Himmat Singh century overpowers Sri Lanka Emerging Team

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Middle order batsman Himmat Singh’s unbeaten century guided India Emerging team to a 4-wicket win over Sri Lanka Emerging team in their final group game of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup on Monday at R. Premadasa International Stadium.

With both teams already qualified for the semi-finals, the top spot in group A was up for grabs on a scorching hot day.

Singh carried his team single-handedly with a fine 126 which came in 140 deliveries as India chased down Sri Lanka’s score of 260 with more than 2 overs remaining.

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Sri Lankan fast-bowler Asitha Fernando removed Indian opening batsman Atharwa Taide in the very first ball to send jitters into the Indian dressing room.

Despite losing Taide and one-drop batsman Nitish Rana early to the bowling of Fernando, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Singh built up a solid 148-run stand for the third wicket to deny Sri Lanka.

Both Gaikwad and Singh, batted with utmost confidence to keep the scoreboard ticking by accumulating runs at a healthy rate. Gaikwad made 67 off 73 deliveries with 5 fours and 1 six before being stumped off left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.

Ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis picked up three Indian wickets for Sri Lanka. But, 22-year old Singh gave away nothing to guide India and hit the winning runs.

Earlier, former Sebastanite, Avishka Fernando, who opened in the previous matches, came in at number three and struck a fine 80 in 106 balls to set up the Lankan innings. He hit his second half-century in the tournament and in doing so, slammed 6 fours and 1 six.  

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Shehan Jayasuriya made a vital contribution of 38 off 42 balls but Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals. They negotiated the Indian spinners well. But, gave away wickets to the pace of Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna, who shared five wickets amongst them.

Experienced Asela Gunaratne returned to form by playing a wonderful knock of 67 to provide the much-needed late blitz to the Lankan innings.

The two semi-finals will be played on Thursday (13th December) as Sri Lanka will play Pakistan at R. Premadasa Stadium, while India will battle it out against Bangladesh at CCC Grounds.

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Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka

260/7

(50 overs)

Result

India

261/6

(47.3 overs)

India won by 4 wickets

Sri Lanka’s Innings

Batting R B
Sandun Weerakkody lbw by J Yadav 22 21
Hasitha Boyagoda c J Yadav b P Krishna 6 14
Avishka Fernando c J Yadav b S Mavi 80 106
Shehan Jayasuriya b P Krishna 38 42
Kamindu Mendis lbw by S Mulani 12 22
Asela Gunarathne not out 67 64
Shammu Ashan c P Singh b S Mavi 0 6
Chamika Karunarathne c R Gaikwad b S Mavi 8 22
Shehan Madushanka not out 12 6
Extras
15 (lb 3, w 9, nb 3)
Total
260/7 (50 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-26 (H Boyagoda, 3.4 ov), 2-55 (S Weerakkody, 7.5 ov), 3-127 (S Jayasuriya, 22.5 ov), 4-155 (K Mendis, 29.5 ov), 5-192 (A Fernando, 37.6 ov), 6-194 (S Ashan, 39.5 ov), 7-228 (C Karunarathne, 47.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Shivam Mavi 10 0 62 3 6.20
Prasidh Krishna 8 0 47 2 5.88
Jayant Yadav 10 0 40 1 4.00
Shams Mulani 9 0 42 1 4.67
Siddharth Desai 9 0 53 0 5.89
Nitish Rana 4 0 13 0 3.25

India’s Innings

Batting R B
Atharwa Taide lbw by A Fernando 0 1
Ruturaj Gaikwad st S Weerakkody b L Ambuldeniya 67 73
Nitish Rana c S Madushanka b A Fernando 13 18
Himmat Singh not out 126 140
Deepak Hooda c A Fernando b K Mendis 26 24
Prabhsimran Singh c A Fernando b K Mendis 3 6
Jayant Yadav c S Weerakkody b K Mendis 9 11
Shams Mulani not out 11 13
Extras
6 (w 5, nb 1)
Total
261/6 (47.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-0 (A Taide, 0.1 ov), 2-20 (N Rana, 4.4 ov), 3-168 (R Gaikwad, 30.3 ov), 4-209 (D Hooda, 38.4 ov), 5-221 (P Singh, 40.1 ov), 6-234 (J Yadav, 42.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Asitha Fernando 7 2 20 2 2.86
Shehan Jayasuriya 3 0 21 0 7.00
Lasith Ambuldeniya 9 0 62 1 6.89
Asela Gunarathne 4.3 0 27 0 6.28
Shehan Madushanka 6 0 32 0 5.33
Kamindu Mendis 9 0 51 3 5.67
Chamika Karunarathne 3 0 17 0 5.67
Shammu Ashan 6 1 31 0 5.17