3rd T20 highlights: India crush Sri Lanka by 78 runs, win series 2-0

Indian bowler Navdeep Saini celebrate with team mates the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera during the third T20 cricket match against Sri Lanka and India at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Photo: PTI

India defeated Sri Lanka by 78 runs in the third and final T20 International to win the the three-match series 2-0 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday. Sent into bat, India rode on K L Rahul (54 off 36) and Shikhar Dhawan's (52 off 36) 97-run opening stand to post a challenging 201 for six in their allotted 20 overs. Manish Pandey then smashed 31 off 18 balls and skipper Virat Kohli, batting at number six, scored a brisk 17-ball 26.

But India wouldn't have crossed 200-run mark had it not been for Shardul Thakur's blistering 22 off only eight balls. He smashed two sixes and a boundary. Defending the total, the Indian bowlers, led by right-arm pacer Navdeep Saini (3/28) Shardul Thakur (2/19), dished out a disciplined effort to bundle out Sri Lanka for 123 in 15.5 overs. Off-spinner Washington Sundar also picked up two wickets giving away 37 runs from his four overs. India, thus, won the series 2-0 after registering a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the second T20 International in Indore. The first match of the series was washed out in Guwahati without a ball being bowled.

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 full scorecard
 

India innings report

Shikhar Dhawan roared back to form with a muscular half-century in company of a sublime KL Rahul as India posted a competitive 201 for 6 against Sri Lanka despite a middle-order collapse in the third T20 International on Friday.

Dhawan, who has been under pressure for some time smashed 52 off 36 balls (7x4; 1x6) in his 97-run opening stand with the in-form Rahul (54 off 36 balls, 5x4;1x6).

However, the hosts suffered a middle-order collapse with Sri Lankan wrist spinners Wanidu Hasaranga (1-27) and chinaman Lakshan Sandakan (3-35) spun their web around the batsmen on a flat track.

But Manish Pandey, playing his first game of the tournament, hit an unbeaten 31 off 18 balls and Shardul Thakur once again revelled as a lower-order pinch-hitter (22 not out off 8 balls; 1x4, 2x6) to ensure that the hosts crossed 200-run mark.

Rahul set the tone playing a cut shot off rival skipper Lasith Malinga for his first boundary. Dhawan got an early 'life', when Dasun Shanaka dropped one at deep square leg. Rahul, then hit two consecutive boundaries, both drives, off Angelo Mathews as India raced to 22/0.

The visitors introduced off-spinner Dhananjaya De Silva in the fourth over, but Dhawan welcomed him with a four over long-on. Rahul then dispatched a Silva full-toss over long leg for a maximum as India amassed 13 runs in it.

Dhawan changed his gears as he hammered two boundaries in fifth over as India reached team total of 50.

Making optimum use of the life, Dhawan smashed back-to-back fours, slashing one over backward point and another through extra cover off pacer Lahiru Kumara. The duo was coasting along well as India after 9 overs were 82/0.

After two quiet overs, Dhawan smashed Hasaranga over deep mid-wicket for a six.

Soon after completing his 10th T20I fifty, Dhawan perished after giving a sitter to Dhanushka Gunathilika off Sandakan at deep mid-wicket. However his innings certainly will make Virat Kohli's choice of Rohit Sharma's partner difficult for the upcoming Australia series.

Sanju Samson (6) got his much-awaited chance as he was promoted at No 3 and smashed a six on the first ball but was trapped in the front by Hasaranga as India slumped to 106/2.

Sandakan then pegged back the hosts by removing Rahul and Shreyas Iyer (4) in the 13th over as the hosts were in spot of bother at 122/4. While Rahul was stumped, Shreyas gave a return return catch to Sandakan.

However, then skipper Kohli (26 off 17 balls, 2x4; 1x6) and Pandey tried to rally the innings before Kohli and Washington Sundar (0) were dismissed in the 18th over. But Shardul's slogging got India past par-score mark.

