Sri Lanka in India, 3 T20I Series, 2020

India vs Sri Lanka - 2nd T20I

Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

Date & Time: 07 January 2020

India 144/3

RR: 8.22 | India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
KL Rahul bowled Wanindu Hasarangabowled Wanindu Hasaranga453260
Shikhar Dhawan lbw Wanindu Hasarangalbw Wanindu Hasaranga322920
Shreyas Iyer c Dasun Shanaka & b Lahiru Kumarac Dasun Shanaka & b Lahiru Kumara342631
Virat Kohli not out not out 301712
Rishabh Pant not out not out 1100
Shivam Dube
Washington Sundar
Shardul Thakur
Kuldeep Yadav
Jasprit Bumrah
Navdeep Saini
Extras 2 (b 1, lb 1, w 0, nb 0)
Total 144 (3 Wkts, 17.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
71-1 (KL Rahul,9.1), 86-2 (Shikhar Dhawan,11.2), 137-3 (Shreyas Iyer,17.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga4 0 41 0 10.25
Lahiru Kumara3.3 0 30 1 9.09
Dhananjaya de Silva2 0 15 0 7.50
Dasun Shanaka4 0 26 0 6.50
Wanindu Hasaranga4 0 30 2 7.50
Avishka Fernando0 0 0 0 0
Danushka Gunathilaka0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Perera 0 0 0 0 0
Oshada Fernando0 0 0 0 0
Bhanuka Rajapaksa0 0 0 0 0
Isuru Udana0 0 0 0 0

So that is it from this game. India take an unassailable lead in this 3-match series. They have started the year on a very positive note. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have a lot to think about. They will hope that Isuru Udana is not seriously hurt. We now move to Pune for the third and final game of the series. The final ODI will be played on Friday, 10th January. The match will begin at 1900 local (1330 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

For his brilliant bowling performance, Navdeep Saini is named as the Man of the Match. He says that he was practicing well and played some T20 games so he was confident. Tells a bowler must be confident and should use his variations. On which wicket made him more happy, Saini admits that it was the yorker that made him happier. On how he rates himself with white and red balls, Saini tells he is confident with both the balls as he he playing a lot more cricket. Tells that when he made his debut, he thought pace was everything but then he slowly realized that variations are very important.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says he is happy with the performance as it was a clinical one. Tells it is all about ticking those boxes and being clinical. Feels it is a good sign as they did not have Rohit Sharma but they still managed to win. Says Saini is gaining more and more confidence. States he is happy to have Bumrah back and is happy to see him having the same pace. Tells it is a great luxury to have such good options in fast bowling. Adds there will be one surprise bowler who can bounce people out in the World Cup squad. Shares that Prasidh Krishna has done well in the domestic circuit and tells even he has a chance. On the surface, Kohli says it was a good wicket and says they bowled well. Kohli says they kept picking wickets regularly which restricted them from getting to 175 which he feels was a par score. Tells they try to give youngsters a chance and want them to finish the game off. Adds he is flexible and is happy to bat at either number 3 or 4.

Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga admits that they did not have enough runs especially against a side that has experience of playing here. Feels they were 30-40 runs short. Tells they were looking to get to 150-160. Feels that they bowled well. On Udana, he says he is an experienced player in T20s and they missed him. Hopes that he is well. Malinga tells they will look to win the next game as they are a young side and they need to get a momentum of winning.

KL Rahul is caught down for a quick chat with Murali Kartik. Rahul says that he and Dhawan tried to finish the game off themselves. Adds that they wanted to spend some time out in the middle after being out of cricket for a while. Credits his bowlers for restricting Sri Lanka to 140 and reckons it was a 180 pitch. Tells that he spent time in the middle, got runs and that helped him to score in white-ball cricket. Adds that spending time away from international cricket also helped him to think about his game. On what is the difference opening with Rohit and Dhawan, Rahul mentions that there is no change in dynamics as they all look to go out there and win the game for the country. Adds that it is easy to bat with Rohit as he makes it looks easy and reminds that he opened with Dhawan in Tests, so even they share a good camaraderie.

For Sri Lanka, they needed early wickets to make a match out of this but they were pounded in the Powerplay. It got worse for them when Isuru Udana got injured without bowling a ball. They did fare decently in the middle overs when Hasaranga managed to take two wickets, however, they did not have enough runs on the board to play with.

Easy-peasy! India have made a mockery of the run chase. That was never in doubt though after their bowlers restricted the Lankans to a modest total. Their openers then got them off to a perfect start as they added 71 runs. The hosts did lose their openers in quick succession but Kohli and Iyer did well to form another partnership and took India to the brink of victory. Iyer perished but Kohli and Pant ensured there were no more wickets to fall and helped India take a 1-0 lead.

