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Sri Lanka prevailed by 16 runs in the 2nd T20I at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Thursday, January 5 to sign up a series-levelling win. Despite shedding the throw, the Lankan batters revealed a terrific intent with Pathum Nissanka (33) as well as Kusal Mendis (52) including an 80-run opening stand.
While the Indian bowlers were entirely off-colored on the day, the top-order batters likewise had a day to fail to remember specifically for debutant Rahul Tripathi that strolled back for simply a run-a-ball 5 versus his name.
Suryakumar Yadav-Axar Patel nearly offer Sri Lanka a scare
With Sri Lanka shedding the story regardless of a quick beginning, captain Dasun Shanaka included the complements with an unbeaten 22-ball 56 as the site visitors uploaded a monstrous total amount of 206/6. For India, Umran Malik (3/48) as well as Axar Patel (2/24) were the choices of the bowlers.
In reply, the hosts shed half their side for simply 57 operate on the board in the 10 th over previously Suryakumar Yadav as well as Axar Patel bailed them out of problem with an outstanding 91-run represent the 6th gate. The duo appeared to be taking India to a well-known win prior to Yadav was disregarded in the 16 th over for a reliable 51 escape 36 distributions.
Axar Patel after that obtained some much-needed assistance from Shivam Mavi (26) as the duo lowered the shortage. Axar was disregarded in the last over for an outstanding 31-ball 65 as the Men in Blue were limited to 190/8. Dasun Shanaka (2/4) was the choice of the Lankan bowlers.
Winning captain as well as Player of the Match Dasun Shanaka stated:
“We could’ve done well in the middle part. Game was set by the openers. Need to play well in the middle order to allow finishers to finish well. It’s not the dew factor, it’s the skill of Indian batters. They took the game away from us but still we managed to hold the nerve. Really good to defend the total especially against India in these conditions.”
Losing captain Hardik Pandya stated:
“Both bowling and batting – powerplay hurt us. We made basic errors which we shouldn’t do at this level. Learning should be the basics we can control. You can have a bad day but shouldn’t be going away from basics. In this situation it’s very difficult. In past as well he’s bowled no-balls. It’s not about blaming but no ball is a crime. Surya had a fantastic run at four. Anyone who comes into the team – you want to give them a role they are comfortable in (talking about Rahul at three).”
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