Sri Lanka beat India by 6 wickets

Defending champions India’s campaign in Asia Cup 2022 is all but over. They went down to Sri Lanka by six wickets in the last over of the match, suffering their second successive defeat in Super Four stage on Tuesday.

India have a tough chance of making it to Sunday’s final. With only one match left for India in Super Four, for them to reach the final, they have to win against Afghanistan on Thursday and hope that Pakistan lose to Afghanistan in Sharjah on Wednesday and also to Sri Lanka in Dubai on Friday. Also, India must have a better Net Run Rate to see them through. A simple win for Pakistan against Afghanistan on Wednesday will mean curtains for India.

The Indian bowlers failed to defend a total of 173 against the tournament hosts Sri Lanka. They bowled too many loose deliveries and struggled to separate the Lankan openers Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka until they put on 97 in 11 overs.

Having successfully chased in their previous two matches to win off the last over against Bangladesh to first qualify for Super Four and then Afghanistan, the momentum was with the Lankans with in-form Mendis scoring his second fifty in three innings.

Mendis frequently went on his knee and smashed spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin for sixes. The experienced Ashwin was included in the 11 at the expense of young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who was India’s best bowler in the previous game.

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