India's fielding and bowling basics in Asia Cup hit for a six, laments Sunil Gavaskar

India have to beat Pakistan on Sunday to improve their chance for a spot in the Asia Cup final on March 8. Sri Lanka, after their back-to-back wins against Pakistan and India, look all set to play the grand finale.

updated: March 01, 2014 14:30 IST
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Sunil Gavaskar feels India can ill afford to make the basic errors that Virat Kohli's team made against Sri Lanka in Fatullah, Bangladesh on Friday night. India dropped catches, missed a crucial stumping chance and more importantly, came close to serious injury after players collided in their attempt to grab skiers. India lost a close match against Sri Lanka by two wickets on Friday night and must beat Pakistan on Sunday to improve their chance of playing the Asia Cup final on March 8. (Match report | Highlights | Scorecard | Pics)

Chasing 265 for a win, Sri Lanka rode a brilliant under-pressure century (103 off 84 balls) by Kumar Sangakkara and a pugnacious 64 by Kusal Perera to steal India's thunder in a game where fortunes fluctuated. India's performance was riddled with errors as the pacers bowled juicy full tosses in their attempt to bowl yorkers in the crucial death overs. "In recent times, India have rarely had all their four bowlers bowling well together. If you can't bowl the yorkers in the death overs, you should not be in the team," said Sunil Gavaskar in an exclusive chat with NDTV on Friday night. (Also read: Kohli blames dew after loss)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami gave away 126 runs in less than 20 overs between them. Shami took three wickets but his 81 runs undid all the good work he did with the semi-new ball. The fielders failed to back the bowlers, dropping at least three catches and also coming close to serious injury. Shikhar Dhawan ran into an advancing Ajinkya Rahane as Perera miscued Shami to point when on seven. The catch was dropped and the ball trickled over the ropes but Dhawan and Rahane, two of India's batting pillars, avoided serious injury. (Stats)

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