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

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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.

17.3
6
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!
17.2
1
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.

17.1
0
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!

16.6
1
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!
16.5
1
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.
16.4
2
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.
16.3
6
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.
16.2
2
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.
16.1
4
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.

15.6
6
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.
15.5
4
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.
15.4
1
W Hasaranga to V Kohli, Floats it up on off, Kohli strokes it down to long off for one.
15.3
1
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, On the shorter side, it is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
15.2
4
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, FOUR! One bounce boundary! A little too full this time by Hasaranga, Iyer smashes it downtown for a boundary.
15.1
1
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.

14.6
1
D Shanaka to V Kohli, Slower one on middle, it is worked through mid-wicket for another single.
14.5
1
D Shanaka to S Iyer, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total.
14.4
1
D Shanaka to V Kohli, Kohli now comes down the track and eases it down to long on for one.
14.3
1
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.
14.2
1
D Shanaka to V Kohli, A short slower one on middle, Kohli pulls it nicely towards deep square leg for one.
14.1
0
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.

13.6
0
L Kumara to S Iyer, A short one on middle, Iyer ducks under it. 44 needed in 36 balls.
13.5
4
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.
13.4
0
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.
13.3
1
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.
13.2
1
L Kumara to S Iyer, On the fuller side and on middle, Iyer hits it down to long on and takes one.
13.1
0
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.

12.6
1
L Malinga to S Iyer, Length ball around off, SI taps it towards third man and eases to the other end.
12.5
0
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.
12.4
1
L Malinga to V Kohli, Back of a length, VK pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
12.3
1
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.
12.2
1
L Malinga to V Kohli, Length delivery outside off, Kohli is in no hurry and just taps it towards third man for a single.
12.1
1
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.

11.6
1
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, Iyer ends the over with a single through covers. Another successful over for Hasaranga.
11.5
0
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, A dot as this is hit to covers.
11.4
1
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.
11.3
0
W Hasaranga to V Kohli, On off, blocked.

The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli walks out at number 4!

11.2
0
W Hasaranga to S Dhawan, OUT! It is just pitching in, the impact is just in line and it is hitting the leg pole. Three reds and Dhawan has to take the long walk back. Excellent use of the technology from the Lankans. Hasaranga has revived some hopes of the Lankan fans with two wickets in two overs. Hasaranga bowls the leg spinner around leg, it straightens a touch. Dhawan misses the sweep and is hit on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The bowler likes it and he wants it to be reviewed. Malinga does so. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call has to be overturned. 57 needed in 52.

Howzzat? An appeal for an LBW but the umpire shakes his head. It is reviewed. The pitching can be an issue.

11.1
1
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, Loopy ball on off, Iyer pushes it through covers and gets to the other end.
10.6
4
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, FOUR! Poor ball and put away! It is short and on the body, Dhawan swivels and pulls it behind square on the leg side and it races away. 8 from the over, 58 needed in 54.
10.5
1
D Shanaka to S Iyer, Well fielded! Need such good efforts in a low-scoring games! On the pads, this is worked towards short fine leg. The fielder there dives to his left and makes a half-stop. Saves three for his side.
10.4
0
D Shanaka to S Iyer, Another slower one on off, Iyer pushes it back to the bowler.
10.3
1
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, On the shorter side, this is pulled through square leg and a run is taken.
10.2
1
D Shanaka to S Iyer, A slower one and on off, Iyer drops it towards covers for one.
10.1
1
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, On middle, Dhawan works it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
9.6
1
W Hasaranga to S Dhawan, Floated well outside off, Shikhar strokes it to sweeper cover and keeps the strike.
9.5
1
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, Googly once again. It is on middle, Iyer steers it to long on for a run.
9.4
1
W Hasaranga to S Dhawan, On the pads, Dhawan flicks it to the on side for a single.
9.3
1
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, Floated on middle, Shreyas milks it through mid on for a single.
9.2
2
W Hasaranga to S Iyer, Iyer is off the mark straightaway. Another googly from Wanindu. It is short around off, Iyer cuts it through backward point and gets a couple.

It is Vrat Kohli who... actually no, wait, it is Shreyas Iyer who comes out to bat. A promotion for the youngster.