Here are the playing 11s of both teams:

India playing 11: K L Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini

Sri Lanka playing 11: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga (capt), Lahiru Kumara

10:10 PM IST Sri Lanka: 123-all out Navdeep Saini [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack     Ball 5: Malinga gets a top edge and Kohli completes the catch, GONE. Malinga c Kohli b Navdeep Saini 0(1)   Ball 4: A single for Kumara Lahiru Kumara, left handed bat, comes to the crease   Ball 3: A short delivery and de Silva gets a top edge towards third man and GONE. Dhananjaya de Silva c Bumrah b Navdeep Saini 57(36) [4s-8 6s-1]   Ball 2: de Silva moves towards off stump and flicks over square leg fielder for FOUR.   Ball 1: DOT Lasith Malinga, right handed bat, comes to the crease

10:04 PM IST Over Summary:  1 1 2 2 1 W  ; Sri Lanka: 118-8 Washington Sundar [3.0-0-30-1] is back into the attack   Ball 6: Sandakan dance down the wicket and gets beaten in search of biggie. Samson removes the bails. GONE. Sandakan st Samson b Washington Sundar 1(2)   Ball 5: A single for de Silva towards sweeper cover.   Ball 4: Another couple of runs for de Silva, this time towards deep mid-wicket.   Ball 3: de Silva collects a couple of runs towards backward square leg.   Ball 2: A single for Sandakan   Ball 1: A single for de Silva

9:59 PM IST Over Summary:  0 0 Wd W 0 W 1  ; Sri Lanka: 111-7 Shardul Thakur [2.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack   Ball 6: A single for de Silva Lakshan Sandakan, right handed bat, comes to the crease   Ball 5: Hasaranga tries to steal a single, a direct hit from Chahal, GONE. Hasaranga run out (Chahal) 0(2)   Ball 4: DOT Wanindu Hasaranga, right handed bat, comes to the crease Ball 3: Shanaka gets caught and bowled. Shanaka c and b SN Thakur 9(9) [6s-1]   Ball 3: WIDE   Ball 2: DOT   Ball 1: DOT

9:53 PM IST Over Summary: 1 4 1 0 6 1  ; Sri Lanka: 109-5 Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6: A single for Shanak towards mid-wicket region.    Ball 5: Shanaka smashes over long-on fielder for SIX.    Ball 4: Shanaka hits back to bowler   Ball 3: A single for de Silva towards deep extra cover.   Ball 2: de Silva smashes FOUR   Ball 1: A single for Shanaka

9:49 PM IST Over Summary: 6 W 0 1 0 1  ; Sri Lanka: 96-5 Washington Sundar [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6:  A single for Shanaka   Ball 5: DOT   Ball 4: A single for de Silva towards long-on.    Ball 3: DOT Dasun Shanaka, right handed bat, comes to the crease   Ball 2: Mathews goes for another biggie, gets a top edge and Manish Pandey takes a brilliant diving catch. Mathews c Manish Pandey b Washington Sundar 31(20) [4s-1 6s-3]   Ball 1: Mathews smashes a flat batted SIX.

9:44 PM IST Over Summary: 4 0 1 1 4 0  ; Sri Lanka: 88-4 Navdeep Saini [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack   Ball 6: DOT   Ball 5: de Silva uses the Saini's pace and guides it to third man boundary for FOUR.   Ball 4: A single for Mathews   Ball 3: A single for de Silva   Ball 2: DOT   Ball 1: de Silva smashes FOUR

9:39 PM IST Over Summary: 6 0 1 1 2 1  ; Sri Lanka: 78-4   Ball 6: de Silva hits towards mid-wicket for a single.   Ball 5: de Silva hits over bowler's head for a couple of runs.   Ball 4: Mathews punches down the ground for a single.   Ball 3: A single for de Silva towards long-on   Ball 2: DOT   Ball 1: de Silva smashes SIX

