Lanka's fortunes changed within two weeks?

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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 14:06 [IST]
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Lankans facing the heat

Dhaka, Mar 21: For the first time in the history of Asia Cup, four time Champions, Sri Lanka has lost all their league matches to be knocked out of the tournament.

Lanka, having impressed everyone Down Under, playing consistently in the tri-series featuring India and Australia, qualified for the best-of-three-finals. With a score line of 1-1, the third final of the Common Wealth Bank series drew more attention but Lankans disappointed as they surrendered meekly to the mighty Aussies.

The team flew to Dhaka after playing the tri-series, with a high as they had already played against India, favourites to win the tournament.

But the scenario was different when they landed in Dhaka. Lanka lost their first league match against India by 50 runs, followed by another loss to Pakistan by 6 wickets which ruled the Islanders out of the tournament.

The next match considered to be a formality, drew more attention as hosts were up against Lanka as the result would decideTeam India's fate.

Within a span of two weeks, India depended on Lankans, and that proved vital as they were ruled out of the tournamnent both the times.

In the first instance, India wanted Sri Lanka to win, Australia emerged victorious, while they desperately wanted Lanka to win against the hosts which backfired as Bangla put up a great fight to seal a berth in the finals.

Mahela's men who were playing consistently over the past few weeks, suddenly looked out of form, as they lost all the three league matches to be knocked out for the first time in the history of Asia Cup.

Interestingly, this is the first time, Bangladesh has entered the final leg of the tournament as they registered wins over Asian giants India and Sri Lanka to send them packing.

Five time champions India too have not reached the finals of the tournament after the World Cup as they have played a triseries involving Australia and Sri Lanka in Feb-Mar 2012, while Asia Cup included Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Both the series were disasters as India weren't playing as World Champions.


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