Scorecard

Highest Impact Player of the match

Virat Kohli (6.82)

Highest Impact Batsman

Virat Kohli (6.69)

Highest Impact Bowler

Ravichandran Ashwin (2.85)

Highest Impact Player (Sri Lanka)

Nuwan Kulasekara (4.37)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Ashish Nehra (0.46)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Yuvraj Singh (1.06)

India overcame a sluggish start to their chase and, in the end, handily beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in Dhaka on Tuesday (1 Mar). In so doing, they qualified for the Asia Cup final to be played on Sunday.

Virat Kohli, who has the highest Chasing Impact among batsmen in T20I history (min. 25 matches), reaffirmed his credentials as the man to have in your team while chasing.

Kohli finished as the highest impact batsman, and player, of the match for his unbeaten 47-ball-56 (which was nearly 40% of their target). He walked in to bat under pressure with the score reading 11 for 1, which then became 16 for 2. Ably supported by Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, the trio (all had Partnership Building Impact) steadied the chase. Yuvraj’s high octane 35 (off just 18 balls) had the highest Strike Rate Impact . Kohli, who struck the winning runs, walked away with the ‘Player of the match’ award too.

Ravichandran Ashwin continued to be a thorn on Sri Lanka’s side. He had finished as the highest impact player the last three times when the sides faced off (in the recently concluded T20 series between the countries) and while he ceded that honour to Kohli today, he still emerged has the highest impact bowler of the match for his two top/middle order wickets in a tight spell of bowling. That he had Partnership Breaking Impact worked in his favour, as he edged Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. Ashish Nehra, meanwhile, had the highest Economy Impact .

Nuwan Kulasekara was Sri Lanka’s highest impact player. He scored his 13 runs under pressure and then returned to pick two top/middle order wickets in quick succession that put India under pressure.

Interestingly, nine Indians and eight Sri Lankans registered an impact of at least one. The difference, though, was a certain Virat Kohli.

 

Karthik Swaminathan