9:36 PM IST Over Summary:  1B 6 1 4 1 6 ; Sri Lanka: 67-4 Washington Sundar continues   Ball 6:  Mathews smashes SIX over long-on   Ball 5: A single for de Silva   Ball 4: de Silva smashes FOUR   Ball 3: A single for Mathews   Ball 2:  Mathews smashes SIX towards deep mid-wicket   Ball 1: One byes for Lanka

9:32 PM IST Over Summary:  4 1 1 1 1 1  ; Sri Lanka: 48-4 Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack   Ball 6: A single for de Silva towards cover region   Ball 5: A single for Mathews   Ball 4: de Silva drives towards sweeper cover for a single.   Ball 3: Mathews tucks towards mid-wicket region for a single   Ball 2: A single for de Silva   Ball 1: A short delivery and de Silva cuts through backward point for FOUR

9:28 PM IST Over Summary:  1 0 1 0 0 2  ; Sri Lanka: 39-4 Washington Sundar, right-arm off break, comes into the attack   Ball 6: Mathews works on leg side with a soft hand towards square leg for a couple of runs.    Ball 5: DOT   Ball 4: Mathews pushes back to bowler   Ball 3: de Silva collects a single   Ball 2: DOT   Ball 1: Mathews collects a single.

9:24 PM IST Over Summary:  W Wd 4 0 0 0 4  ; Sri Lanka: 35-4 Navdeep Saini [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6: de Silva pulls the short delivery towards deep mid-wicket boundary for FOUR.   Ball 5: de Silva blocks towards off side for no run.   Ball 4: DOT   Ball 3: DOT Ball 2: de Silva smashes FOUR   Ball 2: WIDE Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease   Ball 1: Kusal Perera moves to leg side and Navdeep Saini cleans him up with a superb yorker. Kusal Perera b Navdeep Saini 7(10) [4s-1]  

9:18 PM IST Over Summary: 1 1 4 0 1 4  ; Sri Lanka: 26-3 Shardul Thakur [1.0-0-6-1] is back into the attack   Ball 6: Mathews hits the short delivery towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR   Ball 5: Kusal Perera pushes towards mid-on for a risky single.   Ball 4: DOT   Ball 3: Kusal Perera clobbed the length delivery over mid-on for FOUR   Ball 2: A single for Mathews   Ball 1: Kusal Perera gets a leading edge over bowler's head for a single  

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Over 15.5; India win

Sri Lanka: 123-all out

Navdeep Saini [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
 
 
Ball 5: Malinga gets a top edge and Kohli completes the catch, GONE. Malinga c Kohli b Navdeep Saini 0(1)
 
Ball 4: A single for Kumara

Lahiru Kumara, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: A short delivery and de Silva gets a top edge towards third man and GONE. Dhananjaya de Silva c Bumrah b Navdeep Saini 57(36) [4s-8 6s-1]
 
Ball 2: de Silva moves towards off stump and flicks over square leg fielder for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Lasith Malinga, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 15: Sundar scalps Sandakan

Over Summary:  1 1 2 2 1 W  ; Sri Lanka: 118-8

Washington Sundar [3.0-0-30-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Sandakan dance down the wicket and gets beaten in search of biggie. Samson removes the bails. GONE. Sandakan st Samson b Washington Sundar 1(2)
 
Ball 5: A single for de Silva towards sweeper cover.
 
Ball 4: Another couple of runs for de Silva, this time towards deep mid-wicket.
 
Ball 3: de Silva collects a couple of runs towards backward square leg.
 
Ball 2: A single for Sandakan
 
Ball 1: A single for de Silva

Over 14; Sri Lanka need 91 runs in 36 balls

Over Summary:  0 0 Wd W 0 W 1  ; Sri Lanka: 111-7

Shardul Thakur [2.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for de Silva

Lakshan Sandakan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Hasaranga tries to steal a single, a direct hit from Chahal, GONE. Hasaranga run out (Chahal) 0(2)
 
Ball 4: DOT

Wanindu Hasaranga, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Ball 3: Shanaka gets caught and bowled. Shanaka c and b SN Thakur 9(9) [6s-1]
 
Ball 3: WIDE
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 13; Sri Lanka need 93 runs in 42 balls

Over Summary: 1 4 1 0 6 1  ; Sri Lanka: 109-5

Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Shanak towards mid-wicket region. 
 
