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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Match 7 of Asia Cup T20 2016 between familiar foes India and Sri Lanka. The two teams have played each other in three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) only a month ago, with India winning the series 2-1 after losing the opening encounter. In fact, that loss to Sri Lanka is India’s only red line in T20Is this year, having blasted past Australia 3-0 Down Under, Sri Lanka in the next two T20Is of that series, and now both Bangladesh and Pakistan in Asia Cup T20 2016. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2016, Match 7 at Dhaka

That’s all from here. You can check the match report by Shiamak Unwalla here! Do join us tomorrow for the big game, where hosts Bangladesh will take on Pakistan. Ciao:)

VIRAT KOHLI is the Man-of-the-Match!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 142/5 in 19.2 overs: Wohooo! India have won! The 19th over saw Milinda Siriwardean come in for the first time and the Indian skipper welcomed him with a massive six over his head. With another boundary off the over, this time by Kohli, the latter completed his half-century. He now holds the record for most 50s in T20Is. It was only apt that he finished the game with a boundary. With this win, India have qualified for the final; first team to do so. Sri Lanka meanwhile will have to wait for the Pakistan-Bangladesh game’s result. Batting: Virat Kohli 56(47), MS Dhoni 7(4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 125/5 in 18 overs: Mathews gives the ball to the canny old man Herath who gets the youngster Pandya. This is what experience is all about. Pandya had been doing all those big things but has been done in by a superb delivery by Herath. All of a sudden, India have lost half their side. But with Dhoni still to come, they should chase it down. Batting: Virat Kohli 46(42), MS Dhoni 0(1).

OUT! Hardik Pandya b Herath 2(4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 122/4 in 17 overs: So Yuvraj’s cameo finally ends. He plays a mis-timed hook straight into the hands of Kulasekara at the fine-leg. His 18-ball 35 included three sixes and equal number of fours. Has he made a statement here? There were a lot of people gunning for his head and he has done well today to silence those voices. Kohli has been going strong at the other end. Batting: Virat Kohli 45(41), Hardik Pandya 0(0).

OUT! Yuvraj Singh c Kulasekara b Perera 35(18)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 112/3 in 16 overs: Seven runs come from Chameera’s over. It included a flick towards the long leg from Yuvraj that raced towards the boundary. The equation is now down to 27 from 24. Isn’t it funny, this game! The last time these two teams played a T20I at the same stadium, the same Yuvaj struggled to put bat to the ball and cost India the World T20 title. And today, he’s playing with lot of spunk. Batting: Virat Kohli 39(37), Yuvraj Singh 31(16).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 105/3 in 15 overs: Perera’s eventful over fetches India nine runs. Yuvraj smacks his third six in the over and immediately gets dropped at the deep square leg, where a diving Shehan Jayasuriya tries hard but could not reach to it. India are now inching towards win, with 34 required off 30 now. Batting: Virat Kohli 37(34), Yuvraj Singh 26(13).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 96/3 in 14 overs: The equation has now come down to 47 off 42 deliveries. That is what impact players like Yuvraj, Kohli et al can do. The pressure has evaporated and suddenly the pitch appears to be a completely different one. Chameera steams in bowling at full throttle and bowls a couple of peach deliveries. Four runs come off the over. India now 43 away from a win from 36 balls. Batting: Virat Kohli 35(31), Yuvraj Singh 19(10).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 92/3 in 13 overs: Big over this! Herath bowling to Yuvraj creates that natural angle for the batsman, which he loves and hits the bowler for two sixes in the over. The first one clears the long-on boundary with ease while the second is typical Yuvraj Singh hit over the mid-wicket. In no time, the match looks sealed in India’s favour. With both these players in the middle and Dhoni, Pandya and Jadeja yet to come, it looks like India will prevail rather comfortably. Batting: Virat Kohli 33(29), Yuvraj Singh 18(6). 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 77/3 in 12 overs: Dasun Shanaka comes into the attack and gets a wicket straightaway. This was always on the cards; Raina was not in a good nick and was struggling to cut loose. He gifts his wicket to the bowler on the first ball of his spell by hitting one in the air towards mid-off, where Kulasekara juggles it a bit and finally pouches in the third attempt. Yuvraj Singh walks in and gets off the mark with a first-ball four! Batting: Virat Kohli 31(26), Yuvraj Singh 5(3).