9.1
0
W Hasaranga to KL Rahul, OUT! Bowled! The googly does the trick for Hasaranga. Rahul tries to take on the leggie. He comes down the track and look to go over long off. Ends up completely misreading the wrong 'un. He misses the ball completely and the ball goes onto hit the off pole. Rahul departs after getting a start and something for the Sri Lankans to smile about.
8.6
0
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, A dot to end! On the pads, Dhawan looks to whip it but misses. 72 needed in 66 balls.
8.5
4
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Dhawan steps down the track and hits this full ball towards Malinga at mid off. He lets it through and it goes to the fence. Poor from the skipper, he should be leading by example but that is a poor effort.
8.4
1
D Shanaka to KL Rahul, This is angled into the pads, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.
8.3
1
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, Pulled hard but only for a run! Short and on the body, this is hit towards deep square leg for a single.
8.2
0
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, Fuller and on off, this is hit to the man at mid off.
8.1
2
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, Goes shorter in length and on the body, Dhawan looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes down towards the fine leg fence, the fielder at short fine leg chases it down and saves two for his side.
7.6
0
W Hasaranga to KL Rahul, Shorter and on off, this is pushed back to the bowler. A good start by Hasaranga. Just the two from the over.
7.5
1
W Hasaranga to S Dhawan, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single.
7.4
0
W Hasaranga to S Dhawan, OHHH! Dhawan comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of it. He tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls towards the keeper but by the time the keeper collects it, Dhawan makes it back into the crease.
7.3
1
W Hasaranga to KL Rahul, Slightly shorter and around off, Rahul once again punches it through covers for one.
7.2
1
W Hasaranga to S Dhawan, On the stumps again, this is worked through mid-wicket for another single.
7.1
1
W Hasaranga to KL Rahul, On off, this is pushed through covers for a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga into the attack for the first time.

6.6
1
D Shanaka to KL Rahul, On the pads, Rahul turns it to mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
6.5
0
D Shanaka to KL Rahul, Length delivery on off, Rahul nudges it to covers.
6.4
2
D Shanaka to KL Rahul, Full on off, Rahul drives it through mid on. Substitute Kusal Mendis runs to his left from long on and saves a certain boundary with a dive.
6.3
1
D Shanaka to S Dhawan, Slower delivery, full outside off. Dhawan slams it to deep point for a single.
6.2
1
D Shanaka to KL Rahul, Fuller on off, Rahul strokes it through covers and gets a single.
6.1
0
D Shanaka to KL Rahul, A slower one to begin! It is very close to the off pole. Rahul manages to guide it towards point. Shanaka appeals as he feels it is pad but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show it was only bat.

Dasun Shanaka is on now!

5.6
1
de Silva to KL Rahul, Misfield and a single! Rahul comes down the track but ends up yorking himself. He jams it out to the right of the bowler who fails to field it. It goes down to long on for one. End of the Powerplay and it is India who has bossed it. They are 54 for 0 and they need another 89 in 84.
5.5
1
de Silva to S Dhawan, A single as Dhawan drags it down to long on.
5.4
1
de Silva to KL Rahul, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
5.3
0
de Silva to KL Rahul, Rahul makes room now and DdS fires it on middle, it is cut to point.
5.2
0
de Silva to S Dhawan, Missed stumping! A tough chance but you could argue that it should have been taken. Dhawan makes room and Dhananjaya fires it towards Shikhar. Dhawan swings but misses. He steps out of the crease as he tries to do so. Perera though fails to collect it and it hits his pad and goes towards fine leg for one. Bye taken.
5.1
1
de Silva to KL Rahul, Fuller and on middle, this is hit down firmly towards long on for one. 50 up for India and it has come up in very quick time.
4.6
0
L Kumara to S Dhawan, Good length delivery outside off, Dhawan looks to defend but misses. India motoring along with ease here. 94 needed off 90!
4.5
0
L Kumara to KL Rahul, Ouch that must bruise him. Short ball on off, Rahul looks to pull but the ball does not shoot up as much as he expected and it hits him on his mid-riff. They take a leg bye as the ball goes to the off side.
4.4
0
L Kumara to KL Rahul, Length ball on off, Rahul looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
4.3
4
L Kumara to KL Rahul, FOUR! Now Rahul goes aerial., Full on off, KL lofts his drive over covers with ease to get back-to-back boundaries.
4.2
4
L Kumara to KL Rahul, FOUR! Rahul has just walked to his partner to give him a fist bump. He knows it was four the moment he hit it. Good length ball on off, Rahul punches it through covers for a boundary.
4.1
1
L Kumara to S Dhawan, Length delivery on middle and off, Dhawan taps it towards third man for one.

