India in Sri Lanka, 3 ODI Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs India - 3rd ODI

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Date & Time: 23 July 2021

Sri Lanka 227/7

RR: 5.82 | Sri Lanka beat India by 3 wickets (D/L method)

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Right then. Shikhar Dhawan gets the ODI trophy and he poses with his team as they are celebrating their victory in this series. India are not able to inflict the whitewash as they lose out to Sri Lanka in the final ODI game, but this win will give Sri Lanka a morale boost. That is not all, from this tour, as after the ODI series, the 3-game T20I series will be upon on. The first of those will be played on Sunday, 25th July 2021 at 8 pm local (1430 GMT). We hope to have your company for that game. Until then, cheers! 

The Indian captain, Shikhar Dhawan says that things didn't go their way and feels that they had a good start but lost wickets in the middle and hence, couldn't get a good score. Adds that he is happy that so many players got a game after staying in quarantine for a long time and mentions he is okay that he didn't do his best with the bat and always looks to improve. Mentions they were positive that they could defend the total but also knew they were 50 runs short and says that we all make mistakes and learn from them and improve. 

SURYAKUMAR YADAV IS THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES. He says that he has been consistent for the past 2-3 years and his success mantra is working for him. Opines that he would have loved to make a big score, but he hopes to get better. On him bowling, he laughs and says that he is ready, if the team needs him to bowl. Feels that the atmosphere in the camp is very positive. 

Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan skipper, starts by congratulating India for winning the series and he is happy with the way they played in this game. Praises his bowlers and thinks that his bowlers showed character and hopes that they can continue this form. Tells that the guys need to play more and more cricket to get more reliable. Says that this win is for the fans as it has come after a long time and he thanks the players and the staff. Laughs and cheekily says that he enjoys his captaincy on the field, but not off the field. 

AVISHKA FERNANDO IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He says that if he had done well in the second match, they could have won the match and the series, but is happy with this performance. Adds, after the England tour, he made improvements on his techniques and mentions that we have a very young side, and going forward, he believes that they will do well.

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Earlier in the day, India started off on the right note, as they kept the scoreboard ticking and were scoring runs at a healthy rate, but all that changed, after the rain delay, as the Lankan spinners spun the Indian middle order into a web. It looked like they could cross 300, but folded for a measly score. In the end, Sri Lanka did enough, in all aspects of the game, to win the final game of the series. 

Not a very bad bowling display by India, but yes, they did need some more from their bowlers. Cannot even blame them, as many of them were making their ODI debuts and were new to this stage of international cricket. India got a wicket early on, but took a while to get that second one, but by that time, the game was already slipping away from them. They took a couple of quick wickets, but with the total being slightly low, Sri Lanka did not have a lot of issues, closing the game out. Another issue was India's fielding as they dropped a load of catches and who knows, if they had been taken, they could have got something out of this game. Rahul Chahar bowled very well, getting three, whereas Chetan Sakariya got two to his name. Krishnappa Gowtham, too, got one under his belt, but it did not prove to be enough. 

Even though the total was not a massive one, the Lankans would have wanted to start off with a bang, which would have eased some nerves and they did, just that. They lost a wicket early on, but the duo of Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa made it a point to keep going on and not let the Indians have any sniff. Both of them go to their fifties, as they raised a stand of 109 runs, which made the job easier for the Lankans. Chetan Sakariya opened the door slightly for India, by taking 2 quick wickets. Charith Asalanka scored a few quick runs before he fell too. While all of this was going on, Fernando kept a hold on one end and even though Sri Lanka lost a flurry of wickets towards the end, they crossed the line.

Stop the press. Sri Lanka have FINALLY won an ODI game! This is also the first time that Sri Lanka have beaten India in an ODI game, since JULY 2012! It has been a long time coming and this has been a very good display from them to ensure that they get a win, firstly, and secondly, that they avoid getting whitewashed by the Indians. 

