India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: Shreyas stars in India's 12th straight win
India registered another clean sweep in T20 International cricket as they beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the third and final match of the series on Sunday.
At the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, Sri Lanka after opting to bat posted 146 for five in their 20 overs and in their response India chased down the target in 16.5 overs to finish on 148 for four.
This was India's 12th successive win in T20 International cricket to equal the world record with Afghanistan and Romania.
Earlier, Sri Lanka after opting to bat lost wickets at regular intervals. Sri Lanka were reduced to 29 for four. It required a 31-run fifth wicket stand between Dinesh Chandimal and Dasun Shanaka to revive the innings. After Chandimal fell, it was down to Shanaka to take charge of the innings. Shanaka joined forces with Chamika Karunaratne as they added 86 runs for the sixth wicket in an unbroken stand. Shanaka remained unbeaten on 74 off 38 balls with nine boundaries and two sixes. For India the chief wicket-taker was Avesh Khan (2-23).
In their response, India lost captain Rohit Sharma quite quickly. Then, Sanju Samson added 45 runs for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer. After Samson fell, Iyer joined forces with Deepak Hooda. The Indian chase was progressing well but Hooda fell with the score at 89. Shreyas remained unbeaten till the end as he added 45 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja. Shreyas finished on 73 off 45 balls with nine boundaries and one six. India chased down the target in 16.5 overs to finish on 148 for four.
Earlier India made four changes to their XI. Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal were rested. In their place came Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan and Mohammed Siraj.
Sri Lanka brought back Jeff Vandersay and Janith Liyanage in place of Praveen Jayawickrama and Kamil Mishara.
Shreyas Iyer addressed a virtual press conference after the third and final T20I against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka: 146-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 0.6 ov), 2-5 (Pathum Nissanka, 1.5 ov), 3-11 (Charith Asalanka, 3.6 ov), 4-29 (Janith Liyanage, 8.3 ov), 5-60 (Dinesh Chandimal, 12.1 ov)
India: 148-4 (16.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Rohit Sharma-1.4 ov), 2-51 (Sanju Samson-6.2 ov), 3-89 (Deepak Hooda-10.5 ov), 4-103 (Venkatesh Iyer-12.2 ov)
Result - India won by 6 wickets, claim series 3-0
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Sanju Samson(wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal (wicket-keeper), Janith Liyanage, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
Start Time: 13:30 hrs GMT
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Match Officials: Karumanaseri Ananthapadmanabhan, Virender Sharma (On-field Umpires); Jayaraman Madanagopal (TV Umpire); Anil Chaudhary (Reserve Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)
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