India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20: Openers, bowlers help Men in Blue seal series 2-0 against Lions | As it happened
Pune | Jagran Sports Desk: India on Friday defeated Sri Lanka by 78 runs and won the series 2-0 against Sri Lanka. Earlier, India amassed 201 for six after being invited to bat by Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 International here on Saturday. Openers K L Rahul (54 off 36 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan 52 off 36) added 97 runs in 10.5 overs before the visitors made the first breakthrough.
Manish Pandey 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 had it not been for Shardul Thakur's blistering 22 off only eight balls. He smashed two sixes and a boundary.
The Men in Blue are facing Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune today and would look to clinch another series.
Here are the highlights from the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune:
22:09 pm: Wicket! Navdeep Saini to Malinga, out Caught by Kohli! India win by 78 runs.
22:06 pm: Wicket! Navdeep Saini to Dhananjaya de Silva, out Caught by Bumrah!
22:06 pm: Lasith Malinga comes onto bat.
22:04 pm: Wicket! Sundar removes Sandakan. Sri Lanka are now 8 down in chase of 202.
22:03 pm: Four and that's a fifty for de Silva. This is second T20I fifty. (118/7)
22:01 pm: From here, it's going to be very difficult for Sri Lanka to win the match.
22:00 pm: Washington Sundar to bowl his last over.
22:00 pm: Lakshan Sandakan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
21:59 pm: Wicket! SN Thakur to Hasaranga, out Hasaranga Run Out!!
21:56 pm: Wicket! SN Thakur to Shanaka, out Caught and Bowled!
21:53 pm: Shardul Thakur is back into the attack
21:52 pm: Chahal to Shanaka and it's a huge success over long-on! (108/5)
21:51 pm: Chahal to Dhananjaya de Silva and it goes for four. de Silva is looking solid.
21:50 pm: Sri Lanka have scored 96 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 12 overs.
21:46 pm: Dasun Shanaka, right handed bat, comes to bat
21:45 pm: Wicket! Sundar gets the break through! Lanka five down in chase of 202
21:45 pm: Six! Mathews hits Sundar for a huge six.
21:41 pm: Navdeep Saini back into the attack
21:39 pm: Sri Lanka need 124 runs in 60 balls
21:36 pm: Another six! de Silva and Mathews are trying to attack the Indian bowlers.
21:35 pm: Sundar to Mathews and its another six!
21:32 pm: Six! A huge six from Mathews.
21:30 pm: Four! Short ball from Chahal, cut away and gets it past the man at point for a four
21:29 pm: Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack.
21:27 pm: A good over Sundar, just 4 runs from it.
21:26 pm: Washington Sundar, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
21:24 pm: Four! Dhananjaya de Silva hits Saini for another boundary. (35/4)
21:21 pm: Four! A welcome boundary from Dhananjaya de Silva.
21:20 pm: Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
21:19 pm: Wicket! Navdeep Saini to Kusal Perera, out Bowled! Yorked in the last game and yorked again.
21:17 pm: After 5 overs, Sri Lanka have scored 26 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
21:16 pm: SN Thakur to Kusal Perera, four, smears that over the man at mid-on for a four.
21:12 pm: Maiden over from Bumrah! He's back in form.
21:09 pm: Angelo Mathews, right handed bat, comes to the crease
21:08 pm: Wicket! Jasprit Bumrah strikes again.
21:07 pm: Jasprit Bumrah to continue.
21:05 pm: Indian bowlers have not allowed the Sri Lankan batsmen to score freely so far.
21:03 pm: Navdeep Saini, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
21:01 pm: After two overs, Lanka have scored just 11 runs for the loss of two wickets.
21:00 pm: Oshada Fernando, right handed bat, comes to the crease
20:59 pm: Wicket! SN Thakur to Avishka Fernando, out Caught by Shreyas Iyer!
20:57 pm: Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
20:56 pm: Kusal Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
20:55 pm: Wicket! Bumrah strikes, removes Gunathilaka for 1
20:51 pm: Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando are at the crease. Gunathilaka is on strike. Bumrah will open the attack
20:45 pm: Shikhar Dhawan: I am very happy with the way me and Rahul started the innings today. We both gave a good start to the team. I was playing good even in the last match when I scored 30 odd runs. I value those runs too. Once you are set, you have to make the most of it. The competition is very healthy among the three openers. We three are very good friends so that makes it beautiful. We lot a lot of wickets in bunch but after that we came back well and scored 200.
20:40 pm: India finishes with 201 for the loss of 6 wickets.
20:39 pm: Lahiru Kumara to Manish Pandey, FOUR, this has been a very ordinary over from Kumara.
20:38 pm: Lahiru Kumara to SN Thakur, FOUR, a Mumbaikar is lighting up Pune.
20:36 pm: Lahiru Kumara to SN Thakur, SIX, ufff! That seemed like a mishit but has carried the distance.
20:36 pm: Lahiru Kumara to bowl last over.
20:34 pm: 15 runs from the 19th over. (182/6)
20:33 pm: Good over for India. 14 runs from it so far.
20:31 pm: Six! Thakur shows off his batting skills
20:29 pm: Shardul Thakur comes onto bat
20:27 pm: Wicket! Sundar goes too.
20:25 pm: Wicket! Kohli gets run out, India 164 for 5.