Ball 5: Shanaka smashes over long-on fielder for SIX. 
 
Ball 4: Shanaka hits back to bowler
 
Ball 3: A single for de Silva towards deep extra cover.
 
Ball 2: de Silva smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: A single for Shanaka

Over 12; Sundar scalps Mathews

Over Summary: 6 W 0 1 0 1  ; Sri Lanka: 96-5

Washington Sundar [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6:  A single for Shanaka
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for de Silva towards long-on. 
 
Ball 3: DOT

Dasun Shanaka, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Mathews goes for another biggie, gets a top edge and Manish Pandey takes a brilliant diving catch. Mathews c Manish Pandey b Washington Sundar 31(20) [4s-1 6s-3]
 
Ball 1: Mathews smashes a flat batted SIX.

Over 11; Sri Lanka need 114 runs in 54 balls

Over Summary: 4 0 1 1 4 0  ; Sri Lanka: 88-4

Navdeep Saini [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: de Silva uses the Saini's pace and guides it to third man boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: A single for Mathews
 
Ball 3: A single for de Silva
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: de Silva smashes FOUR

Over 10; Sri Lanka need 124 runs in 60 balls

Over Summary: 6 0 1 1 2 1  ; Sri Lanka: 78-4
 
Ball 6: de Silva hits towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 5: de Silva hits over bowler's head for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Mathews punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 3: A single for de Silva towards long-on
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: de Silva smashes SIX

Over 9; Washington Sundar concedes 19 runs

Over Summary:  1B 6 1 4 1 6 ; Sri Lanka: 67-4

Washington Sundar continues
 
Ball 6:  Mathews smashes SIX over long-on
 
Ball 5: A single for de Silva
 
Ball 4: de Silva smashes FOUR
 
Ball 3: A single for Mathews
 
Ball 2:  Mathews smashes SIX towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 1: One byes for Lanka

Over 8

Over Summary:  4 1 1 1 1 1  ; Sri Lanka: 48-4

Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for de Silva towards cover region
 
Ball 5: A single for Mathews
 
Ball 4: de Silva drives towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 3: Mathews tucks towards mid-wicket region for a single
 
Ball 2: A single for de Silva
 
Ball 1: A short delivery and de Silva cuts through backward point for FOUR

Over 7; Sri Lanka need 163 runs in 78 balls

Over Summary:  1 0 1 0 0 2  ; Sri Lanka: 39-4

Washington Sundar, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Mathews works on leg side with a soft hand towards square leg for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Mathews pushes back to bowler
 
Ball 3: de Silva collects a single
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Mathews collects a single.

Over 6; Sri Lanka need 167 runs in 84 balls

Over Summary:  W Wd 4 0 0 0 4  ; Sri Lanka: 35-4

Navdeep Saini [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: de Silva pulls the short delivery towards deep mid-wicket boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 5: de Silva blocks towards off side for no run.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT

Ball 2: de Silva smashes FOUR
 
Ball 2: WIDE

Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Kusal Perera moves to leg side and Navdeep Saini cleans him up with a superb yorker. Kusal Perera b Navdeep Saini 7(10) [4s-1]
 

Over 5

Over Summary: 1 1 4 0 1 4  ; Sri Lanka: 26-3

Shardul Thakur [1.0-0-6-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Mathews hits the short delivery towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR
 
Ball 5: Kusal Perera pushes towards mid-on for a risky single.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Kusal Perera clobbed the length delivery over mid-on for FOUR
 
Ball 2: A single for Mathews
 
Ball 1: Kusal Perera gets a leading edge over bowler's head for a single
 

Over 4; Bumrah bowls a maiden as SL lose third wicket

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 0 0   ; Sri Lanka: 15-3

Jasprit Bumrah [1.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6:  DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Mathews hits towards off side without any timing, no run. 
 
Ball 3: Mathews nudges towards cover for no run.
 
