/8 (20) by 6 wickets.
Kusal Mendis 57 (37) | Dilshan Madushanka 3/24 (4)
Rohit Sharma 72 (41) | Yuzvendra Chahal 3/34 (4)

Oh what a tournament we're seeing! Absolutely incredible how each game is turning into a heart-stopper. It's not good for our blood pressure of course, but my word this is turning into quite the spectacle.

India, unfortunately, are staring down the barrel of an early-ish exit after this result. They got their fundamentals awfully wrong in this defense and once again, despite Arshdeep Singh giving it all in the final over, he just had very little to play with. Rohit Sharma's outstanding 72 went in vain as well with the Sri Lankan openers putting on a clinic of their own.

Pathum Nissanka has been regarded as this classical innings grafter. He came out operating in top gear though, tearing into a hapless Indian attack in the Powerplay. Kusal Mendis wasn't left far behind either and the Lankans piled a lot of misery on the Indians. Ravichandran Ashwin looked to hold an end up thereafter but the Lankans were in cruise control for almost the entirety of the first half.

Yuzvendra Chahal's double-whammy then put the contest in the balance. More so, with Nissanka out of the way after a fine half-century. The pressure started to tell on the Sri Lankans as a mini-collapse was triggered. Mendis played the field around brilliantly but he wasn't there to see his side through either and all of a sudden, it seemed as though Sri Lanka were losing their way.

But in Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka, they had two composed heads in the middle. Both found the boundary at the right junctures to keep the asking rate in check. They were also helped by some ordinary ground-fielding and bizarre tactics with Hardik Pandya given the 18th over and Arshdeep Singh held back for the last one again. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar losing the plot in the penultimate over again, there was only one result on the cards despite Arshdeep's assortment of yorkers thereafter. With two wins out of two, Sri Lanka have one foot in the Asia Cup final. Stick around for the presentation...
Kusal Mendis: Very happy at the moment. Pathum (Nissanka) and Bhanu (Rajapaksa) were brilliant again today as was the partnership with Bhanu and Dasun (Shanaka). It was the best partnership of the innings with the left-right hand combination coming into play. (Batting approach) We've had a lot of practice in Sri Lanka in the last six months. The coaches tell me to play my normal game, hit the loose balls, and take the singles on offer. That's worked well for us in the last three games. Me and Pathum are not power-hitters. We try to hit the gaps and pick up runs on offer. We like to play the long game, that's our job. The middle-order has power-hitters with Bhanu, Dasun and Danushka. My role is to play my normal game in the first 6-10 overs and lay the platform for them.
Oh my goodness! The drama. The frustration. Pant had all the time in the world to hit the target but it's those fine margins not going India's way again. Far from a perfect performance from them but it was one of those days. The defending champions now stare at an early exit. Take nothing away from Arshdeep though. That surprise slower bouncer was executed beautifully to outfox Shanaka. Two wins in two for the island nation as they move to the top of the table. Sri Lanka win by 6 wickets.
19.5 Arshdeep Singh to Dasun Shanaka, SRI LANKA WIN! DRAMA! Back of a length delivery on leg stump that zips through. Shanaka swings and misses. Rajapaksa, though, calls him through for the single and makes his ground because Pant misses. Arshdeep then has a shy at the bowler's end and he too misses, allowing the batters to scramble across for the second! India and their Asia Cup defence now hangs by the provebrial thread!
 Sri Lanka need 2 off 2. It's been nervy but can Dasun Shanaka finish it off in style for Sri Lanka?
19.4 Arshdeep Singh to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, length delivery angled into the batter on leg stump. Rajapaksa has another swipe across the line and misses. The ball, though, pings off the pads into the off side for one run. Seems like there was bat involved!
Third man is still inside the circle. Fine leg is outside. Toe-crushing yorker?
Rohit Sharma's expressions tell the story. India are down and out with their Asia Cup 2022 hanging by a thread now. Sri Lanka need 3 off 3. A chat between captain and bowler now.
19.3 Arshdeep Singh to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, another top yorker on leg stump. Rajapaksa clears his front leg and skews the ball towards deep mid wicket for a couple of runs
2/2 for yorkers. Sri Lanka need 5 off 4 now. 
19.2 Arshdeep Singh to Dasun Shanaka, very full delivery on middle and leg stump. Shanaka has a swing at it and squirts the ball off the outside edge towards backward point for a single
Arshdeep taking his time to adjust his field. Third man and backward point are in. Fine leg is outside the circle.
19.1 Arshdeep Singh to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, excellent yorker on middle and off stump. Rajapaksa jams his bat down in time and squeezes the ball out into the leg side for a single
Right then, Arshdeep Singh. The eyes of the nation are on you again, young man. He had 7 runs to play with against Pakistan. Sri Lanka need 7 runs to win off the final over here again. They're in the driver's seat, there's no doubt about it. India need to pull a rabbit out of the hat. The body language of the Indians doesn't look too promising.