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India Secures Final Spot in Asia Cup with Gritty Victory Over Sri Lanka

New Delhi | September 13, 2023: In a thrilling match that tested the mettle of both teams, India emerged victorious against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Asia Cup Super Four stage. Electing to bat first, India faced a formidable challenge from Sri Lankan spinners Dunith Wellalage (5/40) and Charith Asalanka (4/18). Despite the spin assault, they managed to post a below-par total of 213 all out in 49.1 overs.

KL Rahul, a key contributor to India’s success, played a pivotal role with a crucial knock of 39 and a partnership of 63 runs alongside Ishan Kishan after Wellalage had India struggling at 91/3.

“We were not on the field for 100 overs, but how many ever overs we were there, it tested us physically,” remarked Rahul in the post-match presentation. “It’s great to see we turned up today and gave it our best. That is a big tick mark for us as a team.”

Reflecting on his performance, Rahul said, “Always happy when I contribute to the team, when you are batting in the middle order, it is important to build partnerships. I have been out for 4-5 months, I will take anything that comes. It was a crucial partnership with Kishan.”

Rahul also believed that India fell short by 20-30 runs in their innings, acknowledging the challenge of playing three consecutive days at the same venue.

“Third day in a row playing at the same venue, a bit of spin, but we managed it really well,” Rahul added. “We were 20-30 runs short; a few more partnerships could have got us to 230-240.”

Rahul’s role as a wicket-keeper proved instrumental in guiding the bowlers. “When you are behind the stumps, you have a good idea of what the batter is doing, and I just passed on the message,” he said, referring to his tip to Kuldeep before Samarawickrama’s dismissal.

India’s exceptional performance in the Super Four stage has earned them a place in the final with four points from two games. They now eagerly await the outcome of the Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan match on Thursday to determine their title clash opponent. India’s journey in the Asia Cup continues to captivate cricket enthusiasts, and they are one step closer to clinching the continental championship.

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