Dhawan and Rahul half-centuries guide India to 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka at Pune
After a good start, good contributions from Manish Pandey and Virat Kohli and a useful 8-ball 22 from Shardul Thakur ensured that India breached the 200-run mark.
India 201-6 (20 Overs; Rahul54(36), Dhawan52(36); Sandakan3/35, Hasaranga1/27)
Sri Lanka 123 (15.5 Overs; Dhananjaya de Silva57(36), Mathews31(20); Navdeep Saini3/28, SN Thakur2/19)
Result - India won by 78 runs
Dhananjaya de Silva sparkled with a fine half-century, but that couldn't keep India from securing a crushing 78-run win. The home team's fast bowlers were too good! They take the series 2-0!#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/n2h8egU71e— ICC (@ICC) January 10, 2020
Being put in to bat in the third and the final T20I of the series at Pune, India got off to a great start with both openers Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan scoring half-centuries. Both batted at a strike rates of around 150 and set a great platform for the team.
However, once wrist spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan came into the match, things slowed down a bit for India. The team went from a comfortable at 97-1 to 122-4 in a matter of two overs.
Good contributions from Manish Pandey and Virat Kohli and a useful 8-ball 22 from Shardul Thakur ensured that India breached the 200-run mark.
Sri Lanka were never really in the game, with them losing both openers within the first 9 deliveries. At 26-4, they ran the risk of getting bundled very cheaply. Had it not been for the 31 from Angelo Mathews and an outstanding half-century from Dhananjaya de Silva, the margin of victory (78) would have been in three figures.
The wickets were shared among the Indian bowlers, with Navdeep Saini picking up three of them. Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar returned with two each.
India - Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini
Sri Lanka - Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Kumara
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