India in Asia Cup final


March 02, 2016
India's Virat Kohli (right) is greeted by Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal after India won their Asia Cup Twenty20 international cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):

Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 56 as India recovered from a poor start to reach the final of the Asia Cup with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka yesterday.

India eased past their victory target with a total of 142-5 in 19.2 overs after Sri Lanka, which were sent in to bat first, reached 138-9.

Kohli shared two significant partnerships 54 with Suresh Raina (25) and 51 with Yuvraj Singh (35) after India were reduced to 16-2.

Sri Lanka clawed their way back into the game with two wickets in the space of four runs, but Kohli, aided by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, finished the game with a mid-wicket boundary.

Pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara claimed 2-21 for Sri Lanka. Medium-fast bowlers Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera, along with left-arm spinner Rangana Herath picked up one wicket apiece.

Earlier Sri Lanka recovered from an early collapse to post their modest total, with Chamara Kapugedera top-scoring on 30.

Kapugedera held the innings together after India left Sri Lanka at 15-2.

Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed two wickets apiece for India.

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