As India bowler Jaydev Unadkat said in a pre-match interview, team India is getting better after each match in the currently ongoing Tri-series in Sri Lanka. As an evidence of its improvement, India clinched its next victory in three matches so far in the series. This time, the victory was better than its last campaign against Bangladesh.
The team had a six wicket win against Sri Lanka with an excellent play with both bat as well as the ball. With the victory, India is now on top of the point chart. In Sri Lanka’s inning, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur strangulated home batsmen, while in the chase, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik played throughout the tumultuous overs to clinch the win with more than an over to spare.
Winning the toss, India sent in Sri Lanka to bat first. India bowlers delivered economical spells to bring down the run rate since the beginning of the inning. In four overs Washington Sundar gave away 21 runs, while Shardul Thakur wrapped up with 4 wickets for 27 runs bowling fours over. This is his career best figure so far.
Thakur clipped away opener Danushka Gunathilaka in the third over, while Sundar sent back Thisera Perera in the next. Kusal Mendis knocked a half-century thumping 55 off 38 balls. He played 14 overs, pulling the score to 120. His partnership with Kusal Mendis bringing 62 runs in the third-wicket injected good momentum into the inning. However, the wobbly lower order ended the inning at a below average score.
Chasing the score, India started losing wickets in the beginning. Rohit Sharma was taken down in the second over, while Shikhar Dhawan lost his wicket in the fourth. The 15-ball-27 off Suresh Raina bolstered the score to 52, until he was dismissed in the seventh over. Following Raina, Lokesh Rahul lost his wicket in the 10th over, slogging the inning at 85 for 4 wickets.
Lack of partnerships brought up a serious trouble for India. It was at this point when Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik forged the most needed partnership of 68 runs remaining unbeaten. The pair hauled the chase to the winning mark. Pandey knocked 42 runs, while Karthik scored 39.
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