India in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs India - 3rd T20I

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Date & Time: 29 July 2021

Sri Lanka 82/3

RR: 5.66 | Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets

commentary

The Lankan skipper has been awarded the trophy! He goes onto celebrate with his teammates! So, that is the end from this game and this tour, India won the ODI series and the Lankans the T20I series. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. If you want to follow more cricket, you can switch tabs and catch all the action from the 100. Untill next time, take care and goodbye!

Shanaka looks to be very pleased out there. Starts off by thanking BCCI and special thanks to Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul Dravid and as for the question, yes it was by far their best bowling performance. Mentions he uses his bowlers smartly and puts himself in when required. Says that not only him, but all the boys put in the hard work as they want to become world class. Says many individuals are gems to SriLankan cricket and the hard work pays off. Expects to get a more positive start but adds that the players are young and will get better and better.

Shikhar Dhawan says he enjoyed the seires, it was a difficult situation for them and it was a good series for him as a captain and he is proud of how the boys played even in the matches they lost, the players showed a lot of character. States they wanted to win, it was an off day with the bat, they will analyze about it and try to improve. He feels they lost a lot of wickets and the Lankans bowled really well and there was a lot of pressure on them. Ends by saying he agrees that both the teams played in great spirit and he informs he was sharing his experience with the Lankan youngsters after the game.

MOM and Man of the Series, Wanindu Hasaranga, the birthday boy says the wicket was slow and our spinners bowled well. He always tries to bowl dot balls which helps him take wickets and the fielding was really good today. Mentions he is really happy that the boys played really well throughout both the series.

Earlier in the day, after being inserted India were bundled out for a very low score courtesy a brilliant performance from Hasaranga and the other Lankan bowlers. The target was chased down easily by the hosts to seal the series.

You really can't blame the bowlers to be honest! They did try their best. Especially Chahar who was quite magical! However, they just did not have enough, actually they did not even have close to enough.

A comfortable win in the end for Lanka! You could just see that they wanted to win this. Normally, chasing such a small target, teams would come out and go all guns blazing but that was not the case. They took their time and eventually got to the target. They though would have loved to chase it down without losing as many wickets as they did but they will still be happy. They just needed a couple of their batters to get off to starts and that was the case. Dhananjaya de Silva though was yet again the top scorer for them.

14.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, WIDE! That's it, Sri Lanka have won the match and the series! Drifting down leg, de Silva looks to flick but misses. The bowler appeals and he is given OUT but the review confirms that there was no bat involved and the decision is reversed. The umpire also signals a wide which means it's the end of the match. SRI LANKA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!

Dhananjaya has been given out caught but he reviews straightaway!

14.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, TWO Leg Byes! The wrong one, turns back into the leg stump, de Silva looks to flick but the ball flicks the pads and runs away to third man. The batsmen get a couple of leg byes.
14.2
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Wanindu Hasaranga, Loopy ball on off, inviting the big shot, Hasaranga slogs it without much timing to deep mid-wicket for one.
14.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter one on off, de Silva reverses it to short third man for a single.
13.6
0
Sandeep Warrier to Wanindu Hasaranga, Off paced delivery, bowled on a length outside off, Hasaranga swings and misses. Sri Lanka on the verge of victory, just 5 needed now!
13.5
0
Sandeep Warrier to Wanindu Hasaranga, Banged in nicely again, Hasaranga tries to tap it past slip but fails to do so.
13.4
1
Sandeep Warrier to Dhananjaya de Silva, Length ball outside off, guided down to third man for one.
13.3
5
Sandeep Warrier to Wanindu Hasaranga, FIVE RUNS! Length ball around off, coming back in sharply, tapped to backward point for a single but an unecessary throw gifts Wanindu Hasaranga four overthrows. The batsmen get five in total.
13.2
1
Sandeep Warrier to Dhananjaya de Silva, Another bumper, de Silva pulls this one fine towards fine leg for a single.
13.1
4
Sandeep Warrier to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! WOW! Banged in first up, Dhananjaya de Silva plays a controlled pull shot in front of square and into the deep mid-wicket fence.
12.6
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! More joy for the birthday boy! Slogs the tossed up delivery over mid-wicket and into the boundary. 16 needed now off 42 balls!
12.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Wanindu Hasaranga, Pulls back the length slightly, Hasaranga taps it back to the bowler.
12.4
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Wanindu Hasaranga, Fuller delivery around off, gently pushed to deep cover for another couple.
12.3
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Wanindu Hasaranga, Tossed up on off, Hasaranga uppishly drives it past cover for a couple.
12.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Wanindu Hasaranga, Gives this one some air and pushes it on off, Hasaranga watchfully blocks it out.
12.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Dhananjaya de Silva, Pushed fuller on off, de Silva sweeps it off the toe end of the bat to deep square leg for a run.
12.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Dhananjaya de Silva, WIDE! Down the leg side, wided.