38.6
1
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, That's it, Sri Lanka have finally done it! Fuller one on the stumps and Mendis sweeps it fine towards fine leg for the winning run. SRI LANKA WIN BY 3 WICKETS (DLS METHOD)!
38.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Akila Dananjaya, SCORES LEVEL! Shorter one on middle, Akila Dananjaya swings at it as it's a Free Hit but gets the top edge just over the bowler's head for a single as the ball landed safely.
38.5
4
Rahul Chahar to Akila Dananjaya, FOUR! That was surprising. Tossed up delivery on off and every fielder is close to the batsman, Akila Dananjaya makes use of this and crashes his cover drive into the vacant boundary on the off side. This would have take a lot of pressure off the hosts. NO BALL called as there weren't enough fielders in the ring and a Free Hit is coming up.

Akila Dananjaya is in! 

38.4
0
Rahul Chahar to Chamika Karunaratne, OUT! STUMPED! Sharp work by Samson sees Sri Lanka lose another wicket. Floated, outside off, Chamika Karunaratne looks to defend, but the ball spins away, and evades the outside edge to the keeper, where Samson collects and whips the bails off. Sanju is convinced and the third umpire is called to refer this. Ultra Edge shows no bat. Replays show that the foot was on the line and not behind it, when the bails come off. The third umpire has a couple of looks and decides that this will be out. 7 more needed.
38.3
0
Rahul Chahar to Chamika Karunaratne, The googly around middle, defended out.
38.2
1
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, On middle, swept hard to fine leg for one.
38.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, Tossed up, around off, Mendis looks to defend, but the ball takes the pad and goes to the first slip, who pouches this. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
37.6
0
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, Around off, pushed to covers. Just 8 more needed now!
37.5
0
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, Back of a length outside off, Karunaratne covers the line well and defends it nicely.
37.4
2
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, Short ball on middle, pulled away nicely by Karunaratne towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
37.3
0
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, Slow and full this time outside off, driven straight to short cover.
37.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, angling in, Karunaratne tries to tuck it on the leg side but gets the inside edge onto his pads.
37.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, Slower, back of a length delivery around off. Karunaratne gets behind the line of the ball to block this one.
36.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, Well bowled again! Tossed up around off, but left alone.
36.5
2
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, Tossed up on middle, Mendis brings out the sweep again and gets it down to fine leg for a couple. Just 10 needed now!
36.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Chamika Karunaratne, Tossed up on off, pushed to deep point for a single.
36.3
0
Rahul Chahar to Chamika Karunaratne, Flighted on off, blocked back by Karunaratne.
36.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, OUT! CAUGHT! Chahar is spinning a web today! Bowls the stock leg-spinner on middle and this one turns sharply, catching the outside edge of Fernando, who was looking to block it. Shaw takes a sharp catch, low down to his right, at first slip. Avishka Fernando is finally out for 76 after a wonderful knock. He might have done enough to see his team through.

Chamika Karunaratne comes out. Just 13 more needed! 

36.1
1
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, Flighted shorter around off, punched to deep cover for a single by Mendis.
35.6
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length on middle, blocked back by Fernando.
35.5
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Length around off, angling in, nicely fended off by Fernando.
35.4
1
Chetan Sakariya to Ramesh Mendis, Overpitched outside off, driven through the cover region for a single.
35.3
0
Chetan Sakariya to Ramesh Mendis, Change of pace, on top of off and Mendis gets behind the ball to block it.
35.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Ramesh Mendis, Length ball around off, tapped off the front foot towards cover.
35.1
1
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Length outside off, guided nicely to third man for a single.
34.6
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Full toss on off, driven down to long off by Fernando for a single.
34.5
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Shorter one around off, punched off the back foot to the point region.
34.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, Tossed up on middle and swept straight to deep mid-wicket for one.
34.3
4
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, FOUR! NICELY DONE! Fuller one on middle, Mendis gets down on his knees and sweeps it fine behind square leg and into the boundary.
34.2
2
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, Similar deliver but this time turning from middle, Mendis tries to block but gets the outside edge down to third man for a couple.
34.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, PEACH! That was probably the delivery of the day. Tosses this one up on off, the ball turns sharply and beats the outside edge of Mendis.
33.6
1
Hardik Pandya to Ramesh Mendis, Back of a length around off, punched off the back foot to deep point for one. Just 24 needed now off 78 balls!
33.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Ramesh Mendis, FOUR LEG BYES! Hardik drifts down leg and pays the price. Mendis looks to flick but the ball goes off the pads and into the boundary.
33.4
1
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Length ball outside off, Fernando taps this one down to third man for another single.
33.3
1
Hardik Pandya to Ramesh Mendis, Length ball around off, nudged towards mid-wicket by Mendis for one.
33.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Length ball outside off, guided down to third man for a single.
33.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length on middle, dabbed into the ground on the leg side.
32.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, Tossed up again on off, pushed off the back foot towards covers.
32.5
0
Rahul Chahar to Ramesh Mendis, EDGED AND DROPPED! Tossed up on off, spinning away again and Mendis gets the outside edge, but Shaw drops a low chance at second slip. If he had taken this, would have been a big moment in this game as the pressure could have pushed India further in the game.
32.4
0
Rahul Chahar to Dasun Shanaka, OUT! CAUGHT! The skipper, Dasun Shanaka has been dismissed for a golden duck by Rahul Chahar! Floats this one up nicely around off, turning away and Shanaka pushes at it and gets the leading edge straight to short cover, where Manish Pandey pouches this. Chahar has his maiden ODI wicket! Is there still life left in this match?

