India win, Seal Series 3-0
India picked up another convincing victory over Sri Lanka, beating them by six wickets in the third T20I in Dharamsala and winning the clear round at 3-0. It was India’s 12th consecutive victory in the T20I, the longest consecutive winning streak for a full member, and their seventh series victory on home trot in this format.
Shreyas Iyer was again among the points and went undefeated in the series, deftly replacing Virat Kohli at one try. Picking up from last night’s leads, Iyer played with 73* from 45 as India sealed another comfortable chase, topping Sri Lanka’s 146/5 total with 3.1 overs to spare.
It beats like a dream. Came to bat at second and fourth, he was already lying on Kumara (the bowler who hit Ishan in the helmet yesterday). Three more limits and he continued to pick easy runs. Deepak Hooda, who entered after Samson edged Karunaratne, also started to look good before being undone by a Kumara yorker at 144 mph.
… for the sixth time in T20Is. Another dismissal that shows it’s a quick pitch here tonight. Rohit fired, didn’t get the better of that 142 mph short ball and mis-spotted it halfway through.
Shanaka to the rescue again
He is undefeated again. 74 steps from 38 balls, his best T20I score and India once again faltered in the dead. It’s not the best pitch for back bowlers, but it’s something Rohit Sharma would like to take a look. India, too, will have good batting conditions and another easy chase could be on the cards…
Chandimal falls as SL lose half side
Did it hurt Venkatesh Iyer at some point? He caught a fierce cut (even Harshal Patel was taken by surprise!) but the bullet hit his stomach/groin I think as he turned to follow up.
four less now
Ravi Bishnoi strikes with his googly. Janith Liyanage hasn’t read it at all and is upset! Shortly after, Kuldeep Yadav nearly lost Shanaka, only for the third referee to rule out the foot being on the ground behind the line. 43/3 after 10 overs, that’s how slow Sri Lanka went.
Second wicket for Avesh
Gets the extra bounce this time and it results in Asalanka losing. Samson, the caretaker, calls her today and packs her up safely.
First counters for India
It seems too easy at the moment. A duck on the first ball for Gunathilaka who trails a ball from Mohammed Siraj. Avesh Khan follows in the next innings, catching Pathum Nissanka halfway through to get his first international wicket. Not the kind of start Sri Lanka wanted after opting to play bats!
Throwing and teams…
Sri Lanka wins the toss and opts to bat, makes two changes: Praveen Jayawickrama and Kamil Mishara are out, Janith Liyanage and Jeffrey Vandersay come in. India, on the other hand, rested Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and Chahal. This means that Bishnoi, Kuldeep, Avesh and Siraj will all play.
No T20I debut for Mayank Agarwal though, so it will be interesting to see who opens with Rohit Sharma.
India (Play XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Sanju Samson(w), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan
Sri Lanka (Play XI): Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Janith Liyanage, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
It’s not even 24 hours but India and Sri Lanka are back in action for the T20I final, once again in Dharamsala. The streak is over and dusted off but with a T20 WC later this year, every game is an opportunity to prepare more.
For India, the middle order prevailed in this series even in the absence of Suryakumar Yadav. Sri Lanka’s batting, especially yesterday’s arrival of Nissanka and Shanaka, impressed but the team will be hoping for a better bowling show tonight.
Injury update: Ishan Kishan was ruled out of the game after being hit in the helmet yesterday. CT scans are good, but he will be monitored. Could this mean a debut for Mayank Agarwal in T20I format?