India beat Sri Lanka in the second Match of the ICC Asia Cup, 2012 - Cricket News Roundup – Part 1 – March 14, 2012
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, India won their match against Sri Lanka by 50 runs in the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) Asia Cup, 2012 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
After bolstering a mammoth tally of 304 runs, the Indian bowlers successfully restricted the Sri Lankan batsmen from chasing the required total by giving a commendable performance.
The Lankans could only amass 254 runs as their batting side stumbled in front of the Indian bowling.
Pacer, Irfan Pathan, was the pick of the bowlers as he knocked down four Sri Lankan wickets to help his side take an upper hand in the match.
Nevertheless, Virat Kohli was named as the Player of the Match for his astounding innings of 108 runs.
Sri Lankan skipper, Mahela Jayawardene, has taken the blame for his side’s loss against India on Tuesday in the ongoing ICC Asia Cup.
“When you are chasing something like that, the guys who get starts have to finish off. Pretty bad shot from me. We chased really well, nothing wrong with the wicket. We needed to finish the chase which we did not do,” said the Sri Lankan skipper.
Sri Lanka fell 50 runs short of the target, which was required to win the game after India had batted stupendously well.
From Sri Lanka, the skipper was the highest scorer with 78 runs to his name.
Australian batsman, David Hussey, believes that the current players’ contract issue with Cricket Australia (CA ) will not have an effect on the performance of the team in the upcoming tour of the Caribbean.
CA is mulling the idea of reducing the number of contract players to 15, while the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) wants the number of contract players to be around 20.
If CA has its way, Hussey might be axed from the list of contract players, however, the one-day batsman reckons that the issue won’t affect the performance of the players.
“As a playing group, I think we're all unanimous when we want more central contracts. They just provide a lot more stability and security. In terms of whether it's going to affect performances on this tour? I don't think so,” said Hussey.