IND vs SL 3rd T20I: Struggling Sri Lanka manages to post 135/7

Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on: 24 Dec 2017 3:11 PM GMT
IND vs SL 3rd T20I: Struggling Sri Lanka manages to post 135/7

Mumbai: Owing to the last over blitz by Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka managed to post 135/7 against India in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

The young Indian bowlers never let the Lankan batting kick off as Nirosham Dickwella (1 off 6), Upul Tharanga (11 off 11) and Kusal Perera could not contribute much and were back to the dugout when their team was at 18/3.

Sadeera Samarawickrama and Asela Gunaratne tried to strengthen the inning but could not do much as the former departed at the individual score of 21 runs off 17 balls with 3 fours. Gunaratne played sensibly and tried to stay at the crease as long as possible. But he was dismissed at 36 off 37 balls with three boundaries.

Danushka Gunathilaka (3 off 8) and skipper Thisara Perera (11 off 6) were also amongst the non-contributors as they had returned to the pavilion when Lanka was at 85/6.

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Dadun Shanaka, however, stayed at the crease and showed some fireworks during the last over of the inning to strengthen his team. He remained unbeaten at 29 runs off 24 balls with 2 sixes. Akila Dananjaya also added 11 runs off 7 balls with two boundaries.

Jaydev Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers as he bagged 2 wickets for only 15 runs in his four overs. Hardik Pandya also picked up two wickets for 25 runs in his spell. Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav also managed to get a wicket each.

India now has to chase down a mediocre target of 136 runs.

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu Sharma

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