Ramesh Mendis is out now. 

32.3
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up on off, pushed down to long off for a single.
32.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, BEAUTY! Fuller one, again tossed up outside off, Fernando looks to push at it but gets beaten comprehensively.
32.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Nicely floated outside off, spins away, Fernando taps it towards point.

The Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka walks out. 

Review time. Sri Lanka have taken a review for the LBW decision which was given OUT onfield. The delivery was really full and hit Charith Asalanka in front, the review shows that this one is as straight as it gets and would hit the base of middle. Review lost and Asalanka is back to the pavilion.

31.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, OUT! LBW! Hardik finally gets a wicket and India get their fourth, but it seems like it has come too late. A slower dipping full toss, on middle and leg, Asalanka looks to clip this gently to the leg side, but he misses and gets hit on his boot. An appeal from Hardik, a polite enquiry, actually, and the umpire raises his finger. Charith Asalanka takes the review but it just confirms that the ball would go onto hit the wickets. 33 more needed in 90 balls.
31.5
1
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, On a good length, around off, pushed through covers for a single.
31.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, FIVE WIDES. Way too high, for the batter, and also the keeper. On a shortish length, on middle, Avishka Fernando leans back and looks to upper cut. Misses and Sanju Samson misses too. The ball goes to the ropes.
31.4
1
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, Again, a short ball, on middle, pulled to deep square leg, for one.
31.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, On the body, worked to the leg side this time.
31.2
4
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! Pleasing cover drive and Charith Asalanka gets another boundary. On a length, around off, Charith Asalanka opens the face of the bat at the right time and punches this through extra cover.
31.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Around off, guided to third man for one.
30.6
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Charith Asalanka, Around off, pushed to covers.
30.5
4
Krishnappa Gowtham to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! Finds the gap this time. A touch flatter again, outside off, Charith Asalanka makes some room and slaps this through the point region for a boundary.
30.4
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Charith Asalanka, On a shorter length, outside off, Charith Asalanka shuffles and cuts this to the right of the backward point fielder.
30.3
2
Krishnappa Gowtham to Charith Asalanka, Fuller, on middle, this is reverse swept through backward square leg for a couple of runs.
30.2
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Pushed through mid on for a single.
30.1
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up, on middle, Avishka Fernando skips down the track and whips this over the mid-wicket fielder. Manish Pandey hops and takes this, but the ball pops out and lands down.
29.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, A well directed short ball, on middle and leg, Charith Asalanka just sits under this one. 52 needed off 102 balls.
29.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, Gently pushed to the mid off region.
29.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, Shows the full face of the blade and keeps the ball out.
29.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, On the pads, on a length, Charith misses his tuck and gets hit on the pad.
29.2
2
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, Good length ball, around off, steered past the point fielder, to the left of third man, for a couple of runs.
29.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, A touch shorter, outside off, steered to third man, for one.
29.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, WIDE. Down the leg side, on a length, Fernando looks to pull, but misses. Wided.

