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Sri Lanka vs India - 4th Match

Series: India and Bangladesh in Sri Lanka T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date: 12 March 2018

India 153/4 (17.3 Ovs) RR: 8.74 | India won by 6 wkts

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So, another dominating win by the top ODI side in the world - and that too, with two of their bazookas taking rest back in India. They go to the top of the table, but Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have looked in supreme touch and have turned out some phenomenal performances. In such a truncated format and a packed tournament, the team that edges the other on the day takes the game. So, despite India's dominating performance, the tournament is still as wide open as Rahim's smile two nights ago. On that cheery note, it's Rishi Roy bidding you goodbye on behalf of Akshay Maanay, Sriram AS, Shashikant Singh, and a mysteriously grumpy Raju Peethala. Sayonara folks!

Rohit Sharma, India captain: "Smart performance, especially from the bowlers. To restrict a batting unit like that, it was a great effort from the bowlers. The conditions weren't easy for the bowlers, there was a bit of dew on the ground. Neither easy for the spinners nor the pacers, but they have executed their plans really well. Just continued where we left off against Bangladesh. The bowlers came out and executed the ideas and plans really well. We discussed a lot of things and it was very much on display for everyone to see. We bat really deep, and we haven't had a batting line-up like that in a long time. We have a lot of all-rounders, but the middle-order hasn't had opportunities to bat in the recent past, but as you saw today, Manish and DK batted extremely well. Can't single out a performance, it was a complete team effort. We aren't laid back at all, because all three teams are still alive in the tournament. They can all stand at four points. So we need to continue the momentum from hereon. The new guys have all taken their opportunities and made good use of it. So we don't need to go and change anything, we just need to play the way we have over the last two years."

Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka captain: "This is not a 152-run wicket. The batting did well initially, but the middle-order failed. We were 30-40 runs behind. 175-180 would have been competitive and could have been defended. First 6 overs, we couldn't execute the bowling plans. We'll take the positives from the match and we'll see what we can do next match. Next game is a must-win, and I'm sure we can give our 100% next match and win the game."

Shardul Thakur, Man of the Match (4-0-27-4): "I loved it. Happy to receive the award. Always dreamt of winning a game for India and here I am. Frankly there were some nerves but no pressure. Nothing special, we just discussed how to execute our plans and it worked out for the better today."

Manish Pandey: I thought we had a good partnership in the end. They started well, it was important for me to stay till the end. We discuss about that (plans against Sri Lankan bowlers). Batting at number 5, I should be there till the end. They (bowlers) have comeback really well after the first game. We had a couple of plans and we executed them well. We have not got too much batting after 6 and 7, so it was good for DK to stay with me and absorb the pressure.

23:44 Local Time, 18:14 GMT, 23:44 IST: So there it is. India win their second consecutive game, after a disappointing opening game. SL's batting started a marathon with a sprint and tired out by the finish line and ended up at 152 after 19 overs. Shardul, who took a bit of stick the other night against SL redeemed himself with a miserly and penetrative spell today. The Indian batting started off shakily as the openers fell cheaply, only to be followed by Raina. A rare hit-wicket of Rahul followed, and there was some panic in the Indian camp, but Karthik and Pandey nudged and nurdled to accumulate the required runs and played very maturely to hand India a dominating win to lift them to the top of the table. Presentations coming up shortly...

17.3
1
Pradeep to Karthik, 1 run, yorker length delivery just outside off, Karthik steers it just in front of deep point for a single. India win the game by 6 wickets. More importantly, they sit pretty at the top of the table now!
17.2
4
Pradeep to Karthik, FOUR, full toss outside off, Karthik cross-bats it down to long-on for a one-bounce four. Scores level.
17.1
4
Pradeep to Karthik, FOUR, just a tad short outside off, Karthik twists his torso into a lofted pull through to deep mid-wicket fence for four.

Nuwan Pradeep [2.0-0-21-1] is back into the attack

16.6
1
Chameera to Karthik, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, DK nudges it to mid-wicket for a quick single
16.5
1
Chameera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off, Manish Pandey punches it with firm forearms to sweeper cover for another single
16.4
1
Chameera to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery seaming in just a tad from outside off, Karthik stays in the crease and drops it to third man for a single
16.3
4
Chameera to Karthik, FOUR, full delivery on middle, angled in, Karthik heaves it away to the deep mid-wicket fence for four. Not quite out of the meat - more of a thick inside edge. But useful runs nonetheless.
16.2
1
Chameera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off, Manish Pandey shuffles across and runs that down to third man for a single. Just taps it on the head to deflect it and the pace on the ball does the rest
16.2
1
Chameera to Manish Pandey, wide, a vile wide. Extremely short outside off, Manish Pandey backs away and just watches it sail past and ridicules the waywardness of the delivery
16.1
1
Chameera to Karthik, 1 run, the partnership between Karthik and Manish Pandey is now 50! A short of length ball just outside off, Karthik steers it down to third man for a single.

