Sri Lanka in India, 3 T20I Series, 2020

India vs Sri Lanka - 3rd T20I

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Date & Time: 10 January 2020

Sri Lanka 123/10

RR: 7.76 | India beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs

commentary

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.

15.5
0
N Saini to L Malinga, OUT! Saini picks the last wicket! INDIA WIN THE GAME AND THE SERIES! A short one and on middle, Malinga looks to flat-bat it over mid off but fails to get any timing on it. It lobs towards mid off where Kohli takes it. THE HOSTS WIN BY 78 RUNS!
15.4
1
N Saini to L Kumara, A full toss around off, Kumara opens the face of the bat and guides it down to third man for one.

The last man in is Lahiru Kumara!

15.3
0
N Saini to de Silva, OUT! TAKEN! Saini gets another and the last recognized batter is out of here. Shorter and outside off, Dhananjaya looks to cut but ends up hitting it uppishly towards third man where Bumrah takes a simple catch.
15.2
4
N Saini to de Silva, FOUR! Dhananjaya de Silva shuffles right across and Saini bowls it full. He flicks it through square leg and bags a boundary.
15.1
0
N Saini to de Silva, On the shorter side and around off, Dhananjaya pulls but to the fielder at mid-wicket.

Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga walks out to save the blushes. Also, Navdeep Saini is back to bowl out.

14.6
0
W Sundar to L Sandakan, OUT! STUMPED! Number 8 down. Sandakan comes down the track and Sundar spots that. He fires it outside off. Sandakan swings blindly but misses and Samson does the rest. Sundar ends his spell with a wicket. His figures 4-0-37-2.
14.5
1
W Sundar to de Silva, Shorter in length and outside off, DdS lofts it over cover and takes one.
14.4
2
W Sundar to de Silva, Another short ball which is pulled through square leg for two.
14.3
2
W Sundar to de Silva, Well fielded! Once again it is Chahal! Shorter and on middle, Sandakan pulls it through square leg. Chahal in the deep runs to his right, slides and keeps it to two. Fifty for Dhananjaya, a very good innings from him. He fought a lone battle here.
14.2
1
W Sundar to L Sandakan, Loopy ball outside off, Sandakan keeps it out towards cover for one.
14.1
1
W Sundar to de Silva, On off, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Washington Sundar to bowl out.

13.6
1
S Thakur to de Silva, Very full and outside off, this is jammed out towards third man for one.

Lakshan Sandakan walks out to bat now.

13.5
0
S Thakur to W Hasaranga, OUT! RUN OUT! A direct hit and Hasaranga is nowhere in the frame! Chahal has a big smile on his face and rightly so, he's done really well here. A full toss on middle, it is hit towards mid off. The batters take off. Chahal picks the ball up and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end. Number 7 down.
13.4
0
S Thakur to W Hasaranga, Back of a length and on off, kept out.

Wanindu Hasaranga is the new man in.

13.3
0
S Thakur to D Shanaka, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Thakur with another wicket. He has been brilliant with both bat and ball in this series. This is slightly short and on middle, it skids through. Shanaka looks to heave but the ball arrives a lot sooner than he expected. It hits the splice and lobs back to the bowler who accepts a dolly.
13.3
0
S Thakur to D Shanaka, WIDE! Very wide outside off, Shanaka does go after it but misses.
13.2
0
S Thakur to D Shanaka, A sharp bumper, Shanaka is taken by surprise, he is way too late in the pull.
13.1
0
S Thakur to D Shanaka, Back of a length and on off, kept out.

Shardul Thakur comes back into the attack!

12.6
1
Y Chahal to D Shanaka, On middle, Shanaka works it through mid-wicket for one.
12.5
6
Y Chahal to D Shanaka, SIX! Powered! Slightly shorter and on middle, Shanaka rocks back and hammers it over the long on fence.
12.4
0
Y Chahal to D Shanaka, Very full and on middle, this is hit back to the bowler.
12.3
1
Y Chahal to de Silva, Shorter and around off, this is pushed through covers for one.
12.2
4
Y Chahal to de Silva, FOUR! A good effort though by Pandey. This is floated up on middle, it is lofted over the bowler's head. Pandey runs to his left and then tries to push it back in. He seems to have done so but hurts his hand in the process. The umpire takes it upstairs to check and replays show that the feet is touching the ropes when he tries to push the ball back.
12.1
1
Y Chahal to D Shanaka, The googly, it is worked around the corner for one.

Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.

11.6
1
W Sundar to D Shanaka, On the pads, Shanaka glances it to the leg side and keeps the strike.
11.5
0
W Sundar to D Shanaka, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
11.4
1
W Sundar to de Silva, Floated on middle, Dhananjaya milks it to long on for one.
11.3
0
W Sundar to de Silva, Flatter around off, Dhananjaya plays it to point.

Dasun Shanaka walks out to bat.

11.2
0
W Sundar to A Mathews, OUT! Angelo holes out! Sundar shows smartness and courage. He tosses this up well outside off, Mathews looks to go for a big one. He gets down on one knee and looks to drag his sweep from there. He ends up hitting it off the toe end of the bat. It lobs towards long off. Manish Pandey charges in from long off and takes a good catch tumbling. A good stand, not in the context of the game but in general has been broken.
11.1
6
W Sundar to A Mathews, SIX! That has been deposited into the stands. Floated on off, Angelo gets down on one knee and slogs it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

Washington Sundar comes from the other end now.

10.6
0
N Saini to de Silva, A yorker on middle, it is jammed out.
10.5
4
N Saini to de Silva, FOUR! Played nice and fine! Deft. Shorter and outside off, de Silva just opens the face of the bat and guides it nice and fine on the off side for a boundary.
10.4
1
N Saini to A Mathews, One more short ball and on middle, Mathews pulls it towards deep backward square leg for one.
10.3
1
N Saini to de Silva, Very full and on middle, this is whipped through wide long on for one.
10.2
0
N Saini to de Silva, Back of a length and it is guided through point for one.
10.1
4
N Saini to de Silva, FOUR! It is raining boundaries here now! Saini serves a full toss, a gift. Dhananjaya lofts it over mid off and bags a boundary.

Pace is back on. Navdeep Saini is back into the attack.

9.6
1
Y Chahal to de Silva, Shortish and on off, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
9.5
2
Y Chahal to de Silva, Nicely played! Shorter again and on middle, Dhananjaya lofts it over the bowler's head and takes two. 50-run stand up between the two. It is a good partnership but they still have a very long way to go.
9.4
1
Y Chahal to A Mathews, The slider, it is quicker and around middle, Mathews pushes it down to long on and takes one. The partnership between two is 49.
9.3
1
Y Chahal to de Silva, On middle, it is hit down to long on for one.
9.2
0
Y Chahal to de Silva, Flatter and quicker on the pads, Dhananjaya looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
9.1
6
Y Chahal to de Silva, SIX! Sri Lanka have stepped on the gas here! 25 in the last 7 balls. Dhananjaya makes room and Chahal tosses it up outside off. Dhananjaya lofts it over covers and it goes all the way. They need to keep going.
8.6
6
W Sundar to A Mathews, SIX! Into the stands! End of a huge over. 19 from it. This is tossed up on middle, Mathews lofts it with ease over the long on fence and it goes all the way.
8.5
1
W Sundar to de Silva, He too follows the boundary with a single as this is worked through mid-wicket.
8.4
4
W Sundar to de Silva, FOUR! Dhananjaya de Silva joins the act now. Not off the middle but he won't care. Shorter and around off, DdS looks to loft it over the covers off the back foot. The ball though squirts off the outside edge and goes through backward point for a boundary.
8.3
1
W Sundar to A Mathews, Sundar bowls it quicker and on off, AM guides it through point for one.
8.2
6
W Sundar to A Mathews, SIX! Finally some intent shown by a Sri Lankan batter. Mathews brings out the slog sweep and nails it. Clears the mid-wicket fence.
8.1
0
W Sundar to de Silva, OHHH! That has just about missed the off pole! Shorter and just outside off, it comes back in. De Silva looks to pull but it stays low. Beats the bat and just about misses the off pole. It hits the keeper and goes towards the leg side. A bye taken.
7.6
1
Y Chahal to de Silva, Shortish again and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
7.5
1
Y Chahal to A Mathews, On middle, Mathews lunges and works it through mid-wicket for one.
7.4
1
Y Chahal to de Silva, Slightly shorter again, de Silva rocks back and punches it through covers for one.
7.3
1
Y Chahal to A Mathews, The batsman defends it from within the crease. One run added to the total.
7.2
1
Y Chahal to de Silva, Shorter and on middle, this is pushed through covers for one.
7.1
4
Y Chahal to de Silva, FOUR! Welcome into the attack, Chahal. Shorter and outside off, Dhananjaya goes back, plays it late and guides it through backward point for a boundary.