DRINKS BREAK. India, and especially, Chetan Sakariya have done well in the past 10 overs to stem the flow of runs as Chetan took 2 wickets and applied some pressure on the hosts. But, with the total being low, pushing the ball around, for singles and doubles, will see Sri Lanka cross the line. They just need 56 more in 108 balls and if they continue in the same way for the next 10 overs, then they should coast home. But who knows? A couple of wickets and the game can turn on it's head. Let's see who takes the game. 

28.6
4
Krishnappa Gowtham to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! A boundary on the last ball. Shortish, outside off, Charith Asalanka waits for the ball and then late cuts it past short third man, for a boundary. Navdeep Saini jogs behind the ball, but the ball wins the race to the ball.
28.5
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Charith Asalanka, Gives it air and lands it around off, poked to point.
28.4
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Walks down and eases this to long on for a single.
28.3
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, On off, shortish, punched to the bowler.
28.2
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Charith Asalanka, Floated, around off, CA taps it to covers for one.
28.1
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, On the pads, worked to the leg side for one.
27.6
0
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Slower full toss on off, driven single-handedly towards the covers.
27.5
0
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length again around off, tapped back into the pitch by Asalanka.
27.4
0
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Good bouncer outside off, Asalanka decides not to play at it.
27.3
2
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Overpitched on middle, nudged towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
27.2
0
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Another length ball around off, angling across and left alone once again.
27.1
0
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Length ball outside off, Asalanka leaves it alone.
26.6
1
Chetan Sakariya to Charith Asalanka, Slower length ball around middle, tucked off the back foot towards deep sqaure leg for a single by Asalanka.
26.5
1
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Pitched up outside off, a bit slower again, pushed to point for a single.
26.4
1
Chetan Sakariya to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length on middle, pulled towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
26.3
1
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length, nudged to backward point for one.
26.2
1
Chetan Sakariya to Charith Asalanka, Full on off, driven through point into the deep for a single by Asalanka.
26.2
1
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Swinging full toss on the pads, Fernando misses out and manages to flick it down to fine leg for one. Another NO BALL by Chetan Sakariya, Free Hit coming up again!
26.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Length ball on top of off, Fernando gets behind the line to block it. NO BALL called by the third umpire! Free Hit time!
26.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Fuller one around off, driven straight to mid on.
25.6
0
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Length ball on off, angling across and Asalanka leaves it alone.
25.5
0
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Length ball on off, pushed to the cover region. Slight mix-up and the direct hit would have had him!
25.4
1
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length outside off, dabbed into the ground towards point for a single.
25.3
1
Navdeep Saini to Charith Asalanka, Length ball on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket for one.
25.2
1
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Length ball on the legs, tucked to deep square leg for a single.
25.1
0
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Fuller one outside off, pushed to the cover region.

Charith Asalanka makes his way out. 76 needed in 132 balls for the Lankans. Navdeep Saini gets the ball again. 

24.6
0
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Chetan Sakariya is on fire! Could this be a way back into the match for India? Bowls this one into the pitch, on off but it's a slower one and takes off after pitching, Dhananjaya de Silva who was looking to block it, has no idea about this, looks to defend, but the ball has popped up off his gloves, straight in the air. Sakariya runs forward and pouches it.
24.5
0
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Pitched up delivery on off, driven straight to cover.
24.4
0
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Back of a length on leg stump, de Silva looks to flick but gets it on the thigh pad.
24.3
0
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, CLOSE! Fuller one on middle, de Silva looks to flick but gets the inside edge onto the pads.
24.2
1
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length around off, guided down to third man for one.
24.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, WIDE! Length ball straying down leg, Fernando looks to flick but misses. Wided.
24.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Length ball on off, tapped towards point.
23.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Gets behind the line of the ball and defends the ball out.
23.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Flatter and around off, quicker too, slammed to long on for a single.
23.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, NO BALL. A shortish googly, around off, knocked through mid-wicket for one. Rahul Chahar has overstepped and it is a no ball. Free Hit coming up too.
23.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Gently eased to the long on region for a single.
23.3
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, On middle, worked to the leg side for one.
23.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Around off, pushed to point.
23.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Around off, tossed up, kept out.