Dushmantha Chameera [2.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack

15.6
2
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, full delivery on the pads, Manish Pandey comes forward and whips it away to mid-wicket for a quick couple
15.5
1
J Mendis to Karthik, 1 run, just a tad short was that leg-break and it keeps low, Karthik drag-pulls it away to long-on for a single
15.4
1
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, 1 run, tossed up leg-break just outside off, pushed away to cover for a single
15.3
1
J Mendis to Karthik, 1 run, length ball fired in flat outside off, Karthik taps it to covers for a single
15.2
2
J Mendis to Karthik, 2 runs, just a tad short outside off, Karthik chops it off the under-edge to point and runs across. Akila scores a direct-hit at the non-striker's end and they steal a second as it is sent up to the third umpire. A close one, but not out is the verdict
15.1
4
J Mendis to Karthik, FOUR, tossed up and tossed away by Karthik, as Sunil Gavaskar would eloquently put it. A short-ish one outside off, Karthik slapped away to sweeper cover for four

Jeevan Mendis [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack

14.6
1
Perera to Karthik, 1 run, length delivery on middle and off, Karthik tries to whip it away but it stops on him and he gets a leading edge towards point and runs across for a single
14.5
1
Perera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, slower delivery, full on the pads, semi-coptered away to mid-wicket for a single
14.4
0
Perera to Manish Pandey, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, opens the face and steers that straight to backward point and can't quite get it through the in-field
14.3
6
Perera to Manish Pandey, SIX, short one, sat up to be punished, Manish said to himself "Why not?" and opened up his stance to pull that over deep mid-wicket for six! Massive hit...
14.2
0
Perera to Manish Pandey, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, Manish Pandey stands tall and taps it on the head towards cover
14.1
1
Perera to Karthik, 1 run, short and into the rib-cage, Karthik swivels on his heel and pulls it away to backward square leg for a single

Thisara Perera [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

13.6
1
Dananjaya to Karthik, 1 run, another carom ball with very little overspin on off stump, turning away, Karthik rocks back and whips it expertly away towards mid-wicket for a single
13.5
1
Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, 1 run, loopy carom ball on off, Manish Pandey drives it with the spin to wide long-off for a single
13.4
1
Dananjaya to Karthik, 1 run, another leg-break but dragged down short on off and middle, Karthik gets deep in the crease and pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a single
13.3
0
Dananjaya to Karthik, no run, tossed up on leg and middle, leg-break, Karthik gets well forward and dead-bats compactly
13.2
1
Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, 1 run, flat delivery on off, Manish Pandey taps it to cover and hurries across for a single
13.1
1
Dananjaya to Karthik, 1 run, googly outside off, flattish in trajectory, Karthik tries to push that to cover but gets a thick inside edge to short mid-wicket for a single

Akila Dananjaya [3.0-0-14-2] is back into the attack

12.6
1
Pradeep to Karthik, 1 run, good length delivery on the pads, Karthik whips it away to deep square leg for another comfortably single. Boundaries are rare, but runs coming at a quick pace
12.5
1
Pradeep to Manish Pandey, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the pelvis, Manish Pandey tucks it into the on-side in front of square for a single
12.4
0
Pradeep to Manish Pandey, no run, length delivery on off, Manish Pandey taps it back to the bowler, and casually strolls out of his crease before Pradeep fires in a throw at the stumps to send him hurrying back
12.3
1
Pradeep to Karthik, 1 run, fuller length delivery on middle, Karthik shuffles across and clips it away to deep square leg for a single
12.2
1
Pradeep to Manish Pandey, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Manish Pandey steers it down towards deep backward point for a single. Deft touch
12.1
4
Pradeep to Manish Pandey, FOUR, short of length delivery on off, Manish Pandey backs away towards the on-side and advances down to punch that to deep extra cover for four with his weight on the back foot. Put his entire bodyweight behind that shot