OUT! Suresh Raina c Kulasekara b Shanaka 25(26)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 70/2 in 11 overs: Introduction of spin. Sri Lankan captain needs wickets here and gives the ball to the old warhorse Rangana Herath. The wily spinner is the island nation’s last hope. If he can get his team a breakthrough, the captain shall be more than happy. Not to happen at least in the first over, as four runs come off it and India reach half-way mark in pursuit of its target. Batting: Virat Kohli 29(24), Suresh Raina 25(25).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 66/2 in 10 overs: Eight runs come off the ninth over bowled by Perera. Both Raina and Kohli are not taking any chances and yet the runs are coming comfortably. The tenth over by Chameera continued to test Raina with short-pitch stuff. However, Raina did manage to find a boundary in it. India once again managed eight runs in it. At half-way stage, India are 2 for 66 and well on course of a win. Batting: Virat Kohli 27(21), Suresh Raina 23(22).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 50/2 in 8 overs: Chameera comes into the attack and gets hit for a boundary. The ball was a bit fullish and was punched between short cover and mid-off for a glorious boundary. He tries to unsettle Raina with his pace an occasional bounce, but the southpaw manages to get off the strike. Kohli is looking in sublime touch and that is actually an ominous sign for Sri Lanka. Batting: Virat Kohli 22(17), Suresh Raina 12(14).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 42/2 in 7 overs: Thisara Perera comes into the attack. He had a nice time with the bat, can he do an encore with the ball? He bowls decent lines, and goes for five singles in the over. This is a fine recovery by India. Kohli has looked as if he’s started right from where he had left. Rain is taking his time. He looks rusty, and that’s been India’s problem. Both Raina and Yuvraj haven’t looked good so far. Batting: Virat Kohli 16(14), Suresh Raina 10(11).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 37/2 in 6 overs: First big over for India. Kohli gets going with a couple of boundaries in it. The Lankans have no answer to his class. He is on top of the opposition at the moment. The power-play overs have come to an end and India have managed to score above six runs per over so far. A decent recovery this. Batting: Virat Kohli 14(11), Suresh Raina 7(8).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 25/2 in 5 overs: Kohli gets off the mark with a boundary off Mathews. Another single comes off the over to make it five from it. Mathews tries to test Raina with a short delivery, which is Raina’s known weakness. Another short one ends the over. Five come from it. Batting: Virat Kohli 5(7), Suresh Raina 4(6).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 20/2 in 4 overs: OUT! Rohit is gone. He edged one from Kulasekara which was brilliantly taken by Kapugedara in the slip just inches above the ground. This is a massive blow and India will now feel the pressure. Suresh Raina walks in at No. 4 and cracks a boundary of the last ball of the over. He gets off the mark in style. India now have a left-right combination in the middle. Kohli is yet to get off the mark. Batting: Virat Kohli 0(3), Suresh Raina 4(4).

OUT! Rohit Sharma c Kapugedara b Kulasekara 15(14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 16/1 in 3 overs: Five runs come off Mathews’ over, including the boundary by Rohit, which was a half-chance. Chameera dived in forward to take a sharp catch but missed it and allowed it to go to the long-on boundary instead. Kohli faces his first ball after an excellent outing against Pakistan. He sees off the over, allowing Rohit to take strike in the next over. Batting: Rohit Sharma 15(12), Virat Kohli 0(3).

READ THE FIRST INNINGS HIGHLIGHTS HERE!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 11/1 in 2 overs: OUT! India lose Dhawan early in the chase. The southpaw pays price for poor footwork and edges a Kulasekara delivery to the keeper Chandimal. Dhawan missed the last game and perhaps was a bit rusty coming back into this game. Virat Kohli now walks in. Rohit had earlier got a boundary in the over. Batting Rohit Sharma 10(9), Virat Kohli 0(0).

OUT! Shikhar Dhawan c Chandimal b Kulasekara 1(3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, India 6/0 in 1 over: Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews opens the bowling as Shikhar Dhawan takes guard. He missed the last game and must be looking to make amends here. Gets off the mark of the second ball. Rohit comes to the crease. How he wishes he didn’t play the first ball against Pakistan too. He cuts hard the penultimate ball towards point for a boundary. Last ball concedes a single. India score six off the first over. Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 1(2), Rohit Sharma 5(4).

The Indian openers are out in the middle.

INNINGS BREAK: You can read the innings report by Shiamak Unwalla here:

The target for India is 139!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 138/9 in 20 overs: First two balls go for singles while the next two balls are dispatched for a boundary by ‘Kula’. Meanwhile. there’s an update that the replays suggested Perera was not out. The field umpire ruled him out without taking help from the TV umpire. Will that decision cost the Lankans? No action on the penultimate ball while the last ball sees a run out. While returning back for the second run off a full-toss, a good throw from Kohli sends Kula back. He played a nice little cameo in the end. Sri Lanka’s innings ends at 9 for 138. 15-20 runs short may be. Another impressive display by the Indian bowlers. Batting: Dushmantha Chameera 2(2)

Nuwan Kulasekara run out (Kohli/Dhoni) 13(9)

Nehra to bowl the last over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 127/8 in 19 overs: The 18th over bowled by Bumrah sees a couple of boundaries being hit by the powerful striker Thisara Perera. But not before the bowler gets Kapugedara, who was unlucky to be caught at the boundary by the golden boy Pandya, who can do no wrong at the moment. The 19th over bowled by Ashwin turns out to be an eventful one. First, Perera strikes him for a huge six! And then gets stumped to a wide. Will his 6-ball 17 cameo be enough to save the day for his side? Time will tell. Batting: Nuwan Kulasekara 3(4), Dushmantha Chameera 1(1).