Wanindu Hasaranga walks out to bat!

11.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, OUT! BOWLED! Pulls back the length Chahar, and this one just skids on. Sadeera Samarawickrama has run out of luck and is finally sent back to the pavillion. He tried to go back into his crease and flick it on the leg side, the ball skids on and he plays all around it, the ball crsahes top of middle. Rahul Chahar ends his spell with his third wicket of the day.
11.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, A bit fuller, worked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
11.4
2
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, A touch shorter on middle, de Silva rocks back and flicks it fine to fine leg for a couple.
11.3
0
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flighted around of, swing and a miss from de Silva.
11.2
4
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! FIFTY up for Sri Lanka! Short and wide, de Silva easily cuts it away to the vacant backward point boundary. Just 30 needed now!
11.1
1
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Tossed up very full on off, driven to long off for one.
10.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Sadeera uses his feet and gets to the pitch of the ball and plays it down to long on for a run.
10.5
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Dhananjaya de Silva, Another close save for de Silva, tries to sweep again and just gets a glove on it towards thir man for a single, otherwise he was caught plumb in front.
10.4
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Dhananjaya de Silva, Floated up on off, de Silva gets down well and sweeps it to deep square leg for a couple.
10.3
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On a length around off, spinning in sharply, Sadeera manages to push it off the back foot to cover for a single.
10.2
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Dhananjaya de Silva, Fuller one on middle, reversed to short third man for one.
10.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Dhananjaya de Silva, CLOSE! Tossed up on leg, spinning down leg, de Silva looks to reverse but completely misses the ball.

Bowling change. Kuldeep Yadav comes in to bowl.

9.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, ON middle, kept out.
9.5
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Another single as this is pushed down to long off.
9.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
9.3
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Uppish but safe! Dhananjaya skips down the track and lofts it wide of long off for one.

India have taken a review for LBW! The on field umpire has adjudged it NOT OUT! There is no bat involved and ball tracking shows that the impact is umpire's call and the ball was missing off stump. India had to go for the review at this stage, hard luck. Sadeera Samarawickrama lives to fight another day. In the end the batsmen do get a leg bye as well.

9.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, NOT OUT! Impact is umpire's call and it is missing the off pole. India lose a review! This lands around off and then holds its line. Sadeera looks to sweep but misses. He gets hit on the pads. The bowler is appealing, the ball goes towards fine leg and a single is taken. India review but replays show that the on-field call is the right one.
9.1
1
Rahul Chahar to Dhananjaya de Silva, Outside off, this is driven through covers for one.
8.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On the stumps, kept out again.
8.5
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Almost another one! This lands on off and then turns back in. Sadeera moves across and tries to sweep, he misses to get hit on the body.
8.4
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one more.
8.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.
8.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter and on middle, defended.
8.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.

There is a review for LBW! Minod Bhanuka was given OUT by the on field umpire and after some discussion with his partner, decided to review it. There is no bat involved and the replay confirms that it's three reds. The on field decision remains and Bhanuka is OUT! Rahul Chahar is holding his own in this match. The hero of the last match, Dhananjaya de Silva is the next man in and Varun Chakravarthy is also back into the attack.

7.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, OUT! THREE REDS AND BHANUKA IS A GONER! That looked out all the while! Not sure why it was reviewed! This lands outside off and then turns back in. Bhanuka lunges and tries to defend. The ball goes past the inside edge and then hits the pad. An appeal and the finger is raised. He starts walking off but then reviews. Replays show he has to take a review along with him. 47 needed in 72.
7.5
0
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, Nicely tossed up, Bhanuka gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it.
7.4
0
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, The googly, this lands on middle and then turns away. Defended.
7.3
1
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Now walks across and sweeps it towards deep square leg for one.
7.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Does not pick it at all! A leg spinner, it lands on off and then spins away. Sadeera looks to flick but misses.
7.1
1
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, A loopy delivery, on off, Bhanuka somehow manges to reverse sweep it towards backward point for one.
6.6
1
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, Bowled outside off, Bhanuka guides this one to third man and picks up a run. 49 needed now off 78 balls!
6.5
0
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, Back of a length on middle, blocked back by Bhanuka as he is cramped for room.
6.4
2
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, Pitched up on off, driven to covers for a single. The batsmen look to get an extra run on the overthrow and do get it.
6.4
0
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, WIDE! The previous delivery forced him to bowl wide, but this was outside the tramline. Wided.
6.3
4
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, FOUR! CHEEKY! A touch of class from Bhanuka, another bumper on middle and Bhanuka just uses the pace to guide it over the slips and into the boundary.
6.2
2
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, Nicely banged in around middle, Bhanuka pulls it in front of square towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
6.1
0
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, Back of a length outside off, tapped to point.
5.6
0
Rahul Chahar to Sadeera Samarawickrama, EDGED BUT SHOR@! Almost two in quick succession! The leg spinner, it lands on off and then turns away. Sadeera looks to defend but pushes at the ball, it goes off the outside edge but lands just short of first slip.