Nuwan Pradeep [1.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack

11.6
0
J Mendis to Karthik, no run, leg-break outside off, Karthik tries to chase and gets a little too cute with the late-cut, misses. In fact, it has been sent up to the third umpire as a stumping chance, but I think DK is safe. And I'm right :)
11.5
2
J Mendis to Karthik, 2 runs, tossed up on the pads, Karthik shimmies down and flicks it to deep mid-wicket where Kusal Mendis lobs it back to Gunathilaka to keep the momentum taking the ball over the fence
11.4
1
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, 1 run, another drag-down just outside off, tapped away off the back foot to sweeper cover for a single
11.3
1
J Mendis to Karthik, 1 run, full and flat on leg-stump, Karthik is quick down the track and whips that to long-on for a single
11.2
4
J Mendis to Karthik, FOUR, leg-break just a fraction wide and short-ish outside off, Karthik gets low in his stance and carves that away to the deep backward point fence for four

Tossed up leg-break on middle and leg, turns away and hits the stumps. DK wasn't ready though, so he'll have to rebowl it. Don't get all excited, no no...

11.1
1
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, 1 run, fuller length delivery angled in on middle and leg, whipped down to deep mid-wicket for a single
10.6
1
Chameera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, back of a length delivery angling towards off, Manish Pandey gets on the back foot and taps it down to mid-on for a single
10.5
2
Chameera to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, short and just a fraction wide outside off, Manish Pandey hops and slaps that with oh-so-much wrath to sweeper cover for another brace
10.4
2
Chameera to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, just a fraction short on off-stump, Manish Pandey gets front-on and plays a short-arm swat-pull to deep square leg for a brace. Had to hurry for the second but made it comfortably in the end
10.3
0
Chameera to Manish Pandey, no run, length delivery just outside off, Manish Pandey opens the face and tries to run it down to deep backward point by piercing the gap. Ends up getting it straight to the man stationed at backward point inside the circle
10.2
1
Chameera to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length delivery just a fraction wide outside off, Karthik sticks out his bat and helps it on it's way to third man for another single. Delicately played
10.1
1
Chameera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, length delivery on off, Manish Pandey stays in the crease and whips it rather VVSly to mid-wicket for a quick single

Dushmantha Chameera [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

9.6
0
J Mendis to Karthik, no run, flat outside off, slaps the drive to extra cover

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

9.5
0
J Mendis to Rahul, out Hit Wkt!! First Indian batsman to be dismissed hit wicket in T20Is. It seems to be going all well for the Karnataka batsman, but Rahul moved too far inside the crease and got out in the most bizzare fashion. He tried to tuck this delivery into the leg-side, as he went inside the crease, his back foot slid accidentally towards the stumps and the bails come off in a flash. Rahul hit wkt b J Mendis 18(17) [4s-1]

J Mendis to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Hit Wkt!!

9.4
1
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, 1 run, made room and pushed this slower delivery to backward point, the call was instinctive. Both the batsmen were quick to react, and that commendable dive from Rahul saved him there. Thisara was quick to get to the ball and he fired it flat to the keeper

Run-out appeal. Rahul's home I guess. Dived and managed to get a tiny bit of bat as the bails came off. On the line reckons one of my colleague. Gee, tricky situation this for the umpire. Who wants to be one? Annnd here comes the verdict. Green light

9.3
0
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, no run, looks to nudge this into the leg-side, fails to make any contact. Knocks the pads and dribbles into the leg-side. Too far down leg to be adjudged lbw
9.2
1
J Mendis to Rahul, 1 run, cuts fiercely off the back foot to backward point and hustles for a quick single
9.1
0
J Mendis to Rahul, no run, shortish and spins away outside off, Rahul looks to reach out, but can't get there
8.6
1
Perera to Rahul, 1 run, easy peasy these for the Indian batsen, just nudging and nurdling around after smashing a boundary off the first ball. Into the mid-wicket region now
8.5
1
Perera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, sits on the back foot, neatly guides the length ball to third man for a yawning single
8.4
1
Perera to Rahul, 1 run, short of length on the pads, tucked round the corner
8.3
1
Perera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, lets the ball dart in, dabs with an open bat face and manages a single into the third man area
8.2
0
Perera to Manish Pandey, no run, opens up late and punches with an open bat face to backward point
8.1
4
Perera to Manish Pandey, FOUR, short and wide, Manish Pandey says thank you and belts that after transferring his weight onto the back foot, blazed away through covers