L Kumara to V Kohli, SIX! Kohli finishes the game with a bang! Back of a length on off, Kohli gets on his back foot and whacks it over the square leg fence for a firecracker six to end the over. INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
L Kumara to R Pant, Pant is off the mark. Back of a length on off, Rishabh pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.

Rishabh Pant walks out to bat now.

L Kumara to S Iyer, OUT! Caught! Iyer departs. He'd be disappointed not to see the game off for his side. Lahiru steams in and bowls a bouncer. Shreyas looks to pull but finds the man at fine leg to perfection. Dasun Shanaka at fine leg takes an easy catch.

Lahiru Kumara is back!

L Malinga to S Iyer, Slower ball on off, Iyer tucks it to mid-wicket and keeps the strike. Just 6 needed off the last 3 overs!
L Malinga to V Kohli, Very full on middle, Kohli glances it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single. Brings up his 1000 T20I runs as captain.
L Malinga to V Kohli, Full on off, Kohli looks to flick but it goes off the inner half once again but he still gets a couple.
L Malinga to V Kohli, SIX! No fielder can stop that. Kohli did not time it well but when Kohli hits they stay hit. Bouncer on off, Kohli hooks it but it goes off the upper half of his bat for a biggie.
L Malinga to V Kohli, Good fielding there from Gunathilaka. Back of a length on off, Kohli whacks his pull but Gunathilaka at deep mid-wicket divies to his left and saves a certain boundary. The batters take two.
L Malinga to V Kohli, FOUR! Malinga misses his line with the slower one. It is on a length and down the leg side. Kohli mistimes it but gets enough bat on it to send it fine down the leg side for a boundary.

Malinga to bowl out.

W Hasaranga to S Iyer, SIX! That is colossal! This over probably turns the tide completely into India's favor. This is floated up on middle, Iyer launches it into the long on stands for a big one. 17 from the over and now 22 needed in 24.
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, FOUR! Second boundary in the over and only 28 needed now in 25. This is floated up on off, Iyer drags it through wide long on, it is in the gap and it races to the fence.
W Hasaranga to V Kohli, Floats it up on off, Kohli strokes it down to long off for one.
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, On the shorter side, it is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, FOUR! One bounce boundary! A little too full this time by Hasaranga, Iyer smashes it downtown for a boundary.
W Hasaranga to V Kohli, Slows it up around off, Kohli looks to play the slog sweep but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for one.

Wanindu Hasaranga to bowl out.

D Shanaka to V Kohli, Slower one on middle, it is worked through mid-wicket for another single.
D Shanaka to S Iyer, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total.
D Shanaka to V Kohli, Kohli now comes down the track and eases it down to long on for one.
D Shanaka to S Iyer, Inside edge but one! Slower one outside off, Iyer looks to go downtown but it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg for one.
D Shanaka to V Kohli, A short slower one on middle, Kohli pulls it nicely towards deep square leg for one.
D Shanaka to V Kohli, Gets away with one does Shanaka! Short and wide outside off, Kohli slaps it hard to covers.

Dasun Shanaka to try and get one more wicket.

L Kumara to S Iyer, A short one on middle, Iyer ducks under it. 44 needed in 36 balls.
L Kumara to S Iyer, FOUR! That should release the pressure that was building. Full and on middle, Iyer shows the full face of the bat and hits it down to the long off fence.
L Kumara to S Iyer, One more dot! On middle, Iyer works it towards mid-wicket. Kohli was backing up a little too much but then gets back in time.
L Kumara to V Kohli, One more short ball outside off, Kohli looks to pull but it goes off the inner half through square leg for one.
L Kumara to S Iyer, On the fuller side and on middle, Iyer hits it down to long on and takes one.
L Kumara to S Iyer, A good short one, gets big on Iyer. He tries to defend but it hits the splice and rolls towards point.

Lahiru Kumara is back on. 2-0-17-0, his numbers so far.

L Malinga to S Iyer, Length ball around off, SI taps it towards third man and eases to the other end.
L Malinga to S Iyer, A huge cheer in our cabin as Malinga bowls a trademark yorker. It is on middle, Shreyas digs it out.
L Malinga to V Kohli, Back of a length, VK pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
L Malinga to S Iyer, Almost chops it on. Slightly fuller on off, Shreyas looks to defend but gets an inside edge. Iyer is lucky that the inside edge hits the pads and they take a single.
L Malinga to V Kohli, Length delivery outside off, Kohli is in no hurry and just taps it towards third man for a single.
L Malinga to S Iyer, Good length ball on off, Iyer dabs it down to third man for one.

Lasith Malinga is back on! 2-0-20-0 his figures till now.

W Hasaranga to S Iyer, Iyer ends the over with a single through covers. Another successful over for Hasaranga.
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, A dot as this is hit to covers.
W Hasaranga to V Kohli, Kohli is off the mark and he is also the leading run-scorer in T20Is. He reaches that milestone as he hits it down to long on for one.