OUT! Chamara Kapugedara c Pandya b Bumrah 30(32), Thisara Perera st. Dhoni b Ashwin 17(6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 104/6 in 17 overs: Ashwin delivers a fantastic over! Just when we were talking of how Sri Lanka should aim for a strong finish, Ashwin comes in and breaks their back with two wickets; out of which one is a run out. And could you imagine? The run out comes off a free hit. Sri Lanka are themselves to blame. They are playing irresponsible cricket. The two wickets to fall are Siriwardena and Dasun Shanaka. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 30(31), Thisara Perera 0(0).

OUT! Milinda Siriwardena c Raina b Ashwin 22(17), Dasun Shanaka Run out (Rohit/Ashwin) 1(4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 100/4 in 16 overs: Pandya bowls out his spell, that reads 4-0-26-2. How good has he been? His emergence has solved at least one problem MSD had; of a good fast-bowling all-rounder. Pandya’s clearly leapfrogged the likes of Stuart Binny and Rishi Dhawan to seal the spot. Sri Lankan innings reaches 100-run mark. They’ll look to add 40-odd runs in the last four overs to get to a competitive total. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 28 (29) Milinda Siriwardena 22 (16)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 91/4 in 15 overs: Suresh Raina was brought in to bowl the 14th over, which saw nine runs being scored, including a boundary by Kapugedara. The 15th over by Ashwin saw Kapugedara add another one to his fours’ kitty. Seven from the over, and Sri Lankan innings is peaking now. Both the batsmen are going for runs now. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 23 (26) Milinda Siriwardena 18 (13)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 75/4 in 13 overs: Jadeja’s second over costs India 13 runs. The first ball sees a single, but then Siriwardena goes for the maximum and connects it well. The very next ball goes for a boundary towards the third man region. Jadeja clearly not bowling well here; he’s been quick and has hardly looked trying to spin the ball. The last three balls see three singles being scored. Sri Lanka picking up the momentum now. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 12 (20) Milinda Siriwardena 13 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 62/4 in 12 overs: Ashwin now comes into the attack. Good time for him to come as Kapugedara has been struggling while there is a new man at the other end. He bowls in good areas, but can not stop five runs from it. That include one leg-bye and a wide. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 11 (19) Milinda Siriwardena 0 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 57/4 in 11 overs: Pandya you beauty! The youngster picks his second wicket. After being hammered for a couple of boundaries in the over, one each by both the batsmen, Pandya comes back strong. Mathews was struggling a bit and his short stay came to an end when he dragged a Pandya delivery on to his stumps. Sri Lanka are in struggle now. Milinda Siriwardena walks in. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 9 (15) Milinda Siriwardena 0 (0)

OUT! Angelo Mathews b Pandya 18 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 47/3 in 10 overs: Strange ways how Dhoni operates. Yuvi bowls just one over and Ravindra Jadeja replaces him. Mathews goes for a six off his fourth ball, but misses it by a whisker. The ball was launched straight over the bowler’s head. Two more runs come off the over. We’re half-way past the Lankan innings now. 47 runs have come from the 10 overs and more importantly, three wickets have fallen. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 8 (13) Angelo Mathews 9 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 41/3 in 9 overs: A boundary comes off Pandya’s second over. Kapugedara just guides a rising delivery past the third slip towards the third man and gets a four. Three more runs come from the over. Sri Lanka looking to get some momentum now. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 7 (11) Angelo Mathews 4 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 35/3 in 8 overs: Yuvraj Singh is introduced into the attack, who impresses with his flight and loop. Three runs come from the over. On the fifth ball of the over, he dives rather lazily to save a single off his own bowling, which he fails to stop. Had it been the Yuvraj of five-six years back, he would have stopped it easily. Goo start overall by Yuvi. Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 2 (8) Angelo Mathews 3 (8)

Time for some pie-chuckers!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 32/3 in 7 overs: Hardik Pandya comes into the attack and straightaway gets a wicket! This man is on a roll, isn’t he? The man with the golden arm gets Dilshan of his first delivery. He bowled a well directed bouncer to Dilshan who pulled it straight into the hands of Ashwin at fine leg. His bad run continues. Make-shift skipper Angelo Mathews walks in. Kapugedara survives a run-out chance that India lose. Just one run comes from the over. What a start by Pandya! Batting: Chamara Kapugedara 1 (5) Angelo Mathews  1 (5)