Here's the skip

7.6
2
J Mendis to Rahul, 2 runs, times the pants of this full ball through covers, adds another two to his and India's tally
7.5
2
J Mendis to Rahul, 2 runs, works the ball towards mid-wicket and they sense a two with no fielders patrolling that region. Good running between the wickets
7.4
1
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, 1 run, tossed full outside off, milked down to long-off for an easy single
7.3
4
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, FOUR, now then! That's a prime example of picking the length early. It was short and Manish Pandey decided the best option to against the delivery is with a fierce pull, he clears his front leg and goes through with the shot, just past the outstretched hand of mid-wicket
7.2
1
J Mendis to Rahul, 1 run, lunges forward and eases a single to long-off
7.2
1
J Mendis to Rahul, wide, down leg, wided
7.1
1
J Mendis to Manish Pandey, 1 run, floated up outside off, driven to deep cover

Jeevan Mendis, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Pradeep to Manish Pandey, 1 run, whew! What happened there? Pradeep's towel seems to have come off while he's on his delivery stride and that clearly put Manish Pandey off. Despite that, he managed to push this full ball firmly to long-on. Oh wait, more replays on. The towel actually seems to have come off along with the bowling arm. Manish Pandey has every right to complain and he does so swiftly to umpire Ranmore Martinesz who sports a baffled expression indicating something similar to *Let's get on with the game fellas*

Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.5
0
Pradeep to Raina, out Caught by Perera!! Shuffles out of his leg stump and reveals his cards way too soon. Pradeep tried his best to dart it in to curb all the room Raina wanted and the result? A mistimed flat-batted slap straight into the safe hands of Thisara Perera at mid-off. Poor from Raina. Raina c Perera b Pradeep 27(15) [4s-2 6s-2]

Pradeep to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.4
6
Pradeep to Raina, SIX, Lakmal first, Chameera next and Pradeep now. Looks like the SL bowlers are in total sync regarding their plans. *Excuse the sarcasm please* Short and down leg, much like his partners and the result refuses to change. Raina puts it away with ease
6.3
1
Pradeep to Rahul, 1 run, drop-and-run single, just taps it on its head and off they go
6.2
4
Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR, there's KL Rahul special. Fast hands. Moves across his off-stump, and treats it like a leg-stump length ball to slap the pull past fine leg
6.1
1
Pradeep to Raina, 1 run, short ball outside off, agricultural slog from Raina, drags it off the bottom half wide of long-on

Nuwan Pradeep, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

So, a rather circumspect start from India one would assume

5.6
1
Dananjaya to Raina, 1 run, stays leg-side of the delivery, but manages to tap this delivery towards mid-off with an angled willow. Runs are runs, doesn't matter how they come
5.5
0
Dananjaya to Raina, no run, gives himself some leeway outside off and cuts, can't get it past cover though
5.5
1
Dananjaya to Raina, wide, fired it down leg with the arm, 92ks, Raina swipes and misses
5.4
1
Dananjaya to Rahul, 1 run, this one turns away, legbreak perhaps? Rahul camps back and punches to long-on
5.3
0
Dananjaya to Rahul, no run, flighted around off, classic textbook defence from Rahul
5.2
1
Dananjaya to Raina, 1 run, ups his pace and keeps it slightly outside off, Raina comes down the track and miscues the loft, on the bounce to the man at long-off
5.1
0
Dananjaya to Raina, no run, spears it in with the angle, Raina backs away and forces it back to the bowler
4.6
1
Chameera to Raina, 1 run, gives himself room once again, but this time the bowler followed him and speared it into his body, Raina squirts it wide of the bowler and gets across for a quick single
4.5
6
Chameera to Raina, SIX, typical Raina! Makes room, pulls the short ball and causes damage to the digital scoreboard placed over the mid-wicket fence. Went flat and carried the fire Raina generated off his bottom hand
4.4
4
Chameera to Raina, FOUR, back to mediocre bowling, short and sliding down leg, Raina smashes the pull over square leg
4.3
0
Chameera to Raina, no run, excellent comeback delivery. 136ks jaffa on off-stump, had Raina dancing to his tunes. Raina must thank his stars for he is lucky enough to have not nicked that
4.2
4
Chameera to Raina, FOUR, that's a gimme. Short sans any height down leg, Raina gets inside the line and helps it away with a flick-pull, off she goes...
4.1
1
Chameera to Rahul, 1 run, digs it short outside off, hurries the batsman for pace, Rahul cuts it down to third man

Dushmantha Chameera, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

3.6
2
Dananjaya to Raina, 2 runs, in the air and safe! Raina decides to go for a slog, miscued it high into the night sky off the toe end, drops just short of the man gliding in from deep mid-wicket
3.5
0
Dananjaya to Raina, no run, quicker outside off, Raina pushes it into the off-side
3.4
1
Dananjaya to Rahul, 1 run, spinning into the pads, worked away into the leg-side
3.3
0
Dananjaya to Rahul, no run, flicked to short fine and there's horrible indecision between the duo. Rahul never wanted the single, but Raina charged forward and had to reverse his gears to make it in. He put in a splendid dive which saved him there. The throw was sharp and accurate, but Raina's athletic abilities are second to none

