Sri Lankan bowlers saved India right down to 132-5 after the vacationers fielded 4 debutants
Disciplined bowling and Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 40 helped Sri Lanka to a series-levelling four-wicket win over India within the Covid-19 delayed second Twenty20 worldwide on Wednesday.
Chasing 133 for victory, Sri Lanka relied on an unbeaten 28-run seventh-wicket partnership between De Silva and Chamika Karunaratne, who made 12, to realize their goal with two balls to spare in Colombo.
De Silva saved his nerve within the 34-ball knock after Sri Lanka had been in bother at 105-6 and together with Karunaratne, who hit a well timed six within the penultimate over, helped the hosts degree the three-match sequence at 1-1.
“I all the time thought and knew it was about one huge over. I made a decision to bat until the tip. We held our nerves at present,” stated man of the match De Silva. “It’s all the time powerful in opposition to India.”
Sri Lankan bowlers led by Akila Dananjaya saved India right down to 132-5 after the vacationers fielded 4 debutants following virus optimistic Krunal Pandya and eight of his shut contacts compelled to take a seat out, which was postponed hours earlier than the scheduled begin on Tuesday.
Dananjaya, who bowls a delicate mixture of finger spin and wrist spin, returned figures of 2-29 together with the important thing wicket of skipper Shikhar Dhawan, bowled for 40.
The left-handed Dhawan placed on a brisk 49-run opening stand with debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad (21) and carried on in the identical vein with Devdutt Padikkal (29), additionally enjoying his first T20 on what appeared a sluggish pitch.
However Wanindu Hasaranga bowled the left-handed Padikkal within the sixteenth over along with his leg-spin as India discovered it powerful to push the run price.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and debutant Nitish Rana additionally failed to spice up India’s complete as they fell to Dananjaya and tempo bowler Dushmantha Chameera respectively.
“I believed if we might comprise them to a low complete, we might chase it,” stated skipper Dasun Shanaka.
Avishka Fernando was out early for 11 off tempo bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar within the Sri Lankan chase, however Minod Bhanuka hit a brisk 36.
Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy damage the middle-order with key strikes together with Shanaka for 3 earlier than De Silva hit again and accomplished the win.
“I’m very pleased with the boys as a result of we gave an excellent struggle,” Dawan stated of his younger crew.
“That by no means dying angle and taking the sport to the final over whereas defending simply 132, hats off to each bowlers and batters.”
The third and deciding T20 is on Thursday on the identical venue.
All of the matches are being held on the R. Premadasa Stadium, with out spectators as Sri Lanka battles a surge in pandemic circumstances.