OUT! Tillakaratne Dilshan c Ashwin b Pandya 18(16), 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 31/2 in 6 overs: Some sloppy work by Shikhar Dhawan on the fine-leg boundary concedes a boundary of the first ball, even as a disappointed Bumrah looks on. The next three balls see 2, 1 and 1 being scored. SOme good running by the Sri Lankan duo. Another single of the fifth ball makes it nine from the over so far. Dilshan is rotating strike quite well at the moment. The over ends with an excellent yorker! Power-play overs are over now. BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 18 (15), Chamara Kapugedara 1 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 22/2 in 5 overs: Nehra bowls a couple of wides in his third over. Struggling just a bit with his line. Dilshan tries to play an improvised Dil-scoop but misses it completely. Nehra appeals, but the umpire turns it down, citing the impact was outside off. Kapugedara too survives a huge lbw appeal, which was quite close to be honest. The replays show it was very close, with the ball pitching marginally close to being outside leg. Seven runs come from the over. BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 10 (11), Chamara Kapugedara 0 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 15/2 in 4 overs: Bumrah continues and his second delivery is sent for a boundary. He bowls one on the off stump and Dilshan plays a pre-meditative sweep that beats the short fine-leg and races towards the boundary. What a comeback! Bumrah strikes now; Dilshan rotates strike and Jayasuriya departs. He edges one to the keeper. Chamara Kapugedara walks in and is immediately welcomed by a couple of difficult deliveries. Bumrah has joined the party! BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 8 (6), Chamara Kapugedara 0 (2)

OUT! Shehan Jayasuriya c Dhoni b Bumrah 3(5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 9/1 in 3 overs: And here comes the first wicket! How good Nehra has been since his comeback? He has picked up wickets at regular intervals in the powerplay overs and that has been a huge contributing factor to India’s wins. Chandimal charged and went for a wild slog on the leg side, only to find an inside edge flying to MS Dhoni, who grabs it with nonchalance. Shehan Jayasuriya walks in. BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 3 (4), Shehan Jayasuriya 2 (3)

OUT! Dinesh Chandimal c Dhoni b Nehra 4(11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 5/0 in 2 overs: Jasprit Bumrah starts the second over. Dilshan plays the first ball, which is at a good length, but can not score. He rotates the strike on the second ball. After first three balls that come in, Bumrah makes one leave the batsman and shape outward. His unusual action makes him a difficult customer to deal with. Excellent over this, just one from it.  BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 1 (2), Dinesh Chandimal 4 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Sri Lanka 4/0 in 1 overs: Ashish Nehra starts the proceedings for India. The second ball of his over is sent towards the covers for a four by Chandimal. There is some early swing for the veteran bowler. He brings one in sharply and appeals excitedly on the fifth ball, only to be reminded of the huge inside edge by the umpire.  BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 0 (0), Dinesh Chandimal 4 (6)

The Indian team is walking out in the middle. Sri Lankan openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal follow them.

6:55 PM IST: We are about 5 minutes away from the start of the game. The fortunes of the two teams are not quite the same in the tournament; while India have won both their games, Sri Lanka have lost one game from its two.  It is a pressure game for them and they need at least 150 plus on the board.

Teams:

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews (c), Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Dushmantha Chameera.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.

6:30 PM IST: TOSS TIME! MS Dhoni wins the toss and decides to bowl first! Just one change, Shikhar Dhawan replaces Ajinkya Rahane. Good news for all the Rohit fans, he is playing! Sri Lanka are unchanged.

 

 

6:20 PM IST: The teams are practicing. Rohit Sharma, who can be seen having a quick chat with Dean Jones, is taking part in the drills. Remember there is uncertainty regarding his availability for this game due to a toe injury.

India have been in tremendous T20I form this year, and will look to continue that form into the Asia Cup T20 2016 final as well as the upcoming ICC World T20 2016. This match provides India with their best chance to experiment with their line-up. As things stand, India’s line-up looks completely settled, starting at the top with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, going all the way down till Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra. However, India might consider bringing in Pawan Negi to replace either Yuvraj Singh or Ravindra Jadeja, just so he gets a bit of match practice ahead of the ICC World T20 2016. READ: Should Pawan Negi play India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 7 at Dhaka?

Then there is Sri Lanka, a side who is under immense pressure at present. Their stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara — both of whom have been scoring runs galore in T20 leagues around the world — have long since retired, while their current experienced players like Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, and Rangana Herath are either out of form or on their last legs in international cricket.

Squads:

India: MS Dhoni (c&wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Ajinkya Rahane, Parthiv Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan Singh.

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), Angelo Mathews, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay.

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Batting: Virat Kohli 27(21), Suresh Raina 23(22).