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India vs Sri Lanka Thriller: Dunith Wellalage Shines as India Secures Asia Cup 2023 Final Spot

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In a gripping encounter at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, India and Sri Lanka clashed in the Asia Cup 2023, and the match delivered high-octane action and unforgettable moments. Sri Lankan spinners Dunith Wellalage and Charith Asalanka emerged as the heroes, dismantling India’s mighty batting lineup, restricting them to just 197/9 in 47 overs.

Wellalage, in an exceptional spell, claimed five crucial wickets, including those of Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya. Meanwhile, Asalanka’s four-wicket haul added to India’s woes.

Only Rohit Sharma (53), Ishan Kishan (33), and KL Rahul (39) managed to cross the 30-run mark. Rain briefly halted the game, but when play resumed, Sri Lankan pacers sealed India’s innings at 213.

Chasing a target of 214, Sri Lanka faced fierce resistance from Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hardik Pandya. Dhananjaya de Silva (41) and Dunith Wellalage (42) fought valiantly, but the Indian bowling attack proved too strong.

India’s victory secured their spot in the 10th Asia Cup final on Sunday. As the tournament unfolds, India sits at the top of the points table, while Sri Lanka’s superior net run rate keeps Pakistan on their toes. The stage is set for a thrilling finale, where only a win will suffice for Pakistan, while a washout would see Sri Lanka advance. Dunith Wellalage rightfully earned the Player of the Match accolade for his stellar performance in this gripping encounter.

Here’s the final scorecard

Here’s the final scorecard:

Indian Innings:

Rohit Sharma 53(48)

Virat Kohli 3(12)

Shubman Gill 19(25)

Ishan Kishan 33(61)

KL Rahul 39(44)

Hardik Pandya 5(18)

Ravindra Jadeja 4(17)

Axar Patel 26(36)

Jasprit Bumrah 5(11)

Kuldeep Yadav (0(1)

Mohammed Siraj* 5(19)

SL Bowling:

Kasun Rajitha 0/30(4)

Maheesh Theekshana 0/41(9.1)

Dasun Shanaka 0/24(3)

Matheesha Pathirana 0/31(4)

Dunith Wellalage 5/40(10)

Dhananjaya de Silva 0/28(10)

Charith Asalanka 4/18(9)

Sri Lankan Batting:

Pathum Nissanka 6(7)

Dimuth Karunaratne 2(17)

Kusal Mendis* 15(16)

Sadeera Samarawickrama 17(31)

Charith Asalanka 22(35)

Dhananjaya de Silva 41(66)

Dasun Shanaka 9(13)

Dunith Wellalage* 42(46)

Maheesh Theekshana 2(13)

Kasun Rajitha 1(2)

Matheesha Pathirana 0(2)

Indian Bowling:

Jasprit Bumrah 2/30(7)

Mohammed Siraj 1/17(5)

Hardik Pandya 0/14(5)

Kuldeep Yadav 4/43(9.3)

Ravindra Jadeja 2/33(10)

Axar Patel 0/29(5)