Bowling change. Rahul Chahar comes back into the attack.

Who will come in at number 4? It's Dhananjaya de Silva.

22.6
0
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, OUT! CAUGHT! And now, the catch is taken. A sliding effort and after a massive partnership, India finally gets a wicket. This is bowled on the pads, on a length, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to help this one over the fine leg region and whips it, off his hips. Gets the height, but not the distance. The man at fine leg, Krishnappa Gowtham, runs to his right, and slides to complete this catch. Bhanuka Rajapaksa will be unhappy that he could not stay out there for longer, but he has done what was needed off him. 83 needed in 144 balls.
22.5
4
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, DROPPED AND FOUR! That should have been taken by Rana. It was a straightforward chance, but Nitish drops this and what's more? It goes for a boundary. A length delivery, around off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa hooks this one to the deep square leg region, where Rana palms it past the ropes, for a boundary.
22.4
0
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Around off, worked to the mid on region.
22.3
2
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Outside off on a length, punched to the left of sweeper cover and a couple is taken.
22.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On a length, on middle and leg, Bhanuka Rajapaksa misses his clip to the leg side, but misses and gets pinged on the pad. An appeal but the umpire feels it is sliding down leg.
22.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A slower full ball, around off, drilled to covers.
21.6
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On middle, worked to the leg side for a single. 89 more needed here.
21.5
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Defended out well by Bhanuka.
21.4
4
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! The 100-run partnership comes up between these two. What a stand it has been. Will want to keep going on, though. Slightly shorter, outside off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa waits for the ball to come and then steers this one to the third man fence.
21.3
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Fired on the pads, flicked to deep square leg, for one.
21.2
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, This is gently eased back to the bowler.
21.1
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Shortish and on middle, nudged to the leg side.

Bowling change. Krishnappa Gowtham comes back into the attack. So far, he has 1/29 off his 5 overs.

20.6
0
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On a fuller length, on middle, worked to the leg side.
20.5
0
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Angled into the off pole, Bhanuka looks to work it to the leg side but the ball takes the leading edge and goes to point, on the bounce.
20.4
4
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Again, on a shorter length, straying down leg, Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls this one to fine leg and gets a boundary.
20.3
0
Chetan Sakariya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A length ball, outside off, BR looks to have a poke, but gets beaten.
20.2
1
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, On the pads, whipped to fine leg for a single.
20.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, A back of a length ball, around off, pushed back to Chetan.
19.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shorter one, pushed off the back foot towards cover.
19.5
4
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! FIFTY for Bhanuka Rajapaksa! Reverses the tossed up delivery on middle past point and into the boundary to bring up a maiden ODI half-century.

Chetan Sakariya (2-0-9-0) returns into the attack. 

19.4
4
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! SLAPPED! Tossed up delivery around off and Bhanuka slogs it flat towards the deep mid-wicket where Sakariya puts in a good effort to catch the ball but goes off his palms into the boundary.
19.3
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Shorter one on leg stump, spinning towards middle, nicely tucked towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
19.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Fuller delivery, pushed to mid on.
19.1
1
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Nicely flighted on off, Bhanuka comes down the pitch to chip the ball down to long off for one.
18.6
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up and Fernando pushes it towards covers. 110 needed from 168 balls.
18.5
1
Nitish Rana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A bit short and pushed off the back foot for a single down to long on.
18.4
2
Nitish Rana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, This one is pushed wider and Bhanuka slogs it across, but not off the middle, in the gap towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
18.3
1
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Slightly shorter on middle, tapped to deep mid-wicket for a single.
18.2
1
Nitish Rana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Fuller one on off, pushed to point for a quick single.
18.1
1
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Loopy around off, played down to long on for a single by Fernando.
17.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Good length around off, turning in and nicely blocked by Bhanuka.
17.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Nicely floated on off, driven down to long off for one.

There is a slight halt in play as the there is a problem with the bails.

