It’s been tough on the teams in the high humidity, especially India who have been on the field for three days straight now, but what a blistering competition we had.
Well done to the ground staff who managed to make a good throw despite all the rain and little time to prepare the track.
The first over of the game was 80 runs in 11 overs when Rohit Sharma got away from Sri Lanka. In the next over, 20-year-old Dunith Wellalage announced himself with the quick wickets of Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli and Rohit. Then KL Rahul showed what a good middle-order hitter he is with 39 off 44, but Wellalagae brought Sri Lanka back again, aided by a turn track and an array of batters capable of playing part-time . Charith Asalanka ended up with four wickets, three more than he had in international cricket before today.
Under the lights, the pitch is generally expected to improve, but Jasprit Bumrah and Moahmmed Siraj topped the order even before spin happened. When the spin happened, it traveled a mile and Sri Lanka were 73 for 5 in no time.
Dhananjaya de Silva batted magnificently, and around him, Dunith Wellalage surprised India in a 63-run seventh-wicket stand.
When India started to get going, a slight error of judgment from de Silva turned the tables again when he got too close to the ball while trying to flick Ravindra Jadeja through mid-off.
India came back strongly and qualified for the final after three grueling days on the field. That’s it for me tonight. See you soon.
Spare a thought for Wellalage, however, who found himself stranded after a five-for and 42 off 46 in difficult conditions.