Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, Team India has registered yet another series win on Friday as they defeated Sri Lanka in the third T20I by 78 runs. The Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul along with the collective bowling effort helped India to seal the game quite comfortably.
Chasing a huge target of 201 runs, Sri Lanka got the worst possible start with openers, Avishka Fernando and Dhanushka Gunathilka walking back for a cheap score. However, Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva showed some resistance in the middle to avoid further hiccups as they added 66 runs for the 5th wicket.
Just when things looked to settle in the middle for Sri Lanka, Mathews played a poor show to help India trigger a collapse. Following the wicket of Mathews, none of the batsmen stood in the middle for Silva. Dhananjaya was the only batsman, who looked solid in the middle with his brilliant 57.
Earlier, the Indian openers went berserk from teh word go. They both added 97 runs for the first wicket before Dhawan being dismissed after adding 52 on the board. He was quickly followed by Sanju Samson and Rahul, which turned things for Sri Lanka. Shreyas Iyer also followed the duo to help further Sri Lanka to make a comeback into the game.
However, Kohli came to the party for India, who smashed Sri Lanka to all corners of the park along with Manish Pandey. His fantastic knock in the slog overs helped India to finish the game on top with a massive tally on the board.
Just when things looked out of the hand got Sri Lanka, the run out of Virat helped the Islanders to stage a comeback into the game. The decent spell in the final overs helped India to restrict for a low score than what was expected earlier. The regular wickets in the middle overs helped Sri Lanka to stay on top of the game before Shardul Thakur showing his skills with the bat as he added 22 in just 8 balls. In the end, all they managed was 201 on the board.
India – 201/6 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 54, S Dhawan: 52; S Sandakan: 3/35) defeated Sri Lanka – 123 all-rout (D de Silva: 57; N Saini: 3/28, S Thakur: 2/19) by 78 runs
Here is how Twitterati reacted to India’s series win:
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 10, 2020
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) January 10, 2020
Shardul Thakur is making most of the limited opportunities coming his way. Some crucial runs. Wickets. And while there’s a lot of cricket left today, I’m already picking him as my Man of the Match…i.e. if India wins. #IndvSL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 10, 2020
A truly roller coaster of an innings #INDvSL
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) January 10, 2020
Kids right now get fascinated by watching Flintoff vs Kallis. There will be a day when my kids will ask who is this star striker and the bowler? I will reply "Shardul" and the bowler is Malinga.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 10, 2020
Navdeep Saini in the T20 series:
Thakur in the T20 series:
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 10, 2020
Well played India, but frankly no contest as Sri Lanka found wanting in all departments
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 10, 2020
— JSK (@imjsk27) January 10, 2020
India have now won 19 bilateral series against Sri Lanka on the trot across all formats. That's a tale of incredible dominance in last 11 yrs. Sri Lanka are bread & butter for Team India. #INDvSL
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) January 10, 2020
India in 3-match T20I series:
Played – 15
Won – 13
Lost – 1
Drawn – 1
Only loss was vs NZ in 2019. #IndvSL
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) January 10, 2020