Ball 2: Angelo Mathews, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves outside off.
 
Ball 1: A loud appeal for LBW and a major mis-communication Kusal Perera and Oshanda and Oshanda is GONE. Oshada Fernando run out (Manish Pandey) 2(5)
 

Over 3; CRR: 5 REQ: 11

Over Summary:  Wd 0 0 0 1 2 0  ; Sri Lanka: 15-2

Navdeep Saini, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Oshanda sway away from the bumper, no run.
 
Ball 5: Oshanda glances towards deep fine leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: A single for Kusal Perera
 
Ball 3: A pacy short delivery, Kusal goes for hoick, misses.
 
Ball 2: Kusal pushes towards extra cover for no run.

Ball 1: Kusal Perera gets beaten outside off.
 
Ball 1: WIDE
 
 

Over 2; Shardul strikes

Over Summary: 0 6 W 0 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 11-2

Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6:  DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Oshada gets beaten outside off.

Oshada Fernando, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Avishka hits to point, GONE. Avishka Fernando c Shreyas Iyer b SN Thakur 9(7) [6s-1]
 
Ball 2: Avishka Fernando smashes SIX.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Kusal Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 1; Bumrah strikes

Over Summary:  1 0 0 2 1 Wd W  ; Sri Lanka: 5-1

Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando are at the crease. Gunathilaka is on strike. Bumrah will open the attack

Ball 6: A short delivery and Gunathilaka goes for a pull shot, hits from the bottom of the bat, loops to mid-on fielder GONE. Gunathilaka c Washington Sundar b Bumrah 1(2)
 
Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: A single for Avishka Fernando
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Avishka Fernando
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Gunathilaka
 

Over 20

Over Summary: 2 6 4 1 4 2 ; India: 201-6

Kumara continues
 
Ball 6: Manish hits over bowler's head for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey pulls the short delivery between deep square leg and mid-wicket for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: A low full and Shardul gets cramped for room, hits towards mid-on for a single.
 
Ball 3: This time, Shardul smashes over extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: A length delivery and Shardul smacks straight down the ground for SIX. The pacer showing his batting skills again and this time while putting a total.
 
Ball 1: A slow delivery and Shardul hits down the ground for a couple of runs.
 

Over 19; CRR: 9.58

Over Summary: 6 1 2 4 1 1  ; India: 182-6

Lasith Malinga [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6:  Shardul hits towards long-on for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Manish comes down the wicket and hits towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 4: Manish cuts through backward point for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: Manish Pandey hits straight down the ground for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Shardul gets a leading edge, ball falls in the no man land, a single taken.
 
Ball 1: Shardul slogs over long-on for SIX
 

Over 18; CRR: 9.28

Over Summary:  4 1 1,W W 1 Wd 1  ; India: 167-6

Lahiru Kumara [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Shardul drives straight down the ground for a single as Malinga makes a diving effort to save more runs. 
 
Ball 6: Shardul ducks under the short delivery, WIDE called.
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey steers down to third man for a single.

Shardul Thakur, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Sundar guides the short delivery, straight into the hands of third man fielder, GONE. Washington Sundar c Sandakan b Lahiru Kumara 0(1)

Washington Sundar, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Kohli  whips towards deep backward square leg and tries to collect a double. Fails to do so, RUNOUT while one run completed. Kohli run out (Gunathilaka/Kusal Perera) 26(17) [4s-2 6s-1]
 
Ball 2: Manish Pandey collects a single.
 
Ball 1: A slow length delivery and Manish Pandey smashes towards cow corner region for FOUR
 

Over 17; CRR: 9.29

Over Summary:  2 6 1 1 4 2   ; India: 158-4

Angelo Mathews [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Full delivery on leg side and Kohli clips towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 5: A low full toss and Kohli whips towards deep backward square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: manish Pandey digs out the yorker towards mid-wicket region for a single.
 
Ball 3: A yorkish length delivery and Kohli works towards leg side for a single.
 
