Asia Cup: Sri Lanka seal tense win against India
On Friday, Kumar Sangakkara's fastest ODI century orchestrated a stellar Sri Lanka victory over India by 2 wickets, taking them almost into the finals of the Asia Cup at Fatullah.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl, putting the Indians right on the back foot. India lost opener Rohit Sharma early, but Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli stitched a 97-run 2nd wicket partnership that could have possibly been the best phase of India's innings. Dhawan's mature knock of 94 comprised 7 fours and a six, while Virat on the other hand scored a quickfire 48, before the duo fell prey to Ajanta Mendis' spin prowess.
India's middle-order woes continued, as none of the batsmen managed to stay at the crease for long. Sri Lanka's excellent bowling was complimented well by their sharp fielding that made things difficult for India's tail-enders. Towards the end, Mohammad Shami struck two huge blows to take India to a decent total of 264/9 at the end of 50 overs.
India's death bowling problems and the dew factor gave Sangakkara a handsome opportunity and he responded with sheer brilliance, after the openers were off to a brisk start. His 83-ball hundred left no space for a comeback for India, who had created chances midway through the chase with their spinners in operation. Sri Lanka's middle-order failure didn't affect the outcome of the game, as Sangakkara single-handedly guided his team to a well-deserved victory.