Indians restrict Sri Lanka to 152

Jonathan Hernandez
March 13, 2018

Manish Pandey hit an unbeaten 42 (31b, 2*4, 1*6) and Dinesh Karthik with an unbeaten (39, 25b, 5*4) helped India script a comprehensive win against Sri Lanka in the fourth T20I. India will next face Bangladesh on Wednesday, whereas Sri Lanka will face the same opponents later on Friday.

Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees chief Chris Broad hit Chandimal with the punishment after it was ruled that Sri Lanka were four overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

With Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being rested from the ongoing T20I tri-series, the onus to provide wicket-taking spells fell on the young Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur. The next ball went for four, but soon after Akila Dananjaya cleaned up, as Rohit (10) found Kusal Mendis at midwicket.

India avenged their loss and their disappointing showing against Sri Lanka by winning comfortably by 6 wickets on Monday.

But the left-hander looked in a hurry and in the process lost his wicket, chipping one straight to Thisara Perera at mid-off Nuwan Pradeep (1/30) as India slumped to 63 for three after seven overs.

India were in a spot of bother when both Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan departed with just 22 runs on the board inside four overs.

Thakur, who took wickets at the right intervals, ensured that Sri Lanka do not make the most of a good start and set them up with a hard target. Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat also accounted for a wicket each. Dhawan after two consecutive fifties in the series could only score 8 today.

Washington then cleaned up in-form Kushal Perera in the next over as the batsman went for an expansive reverse sweep. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have played 18 T20Is against Pakistan, followed by 15 against each of New Zealand and (obviously) India. The at-the-moment spin spearhead has had two decent outings this time around, and he will be intent on stamping his wrist-spinning dominance on Sri Lanka yet again. Dasun Shanaka added 19 runs off 16 balls with a four and a six.

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