Time for some spin now. The leg spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal is on!

6.6
2
W Sundar to A Mathews, Two taken! This is on the pads, Mathews works it with soft hands towards mid-wicket for two.
6.5
0
W Sundar to A Mathews, Fires it on the stumps again, it is once again blocked. So Sri Lanka might have decided to play out the 20 overs.
6.4
0
W Sundar to A Mathews, Fires it on the stumps, blocked.
6.3
1
W Sundar to de Silva, Floats it up on off, this is eased down to long on for one.
6.2
0
W Sundar to de Silva, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed to mid-wicket.
6.1
1
W Sundar to A Mathews, On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

Washington Sundar is on now!

5.6
4
N Saini to de Silva, FOUR! Pulled away! Shorter and on middle, Dhananjaya pulls it through mid-wicket and it races away. He looks solid here. Sri Lanka stuttering here at 35/4 at the end of Powerplay. India were 63/0 at this stage.
5.5
0
N Saini to de Silva, This is angled into the off pole, blocked.
5.4
0
N Saini to de Silva, Good fielding! Shorter and outside off, it is guided towards point.
5.3
0
N Saini to de Silva, Back of a length and on off, this is guided to point.
5.2
4
N Saini to de Silva, FOUR! Exquisite! That has gone to the fence like a tracer bullet. It is shorter and outside off, Dhananjaya opens the face and guides it through point. No need to run for those. Good way to get off the mark.
5.2
0
N Saini to de Silva, WIDE! Way too short and wide outside off, Dhananjaya looks to cut but misses.

Dhananjaya de Silva is the new man in.

5.1
0
N Saini to K Perera, OUT! KABOOM! This guy is getting better with each game! Bowled a corker of a yorker to get a wicket in the last game and does so again over here. Just unplayable! The first ball he bowls, to execute it so correctly is just brilliant. It sneaks right under the bat as Perera looks to jam it out and the stumps are disturbed.

Navdeep Saini is on now!

4.6
4
S Thakur to A Mathews, FOUR! In the gap! Another boundary! 11 from the over. Still below the run rate needed. Mathews comes down the track and Thakur bowls it short. It is pulled through mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.
4.5
1
S Thakur to K Perera, Back of a length and on middle, Perera pushes it to mid on and a run is taken.
4.4
0
S Thakur to K Perera, On the shorter side and on the body, Perera looks to pull but is hurried into the shot. It hits the glove and rolls towards mid-wicket.
4.3
4
S Thakur to K Perera, FOUR! This is right off the middle and a boundary! Full and on off, KP drags it over mid on and it races away. That was in his arc, Sri Lanka need a lot more of these.
4.2
1
S Thakur to A Mathews, Yes, no and then eventually they take a run! Back of a length and on off, this is pushed towards covers. Mathews wants a run but Perera is not sure. They then go for it and complete it.
4.1
1
S Thakur to K Perera, Mistimed but a run! On a length and around off, Perera looks to smash it down the ground but gets it nowhere off the middle. It lands in no man's land in the mid off region. One taken.

Change of ends for Thakur!

3.6
0
J Bumrah to A Mathews, Maiden from Bumrah! India are off to an excellent start. Length ball outside off, Mathews cuts it straight to point. 187 needed off 96 now. The required rate has gone up close to 12.
3.5
0
J Bumrah to A Mathews, Length delivery outside off, Mathews looks to punch it but does so off the inner half of his bat towards cover.
3.4
0
J Bumrah to A Mathews, Hits the deck hard on off, AM blocks it.
3.3
0
J Bumrah to A Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, it is an away swinger which Bumrah has developed recently. Mathews leaves it alone.
3.2
0
J Bumrah to A Mathews, Outside off, Mathews throws his bat at it but misses.

