Thakur 4-for leads India to comfortable win

Brief score: Sri Lanka 152/9 (Kusal Mendis 55, Upul Tharanga 22; Shardul Thakur 4 for 27, Washington Sundar 2 for 21) lost to India 153/4 (Manish Pandey 42*, Dinesh Karthik 39*; Akila Dananjaya 2 for 19) by six wickets and with nine balls to spare

Statistical highlights

  • India, courtesy this six-wicket win, registered their fifth T20I victory in their last six matches against Sri Lanka
  • Kusal Mendis gave Sri Lanka a good start opening the batting and went on to make his fourth half-century (a 38-ball 55; 3×4, 3×6), all four career half-centuries coming this year and in the last five T20Is Sri Lanka have played, in 2018
  • Thisara Perera, who captained in the absence of the previous stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal, has now lost all seven T20Is he has led Sri Lanka in
  • Shardul Thakur, playing only his fifth Twenty20 International, recorded his best bowling figures, 4 for 27, helping India restrict Sri Lanka to 152/9 and leaving themselves with a considerably smaller total to chase (153)
  • Lokesh Rahul, who replaced Rishabh Pant in the playing XI for India, was out hit-wicket for 18, becoming the first Indian in T20Is to be out in this fashion and the tenth batsman overall to be hit-wicket in this format
  • Rohit Sharma recorded his sixth win in seven matches as Indian captain in this format

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