0-9: A series clean sweep for India

Sri Lanka innings (toss: India, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
N Dickwella bowled Bumrah 17 (14) 3 0 121.42
U Tharanga bowled Bhuvneshwar 5 (4) 1 0 125.00
D Munaweera bowled Kuldeep 53 (29) 5 4 182.75
A Mathews stumped Dhoni, bowled Chahal 7 (5) 1 0 140.00
A Priyanjan not out 40 (40) 1 2 100.00
T Perera bowled Chahal 11 (7) 0 1 157.14
D Shanaka leg before wicket Chahal 0 (3) 0 0 0.00
S Prasanna caught Kohli, bowled Kuldeep 11 (8) 1 0 137.50
I Udana not out 19 (10) 2 1 190.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Lasith Malinga and Akila Dananjaya
Extras: 7 (3 wides and 4 leg byes)
SL’s total: 170/7 in 20 overs, at 8.50 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 23/1 (Tharanga, 2.2), 46/2 (Dickwella, 4.3), 62/3 (Mathews, 6.3), 99/4 (Munaweera, 11.2), 113/5 (Perera, 13.3), 113/6 (Shanaka, 13.6), and 134/7 (Prasanna, 16.4)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 4 11 36 1 9.00
J Bumrah 4 7 38 1 9.50
Y Chahal 4 12 43 3 10.75
A Patel 4 7 29 0 7.25
K Yadav 4 13 20 2 5.00
India innings (target: 171 runs in 20 overs, at 8.55 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma caught Perera, bowled Malinga 9 (8) 1 0 112.50
L Rahul caught Shanaka, bowled Prasanna 24 (18) 3 0 133.33
V Kohli caught Shanaka, bowled Udana 82 (54) 7 1 151.85
M Pandey not out 51 (36) 4 1 141.66
MS Dhoni not out 1 (1) 0 0 100.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Kedar Jadhav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Yuzvendra Chahal
Extras: 7 (1 no-ball, 5 wides and 1 bye)
India’s total: 174/3 in 19.2 overs, at 9.00 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 22/1 (Rohit, 2.4), 42/2 (Rahul, 5.4)and 161/3 (Kohli, 18.3)
Sri Lanka bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets Economy
A Mathews 3 3 33 0 11.00
I Udana 4 5 36 1 9.00
L Malinga 4 6 31 1 7.75
S Prasanna 3 6 25 1 8.34
A Dananjaya 4 1 28 0 7.00
T Perera 1.2 0 20 0 15.00

Sri Lanka vs India T20 match report

The Virat Kohli-led India completed a series clean sweep (Test, ODI and T20I) by winning the only T20I by seven wickets and taking their win aggregate to 0-9 on this tour. Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey followed up a good bowling performance from Jasprit Bumrah and co. with a 119-run third-wicket partnership to take India to victory with four balls to spare. Virat Kohli, for his 54-ball 82, was awarded the man-of-the-match and the man-of-the-series, as he, as captain, also oversaw another dominant display from his troops.

Team India, in pursuit of 171, didn’t make the kind of start as Sri Lanka had, scoring only 43 runs in the powerplay and losing as many wickets (2) as the hosts had batting first. But you can say that this match was won by India and lost by Sri Lanka simply because of how the middle phases (overs 7-14) panned out in both the innings. The Men in Blue gathered 85 runs in this eight-over phase for the loss of no wickets, while the Lankan Lions lost 4/53 from overs 7-14.

Of course, the man piloting the Indian innings was none other than the master chaser, Virat Kohli, who nonchalantly won India this match with another astonishing innings (of 82) in a chase. He has now become the batsman with the most runs while chasing in Twenty20 International matches and also the third-highest run-scorer in T20I cricket, just behind Brendon McCullum (1st) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (2nd).

