India in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs India - 2nd T20I

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Date & Time: 28 July 2021

Sri Lanka 133/6

RR: 6.76 | Sri Lanka beat India by 4 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Avishka Fernando c Rahul Chahar & b Bhuvneshwar Kumarc Rahul Chahar & b Bhuvneshwar Kumar111320
Minod Bhanuka c Rahul Chahar & b Kuldeep Yadavc Rahul Chahar & b Kuldeep Yadav363140
Sadeera Samarawickrama bowled Varun Chakravarthybowled Varun Chakravarthy81210
Dasun Shanaka stumped Sanju Samson (W) & b Kuldeep Yadavstumped Sanju Samson (W) & b Kuldeep Yadav3600
Dhananjaya de Silva not out not out 403411
Wanindu Hasaranga c Bhuvneshwar Kumar & b Rahul Chaharc Bhuvneshwar Kumar & b Rahul Chahar151120
Ramesh Mendis c Ruturaj Gaikwad & b Chetan Sakariyac Ruturaj Gaikwad & b Chetan Sakariya2500
Chamika Karunaratne not out not out 12601
Isuru Udana
Dushmantha Chameera
Akila Dananjaya
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 3, w 3, nb 0)
Total 133 (6 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
12-1 (Avishka Fernando,2.4), 39-2 (Sadeera Samarawickrama,7), 55-3 (Dasun Shanaka,9.1), 66-4 (Minod Bhanuka,11.4), 94-5 (Wanindu Hasaranga,15), 105-6 (Ramesh Mendis,17.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4 0 21 1 5.25
Chetan Sakariya3.4 0 34 1 10.00
Varun Chakravarthy4 0 18 1 4.50
Rahul Chahar4 0 27 1 6.75
Kuldeep Yadav4 0 30 2 7.50
Shikhar Dhawan 0 0 0 0 0
Ruturaj Gaikwad0 0 0 0 0
Devdutt Padikkal0 0 0 0 0
Sanju Samson 0 0 0 0 0
Nitish Rana0 0 0 0 0
Navdeep Saini0 0 0 0 0

Right then. That is all from this game. Sri Lanka have been comprehensive and they have leveled the series. The door is upon for them to win the series, whereas, India will look to bounce back and seal this tour, with the T20I series win. The third and final T20I will be played on Thursday, 29th July 2021 at 8 pm local (2:30 pm GMT). Do join us then. Cheers!

The Sri Lankan captain, Dasun Shanaka says that they knew the wicket will be slow in the end. Says that the strategy was to go hard inside the Powerplay but it didn't go as planned. Says Dhananjaya de Silva and Chamika Karunaratne played well. Adds that he is happy all the players are putting their hands up in different conditions.

Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian captain says that the surface was not a surprise. Says that they knew that they are one batsman short but he is happy that they played well. Says that they were 10-20 runs short at the end. Adds that it shows a great character of the team to take the game till the last over. 

DHANANJAYA DE SILVA IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He says that they were looking to win for the past couple of months and he is happy to contribute. Says that at that point, they just needed one over with 15 runs and they got the same. Tells that playing against India is tough and they held their nerve till the end. Opines that he wanted to bat until the end and he got that opportunity here and he took it with both hands. 

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Earlier in the day, India started off nicely with the blade, but once the opening stand was broken, they could not really bounce back. Their run-scoring was at a slower rate and the inexperienced batting line-up kept losing wickets and ended on 132. It was a brilliant day for the Lankans with the ball, as their spinners rode the challenge and did well to restrict them to this total. In the end, Sri Lanka did enough to get the win and level the series. 

India bowled very well, for a side, that had too much imbalance, to begin with, but could not do enough to win the game. Even though India could have used 6 bowlers in this game, they only used 5 of their bowlers. Varun Chakravarthy was on fire, finishing with figures of 4-0-18-1. Kuldeep Yadav was also very good, but was expensive in his last over, ending with 2 to his name. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rahul Chahar got one wicket too, not conceding too many runs as well. Only Chetan Sakariya was slightly expensive. 

Sri Lanka did not start off in the best manner, as Avishka Fernando lost his wicket in the third over. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Minod Bhanuka started looking comfortable, but the former did not last long. Bhanuka kept one side to himself, but his partners kept losing wickets regularly. Bhanuka also lost his wicket and with the momentum going the way of India, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva scored a few boundaries and pulled the game their way again. When Hasaranga and Mendis lost their wicket, it seemed that India would romp home, but Dhananjaya de Silva and Chamika Karunaratne played right until the last over and took their team over the line. 

Sri Lanka have done it! They have successfully leveled the series and now, the final game of the 3-game T20I series will be the decider. Towards the end, it looked like India would do enough to close the game out but the hosts hang on and have won this game by 4 wickets! 

19.4
1
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Sri Lanka have won by 4 wickets! A fuller ball outside off, de Silva opens the face of his blade and steers it to short third man. Kuldeep Yadav there has a shy at the striker's end but misses it and the batters complete the single.
19.3
2
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Another two taken! A short ball on middle, de Silva pulls it wide of deep square leg for a couple of runs. The scores are level. Just a single needed. 
19.2
2
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Two taken now! Good fielding too! A slower length ball outside off, de Silva cuts it to backward point. The fielder does well to dive to his right and save a couple of runs. 3 needed now.
19.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, TWO WIDES! A full ball, slanting across, outside off. Chamika Karunaratne looks to slash at it but misses. The keeper fumbles to carry it and a single is taken. 5 needed from 5 balls now! 
19.1
1
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Just a single. Slower length ball on off, de Silva chips it uppishly towards short fine leg. One run. 
18.6
2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, EDGY RUNS! A fuller, slower ball outside off. Chamika Karunaratne slices it over point for a couple of runs. 8 needed of the last over.
18.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, A length ball way outside off. Chamika Karunaratne shuffles across and misses his swing. He can't believe that it is not called a wide.