Angelo Mathews is the new man in.

3.1
0
J Bumrah to K Perera, OUT! Run Out! Sri Lanka in the deep end of troubled waters in just the 4th over of the game. Another batter is back in the hut and the huge target looks next to impossible to achieve now. Full toss on the pads, Kusal looks to flick but gets hit on the pad. There is a huge appeal from Bumrah. The ball moves towards backward point and Oshada meanwhile looks to steal a leg bye. But then he sees that the single is too risky but Perera is off. Oshada sacrifices himself and walks into the flame. Manish Pandey charges to the ball and sees Oshada is long way out so he runs to the stumps and dislodges the bails at the keeper's end.

Change of ends for Bumrah.

2.6
0
N Saini to O Fernando, Bouncer to end the over. Good start from Saini just 4 off his first. It is short around off, Oshada sways away from it.
2.5
2
N Saini to O Fernando, Good length delivery on the pads, Oshada turns it to the leg side and gets a single.
2.4
1
N Saini to K Perera, On the pads, Kusal flicks it to the on side for a single.
2.3
0
N Saini to K Perera, Back of a length delivery around middle, Kusal looks to go for a pull but misses.
2.2
0
N Saini to K Perera, Fuller on off, Kusal pushes it to covers.
2.1
0
N Saini to K Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Perera looks to defend but misses as the ball moves away.
2.1
0
N Saini to K Perera, WIDE! False start for Saini. Sprays it well wide of the tramline to begin with. Kusal leaves it alone.

Navdeep Saini is on.

1.6
0
S Thakur to O Fernando, Outside off on a length, it moves away. Oshada calmly leaves it alone. Good start for India.
1.5
0
S Thakur to O Fernando, Good ball. Good length delivery around off, it shapes away from Oshada. He looks to defend but misses.
1.4
0
S Thakur to O Fernando, Length ball on off, Oshada blocks it.

The new man in is Oshada Fernando.

1.3
0
S Thakur to A Fernando, OUT! Caught! Avishka win the battle but it is Shardul who has won the war. Length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to drive it on the up but does so uppishly and he hits it straight to Shreyas Iyer at point. We are just into the second over and Sri Lanka have lost two wickets already. Both the openers are back in the hut.
1.2
6
S Thakur to A Fernando, SIX! Bang! This is out of here. Good length delivery on middle, Avishka clears his front foot and smashes it over the mid-wicket fence for the first biggie of the innings. Sri Lanka need a lot more of these.
1.1
0
S Thakur to A Fernando, Good length delivery on off from Thakur. Avishka defends it towards cover.

Kusal Perera is the new man in. Also, Shardul Thakur to partner Bumrah.

0.6
0
J Bumrah to D Gunathilaka, OUT! Caught! Simple catch for Washington Sundar. The short ball has done the trick and the tactic to bang it in short has reaped its reward in the very first over. Sri Lanka's chase is off to a terrible start. Bumrah bends his back and bowls a 141.4 kph short ball. Gunathilaka looks to pull but is late and ends up hitting it straight towards mid on where Sundar takes a simple catch. With that Bumrah becomes the leading wicket-taker for India in T20Is.
0.6
0
J Bumrah to D Gunathilaka, Goes full but slips this one down the leg side. The batter looks to flick but misses. Wided.
0.5
1
J Bumrah to A Fernando, A quick run! This is angled into the batter, AF works it towards the leg side and gets to the other end.
0.4
2
J Bumrah to A Fernando, Safe! Shorter in length and outside off, Fernando looks to drag the ball but it hits the toe-end and lobs over the mid on fielder. Two taken. Fernando is off the mark.
0.3
0
J Bumrah to A Fernando, Good stop! Length and outside off, Fernando opens the face of the bat and guides it nicely towards cover-point. The fielder there dives to his left and makes a good stop.
0.2
0
J Bumrah to A Fernando, Play and a miss! This is shorter and outside off, it shapes away a little. Fernando goes after it but misses.
0.1
1
J Bumrah to D Gunathilaka, On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one. Sri Lanka get underway straightaway.

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...