After the victory by a magnanimous 69 runs in the second T20 match, the squad of Men in Blue continues to dominate T20 cricket through consecutive series wins. In the last match of the series at Vishakhapatnam, Team India displayed its might over the crew from the Island country. The last nine wicket victory is among the best T20 instances for team India.
Skipper MS Dhoni was insightful enough to field after winning the toss. The decision offered an upper hand to fielders in the first inning on the moisture ridden ground of Vishakhapatnam. Sri Lankan batsmen were stricken with the heavy blow by Indian seam bowlers. Ravichandran Ashwin emerged extremely successful when his spins shattered the top batting order. Batsmen starting from opener N Dickwella, T Dilshan, skipper Chandimal and fourth batsmen D Gunaratne all felt prey to Ashwin`s canny deliveries.
A lighting speed stumping by skipper-wicketkeeper MS Dhoni that limited Dickwella to a single run started the toppling row of Sri Lanka batsmen. The skipper also took a number of wickets in the second match at his home ground Ranchi in a similar fashion. The following wickets were all caught at deliveries by Ashwin culminating into 4 down at just 20 runs for the visitor team. Ashwin`s 4 wickets for 8 runs became the best for any Indian bowler in T20 format.
The streak turned the match in favor of India as the backbreaking road ahead for the Lankan team was apparent clearly. At the end of 18th over, the batting line was exhaust posing the paltry score of 82 before for the next inning. The only little momentum in the team was when Dasun Sanaka hammered a couple of sixes adding the best 19 of the inning.
The chase of 82 was a cakewalk for Dhoni`s batsmen. Only three batsmen was enough to clinch the victory. The players were quite relaxed as they picked the runs through occasional boundaries and run between wickets. Rohit Sharma scored 13 runs of 13 balls, Dhawan, 46 of 46 balls and Rahane added 22 of 24 deliveries. It was as if the batsmen were too reluctant to take their “normally deadly” stance against the peaceful oppositions. The Sri Lankan team handed down the victory in just 13.5 overs.
Ravichandran Aswin was conferred both Player of the Match as well as Player of the Series title for his impressive deliveries that were pivotal for the Series win by India.