India defeated Sri Lanka by 78 runs in the 3rd T20I to win the 3-match T20I series by 2-0. Earlier, India defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the 2nd T20I, while the 1st India vs Sri Lanka T20I was abandoned due to rain.
India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I highlights:
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first. India’s openers, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan provided their team with a brilliant start. The opening pair shared a 97 runs partnership. KL Rahul scored 54 runs from 36 deliveries before getting stumped. Shikhar Dhawan added 52 runs on the board from 36 balls before getting caught by Danushka Gunathilaka at deep midwicket on Lakshan Sandakan’s delivery.
Manish Pandey scored 31 runs from 18 balls. India’s skipper Virat Kohli came to bat at no. 6 and scored 26 runs from 17 balls. Shardul Thakur remained unbeaten with 22 runs from 8 deliveries after he struck a four and 2 sixes to make sure that India crosses 200 runs.
India finished on 201/6, setting up a target of 202 for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka lost their first wicket in the first over of the innings to Jasprit Bumrah. The wickets kept falling one after the other till Sri Lanka was 26/4. Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva shared a 68 runs partnership to delay the inevitable.
Mathews falls for a neat 31. He was severe against Washinton Sundar, but the bowler has the last laugh.#INDvSL 3rd T20I ? https://t.co/B6zIzqZOeK pic.twitter.com/A24Df9dXgK
— ICC (@ICC) January 10, 2020
Angelo Mathews scored 31 runs from 20 balls, while Dhananjaya de Silva scored 57 runs from 37 deliveries. Sri Lanka finished their innings on 123 runs after losing all their wickets. Navdeep Saini took 3 wickets for India. Jasprit Bumrah bowled 2 overs, one of them was a maiden over and he also secured 1 wicket. Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar both took 2 wickets each.
India vs Sri Lanka, Player of the Match:
Shardul Thakur was named the “Player of the Match” for his brilliant all-round performance that played a key role in India’s victory. He scored 22 for 8 balls, and also took 2 wickets for 19 runs in his 3 overs.