Ball 2: Virat Kohli smashes straight down the ground for SIX.
 
Ball 1: Kohli works with soft hands towards square leg, a couple of runs taken.
 

Over 16; CRR: 8.88

Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 2 0  ; India: 142-4

Wanindu Hasaranga [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6:  DOT
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey collects a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4:  A single for Kohli
 
Ball 3: DOT
  
Ball 2: A single for Manish Pandey
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 15; CRR: 9.2

Over Summary:  0 4 1 1 1 1  ; India: 138-4

Sandakan continues
 
Ball 6:  A single for Manish
 
Ball 5: A single for Kohli towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 4: Pandey goes aerial, fails to get a desired connection and ball falls short, a single taken. 
 
Ball 3: Kohli collects a single towards mid-wicket.
 
Ball 2: Kohli whips towards cow-corner region for FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 14; CRR: 9.29

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 1 4  ; India: 130-4

Lahiru Kumara [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6:  Manish Pandey hits through mid-off for FOUR
 
Ball 5: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Manish collects a single,
 
Ball 2: Kohli collects a single
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 13; Sandakan brings Lanka back in the game

Over Summary: 2 4 W 4 W 1  ; India: 123-4

Sandakan continues

Ball 6: Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease and collects a single. 

Ball 5: Iyer gets a leading edge back to bowler, GONE. Sandakan takes his third wicket. Shreyas Iyer c and b Sandakan 4(2) [4s-1]

Ball 4: Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease and cuts through backward point for FOUR.

Ball 3: Rahul draws forward as tries to fend the delivery outside off, Kusal Perera removes the bail in a flash. Relays show, nothing  behind the line. Rahul departs, end of a brilliant innings. 
 
Ball 2: Rahul smashes the flighted delivery straight down the ground for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a couple of runs towards deep backward square leg

Over 12; CRR: 9.33

Over Summary: 2 1 W 1 4 1  ; India: 112-2

Hasaranga continues
 
Ball 6:  Rahul drives towards sweeper cover for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Rahul whips wide of deep mid-wicket fielder for FOUR
 
Ball 4: Manish collects a single.

Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Samson gets deceived by the googly, follows by loud appeal and umpire raises the finger, Samson GONE after facing two deliveries. Samson lbw b Hasaranga 6(2) [6s-1]
 
Ball 2: A single for Rahul towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a couple of runs towards deep mid-wicket
 

Over 11; Dhawan departs, Samson hits first ball for SIX

Over Summary: 1 1 1 2 W 6  ; India: 103-1

Sandakan continues
 
Ball 6: Samson hits the first ball he faced over long-off for SIX, exciting talent. 

Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Dhawan whips towards deep mid-wicket  and GONE as he finds the fielder. Dhawan c Gunathilaka b Sandakan 52(36) [4s-7 6s-1]
 
Ball 4: Dhawan collects a couple of runs as he plays the reverse sweep.
 
Ball 3: Rahul slog sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: Dhawan hits towards sweeper cover for a single and completes his FIFTY.
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a single towards short fine leg.
 

Over 10; CRR: 9.2

Over Summary: 6 1 1 0 1 1  ; India: 92-0

Hasaranga continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 5: Dhawan comes down the wicket and punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 4: Dhawan hits back to bowler
 
Ball 3: Rahul tucks towards mid-wicket region for a single
 
Ball 2: A single for Dhawan towards long-off
 
Ball 1: Dhawan whacks towards deep mid-wicket for SIX
 

Over 9; CRR: 9.11

Over Summary:  1 1 1 1L 1 1  ; India: 82-0

Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Dhawan hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Rahul collects a single.
 
Ball 4: Dhawan goes for a switch hit but fails to make a connection, one leg byes for India.
 
Ball 3: Rahul works towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: Dhawan hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a single.
 

Over 8; CRR: 9.5

Over Summary:  0 1 1 0 1 1  ; India: 76-0

Wanindu Hasaranga, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul drives towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 5: Dhawan tucks towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Dhawan glances towards short fine leg for no run.
 