17.4
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Nicely tossed up around off, Fernando looks to block but is comprehensively beaten.
17.3
1
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up again and use of the feet again by Bhanuka, who checks his lofted drive in the end to get it to long on for a single.
17.2
4
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! HAMMERED! Flighted delivery outside off and Bhanuka dances down the track to loft it over covers, against the spin for a boundary.
17.1
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Shorter ball on middle, pushed off the back foot to long on for one.
16.6
1
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Fifty for Avishka Fernando! Pushes the tossed up delivery to cover for a single and brings up a well compiled half-century.
16.5
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Shorter ball, pushed to mid on.
16.4
1
Nitish Rana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, CHANCE....BUT DROPPED! The Indian skipper puts in a good attempt, but he is not able to hold on. Full outside off, Bhanuka slaps it across towards short mid-wicket. Shikhar flies to his left but just couldn't hang on to take a blinder of a catch. A single is taken.
16.3
0
Nitish Rana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Darted in and well blocked by Bhanuka.
16.2
1
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Slightly shorter on middle, Fernando nudges it on the leg side for a single.
16.1
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Flighted ball on off, pushed to the cover region.
15.6
2
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Cheeky shot from Bhanuka. Tossed up on middle and just helped on its way over leg slip for a couple of runs.
15.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Flighted delivery around off, Fernando comes forward and drives it down to long on for one.
15.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up on middle, pushed to long on for a single.
15.3
0
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR BYES! Fuller ball, flighted on middle, spins away. Bhanuka comes down the track but gets beaten by the turn and bounce and in the end, it misses everyone, racing into the boundary.
15.2
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Shorter one, pushed off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a single.
15.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Fuller on off, turns away, tapped to slip by Fernando.

DRINKS BREAK. This was just the start that the Lankans needed, chasing a total, which was sub-par. They lost a wicket early but since then, Rajapaksha and Fernando have played well and smart, raising a 50-run stand in the process too. They have amassed 92 in the first 15 overs and need 135 from 192 balls. If these two can continue for the next 40-45 minutes, then they can drag this game away from the Men in Blue. The visitors need to break this stand and do it quickly too. Let's see what happens in this next phase. 

14.6
1
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Floated around off, pushed to long off for one. Just one off the over, then.
14.5
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, It is a full ball, around off. Avishka Fernando presses forward and defends.
14.4
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, A touch shortish, outside off, punched to point. It's been nice and tight from Rana, so far.
14.3
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Gets his bat behind the ball and blocks it out.
14.2
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Shortish and outside off, spins in, Avishka Fernando goes back and taps this to covers.
14.1
0
Nitish Rana to Avishka Fernando, Outside off, pushed to covers.

Bowling change. The debutant, Nitish Rana is coming in to roll his arm. 

13.6
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Presses forward to a full ball and defends it out. 136 needed in 198 balls.
13.5
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Shimmies down the track and works this to the long on region. One run.
13.4
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, On off, pushed to the bowler.
13.3
2
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Darted on middle, Fernando works this to the fine leg region and a couple is taken.
13.3
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, WIDE. Down the leg side and it is wided.
13.2
4
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Cheeky! So delicately played. Outside off, a touch shorter, Avishka Fernando waits for the ball to arrive and then guides it late towards third man, for a boundary.
13.1
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, TWO LEG BYES. On middle and leg, AF misses his tuck and the ball takes the pad and Sanju Samson fails to collect the ball too. Hardik Pandya at fine leg mops up. Two leg byes taken.
12.6
4
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Second boundary of the over and it is Chetan Sakariya, who is not able to stop the ball cleanly. A touch fuller, around off, driven with purpose through extra cover. Chetan Sakariya runs to his left, dives perfectly, pulls the ball back, but the ball hits his other arm and goes past the ropes.
12.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, WIDE. On a length, down the leg side, BR misses his tuck and it is a wide.
12.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Short of a length, on middle, Bhanuka Rajapaksa awkwardly gets his bat down, which sees the ball take the inside edge, and hits him on the pad.
12.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Around off, dabbed to the off side.
12.3
4
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, INSIDE EDGE AND FOUR! Lady luck with Bhanuka Rajapaksa here. Pandya cut him into half, but it went past the keeper. A back of a length ball, around off, the ball nips in, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to defend, but the ball takes the inside edge, goes past Samson's dive, to the fence.
12.2
0
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Around off, on a length, pushed to the cover region.
12.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, A length delivery, on leg, nicely clipped to fine leg for one.
11.6
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Quicker on middle, nudged to the leg side for a quick single.
11.5
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Around off, tossed up, lofted over covers for one.
11.4
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Fuller and on leg, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pad.
11.3
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Around off, defended out.
11.2
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Floated, around off, coming in, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to defend, but seems to have hit him on the pad. An appeal but turned down. The camera pans to Shikhar Dhawan, who does not take the review. A good call not to take the review, as replays show the ball to be missing the stumps.
11.1
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up, around off, knocked to long on for one.
10.6
4
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Really good bouncer on middle, Bhanuka again looks to pull but he's beaten for pace and gets a faint edge over the keeper's head for another boundary. 13 off HP's first over!
10.5
4
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Short one on off but not short enough, Bhanuka pulls it across in front of square on the leg side and into the boundary.
10.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Good bumper on top of middle, hits Bhanuka on the helmet as he did not pick up the length.
10.3
2
Hardik Pandya to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Fuller delivery pushed wide, Bhanuka throws his hands at it and lofts it over covers for a couple of runs.
10.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Length ball on the pads, flicked to deep square leg for one.
10.1
2
Hardik Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length on middle, tucked fine towards square leg for a couple by Fernando.

