India had taught a hard lesson by Sri Lanka on Tuesday night, despite the fact that they came to the Asia Cup bragging that it was more of a practice for the T20 World Cup. As Sri Lanka, with flawless strategy and unwavering energy, gained the lead to reach the final by chasing down 174 with one ball and six wickets to spare, all of Team India’s shortcomings were exposed.
India, which has switched around its playing XI, is now praying for a miracle to get to the final after losing both of its Super 4 matches. The attributes Sri Lanka displayed on the evening were fearlessness, carefreeness, and aggression—everything Team India aimed to accomplish in the competition. India continues to be exposed in crucial games ten months after the disaster of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Rebuilding a team, establishing a style of play, and getting ready for the T20 World Cup in October have been the main goals. With a 41-ball 72 on Tuesday, Rohit took it upon himself to keep India together. If only he had his IPL all-star batting lineup supporting him and giving them a good finale.
Before his upper cut was caught at deep-point by Chamika Karunaratne due to the pitch’s lack of pace, Rohit was cruising along and appeared to be recording an alarming score. Even Surya’s ramp off Dasun Shanaka failed to clear a third-man who was too close.