India vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka beat India by four wickets in the second T20 match played at the R Premadasa Stadium to level the three-match series 1-1. This match between India and Sri Lanka was to be played on Wednesday, but the match was postponed for a day due to all-rounder Krunal Pandya being found corona positive on the day of the match. In this match, India gave chance to Devdutt Padikal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana and Chetan Sakariya, who made their international T20 debuts from this match.
Batting first after losing the toss in this match, India scored 132 runs for five wickets in 20 overs. For India, captain Shikhar Dhawan scored 40 runs in 42 balls with the help of five fours. Chasing the target, Sri Lanka won the match by scoring 133 for six in 19.4 overs. Dhananjay de Silva was the hero of this victory of Sri Lanka. Silva played an unbeaten innings of 40 runs in 34 balls. During this he hit a four and a six.
For Sri Lanka, Dhananjay de Silva contributed 40 not out off 34 balls with the help of a four and a six and Chameka Karunaratne contributed 12 not out off six balls with the help of a six. For India, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets while Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakraborty, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Chetan Sakaria got one wicket each.
Chasing the target, Sri Lanka did not have a good start and they lost the wicket of Avishka Fernando (11) soon. Shortly after this, Sadira Samarawickrama (8) was also out. Then captain Dasun Shanaka (3) was made his victim by Kuldeep.
Minod Bhanuka tried to handle the innings by staying for a while. But he could not struggle for long and was dismissed as the fourth batsman after scoring 36 runs off 31 balls with the help of four fours. After some time Vanindu Hasaranga (15) also returned to the pavilion. After this Chetan Sakariya dismissed Ramesh Mendis (2) which proved to be the first wicket of his international T20 career.
Earlier, batting first, the Indian team started well and Dhawan and Gaikwad added 49 runs for the first wicket. However, Ruturaj (21) got out and the partnership broke up. After this, Dhawan and Padikal progressed the innings, but Dhawan lost his wicket and missed to score a half-century.
Shortly after this, Padikal (29) was also dismissed as the third batsman. Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson also could not show amazing and returned to the pavilion after scoring seven runs in 13 balls. Then Nitish (9) also lost his wicket.
In India’s innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 13 and Navdeep Saini remained unbeaten on one run. Akila Dhananjaya took two wickets for Sri Lanka, while Hasaranga, Shanaka and Dushmanta Chamira got one wicket each. Now tomorrow the final and third T20 of the series will be played.