A depleted Indian group, taking part in with solely 5 batsmen, couldn’t defend a modest goal of 133 regardless of a valiant effort from its gamers as Sri Lanka saved the three-match series alive with a four-wicket victory within the second T20 International in Colombo on Wednesday.
With 9 gamers unavailable after Krunal Pandya examined optimistic, India had no choice however to play with six specialist bowlers, together with one pacer Navdeep Saini, who wasn’t even given a single over.
Dhananjaya de Silva (40 not out) anchored a difficult Lankan chase after India scored 132 for 5. The hosts gained with two balls to spare.
Vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/21 in 4 overs) was economical until Chamika Karunartne launched his full-toss for a six. The 12 runs from that over introduced the equation down to 8 runs off closing overs which was very troublesome for debutant Chetan Sakariya to defend.
If one bowler regardless of figures of two/30 will probably be aggravated is Kuldeep, who was sensible however was let down by his fielders, who dropped a few catches. Some poor effort within the outfield additionally spoilt his figures.
Yadav outfoxed opposition skipper Dasun Shanaka by shortening the size of his inventory supply — the one which turns into the right-hander drawing him out and Sanju Samson effected a wise leg-side stumping.
Minod Bhanuka (36 off 31 balls) additionally tried to fetch a widish tossed up supply outdoors the off-stump and holed out at deep mid-wicket simply after Bhuvneshwar had dropped one whereas working backwards when he skied one in opposition to the flip within the cowl area.
Varun Chakravarthy (1/18 in 4 overs) additionally was spectacular however the whole grew to become their undoing.
Earlier, India struggled for momentum in opposition to the Sri Lankan spinners on a sluggish monitor, managing 132 for 5.
Debutant Devdutt Padikkal, although, in his transient innings gave a glimpse of a vivid future.
The diploma of issue could possibly be gauged by the truth that solely seven boundaries and a six was hit in 20 overs with as many as 42 dot balls consumed by the visiting group batsmen.
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan (40 off 2 balls) conscious of a thin-on expertise batting line-up had a cautious strategy on a monitor the place ball merely refused to come onto the bat and improvisation was the order of the day.
With heavy rain slowing the outfield, run-making grew to become an ordeal however younger Padikkal (29 off 23 balls) was elegant as regular earlier than a second’s indiscretion did him in.
The different much-anticipated debut of Ruturaj Gaikwad (21 off 18 balls) additionally led to a whimper when a Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka’s brief ball climbed on him and he received himself in a tangle whereas taking part in a pull-shot that went straight-up after for Minod Bhanuka.
Knowing that solely 5 batsmen are taking part in on the day, Dhawan had to lower down on dangerous photographs despite the fact that a canopy drive, an on-drive and a slog-pull behind sq. had been there amongst his 5 fours earlier than off-spinner Dananjaya de Silva (2/13) received him to play the slog-sweep.
But the person who impressed probably the most was Padikkal, who slog swept Dhanajaya de Silva for a six, ran properly between the wickets throughout his 32-run stand with skipper Dhawan and transient one with Sanju Samson.
He additionally reverse swept Wanindu Hasaranga (1/30) for a boundary earlier than a non-existent slog-sweep led to his downfall.
Some of his strokes did not attain the boundary however the Bengaluru boy confirmed that he has the temperament required for the very best degree.
But the participant, who as soon as once more blew away a possibility was Sanju Samson (7 off 13 balls). He was hoodwinked by a leg break from Akila Dananjaya (2/29) and was bowled.
Samson has now blown away 9 probabilities in T20 Internationals and is unlikely to get too many extra after Thursday’s closing sport.