On this day: Invincible Mohammad Azharuddin guided India to fourth consecutive Asia Cup title
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Updated: April 14, 2020 10:43:04 am


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Asia Cup 1995 remaining was a match the place every thing labored in Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin’s favour whether or not it was the toss, his batting or his pin-point fielding. Azharuddin gained the toss and elected to area first at Sharjah towards Arjuna Ranatunga’s facet. The day ended with him

First innings

Batting first, Sri Lankan openers acquired their staff off to an honest begin. Whereas Sanath Jayasuriya was discovering the gaps and hitting boundaries, Roshan Mahanama was negating the specter of new ball and dealing the ball round for singles. Seeing the partnership develop the Indian skipper made a change and introduced leg spinner Anil Kumble into the assault. Kumble supplied the breakthrough within the first over getting via Mahanama’s defenses with the incorrect one.

Jayasuriya adopted his opening companion again to the pavillion within the subsequent over as Venkatesh Prasad induced an out of doors edge off his bat. Asanka Gurusinha and Aravindra de Silva tried to sew a partnership however the latter was struggling to time. de Silva ended up edging Manoj Prabhakar’s supply to the wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia including to Sri Lanka’s woes within the remaining. Skipper Ranatunga had his work lower out however he was run out after a terrific direct hit from Azharuddin. He departed after scoring simply three runs leaving Sri Lanka 4 wickets down with 89 runs on the board.

Hashan Tilakaratne tried to present help with a sluggish 22. Gurusinha was holding on to one finish whereas wickets had been falling at one other. The left-handed batsman reached his half-century from 94 deliveries. In the loss of life overs, he tried to speed up together with Romesh Kaluwitharna (17-ball 18). The southpaw added 35 extra runs from the following 28 deliveries he confronted however fell sufferer to a horrible mix-up ending up getting run out by Kumble off his personal bowling. He missed out on a well-deserved century.

The tailenders Ruwan Kalpage and Chaminda Vaas helped Sri Lanka publish a good rating of 230/7 on the board within the remaining.

Second innings

Out to chase 231, Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored an unbeaten century within the earlier sport towards Sri Lanka, acquired India off to begin. The Master Blaster pierced the sector and continuously appeared for boundaries whereas Manoj Prabhakar struggled on the different finish and misplaced his wicket for a single-digit rating. Champa Ramanayke put a cease to Tendulkar’s innings with a slower supply as he went for the large shot and mistimed it to sq. leg fielder. India misplaced their second wicket within the run chase for 58 runs. Two new batsmen on the crease — Navjot Singh Sidhu and Azharuddin.

Sidhu and Azharuddin didn’t let the required run price get out of hand. They additionally had the cushioning of the fiery begin from Tendulkar. The duo dominated Sri Lankan spinners within the center overs and made them toil arduous to save runs. Azharuddin got here dancing down the wicket, hitting spinners over their head for fours and sixes whereas Sindhu relied on discovering the gaps and selecting up ones and twos.

The third-wicket partnership quickly made the ultimate a one-sided affair. Azharuddin went all weapons blazing and completed the match with a boundary over Ramanayake’s head. He remained unbeaten for 90 from 89 balls together with 5 fours and two sixes whereas Sidhu scored 84 runs from 106 deliveries sharing a 175-run stand between them.

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As a end result, India chased down the entire with 49 balls to spare and profitable the ultimate by eight wickets. This was India’s fourth consecutive Asia Cup title win. Apart from the match-winnings, the charismatic Indian skipper’s admirers gifted him a metal sword in a gold-plated scabbard.

What adopted was a 15-year drought for India in Asia Cup. It was in 2010 beneath MS Dhoni’s management India would go on to win and get their fingers on the Asia Cup trophy.

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