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Asia Cup: India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets

Updated: 02 March 2016 18:14 IST - Published: 01 March 2016 18:02 IST
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Will that defeat hit the death knell for Sri Lanka, the reigning champions of the Asia Cup? Can anybody stop India, join us again for a crucial match between Bangladesh and Pakistan.
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MS Dhoni: "I think consistent performance is very important. In the last 9-10 T20s, we have played, we have done well. It was good to see a few of the others contributing as well. Yuvraj Singh's innings was crucial, not just for this match but for the team as well, good to see him get into some good form. "Today's wicket was harder than some of the other wickets, but it was still a little soft, which allows the ball to grip and move around. It was good today because you, at least, know it will be there for four overs or five overs. Overall, it was a track that was testing initially for the batsmen, but later on, it was quite easy."
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Virat Kohli: "Touchwood, it's coming out nicely now. Another crunch situation, 16 for 2. It's nice to challenge yourself. Kulasekara and Angie were bowling well. I knew I'm striking the ball well, so I have to take the pressure off the other batsman by hitting the odd boundary, but it has to be a cricketing shot. "[Stepping out of the crease] was the plan, because all their seam bowlers bowl that good length. Except Chameera, the rest are all seam bowlers, so it was important not to let them bowl that length. If you're set on 25-30, the ball full of dew is a wonder, but when the ball changes you need to adjust with your bat flow and check your shot sometimes."
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No surprises for guessing who the Man of the Match was, it is Virat Kohli for another match-winning innings.
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Angelo Mathews: "With the dew coming in, it felt like we were 20-25 runs short, but the Indians batted well, as always, and Virat was outstanding. If the wicket was like the previous one, it would have been a fighting total, but the dew came in and the ball started sliding through. "We are depending heavily on our seniors, with the side we have. The seniors need to fire, otherwise we're in trouble."
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Yuvraj Singh: "Felt pretty good. I needed those hits for my confidence. Not the easiest wicket to bat on, you need to go there and give yourself some time. My job was to go and play the situation, this game and the last game. Just happy I'm hitting the ball well."
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139 wasn't a target that was going to trouble a settled Indian line-up who are all in form, but a couple of quick wickets made it interesting. But then Virat Kohli happened. He might have been wrongly out for 49 in the game against Pakistan, but this time he got his fifty, got his T20I average above 50 and also hitting the winning runs as he sealed India's berth in the Asia Cup final and left Sri Lanka on the verge of being knocked out.
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19.2 Herath to Kohli, FOUR, gets the winning runs with a boundary over mid-wicket. India win by five wickets with four balls left.
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19.1 Herath to Kohli, no run, finds the fielder at cover.
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1 run to win off the last over.
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18.6 Siriwardana to Kohli, 1 run, keeps the strike with a single down the ground.
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18.5 Siriwardana to Kohli, FOUR, gets to his fifty with a boundary past cover. He now equals Gayle and McCullum as the player with the most T20I fifties.
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18.4 Siriwardana to Dhoni, 1 run, gets off strike with a quick single.
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18.3 Siriwardana to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni is almost disgusted with the idea of a spinner in the 19th over as he walks down and hits it straight into the sight screen.
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18.2 Siriwardana to Dhoni, no run, driven straight to the fielder at cover.
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18.1 Siriwardana to Kohli, 1 run, driven down the ground.
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14 to win off the last two overs. Spin into the attack in the 19th over
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17.6 Herath to Dhoni, no run, hit straight back to the bowler.
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MS Dhoni walks into the crease.
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17.5 Herath to Pandya, WICKET, gone next ball as he misses a straight ball and Herath has a wicket.
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17.4 Herath to Pandya, 2 runs, placed perfectly to between long-on and cover and he picks up a couple.
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17.3 Herath to Pandya, no run, hit back to the bowler.
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17.2 Herath to Pandya, no run, finds the fielder at cover with his drive.
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17.1 Herath to Kohli, 1 run, driven down the ground for another single.
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17 to win off 18 balls.