Sunday, March 26, 2023

Kuldeep and Siraj sparkle as Sri Lanka collapse to 215 all out

Innings Sri Lanka 215 (Nuwanindu 50, Mendis 34, Wellalage 32, Siraj 3-30, Kuldeep 3-51) vs India

Sri Lanka started solidly, debutant Nuwanidu Fernando combating his option to a fifty as he and No. 3 Kusal Mendis placed on 73 for the second wicket. At 102 for 1 within the seventeenth over, they had been positioned properly. Was 300 on the playing cards? With the likes of Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka to come back, you would not have wager towards it.
However the collapse was spectacular. Mendis was trapped lbw by Kuldeep Yadav, and that wicket triggered a slide that value Sri Lanka six wickets for 50 runs. The unusual factor about all of that is that the pitch was fairly flat, and India’s bowlers had been merely disciplined – although the fielding was very good. Solely three batters in Sri Lanka’s line-up didn’t get to double figures, and certainly one of them was the No. 11. And but they had been all out for 215 within the fortieth over. Solely Nuwanindu bought to a half-century.
India’s quicks bowled nicely once more – Mohammed Siraj selecting up three wickets and Umran Malik two, with some Sri Lanka batters clearly cautious of the latter’s tempo. However it was Kuldeep Yadav who inflicted probably the most injury via that innings-defining collapse, selecting up Asalanka and Shanaka (for 15 and a pair of) in addition to Mendis, returning figures of three for 51 from his 10. Axar Patel was the opposite bowler to select up a wicket.

The innings’ nosedive was solid extra of Sri Lanka’s incompetence on this format than India’s specific excellence. Mendis had batted properly for his run-a-ball 34, however bought hit on the again leg by a Kuldeep googly on the finish of the seventeenth over, having misinterpret the modest flip. Dhananjaya de Silva let an Axar arm ball slide between bat and pad; Asalanka despatched a forefront again to Kuldeep, the bowler; Shanaka bought too far inside the road and let Kuldeep spin one into his pads after which leg stump; later, the bowling allrounders (Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage and Chamika Karunaratne) had been all caught by Axar at backward level, two of them off Malik.

The bottom third of the innings had not less than added some worth earlier than departing, nonetheless. Hasaranga made 21 off 17, Karunaratne 17 off 25, and Wellalage performed maybe probably the most accountable innings of the three, regardless of being probably the most junior, producing 32 off 34. It was due to them that Sri Lanka breached 200.

By way of Nuwanidu’s fifty, although, Sri Lanka had not less than one constructive. He was cautious towards the brand new ball, leaving typically, defending loads, although he not often appeared anxious even when he confronted 10 scoreless deliveries to begin, then had bought to solely 6 off the primary 20. He was robust behind sq., discovering most of his runs, and 4 of his six boundaries, there. This was all of the extra spectacular given he was batting out of place – he often is available in at No. 4 or decrease in home cricket.

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