While you associate devastating batsmanship in T20 cricket with hitting fours and sixes and regularly, Kohli devastated those watching and the Sri Lankan players with his accumulation of runs in ones and twos, by which he gathered substantial runs off every ball, every over and ultimately helped India complete this run chase easily. He collected just 41.46 per cent of his runs in boundaries (34 runs), while the rest (48 runs) came in singles and twos. He had exhausted himself so much by running so hard and so frequently that at one stage he hit the ground after completing a second run and called for assistance from the dressing room. He was soon up on his feet and got on with accumulating runs in his own devastating, risk-free and highly effective style. This was another Kohli special in terms of the shots he played—the wristy flick which brings him twos and fours between deep mid-wicket and long-on, the thumping extra cover drive that bisects the sweeper cover and the man at long-off and the short-arm jabs much squarer of the wicket on the leg-side—and they all made for a fantastic batting package.

Despite the required run rate touching 9.50 runs per over, Kohli wasn’t overwhelmed and quickly asserted control of the match after walking in to bat. In Manish Pandey, he found an ideal batting partner who complemented his captain very well. When Kohli was in full flow, Pandey did well to put Kohli on strike as much as possible. He too ran well between the wickets but also ensured that he didn’t encourage Kohli’s over-enthusiasm for twos, in the process creating the possibility of losing either of their wickets. In Kohli’s presence, barely any batsman can steal the spotlight and Pandey played second fiddle while the captain was orchestrating the chase. In fact, that’s all this Karnataka batsman had to do. So, from Pandey’s perspective, he must have drawn great satisfaction from this innings. He hit a four to win India this match and get himself his maiden T20I half-century, finishing unbeaten with 51 runs off 36 balls, his innings punctuated by four fours and one six.

Kohli made his highest score (82 runs off 54 balls; 7×4 and 1×6) in a T20I run chase and was dismissed with India needing 10 more runs for a victory, holing out to long-on off Isuru Udana. Lasith Malinga had given Sri Lanka a really good start with the ball, by dismissing Rohit Sharma cheaply and bowling two economical overs upfront. But the problem for the Lankan Lions was no other bowler backed up the performance of Malinga and the failure to take wickets, especially while defending a small score against a strong Indian batting line-up, cost Sri Lanka dear.

Having been put into bat first, Sri Lanka failed to make the most of a very good start they had made in the powerplay, scoring 60 runs and losing two wickets in the first six overs. Though this was an early stage in the match, they seemed set to post a total close to 200. The hosts had included just four proper batsmen in their playing XI, though, and ideally, one of them needed to bat through, for Sri Lanka to post at least a par total (above 180). But most of their batsmen failed to pace their innings well and self-sabotaged in playing rash shots.

Dilshan Munaweera struck the ball sweetly from the word ago and unlike in the final ODI, he played proper cricketing shots to score runs. The first ball he faced from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, straight after Upul Tharanga had been bowled with a knuckle ball, he punched it off the front foot, through the covers and for a four. It was a shot to delight the purists! He capitalised on the good touch he was in and took a particular liking to Yuzvendra Chahal, who he hit for four sixes and one four. Munaweera was by far the best Sri Lankan batsman on the night, getting himself his maiden half-century in 26 balls. He was dismissed three balls later by Kuldeep Yadav, who was fortuitous to get this wicket in fairness having dropped the ball way short. Munaweera hit five fours and four sixes in his 29-ball knock (53 runs).

Ashan Priyanjan, who had been called in as cover for Milinda Siriwardana, played a crucial knock of 40 runs off 40 balls, which took Sri Lanka to 170/7 in the end. He had last played for the national side a couple of years ago and the fluency was clearly missing. But he hung in there and finished off with a reasonable flourish. He shared a 36-run eighth-wicket partnership with Isuru Udana, who himself scored 19 runs off 10 balls. Sri Lanka, thanks largely to these two batsmen, gathered 52 runs in the last five overs, having gotten themselves into a tangle by losing 4/58 from overs 7-15.

Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers, as he took 2/20 in four overs, while Yuzvendra Chahal finished with 3/43 (4 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/36, 4 overs) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/38, 4 overs) took a wicket apiece.

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