Ball 3: Rahul hits towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 2: A single for Dhawan towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 7; CRR: 10.29

Over Summary:  1 2 Wd 4 0 0 1  ; India: 72-0

Angelo Mathews [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Dhawan hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 5: Dhawan towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 4: Dhawan comes down the wicket and hits towards backward point for no run.

Ball 3: Dhawan slashes through backward point for FOUR as fielder makes a sloppy effort at the boundary line.
 
Ball 3: WIDE
 
Ball 2: Dhawan hits towards deep extra cover for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1: Rahul drives towards sweeper cover for a single.
 

Over 6; CRR: 10.5

Over Summary:  1 4 4 1 0 1  ; India: 63-0

Lahiru Kumara, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul drives towards mid-on for a single, it is a direct hit and replays show Rahul reached the popping crease in time. 
 
Ball 5: Rahul dabs towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 4: Dhawan collects a single towards third man
 
Ball 3: A full delivery and Dhawan drives through extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Dhawan cuts over backward point for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a single
 

Over 5; CRR: 10.4

Over Summary: 2 1 4 1 1 4  ; India: 52-0

Lasith Malinga continues
 
Ball 6: Dhawan whips through wide of mid-on for FOUR. 
 
Ball 5: Rahul punches towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 4: Dhawan dabs the slow delivery wide of backward point fielder for a single.
 
Ball 3: Dhawan edges through vacant slip cordon for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Rahul works towards deep square leg for a single.
 
Ball 1: Rahul shuffles towards and whips wide of short fine leg for a couple of runs.

Over 4

Over Summary: 1 4 1 0 6 1  ; India: 39-0

Dhananjaya de Silva, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul drives wide of mid-off for a single
 
Ball 5: A low full toss on leg side and Rahul smashes towards deep mid-wicket for SIX
 
Ball 4: Rahul drives towards extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 3: Dhawan pushes towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 2: Dhawan slogs from outside off towards long-on for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Rahul drives towards wide of long-on for a single.
 

Over 3; CRR: 8.67

Over Summary:  0 1 1 0 1L 1  ; India: 26-0

Lasith Malinga continues
 
Ball 6: A slow delivery on stumps, Rahul works on leg side for a single.
 
Ball 5: One leg byes for India
 
Ball 4: Dhawan squeezes the yorker, back to bowler.
 
Ball 3: Rahul works towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 2: Dhawan clips towards backward square leg for a single.
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 0 4 1 4 4  ; India: 22-0

Angelo Mathews, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul carves through cover-point region for FOUR
 
Ball 5: Rahul drives through cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Dhawan steers down to third man for a single.
 
Ball 3: Dhawan whips towards deep backward square and the fielder fails to reach the ball, gone for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Dhawan comes down the wicket and hits towards mid-off for no run.
 
Ball 1: Dhawan pushes towards mid-off for no run.
 

Over 1

Over Summary: 0 1 2Wd 0 1 1 4  ; India: 9-0

Rahul and Dhawan are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Malinga will open the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul carves towards behind square on off side for FOUR. 
 
Ball 5: Dhawan walks down the wicket and gets an inside edge on to the pads, a single taken
 
Ball 4: Rahul works towards deep backward square leg for a single

Ball 3: Rahul dabs towards point region for no run.
 
Ball 3: Two WIDES
 
Ball 2: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Here are the playing 11 of both the teams


Sri Lanka playing 11

Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga (capt), Lahiru Kumara

India playing 11

K L Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson(w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

TOSS ALERT: India to bat first

Sri Lanka win toss and elect to bowl first

Head to head India vs Sri Lanka in T20s in India

India: 7
 
Sri Lanka: 2

Sri Lanka defeated India, when the two teams take on each other in Pune

India T20Is record in Pune

Total: 2

Won: 1
 
Lost: 1

Shreyas Iyer form since September 2019

Innings: 9

Runs: 177

Strike rate: 143

Shreyas Iyer. Photo: AP | PTI

Key stats ahead of India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20

  1. India were bowled out for 101 in the last T20 held at Pune. Incidentally, their opponents then were Sri Lanka.
  2. Angelo Mathews averages 78.00 in India with the bat in T20.
  3. Since the start of this home season in September 2019, Virat Kohli averages 147 in T20Is.


