Kohli and Gambhir torment Lanka, again

The three highest Impact performances generated in the match came from Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan.

By Jatin Thakkar and Soham Sarkhel


India 304/3; Sri Lanka 254 (India won by 50 runs)

The scorecard of the match is here.

The distance between Hobart and Mirpur seemed to have had no effect on the fate of the Sri Lankan team as it was their old nemeses again in the form of Gambhir-Kohli who ran the Lankan bowling attack ragged and managed to secure a 50-run win alongside a bowling performance from Pathan for their team in both the teams’ inaugural Asia Cup match.






Observations:

India’s supremacy in the match can be understood by the fact that all the three highest Impact performances generated in the match came from Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan.

Virat Kohli, who is the second highest ODI impact batsman for India (all time) only behind Tendulkar, was again the highest Impact performer of the match with a Match IMPACT of 5.40*. He was the highest impact player in India’s last match against Sri Lanka at Hobart as well and this just goes on to show the purple patch he has hit of late.

Kohli’s knock of 108 runs off 120 balls came at a time when India were struggling at 19-1 after 6 overs, thus absorbing pressure for his team (Pressure Impact). He also managed to forge a 205 runs partnership (Partnership Building Impact) with Gautam Gambhir and set up a winning total for India.

Gautam Gambhir, who had the second highest Batting Impact in this match after Kohli, shared the same batting attributes as that of Kohli. However Gambhir’s overall Match IMPACT was lesser than Kohli’s due to the latter grasping two catches (Fielding IMPACT) during Sri Lanka’s run chase.

Irfan Pathan was the second highest impact player of the match (5.14*) and had the highest Bowling IMPACT amongst all the bowlers for his figures of 4-32 in his 8.1 overs. Pathan, who is the 8th highest Impact ODI player for India (all-time) took the wicket of Jayawardene (Partnership Breaking IMPACT) ending a 93-run partnership for the 2nd wicket after he had provided the initial breakthrough with the wicket of Dilshan. His clean-up of the Lankan tail at the end also made sure that he ended up with the highest Pressure Impact.

Pathan’s bowling performance (Bowling IMPACT of 5.14*) was the highest-impact performance amongst all the bowlers and batsmen. Kohli managed to get past him on Impact scale because of the two catches he grabbed while fielding.

For Sri Lanka, Mahela Jayawardene had the highest Match IMPACT (4.29) followed by Kumar Sangakarra (3.55).

Jayawardene’s innings of 78 off 59 balls gave Sri Lanka an explosive start (Strike Rate IMPACT) and even though he formed a 93 runs partnership (Partnership Building IMPACT) with Sangakarra, Sri Lanka failed to make much of the start he provided.

Kumar Sangakarra, who scored a fighting 65 runs off 87 balls, also had Sri Lanka’s second highest Batting IMPACT (2.85) but failed to accelerate at the correct moment for the Lankans.
 
India’s bowling ran on high impact performances from three bowlers namely Irfan Pathan (5.14*), R Ashwin (4.39) and Vinay Kumar (2.87). Surprisingly all of them had a higher Bowling IMPACT than the highest-impact bowler for Sri Lanka – Maharoof (2.66). The fact that only one Lankan bowler managed a Bowling Impact of more than 1 in the entire match perhaps tells the most important story in the match.

Overall, India’s Team IMPACT in the match was 2.29 as compared to Sri Lanka’s 1.34 and shows the all-round efforts that the Indian team produced to wipe out the lacklustre performance by the Sri Lankans.


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