20:23 pm: Four! This time its from Pandey. (163/4)
20:21 pm: Another brilliant shot from Kohli! The captain's looking in good form.
20:20 pm: 150 up for India.
20:19 pm: Six! What a shot from skipper Kohli!
20:18 pm: Angelo Mathews [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
20:17 pm: After 16 overs, India have scored 142 runs for the loss of four wickets.
20:15 pm: Wanindu Hasaranga [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
20:12 pm: This is the lowest Kohli has batted in a T20I. The only other time he batted at 6 - vs Ireland in Malahide - he got out for a second ball duck.
20:11 pm: Four! Welcome boundary for India (130/4)
20:07 pm: Virat Kohli comes onto bat.
20:06 pm: Wicket! Another wicket falls for India. Sri Lanka in complete control.
20:04 pm: Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease
20:03 pm: Wicket! Sandakan to Rahul, out Stumped!! (118/3)
20:01 pm: Fifty up for KL Rahul! He's has been brilliant so far.
19:59 pm: Four! A welcome boundary from KL Rahul. (111/2)
19:58 pm: Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease
19:57 pm: Wicket! Hasaranga to Samson, out Lbw! Samson lbw b Hasaranga 6(2)
19:55 pm: Sandakan to Samson, SIX, woah! That is some way to announce your return back in the team.
19:54 pm: Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
19:52 pm: Wicket! Dhawan goes after a well made fifty. Sandakan provides the break for Lanka (97/1)
19:50 pm: 50 up for Shikhar Dhawan. 10th half-century for him.
19:49 pm: After ten overs, India have scored 92 runs without losing a wicket.
19:47 pm: Six! First big one for India. Dhawan is looking really dangerous now (89/0)
19:44 pm: Decent first over from Sandakan, just 5 runs from it.
19:42 pm: Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
19:41 pm: Just 4 runs from Hasaranga's first over (76/0)
19:40 pm: Hasaranga have bowled well so far, gave just 2 runs.
19:39 pm: Wanindu Hasaranga, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
19:36 pm: Four! Another boundary from Dhawan, he's looking really dangerous now. (71/0)
19:35 pm: The Sri Lankans are looking for a break.
19:33 pm: Angelo Mathews back into the attack.
19:32 pm: 11 run from Kumara's first over.
19:30 pm: Another boundary from Dhawan! He's looking dangerous.
19:29 pm: What a shot from Dhawan! A cut and the ball races away to four. (61/0)
19:28 pm: Lahiru Kumara, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
19:27 pm: Four! Another boundary from Dhawan and that's the 50 run partnership. (52/0)
19:24 pm: Four! Another boundary from Dhawan. It was an edge and and ball raced away to the boundary (46/0)
19:23 pm: Lasith Malinga to continue.
19:18 pm: Dhananjaya de Silva bowled the fourth over.
19:17 pm: Four runs from Malinga's second over. A good one from him.
19:12 pm: Malinga to continue.
19:11 pm: Four! Another boundary, Rahul just opens the face of the bat and the ball goes for four. (22/0)
19:10 pm: Four! A gorgeous shot from Rahul. Just a just push and the ball goes for four (18/0)
19:08 pm: Four! This time its from Dhawan. A flick but the Sri Lanka fielder drop the catch. (14/0)
19:08 pm: Two dot balls from Mathews!
19:06 pm: Angelo Mathews, right-arm medium, to bowl the second over.
19:06 pm: 9 runs for the Men in Blue in the first over.
19:05 pm: Four! First boundary for the Men in Blue in the match. (9/0)
19:01 pm: First runs for the Men in Blue.
18:58 pm: Lasith Malinga will bowl the first over.
18:58 pm: KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are out to open the innings for India.
18:48 pm: This is a very good pitch. Very good pitch to bat. There is a tinge of green that will help the ball to come on to the bat nicely. We will see lot of runs. The new ball bowlers might give problems in the first couple of overs if the bowl in the right areas but this is a pitch made for runs. Indian pacers - Saini and Bumrah - will get nice carry, says Sunil Gavaskar.
18:40 pm: Teams:
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera(w), Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga(c), Lahiru Kumara
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson(w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
18:36 pm: Virat Kohli: We wanted to bat first as we wanted to do something different today. Toss was almost irrelevant as we knew they wanted to bowl first. Trend is going towards team batting second. You can't go into the match thinking you can only do well when you chase. We want to embrace difficult things also. We have made three changes today. Sanju Samson comes in place of Rishabh Pant. Chahal replaces Kuldeep who gets a rest today and Manish Pandey gets a game in place of Shivam Dube.
18:35 pm: Lasith Malinga: We will bowl first. There might be dew in the second innings. Our top-four batsmen need to get big runs. We have discussed that. We have two changes. Angelo and Sandakan come in.
18:31 pm: Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bowl first
18:29 pm: Captains are out for the toss.
18:25 pm: The first T20I in Guwahati was washed out while India won the second T20.
18:20 pm: Here are the squads of both the teams:
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson.
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), D Gunathilaka, A Fernando, A Mathews, D Shanaka, K Perera, N Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, I Udana, B Rajapaksa, O Fernando, W Hasaranga, L Kumara, K Mendis, L Sandakan, K Rajitha.
18:15 pm: The Men in Blue will face Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune and would look to clinch another series.
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