Lahiru Kumara replaces Lasith Malinga. Change of ends for the pacer.

3.6
1
de Silva to S Dhawan, Fuller and on off, Dhawan strokes it down to wide long off and takes one.
3.5
1
de Silva to KL Rahul, Fired into the pads, this is pushed down to long on for one.
3.4
2
de Silva to KL Rahul, Good fielding again! Rahul now brings out the slog sweep but gets a top edge as he tries to drag it from off. It goes towards third man. The fielder from short third man runs after it, slides and pushes it back in. Saves two for his side.

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.

3.3
2
de Silva to KL Rahul, Deft! Waits for the ball to come to him and then guides it past short third man. Udana there hares after it and then slides, makes a good stop. Saves two. He is in some pain though. While getting up, he twists his hand.
3.2
4
de Silva to KL Rahul, FOUR! Lovely shot! Brilliant placement! This is angled into the batter, also it is an off spinner bowling so you would expect the ball to turn in. Rahul stays leg side and manages to drive it through extra cover for a boundary.
3.1
1
de Silva to S Dhawan, Fuller and on off, this is eased down to long off for one.

Dhananjaya de Silva is on now!

2.6
2
L Malinga to KL Rahul, Another one on the pads, Rahul whips it through mid-wicket and gets a brace.
2.5
1
L Malinga to S Dhawan, Good length delivery around off, Dhawan comes down the track and punches it towards cover-point and gets a single. Good shot this from Dhawan. A confident looking stroke.
2.4
1
L Malinga to KL Rahul, Good length delivery on off, KL pushes it to point for a single.
2.3
0
L Malinga to KL Rahul, Length ball on off, Rahul looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards cover.
2.2
4
L Malinga to KL Rahul, FOUR! Excellent effort from Avishka but his foot touches the ropes as the ball touches his hand. Another full ball on off, Rahul drives it through covers once again. Avishka gives it a chase and tries to pull it back before the ropes but his feet come in contact with the rope as he tries to pull back the ball. They check the replays and it has been signaled as a boundary.
2.1
4
L Malinga to KL Rahul, FOUR! Exquisite Rahul cover drive on show now! Slightly overpitched on off, Rahul gets on his front foot and drives it right off the meat of the bat through covers for a boundary.
1.6
1
L Kumara to KL Rahul, Length delivery around off, Rahul runs it down to third man for a single to keep the strike.
1.5
4
L Kumara to KL Rahul, FOUR! First boundary of the innings. Full on off, Rahul whips it but it goes off the inner half of his bat but he has managed to hit it well enough to send it to the mid-wicket fence.
1.4
0
L Kumara to KL Rahul, Good length delivery on off, Rahul looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
1.3
1
L Kumara to S Dhawan, Full on middle and off, Dhawan looks to drive but it goes off the outer half of his bat towards third man for a single.
1.2
1
L Kumara to KL Rahul, Good length ball angling in to the batsman. Rahul tucks it to the leg side and gets to the other end.
1.1
1
L Kumara to S Dhawan, Lahiru starts with a full length delivery on middle, Dhawan drives it behind square on the off side for a single.

Lahiru Kumara to bowl from the other end.

0.6
5
L Malinga to S Dhawan, FOUR OVERTHROWS! Needless runs! You can't afford to give such gifts with a low total to defend. Dhawan comes down the track but Malinga bowls another very full inswinging delivery on middle, it is jammed out towards mid off and the batters take off. The fielder there picks the ball up and has a needless shy at the bowler's end but misses. No one backing up and it goes to the square leg fence. The last ball spoils the over completely. 8 from it in the end.
0.5
0
L Malinga to S Dhawan, One more yorker but once again it is a little too leg side. Dhawan looks to jam it out but gets hit on the boot first and then it hits the bat.
0.4
2
L Malinga to S Dhawan, Well played! Takes a few steps down the track and Malinga bowls a slower one. Dhawan adjusts and guides it past the diving point fielder for two.
0.3
0
L Malinga to S Dhawan, An inswinging yorker this time and on middle, Dhawan jams it out towards mid off.
0.2
0
L Malinga to S Dhawan, Good delivery! Full and tailing back in. It is a little too straight. Dhawan squeezes it out towards mid on.
0.1
1
L Malinga to KL Rahul, Shorter and outside off, this is guided down to third man for one. India are underway straightaway!

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...