Asia Cup 2023, Ind vs SL: Is there anything Virat Kohli cannot do?
Colombo: It was a night when Sri Lanka tested a formidable Indian team in R. Premadasa in Colombo on Tuesday. For most of the 215 chase, Sri Lanka looked in control after losing a few early wickets. But then, India had the last laugh, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliance with the ball. India eventually won the game by 41 runs to seal a spot for themselves in the final. With the win, India ended Sri Lanka’s 13-match winning streak in One-Day Internationals (ODI) here at R. Premadasa Stadium. But, it was Virat Kohli who stole the limelight with his dance moves. In a video that is now going viral on social space, Kohli can be seen grooving to the iconic ‘Lungi’ dance.
Virat Kohli dancing during “Lungi Dance” song in the stadium.
– The crowd favorite…!!!!!pic.twitter.com/LMPR90YvuJ
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 13, 2023
The 213-run target wasn’t easy to chase on this pitch, which was tricky to bat on. The chase wasn’t good for the Lankans as they lost the wicket of Pathum Nissanka in the third over, after which they lost two more wickets in the Power-play.
Two of these three wickets were claimed by pacer Jasprit Bumrah while Mohammad Siraj bagged the third.
Charith Asalanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama added 43 runs for the fourth wicket before Kuldeep Yadav came into action and got rid of both batters in consecutive overs.
However, Sri Lanka again found back through an outstanding partnership between Dhananjaya De Silva and Dinuth Wellalage for the seventh wicket. The pair added 63 runs in the late fightback and dragged Sri Lanka close to victory, needing 44 runs off 55 deliveries.
The lone warrior Dinuth Wellalage battled till the end as the wicket tumbled at the other end. The 20-year-old’s resilient inning was the centrepiece of the match for Sri Lanka as it came after the young spinner had rattled India with his maiden five-wicket haul. The brilliant performance earned him praise from Virat Kohli during the post-match handshake.
In the end, it was the spinners who turned the tables for India, as Jadeja took a wicket and Kuldeep wrapped up the match by taking two wickets in the end. He finished with dominating figures of (9.3-0-43-4).