Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka admitted that his facet nearly let the second T20I slip away from their arms after Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel’s fightback throughout the run chase. The pair scored their respective fifties, however the knocks went in useless because the guests recorded their first T20I win on Indian soil since 2016.
Shanaka led from the entrance and was adjudged the Participant of the Match for his exploits. He recorded the fastest-ever T20I fifty by a Sri Lankan participant by reaching his half-century in simply 20 balls.
The captain’s pyrotechnics within the demise overs propelled his facet to put up a mammoth whole of 206-6. He additionally conceded 4 runs in a tense closing over, the place he needed to defend 21 runs for victory.
Stating that Suryakumar and Axar nearly took the sport away with their middle-order onslaught. Shanaka mentioned throughout the post-match presentation:
“We might have executed effectively within the center overs. The sport was arrange by the openers and we had to ensure to maintain that going within the center order.”
“It is not the dew issue. It was the talent of the Indian batters. Suryakumar’s batting was excellent and so was Axar’s. Surya and Axar nearly took the sport away from us. It is actually good to defend a complete towards India. We all know they’re excellent whereas chasing in any circumstances.”
The all-rounder continued his good run of type towards India together with his document knock. He has scored 225 runs throughout his final 5 T20I innings towards the Males in Blue.
Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel stitched collectively a 91-run partnership for the sixth wicket towards Sri Lanka
Crew India had a horrid begin whereas making an attempt to chase down the overall after dropping 4 wickets contained in the powerplay. Kasun Rajitha, who introduced his arrival on the similar venue in 2016, repeated his exploits (two wickets for 22 runs off 4 overs) whereas Dilshan Madushanka (two wickets) and Chamika Karunaratne (one wicket) performed their elements as effectively.
With nearly all hopes misplaced, Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel took on the spinners, hitting 4 sixes within the house of seven deliveries within the center overs to carry some life again into the competition. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka have been in a position to maintain their nerve to interrupt the 91-run stand which got here off simply 40 deliveries.
The third T20I between India and Sri Lanka is scheduled to be performed on the Saurashtra Cricket Affiliation Stadium in Rajkot. The sequence is up for grabs with the scoreline studying 1-1 after the Lankans clawed their method again into the sequence following a 16-run win within the second T20I on Thursday, January 5.
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