Sangakkara’s ton boosts Sri Lanka’s two-wicket win over India in Asia Cup

Johannesburg, Mar 1: Sri Lanka has secured their second victory in the Asia Cup by defeating India by two wickets in a thrilling last-over finish on Friday at Fatullah, boosted by an impressive 103 from wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 216-7 in the 44th over when Thisara Perera helped Sangakkara add 42 crucial runs for the eighth wicket, although Sangakkara, who hit 12 boundaries and a six in his 18th one-day century, fell in the penultimate over when just seven runs were needed for victory.

According to Sport24, the victory was set up by spinners Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake, who shared seven wickets to restrict the reigning world champions to 264-9 in the day-night match.

India, who won against Bangladesh, must defeat archrivals Pakistan in Dhaka on Sunday to stay in contention for a place in the final while Afghanistan will take on hosts Bangladesh in the next match in Fatullah on Saturday, the report added. (ANI)