Run-out check sent upstairs. Raina is the man in question. Looks like he's made it in. Not out

3.2
1
Dananjaya to Raina, 1 run, sets himself on one knee and goes for the slogsweep, lands short of the fielder at deep mid-wicket
3.2
4
Dananjaya to Rahul, 4 wides, oh! Drifts this down leg and past Rahul's paddle. The fielder at short leg hunts it down and just pulls it back inside the ropes

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Two wickets in two balls for Akila Dananjaya. He's on a hat-trick now. A slip and a short leg in place

3.1
0
Dananjaya to Dhawan, out Caught by Perera!! A nothing shot from SD. Dananjaya gets his second wicket. Shimmies down, nowhere near the pitch of the delivery and what's worse? The ball was spinning away from him, so Dhawan had to do something unorthodox; he opts to flick the loft over mid-wicket, but his timing got restrained by the angle and thus, chips meekly to mid-on. Thisara Perera's bucket hands does the rest. Dhawan c Perera b Dananjaya 8(10) [4s-1]

Dananjaya to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

2.6
1
Lakmal to Dhawan, 1 run, steers a single behind point to keep strike
2.5
4
Lakmal to Dhawan, FOUR, that was begging to be hit. Short ball sprayed down the leg-side, Dhawan picks it up late but gets enough contact on the hurried pull to send it racing to the fine leg fence
2.4
1
Lakmal to Rahul, 1 run, drops the ball in the vacant spaces around short mid-wicket and nabs a quick single. Smart batting from KL
2.3
1
Lakmal to Dhawan, 1 run, charges out of his crease, realizes there's no pace to go through his shot, adjusts well to glide a single down to third man
2.2
1
Lakmal to Rahul, 1 run, waits for this 132ks outside off tester to arrive and calmy runs it down to third man with an open bat face
2.1
1
Lakmal to Dhawan, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes this to mid-off, sprints for a quick single

Lokesh Rahul, right handed bat, comes to the crease

1.6
0
Dananjaya to Rohit, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! Spots Rohit's intentions - comes down the track - early and drifts it in into his pads, Rohit tries to whip-flick that over mid-wicket, but terrible mistiming on that. Right off the cue end and straight it goes as a dolly to the man stationed at the edge of the mid-wicket circle. Ah, the usual Rohit Sharma blues. Lures with some glorious strokes and then gets out in this fashion. Rohit c Kusal Mendis b Dananjaya 11(7) [4s-1 6s-1]

Dananjaya to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.5
0
Dananjaya to Rohit, no run, this offspinner fizzes in quickly to cramp Rohit for room, blunted back to the bowler
1.4
1
Dananjaya to Dhawan, 1 run, drags the length back, Dhawan goes on the back foot and drags the pull through mid-wicket
1.3
0
Dananjaya to Dhawan, no run, quicker delivery, Dhawan cuts straight to cover
1.2
0
Dananjaya to Dhawan, no run, stays outside leg stump and punches this offbreak to the left of short cover, a diving stop from the fielder there
1.1
1
Dananjaya to Rohit, 1 run, advances down the pitch and tucks to the right of Dananjaya who attempts a needless dive to enable a single. Of course, there's a misfield
0.6
0
Lakmal to Dhawan, no run, width on offer, Dhawan gets on top of it with a fierce cut, but he fails to pierce the gap on the off-side. Fielded at cover-point
0.5
0
Lakmal to Dhawan, no run, much better. Hits the good length area and keeps it around off-stump, Dhawan blocks from the crease
0.4
1
Lakmal to Rohit, leg byes, 1 run, strays into the pads once more, Rohit can't lay bat on this, snicks his pads and rolls wide of the keeper
0.3
4
Lakmal to Rohit, FOUR, gone again! Can't bowl there to Rohit Sharma. Length ball on the pads, Rohit swivels and dispatches the pull backwards of square leg
0.2
6
Lakmal to Rohit, SIX, not wasting any time is Rohit Sharma, the synonym of talent and the sibling of elegance. Gets a short ball and bam! Unveils those whippy wrists through the pull over square leg
0.1
0
Lakmal to Rohit, no run, starts with a back of a length dart on middle stump, Rohit happy to nudge it with soft hands into the leg-side

Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Lakmal will open the attack