The umpire signals that it is time for Powerplay 2! A maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle, until the end of the 38th over. Also, Hardik Pandya to have a go now! 

9.6
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up nicely just outside off, Bhanuka lets it go through to the keeper. Sri Lanka are at 55/1 at the end of Powerplay 1, they still need 172 in 222 balls!
9.5
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Nicely flighted around off, pushed back to the bowler.
9.4
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up on middle, Bhanuka gets behind the ball to block it.
9.3
4
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Short but not that wide, Bhanuka moves away and cuts it behind point into the boundary.
9.2
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up on middle, pushed down the ground for a single.
9.1
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Flatter delivery and flicked straight to mid-wicket.
8.6
0
Navdeep Saini to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Good quick delivery served on a length outside off. Beats the batsman's inside edge as he looked to work it to the leg side.
8.5
4
Navdeep Saini to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Back of a length outside off, looking to smash it through point but gets the toe end and past the bowler and into the fence, down the ground.
8.4
1
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Pitched up around off, sliced to third man for one.
8.3
0
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length into the body, dabbed down to mid on by Fernando.
8.2
0
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Length ball on top of off, defended by Fernando.
8.1
2
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length on leg stump, turned off the hips towards square leg for a couple.

Navdeep Saini returns. Gave 15 runs off his 2 overs. 

7.6
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up around off, Rajapaksa blocks it off the front foot.
7.5
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Flighted on middle, Fernando pushes this one down to long on for one.
7.4
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Good length delivery on middle, pushed to mid on by Fernando.
7.3
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Flatter one on the legs, nudged onto the leg side for a single.
7.2
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up on middle, Fernando pushes it to mid-wicket for a quick single.
7.1
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Shorter one on off, coming into the body. Blocked to the on side.
6.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up around middle, Rajapaksa checks his shot and blocks it back to the bowler.
6.5
0
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, A bit flatter on off, solidly defended by Rajapaksa.
6.4
0
Rahul Chahar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up and fuller on leg stump, blocked back to the bowler.
6.3
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Shorter one, tucked towards deep mid-wicket for one.
6.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up on off, pushed to the cover region.
6.1
4
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Floated outside off, gloriously driven through the cover region and into the fence by Fernando.
5.6
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up outside off, beats the outside edge as Rajapaksa looks to block it.
5.5
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tossed up around off, pushed back to the bowler.
5.4
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Flighted delivery on middle, Rajapaksa blocks it away.
5.3
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Minod Bhanuka, OUT! CAUGHT! First wicket in International cricket for Krishnappa Gowtham and India gets an early wicket! Full and straight on middle, Bhanuka sweeps it straight down to square leg. Chetan Sakariya takes a nice low catch and India have the first breakthrough.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa will be the new batter in. 

