Highlights of India Vs Sri Lanka match: MS Dhoni's unique milestone to Virat Kohli's brilliant form

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Mirpur, Mar 1: Riding on Virat Kohli's unbeaten half-century and brilliant captaincy from skipper MS Dhoni, Team India defeated Sri Lanka by five-wickets to storm into the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament.

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It was Men In Blue's third successive victory in the tournament, clinching a berth for the summit clash as they now stand on the cusp of their sixth continental championship trophy. The final is on March 6 (Sunday).

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli help India crush Sri Lanka in Asia Cup.

Virat Kohli's unbeaten knock of 56 runs, Yuvraj Singh's 36 off just 18 deliveries, MS Dhoni's 200th International six as a captain and Sri Lanka's poor batting, were some of the key highlights of India's 3rd consecutive victory in the Asia Cup T20.

Here are the statistical highlights of the India-Sri Lanka game:

Skipper MS Dhoni's unique milestone:

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 catches + 17 stumpings in 61 matches) became the second wicketkeeper after Pakistan's Kamran Akmal to effect 50 dismissals or more in all three formats of International cricket - Tests, ODIs and T20Is. 
  • MSD became the first player to complete 200 sixes as captain in 315 innings in International cricket - the next best being 171 in 376 innings by Ricky Ponting.

(Asia Cup: MS Dhoni becomes 1st international skipper to hit 200 sixes)

  • Dhoni's winning per cent of 58.47 as captain is quite impressive - 34 victories, 24 losses, one tied and one no-result match out of 60 matches in T20Is.
  • Dhoni's strike rate of 244.44 in the tournament is superb - 22 runs off nine balls without being dismissed in three matches.

India enjoys an excellent record vs Sri Lanka

  • Team India enjoys excellent winnig record against Lankans, winning six and losing four out of ten matches contested in T20Is - success per cent 60.00.
  • India became the first side to register victories in all 3 matches in the present tournament - by 45 runs vs Bangladesh on February 24, by 5 wickets vs Pakistan on February 27 and by 5 wickets vs Sri Lanka on March 1.

India's winning hattrick against Sri Lanka:

  • For the first time, India have won three matches in a row in T20Is against Sri Lanka - by 69 runs at Ranchi on Feb.12, 2016, by 9 wickets at Visakhapatam on Feb.14 and by 5 wickets at Dhaka on March 1.

Virat Kohli's superb form continues:

  • Kohli's superb unbeaten 56 off 47 balls is his third fifty in as many innings vs Sri Lanka. # Kohli's aforesaid innings is his 13th fifty in T20Is. Just two players have recorded more fifty-plus innings than Kohli - Brendon McCullum (15) and Chris Gayle (14). (Virat Kohli is a 'more matured cricketer': MS Dhoni)
  • Against Sri Lanka, Kohli enjoys brilliant record, averaging 100.50 in T20Is - the third highest by a batsman against a side next only to the 130.50 by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum vs India and Martin Guptill's 118.50 vs Zimbabwe (minimum 200 runs against a team).

    Virat Kohli's superb batting average of 93.16 in successful chases in T20Is is without parallel - his aggregate being 559 in twelve innings, including six fifties. (minimum 400 runs).

  • In T20Is this year, Kohli is averaging 103.66 - his aggregate being 311 in six innings, including four fifties - the scores being 90 not out followed by 59 not out & 50 vs Australia, 7 vs Bangladesh, 49 vs Pakistan and 56 not out vs Sri Lanka.

Kohli equals Yuvraj's record:

  • Kohli has received his seventh Man of the Match award in T20Is - his first vs Sri Lanka. Yuvraj Singh and Kohli share an Indian record for most MOM awards (seven) in T20Is.

Dilshan's lean patch continues:

  • Tillakaratne Dilshan's performance this year is mediocre in T20Is, averaging 12.28 - his worst in a calendar year (minimum three matches). Since recording 52 vs West Indies at Colombo (RPS) on November 11, 2015, he has totalled just 86 runs in seven innings - the scores being 0, 28, 0, 1, 27, 12 & 18.

Opening batting a concern for Sri Lanka:

  • Sri Lanka have managed 47 for the loss of three wickets in the first ten overs - their second lowest when batting first after ten overs. They had scored 43 for seven vs Australia in the ICC World Twenty20 at Cape Town on September 20, 2007.
  • The average opening stand in the present Asia Cup since Feb 24 has been 13.28 - the aggregate being 186 in fourteen innings, with just one partnership of 50 - 68 between Dinesh Chandimal and Tillakaratne Dilshan for SL vs UAE at Dhaka on Feb. 25.

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