Printed on: Jul 28, 2021
Sri Lanka took full benefit of India’s weakened taking part in XI to win the second T20I in Colombo by 4 wickets and sq. the three-match 1-1. India had been pressured to play a new-look XI after Krunal Pandya examined COVID-19 optimistic on Tuesday. The guests handed debuts to 4 gamers – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana and Chetan Sakariya. India went in with solely 5 batsmen with all the opposite batters in isolation.
Sri Lanka despatched India into bat after successful the toss and restricted them to 132 for five on a troublesome floor. Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 40 off 42 whereas Devdutt Padikkal scored 29 in 23 and Ruturaj Gaikwad contributed 21 off 18. For the Lankans, Akila Dananjaya claimed 2 for 29 whereas Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka picked up a wicket every
India fought exhausting within the chase however didn’t have sufficient runs on the board. Dhananjaya de Silva guided Sri Lanka house with an unbeaten 40 off 34 whereas Minod Bhanuka contributed 36 off 31 in the beginning of the innings. Chamika Karunaratne hit a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar within the penultimate over to ease Sri Lanka’s path in the direction of victory. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was India’s greatest bowler with 2 for 30.
Talking after the defeat, Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan hailed the workforce for combating regardless of all of the adversity. He mentioned, “The floor turned and was a stopping a bit. We knew we had been one batter brief. We knew we needed to assemble our innings neatly. We had been 10-15 runs brief. That may have made the distinction. I’m happy with the boys. By no means say die angle is superb. Hats off to the boys for taking it into the final over.”
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka added that they assured of doing properly and wished to maintain India to a low rating, which they managed. Shanaka acknowledged, “Technique was to go exhausting within the first six overs. Then I went into the center however could not do a lot. However DDS and Hasaranga did properly within the center overs. On the subject of worldwide cricket, completely different boys are performing. I ought to thank BCCI and SLC to permit us to showcase our expertise throughout these powerful powerful occasions.”
The deciding T20I shall be performed on Thursday, July 29
–By A Cricket Correspondent