Highest impact player of the match
Virat Kohli (6.82)
Highest impact batsman
Virat Kohli (6.69)
Highest impact bowler
R Ashwin (2.85)
Highest impact player (Sri Lanka)
Nuwan Kulasekara (4.37)
Highest economy impact (bowler)
Ashish Nehra (0.46)
Highest strike-rate impact (batsman)
Yuvraj Singh (1.06)
India overcame a sluggish start to handily beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in Mirpur on Tuesday (March 1), thus qualifying for Sunday’s final of the Asia Cup.
Virat Kohli, who has the highest chasing impact among batsmen in Twenty20 International history (minimum 25 matches), reaffirmed his credentials as the man to have in your team while chasing.
Kohli finished as the highest impact batsman, and player, of the match for his unbeaten 47-ball 56 (which was nearly 40% of the target). He walked in with the score reading 11 for 1, which then became 16 for 2. Ably supported by Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, the trio (all had partnership-building impact) steadied the chase. Yuvraj’s high-octane 35 (off just 18 balls) had the highest strike rate impact. Kohli, who struck the winning runs, walked away with the player of the match award too.
R Ashwin continued to be a thorn in Sri Lanka’s side. He had finished as the highest impact player the last three times when the sides faced off (in the recently concluded T20I series in India) and while he ceded that honour to Kohli on this occasion, he still emerged has the highest impact bowler of the match for his two top/middle-order wickets in a tight spell. That he had partnership-breaking impact worked in his favour, as he edged Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. Ashish Nehra, meanwhile, had the highest economy impact.
Nuwan Kulasekara was Sri Lanka’s highest impact player. He scored his 13 runs under pressure and then returned to pick two top/middle-order wickets in quick succession to put India under pressure.
Interestingly, nine Indians and eight Sri Lankans registered an impact of at least one. The difference, though, was a certain Virat Kohli.