Navdeep Saini landed awkwardly on the last ball and is clutching onto his left arm. The physio comes out to have a look at him. Looks like Navdeep Saini is fine to continue. 

18.4
2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, Just over! A length ball outside off, the knuckle ball. Chamika Karunaratne smashes it hard towards covers. Navdeep Saini times his jump but manages just the fingertips to it. The long off comes across and keeps it under two.
18.3
6
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, SIX! BANGED! Is this the decisive hit in the contest? A short of a length ball on off. Chamika Karunaratne stands tall and pulls it all the way over mid-wicket for a biggie. Just 12 needed off 9 now! 
18.2
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dhananjaya de Silva, These slower balls working really well for India! Length ball on off, tucked to mid-wicket for a single. He wanted a second but was sent back by Chamika Karunaratne.
18.1
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, Slower length ball outside off. Chamika Karunaratne slaps it to covers for a single.

Looked like it started to drizzle slightly heavily for a minute, as the covers were getting ready to come out. But, the rain seems to have subsided and the covers are not needed. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the penultimate over. 

17.6
2
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, On middle, de Silva looks to flick but gets a leading edge over the bowler's head and towards mid off for a couple. 20 runs needed off the last 12 balls.
17.5
4
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! Beautiful played! A much needed boundary! A length ball outside off, de Silva opens his bat face and steers it through backward point for four.
17.4
1
Chetan Sakariya to Chamika Karunaratne, A slower delivery, full and on middle. Chamika Karunaratne nudges it to mid-wicket. Sakaria himself runs across, dives and does well to allow just a single.
17.3
1
Chetan Sakariya to Dhananjaya de Silva, A short of a length ball on middle, de Silva tucks it on the leg side for a single.

Chamika Karunaratne walks out. 

17.2
0
Chetan Sakariya to Ramesh Mendis, OUT! CAUGHT! Chetan Sakariya gets his first wicket on his debut and Sri Lanka are 6 down now! Another slower length ball on middle and leg. Ramesh Mendis heaves it without much power. The ball goes high towards mid-wicket where Ruturaj Gaikwad runs ahead, settles under it and takes a simple catch. 28 needed in 16 balls. 
17.1
0
Chetan Sakariya to Ramesh Mendis, That misses the off pole by a whisker! A slower length ball, just around off. Mendis is too early on his heave and misses it.
16.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Ramesh Mendis, Just a single to end the over! Quicker this time, outside off, on a fuller length. Mendis waits for it and taps it to short third man for a single. 28 needed now in 18 balls. 
16.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, On the pads, flicked to deep square leg for one.
16.4
2
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Full and outside off, driven to long off for a couple of runs.
16.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Ramesh Mendis, LEG BYE! Angles it down on the pads. Mendis misses his flick. They take a leg bye off the pads towards the off side. Varun Chakravarthy optimistically appeals for it but was going down.
16.2
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Shorter this time on middle. De Silva rocks back and pulls it to long on for a single.
16.1
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter and outside off, de Silva misses his cut. He is finding it difficult to get the middle.

Rahul Chahar is done for the night. Varun Chakravarthy to bowl out! 

15.6
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dhananjaya de Silva, On middle, eased down to long on for a single. 34 needed now of last 4 oves.
15.5
2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dhananjaya de Silva, In the air..safe! Another full ball on middle. Dhananjaya de Silva stays back and flicks it uppishly towards deep square leg. The fielder charges ahead but falls short of it. Two taken in the end.
15.4
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Another slower length ball outside off. de Silva misses his push. Good bowling.
15.3
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Sees Dhananjaya de Silva going for the reverse sweep. Kumar bowls a slower full ball outside off. Missed it completely.
15.2
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ramesh Mendis, Again fuller around off. Mendis nudges it to deep mid-wicket for another single. He is off the mark.
15.1
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Full and on middle, tucked to square leg for a single.

Who will walk out now? It is Ramesh Mendis. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is into the attack.

14.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Wanindu Hasaranga, OUT! CAUGHT! Rahul Chahar has struck on the very last ball of his spell and the dangerman, Wanindu Hasaranga goes back here. Could this be the wicket that changes India's fortunes? This is served shortish and outside off, it is spinning away too. Wanindu Hasaranga looks to slash it away, but the ball kisses the outside edge and lobs towards backward point, where Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes a few steps ahead and pouches this. Rahul Chahar is pumped up and he glares at Hasaranga, who just looks at him, smirks, does a gesture of clapping his glove against the blade and walks back. Pressure, tension! 
14.5
4
Rahul Chahar to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! You need a single boundary in every over and Wanindu Hasaranga gets Sri Lanka that boundary here. Tosses it up, landing full on off, Wanindu Hasaranga gets low and tonks this one over the bowler's head for a boundary. 
14.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Drags his length back and serves a short ball, on off, de Silva works it through covers for one. 
14.3
0
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Slower through the air, on off, de Silva taps it to the on side. 
14.2
1
Rahul Chahar to Wanindu Hasaranga, On a shortish length, on off, pulled to long on for a run. 
14.1
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Floated, on off, pushed ahead of point, for one.