5.2
1
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, Slightly tossed up on middle, pushed to mid-wicket for a single.
5.2
0
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, FIVE WIDES! Trying to bowl quicker and flatter, straying down leg. Fernando looks to flick but misses and it is missed by the keeper too. The ball races into the fence.
5.1
4
Krishnappa Gowtham to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Krishnappa Gowtham starts with a short one on leg stump, Avishka Fernando dispatches it towards the fine leg boundary.

Change. Spin from both ends, then. Krishnappa Gowtham is into the attack. 

4.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, Quicker and flatter on middle, stays a touch low, Bhanuka works it back to the bowler.
4.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Eased past the fielder at mid off and the strike is rotated.
4.4
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, A touch shorter, around off, Avishka Fernando looks to have a poke at this, but the ball spins away, to the keeper's mitts.
4.3
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Around off, fuller and tossed up, eased to covers.
4.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, An appeal for LBW but turned down. Floated, around off and middle, Fernando looks to slog sweep this one away but misses and gets hit on his chest. The appeal is turned down, as it looked to be spinning away.
4.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Quicker through the air, on middle, Fernando goes back and taps this to the leg side.

Bowling change. Rahul Chahar comes on to bowl, on debut.

3.6
0
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, Outside off, slower ball, Minod swings but misses.
3.5
4
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, FOUR! Well played. Comes down the track to this length ball and tonks it over the mid off region for a boundary.
3.4
0
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, Outside off, chopped away to point.
3.3
0
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, Around off, pushed to covers.
3.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, Around middle, nudged to the leg side.
3.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, Width offered outside off, hit straight to the fielder at covers.
2.6
1
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, Outside off, guided to third man, for one. 10 from the over!
2.5
3
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Well fielded by Pandey! A back of a length delivery, around off, Avishka Fernando goes back and punches  this through cover-point. Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav chase after this and MP pulls the ball back, before the ropes. Three.
2.4
0
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Worked towards mid-wicket again, by Fernando.
2.3
0
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Around middle, nudged to mid-wicket.
2.2
0
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Around off, pushed to the right of mid off, where the Indian captain, Shikhar Dhawan dives that side and stops the ball.
2.1
6
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, SIX! WOW! Uses the pace of the bowler and gets a biggie. On a shortish length, around the body, Avishka Fernando just pulls this one all the way over fine leg for a biggie.
1.6
0
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, Pitched up, outside off, slower in length, Minod Bhanuka looks to play at this, but gets beaten.
1.5
0
Chetan Sakariya to Minod Bhanuka, Around off, defended watchfully.
1.4
1
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, On the body, helped through square leg for one.
1.3
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, Closer to the off pole, on a length, AF pushes it back to the bowler.
1.2
4
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! First boundary of the run chase and Avishka Fernando takes the attack to the debutant. On a length, outside off, there is width to play with and Avishka Fernando flays this one through the cover region. Boundary.
1.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Avishka Fernando, A back of a length delivery to start off by Chetan, it is angling in, Avishka Fernando hops and awkwardly fends this out to the cover region.

Who is going to bowl from the other end? It's the debutant, Chetan Sakariya.

0.6
0
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, Another short ball, around off, Minod looks to hook this one to the leg side, but he misses his shot. 5 off the opening over!
0.5
0
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, On a shortish length, around off, hooked to Shikhar Dhawan at mid-wicket.
0.5
0
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, WIDE. A length ball, way outside off, Minod Bhanuka slashes hard, but he misses. Wide signalled. The Free Hit continues.
0.5
0
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, NO BALL. A bumper on middle, Minod sits under this one. Navdeep Saini has overstepped and it is a no ball. Free Hit coming up..
0.4
0
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, Around off, poked to the man at point.
0.3
2
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, EDGY COUPLE! Flew over the cover fielder. On a good length, on middle, the ball catches the leading edge, as Minod looks to flick, and goes over the fielder at covers, and the batters take a brace.
0.2
0
Navdeep Saini to Minod Bhanuka, Angles in a length ball, across the leftie, Minod Bhanuka looks to have a poke at this, but gets beaten, on the outside edge.
0.1
1
Navdeep Saini to Avishka Fernando, Sri Lanka and Avishka Fernando are underway here. Around off, a length ball, pushed through the cover region, for a quick run.