Isuru Udana ruled out of third T20I against India, confirms Lanka head coach

Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur has confirmed that pacer Isuru Udana won't be playing the third T20I against India.
 
Udana had sustained a back injury during the warm-up session just before the Indian batting innings.
 
" I am not doctor, but I have seen him in the dressing room, he is in a lot of pain. What the diagnosis is, I don't really know. I can just hope we can get him for the West Indies series. I think even that could be a push, he's got something in the back, I really wish the best for him," Arthur told reporters after the conclusion of the second T20I. 

When and where to watch India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 Live

Match Time: 7:00 PM (IST)
 
Toss Timing: 6:30 PM (IST)
 
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune
 
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD with English commentary. The same broadcast with Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD. Fans could also watch the live streaming of India vs Sri Lanka match on Hotstar website and app.

Know how to build my innings now, says Rahul

India opener KL Rahul feels he has got "a lot better" at reading the game and building his innings, the secret to his consistent performance in the white ball formats.
 
Rahul is enjoying a good run in limited overs cricket having hit two hundreds and three half centuries in the ODIs and to top it up, three more fifty plus scores in T20s in 2019.
 
"I've just been getting runs and the reading of the game has gotten a lot better and knowing how to build my innings again," Rahul said after India's victory over Sri Lanka in the second T20 here.
 
"I felt that was lacking and I always knew I had the game to get the runs and it was just a matter of spending time in the middle. Really happy to carry on the same way," Rahul added. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 

Need to bring changes in order to deceive batsmen, says Kuldeep Yadav

Admitting that 2019 was a "tough year" for him, Indian left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav on Thursday said he has learnt from his mistakes and will try to plan better for the challenges this year.
 
In 2019, the 25-year-old Kuldeep's India appearances were few and far apart and his stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League was also lacklustre.
 
"It (2019) was a tough one. I learned a lot of things and the biggest positive was getting to know that I could have planned things better," Kuldeep told reporters on the eve of the third and final T20 against Sri Lanka here.
 
"If I thought more and gave more time to myself, I could have performed better. In 2020, I will try to plan every game better and give myself more time, so I get more time to reflect on my game.
 
"You play a lot of matches but at the same time, you have to give yourself more time to plan for the next game. I want to be more mentally prepared this year," the Chinaman elaborated. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 

Jasprit Bumrah on verge of becoming India's leading wicket-taker in T20Is

Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is one wicket away from becoming India's leading wicket-taker in T20 Internationals (T20) and he would achieve the feat, when India cricket team take on Sri Lanka cricket team in the third and final match on Friday. Currently, he is tied with R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal with 52 wickets to his name.
 
Bumrah has taken 44 matches to claim 52 wickets while Chahal took only 36 matches. Ashwin on the other hand, has 52 wickets in 46 matches.
 
Returning from injury, all eyes were on Bumrah in the second T20I in Indore which India won comfortably by seven wickets. The first T20I was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain and damp patches on the pitch.

 

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 Preview

To go with a winning combination or give much needed game time to Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey? That is the dilemma India cricket team are facing ahead of the third and final T20 International (T20) against Sri Lanka cricket team at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Friday.
 
An inexperienced Sri Lanka was no match for India in Indore and considering that, a case could be made for the inclusion of Pandey and Samson.
 
Pandey has played just one in the last three series, including the current one, while Samson is yet to get a game since he made a comeback with the Bangladesh series in November.
 
India have been experimenting ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in October-November but these two players are yet to be tested.
 
On the other hand, the absence of senior pacers has opened the doors for Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini to make an impression, which they did in the previous game by sharing five wickets among themselves.
 
Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube, who took the injured Hardik Pandya's place, have got significant opportunities to show what they are capable of. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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