Sri Lanka in India, 3 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date & Time: 07 January 2020
RR: 8.22 | India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
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.
Rishabh Pant walks out to bat now.
Lahiru Kumara is back!
Malinga to bowl out.
Wanindu Hasaranga to bowl out.
Dasun Shanaka to try and get one more wicket.
Lahiru Kumara is back on. 2-0-17-0, his numbers so far.
Lasith Malinga is back on! 2-0-20-0 his figures till now.
The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli walks out at number 4!
Howzzat? An appeal for an LBW but the umpire shakes his head. It is reviewed. The pitching can be an issue.
It is Vrat Kohli who... actually no, wait, it is Shreyas Iyer who comes out to bat. A promotion for the youngster.
Wanindu Hasaranga into the attack for the first time.
Dasun Shanaka is on now!
Lahiru Kumara replaces Lasith Malinga. Change of ends for the pacer.
Udana has hurt himself here. This is a terrible news for Sri Lanka. He goes off the field with some support from the physio. By the looks of it, it looks like he won't take the field again.
Dhananjaya de Silva is on now!
Lahiru Kumara to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase! The Indian openers, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle. Lasith Malinga has the new ball in his hand. Here we go...