INDIA INNINGS (Target: 83)
End of over 12: The partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane has now reached 36 off 40 balls. India 66/1, need 17 runs to win the match.
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Chasing 83 to win, India made a solid start before Dushmanta Chameera dismissed Rohit Sharma (13) in the 6th over but Dhawan-Rahane stand put India in command.
Four runs. Shaikhar Dhawan hits a cracking boundary off Chameera. India now looking in firm control of the match. India 54/1 in 9 overs.
India 39/1 in 7 overs. Just three runs came from Seekkuge Prasanna’s over. India need 44 off 78 balls to clinch the series.
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Chasing 83 to win, India made a solid start before Dushmanta Chameera dismissed Rohit Sharma (13) in the sixth over of the innings.
OUT! Dusmantha Chameera dismisses Rohit Sharma fro 13. India 29/1 5.2 overs.
SIX! Rohit Sharma hist a big one off Senanayake over deep midwicket followed by a single and three dots.
4th over: Dhawan comes out, Fernando shortens his length but Dhawan had enough time to swivel and guide it backward of square leg for a boundary. 17 for 0, Dhawan on 14.
3rd over: Short from Senanayake, doesn’t bounce much but enough for Dhawan to rock back and send it to the mid-wicket fence for a boundary. India 12 for 0.
Dilhara Fernando gets the new ball from the other end. And starts well. Just two runs off the over.India 7 for 0 in 2 overs.
1st over: SL start proceedings with Senanayake’s spin, just like Ashwin did for India. Dhawan takes a couple of balls before going down on his knee to sweep him for a boundary. India 5 for 0.
Dhawan and Rohit are walking out doing their stretching exercises. SL bowlers have a job that’s asking too much of them.
Shouldn’t take long for the Indians to wrap this up, unless we see something extraordinary to become the breaking news.
SRI LANKA INNINGS
BOWLED! SRI LANKA ALL OUT FOR 82 in 18 overs as Bumrah castles last man Dilhara Fernando for 1. Ashwin’s 4 for 8 best now by an Indian bowler in T20Is. Raina picked two wickets late in the piece, while Nehra, Bumrah and Jadeja took one apiece.
17th over: Chameera brings out a sweep against Jadeja and connects well to get a boundary.79 for 9.
16th over: Another wicket in the over for Raina as Jadeja takes a stupendous running catch.Perera goes for 12, SL 73 for 9.
16th over: WICKET FOR RAINA! A prolonged appeal by Raina and Dhoni was finally upheld by the umpire as Senanayake walks back give out caught behind for 8. But the snicko showed nothing. SL 72/8 in 15.2 overs.
Sri Lanka’s lowest T20I total is 87, and they are 71 for 7 in 15 overs now.
Dhoni brings back Ashwin for his final over, but the five-for eludes him. Finishes his spell with figures of 4 for 8, which are now the best figures by an Indian in T20I cricket.
13th Over: Raina completes his first over. SL 66 for 7.
Ashwin so far 4 for 5. No Indian bowler has so far taken a five-for in T20I cricket.
12th over: Pandya continues and Perera takes him on, hits a welcome boundary. SL 63 for 7.
11th over: WICKET No. 7 for India. SL 54 for 7 as Jadeja bowls Shanaka for 19. This is going to get over in a hurry, not just this innings but the match, I mean. Wicket maiden by ‘Jaddu’ in the end.
Hardik Pandya bowling the 10th over and keeps the pressure on. SL 54 for 6.
9th over: Unplayable over by Jadeja. Lots of turn, even when bowling flat. SL 50 for 6.
RUN OUT! Never run off a misfield and Prasanna (7) learns it as Yuvraj’s half-stop in follow-through is picked by Jadeja who dives to break the stumps down. 15 runs off the 8th over but SL 48 for 6.
8th over: Yuvraj bowls a no-ball and Shanaka smacks it over long-on for a HUGE SIX! And follows it up with another SIX off the next ball, which was a Free Hit.
Jadeja and Yuvraj bowling in tandem now. Left-arm spin from both the ends. SL 33 for 5 in 7 overs
6th over: Nine runs and a wicket off Nehra’s second over. Sri Lanka 29 for 5 at the end of power-less Powerplay.
Nehra back into the attack and BOWLS Siriwardana. Off-stump goes cartwheeling! It’s 21 for 5. And third consecutive one-sided T20I in the offing!
5th Over: NO. 4 FOR ASHWIN. Gunaratne (4) perishes trying to glance Ashwin. Leg slip comes into play as the debutant gloves it straight to Raina. But replays suggest it might have gone off the thigh pad. A wicket maiden. SL 20 for 4.
4th over: Bumrah’s first over ends with a boundary to Sri Lanka. Siriwardena lifts his back straight, one bounce and into the boundary boards. SL 20 for 3.
Jasprit Bumrah replaces Ashish Nehra.
THIRD WICKET FOR ASHWIN! Chandimal miscues as one hand comes off the bat handle, skier lapped up by Hardik Pandya easily. Ashwin on a hat-trick, but debutant Gunaratne plays it out safely. SL 15 for 3 in 3 overs, Ashwin’s figures 3 for 5 in 2 overs.
2nd over: Dinesh Chandimal gets going with two boundaries in Nehra’s first over. So the Lankan skipper is looking to counter-attack here. Lot’s happening already. 12 for 2.
Ashish Nehra starts proceedings from the other end.
1st over: ANOTHER WICKET! Dilshan (1) trapped LBW and walks shaking his head, not happy with the decision. What a terrific start for India, horror for Sri Lanka. 3 for 2.
1st over: GONE! Dickwella taking too many liberties to early. Dances down to Ashwin, beaten by spin and easy stumping for Dhoni. SL 2/1 in 0.3 overs.