New Delhi. Team India has become the first team to reach the final of Asia Cup 2023. India registered a 41-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Super-4 match on Tuesday. However, the match was very competitive. Batting first, the Indian team could score only 213 runs. Sri Lanka also put up a strong fight after this, but left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets to reduce Sri Lanka’s innings to 172 runs. Kuldeep also took 9 wickets against Pakistan. That means he has taken 5 wickets in 2 matches of Super-4. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav has said something big about the World Cup 2023. He said only 2 spinners are enough. In such a situation there is no need for a third.
Kuldeep Yadav also completed 150 wickets in his ODI cricket with 4 wickets against Sri Lanka. He achieved this feat in the 88th ODI. Has taken 4 wickets 7 times and 5 wickets 2 times. After the victory, when Kuldeep Yadav was asked that the Indian team had fielded with 3 spinners, Akshar Patel did not get a wicket. While Sri Lankan spinners took all 10 wickets. Speaking to broadcaster Star Sports about this, Kuldeep said that if you have two good spinners, there is no need for a third one. Only 2 bowlers can win you.
Sri Lankan spinners took 10 wickets
The Sri Lankan spinners performed brilliantly in the match and took all 10 wickets of Team India. 20 year old left arm spinner Dunith Velalge took 5 wickets. He remained unbeaten even after scoring 42 runs off 46 balls. Velalgay also received the player of the match award. It is the first time that a team’s spinners have taken all 10 wickets in an ODI against India. Regarding his batting, Kuldeep Yadav said that he is under pressure now. Due to which they cannot perform well. There is pressure on him from all sides, but he hopes that he can make a significant contribution with the bat in some of the World Cup matches.
The team played matches for 3 consecutive days
Team India players were playing matches for 3 consecutive days. The match against Pakistan on September 10 could not be completed due to rain. India won against Pakistan on September 11 Reserve Day. The match had to be played against India even after 16 hours of completion. In such a situation, when asked about the second day of practice, Kuldeep Yadav said that he has been playing for 3 consecutive days. In such a situation you can get comfort.
Kuldeep Yadav is confident in his batting as he has scored a century and 6 fifties in first class cricket. Team India will face Bangladesh in the last match of the Super-4 on September 15. However, the Bangladesh team has been eliminated from the tournament. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face each other in an important Super-4 match on September 14. The team that wins this match will secure a spot in the finals. This match is like a semi-final. Both teams have 2-2 points in 2-2 matches. The final will be played on Sunday, September 17.
First published: September 13, 2023, 06:59 IST