Who will walk in at number 3? Sadeera Samarawickrama it is!

5.5
0
Rahul Chahar to Avishka Fernando, OUT! TAKEN! Chahar strikes! Something for India to cheer about! This is shortish, it lands on off and then turns away, it also holds in the surface. Fernando looks to slap it but is early in the shot, it goes back to the left of the bowler who dives and takes it. India need a lot more wickets quickly. 59 needed.
5.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
5.3
0
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, How has that missed the off pole! This lands outside off and then turns back in. Bhanuka does not pick the turn, it sneaks between bat and pad and goes just past the off pole.
5.2
0
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, Tossed up on off, defended.
5.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, Shorter and outside off, this is cut but to covers.

Bowling change. The leggie, Rahul Chahar is now into the attack.

4.6
0
Sandeep Warrier to Avishka Fernando, Good length and on middle, Fernando defends. A good start by Warrier.
4.5
1
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, Outside off, Bhanuka guides it past point for one.
4.4
0
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, On middle, Bhanuka keeps it out.
4.3
0
Sandeep Warrier to Minod Bhanuka, Down the leg side, Bhanuka looks to flick but misses.
4.2
1
Sandeep Warrier to Avishka Fernando, Shorter in length and into the body, Fernando pulls it through square leg for one.
4.1
0
Sandeep Warrier to Avishka Fernando, Good length and on off, this is pushed to covers.

Bowling change. Sandeep Warrier is in to bowl his first over in International cricket!

3.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Another single! On middle, it is worked through square leg for one.
3.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Minod Bhanuka, NOT OUT! Fernando is well in! On off, this lands and then straightens. Bhanuka looks to defend, it goes off the outer half towards point. They go for a run, the fielder hits the stumps at the keeper's end. It is taken upstairs but replays show that the batter is well in.
3.4
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
3.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Flatter and on middle, defended.
3.2
4
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Too short and put away! This is on the body, it is pulled through square leg for a boundary.
3.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Minod Bhanuka, Shorter and around off, this is slapped towards cover. The fielder fumbles and a run is taken.
2.6
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, Back of a length, pushed wider and played off the back foot to the cover region by Fernando.
2.5
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, This time the length ball is worked nicely to deep mid-wicket for a single.
2.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, WIDE! Bhuvi goes for the bumper but this one is a bit too high. Wide signalled.
2.4
2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Length ball on off, nipping back in, Bhanuka chips it over the in field on the leg side for a couple.
2.3
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Back of a length around off, played with soft hands to point.
2.2
3
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, Length again, this time on middle, just a gentle push by Fernando but timed nicely past mid on for three runs.
2.1
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, On a length outside off, defended nicely to point.
1.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, A touch shorter on leg stump, worked to deep square leg for a single.
1.5
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Flighted outside off, driven to the cover region.
1.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Slower one, tossed up on middle, Fernando rocks back plays it to mid on.
1.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Fuller this time on middle, solidly defended by Fernando.
1.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, WIDE! Drifting down leg, Fernando looks to block but misses. Wided.
1.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Minod Bhanuka, Starts with a shorter one on middle, Bhanuka tucks it away to deep mid-wicket off the back foot for one.

Who will bowl from the other end? It's going to be Varun Chakravarthy.

0.6
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Leg bye to end! Angled into the pads, Bhanuka looks to flick but misses. It rolls on the leg side for one.
0.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Another play and a miss! Outside off, Bhanuka goes slashing at it but misses.
0.4
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Another delivery outside off, Bhanuka slashes at it but misses.
0.4
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Quite wide outsied off, Bhanuka throws his hands at it but misses. Wided.
0.3
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, BEAUTY! From around the wicket, angles it into the off pole, this lands and holds its line. The batter is beaten as he tries to block.
0.2
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, Lanka and Fernando are underway! Length and around off, this is guided down to third man for one.
0.1
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, Starts off with a length ball, shaping away. Defended.