Sri Lanka in India, 3 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 10 January 2020
RR: 7.76 | India beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs
So that is it from this game and series. It was as one-sided as it could be. India have started the year and decade in a dominant fashion. Tougher test awaits the Men in Blue as they welcome Australia for 3 ODIs. Sri Lanka will look to put this tour behind them and now go to Zimbabwe for two Test series starting from 19th January. The first ODI between India and Australia starts on 14th January. That game begins at 1330 local (0800 GMT). Join us for that one till then, goodbye!
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, they have started on the right track, the performance in the two games were very clinical and he is happy with that. States they wanted to try batting first, the middle collapse tested the batters and what Shardul and Manish did was really remarkable. Further adds they wanted to be in a difficult situation and see who could step-up at that time. Also mentions today they thought of scoring 180 but they got 200 and that is a positive thing for them, they want to capitalize on the good situations and they would get good confidence going ahead. Ends by saying all the three, Rahul, Dhawan and Rohit are good and it is great to have three good players, it though is all about the team and you should have good players to select amongst as it is a team game and the team doing well should matter.
Man of the Series, Navdeep Saini, says he is getting better with every game he plays and the other bowlers also help him learn more. States he has always bowled fast and he works hard to keep that skill by gyming and maintaining a diet. Ends by saying he use to play with the tennis ball before and he recently started playing with the red ball.
Man of the Match, Shardul Thakur, says he believes he has the ability with the bat and his contribution could be crucial for the team. Mentions his action helps him to generate outswing. States his team has been really helpful and he does not feel left out and they all are united. Ends by saying he starts preparing himself even before he goes out to bat and by hitting a six on the first ball, it puts the bowler under pressure.
Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga, says they bowled fine till the 15th over but once the dew came into play, it got difficult. Further adds they did not start well with the bat but Angelo and Dhananjaya did well but it was too late by then. States they need to handle situations better and that is something they will need to learn. Mentions these are their best players and they will need to groom them and help them improve. Ends by saying spin has been their strength and they are looking to be strong in that department.
One of the stars with the bat for India tonight, Manish Pandey, is caught down for a quick chat with Sanjay Manjerekar. Manish Pandey says a comeback was always on the back of his head, he got a chance today and he is happy he could forge a good stand with Shardul and he would continue to push hard and put in efforts. States that he has been batting well in the domestic circuit and that is what was in the back of his head and he had to deliver today and he did so. Ends by saying he keeps working on his skills and on different shots and such situations do arrive where you will need to execute those skills.
Earlier in the evening, after being put into bat, India posted a huge total of 201 which was too hot to handle for the tourists. Fifties from Dhawan and Rahul along with cameos from Manish Pandey and Shardul Thakur saw the hosts reach this giant total. Only Lakshan Sandakan had something to smile about as he picked up 3/35 from his 4.
India were commendable with the ball. They repeated their super showing with the bat, with the ball as well. The pace trio of Navdeep, Shardul and Bumrah was too hot to handle for the tourists. The trio picked up 3, 2 and 1 wicket respectively. Sundar and Chahal had a tough day but the former did manage to get two wickets and they must see this as a one-off. All-in-all it was a very good effort from the bowlers.
If the match in Indore was one-sided then we don't know what to call this one. It has been a no-show from Sri Lanka. They have had a torrid time in India and they would look to forget this tour and game as quickly as possible. Chasing a huge target of 202, one needs contribution from majority of the batters but only two players got into double figures and that says enough about the chase. Nothing much to talk about, the only positive for the Lankan Lions was Angelo Mathews' solid batting on his comeback and a fifty from Dhananjaya de Silva.
The last man in is Lahiru Kumara!
Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga walks out to save the blushes. Also, Navdeep Saini is back to bowl out.
Washington Sundar to bowl out.
Lakshan Sandakan walks out to bat now.
Wanindu Hasaranga is the new man in.
Shardul Thakur comes back into the attack!
Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.
Dasun Shanaka walks out to bat.
Washington Sundar comes from the other end now.
Pace is back on. Navdeep Saini is back into the attack.
Time for some spin now. The leg spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal is on!
Washington Sundar is on now!
Dhananjaya de Silva is the new man in.
Navdeep Saini is on now!
Change of ends for Thakur!
Angelo Mathews is the new man in.
Change of ends for Bumrah.
Navdeep Saini is on.
The new man in is Oshada Fernando.
Kusal Perera is the new man in. Also, Shardul Thakur to partner Bumrah.
We are back for the chase! The Lankan openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando walk out. The left-hander will be on strike and he will be facing Jasprit Bumrah who has the new ball in hand. Here we go...