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India Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (T20)

Date: Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 23:11 IST Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by 93 runs

  • Sri Lanka started well with the ball and continued the good work in the middle overs. Agreed, that there is a lot of dew and the spinners were finding it difficult to grip the ball. The pacers smartly bowled the slower ones but were a bit too erratic as well. They lost the plot in the death overs and now find a huge task ahead of them. The pitch is a bit two-paced and it would be interesting to see how their batsmen deal with it. Stay tuned for an exciting run chase...
  • Excellent finish from India! The unbeaten stand of 68 from 34 balls between Dhoni and Pandey has given the hosts more than one would have thought. Being put into bat, India lost Rohit early but KL Rahul, on his return made the most of the opportunity that he got. He scored a brilliant 61 and got good support from Iyer. However, both of them got dismissed in quick succession but Dhoni and Pandey made sure they don't let the momentum slip away. They scored 61 from the last 4 overs to end the innings on a high.
  • 19.6 SIX! No, he doesn't! Tries to go for the yorker again but it's a full toss, a cardinal sin. Dhoni gives it a full swing of the bat and deposits it high and over the deep square leg fence to end the innings with a maximum. 12 from the over and INDIA FINISH ON 180/3!
  • 19.5 Very full, right on the stumps, hit down to long on. Another single. Good over so far. Can he finish it well?
  • 19.4 Brilliant from Thisara! Dhoni could only jam this perfect yorker to long off for a single.
  • 19.3 A full toss from Perera, Pandey moves inside the line and looks to work it away. Finds the man at short fine leg, a single results.
  • 19.2 The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
  • 19.1 Very full on the stumps, Dhoni swings across the line. Gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket and calls for two. Pandey is the one running at the danger end, the bowler's end as the throw from the deep isn't a good one. Could have been a goner had the bowler collected or had that hit the stumps. Nevertheless, two taken.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Makes the most of the Free Hit! Another full toss, this time outside off. Pandey belts it through covers and the man in the deep stood no chance to cut that off. What an over for India, 21 runs off it! Pradeep has gone for 38 in his 4 overs! 168/3
  • 18.6 SIX! It's a no ball as well! Pradeep seems to be losing his rhythm here! Bowls a waist high full toss, Pandey arches back a touch and just ramps it over the keeper to send it all the way. Free Hit coming up. 50-run stand is also brought up!
  • 18.5 The batsman has done well to keep that yorker at bay. One run added to the total.
  • 18.4 FOUR! And there he goes! Pradeep in his quest to keep bowling the yorkers, ends up delivering a full toss to Dhoni. The Indian keeper at this stage won't miss out. He bludgeons it over mid-wicket as the ball bounces just inside the rope.
  • 18.3 Good running between the wickets! Yorker again around off, MS Dhoni digs it out as the ball goes through cover. Wants two, calls for it and gets it comfortably in the end.
  • 18.3 Wide! Tries to bowl a wide yorker, but it's too wide. Second wide in the over.
  • 18.2 This is superb death bowling! Another yorker, Pandey looks to play the helicopter shot but gets it off the toe end again. The ball rolls towards mid on for just a single.
  • 18.2 Wide! Hurls it a bit too wide outside off. Rightly called as a wide.
  • 18.1 Lovely from Pradeep! Fires in a yorker right on the stumps, Manish stays leg side and then tries to jam it out. Gets it off the toe end of the bat back to the bowler.
  • Nuwan Pradeep to bowl the 19th over. He has conceded 17 in his 3 overs.
  • 17.6 The batsman just manages to keep the yorker out. Good ball bowled by the bowler. One run added to the total. 147/3
  • 17.5 Very full outside off, Dhoni tries to jam it out. The ball bounces and clears a leaping Asela Gunaratne at cover. A single picked up.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Nicely done! Slower delivery down the leg side, Dhoni moves inside the line and rolls his wrists well to ensure that the man at short fine leg had no chance to stop it from crossing the fence.
  • 17.3 Length delivery on middle, Pandey mistimes his pull down to long on for one.
  • 17.2 That's hit hard but a good stop in the deep! A low full toss outside off, Dhoni crouches low and cracks it through covers. Not sure who the man is at sweeper cover, it's Gunaratne I think. He moves to his right and does well to have his body behind the ball. Only a single again!
  • 17.1 Pitches it up on off, drilled down to long off for one.
  • 16.6 Edged but safe! Bowls the back of the hand delivery outside off, MP swings across the line. Gets a thick outside edge which falls well short of the man at third man. A single to end the over, 19 off it! 138/3
  • 16.5 Down the ground this time! Slower full ball on the stumps, Manish chips it over the bowler's head. Not off the middle of the bat though. The long off fielder fails to stop but the man from long on does well to make a good stop to his left. Two more added to the total.
  • 16.4 FOUR! More runs! Chameera looks clueless! Tries the yorker but ends up serving it a bit too full outside off. Pandey is up for it as he makes a bit of room and goes inside out over extra cover for a boundary.
  • Fine leg comes inside...
  • 16.3 SIX! That's gone a long way! What a shot, that is! Fuller in length, angling in on middle and leg. What does Pandey do? He clears his front leg and smacks it high and handsome over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
  • 16.2 Well bowled! A yorker, right in the blockhole. Dhoni jams it out towards mid on for a single.
  • 16.1 FOUR! Boom! Dhoni gets the crowd going now! Back of a length delivery, angling in on middle, Dhoni comes down the track and muscles the pull over mid-wicket for a boundary. A much-needed one for the Indians.
  • 16.1 Wide! Loosener! Full delivery but it's a wayward one. Sprayed down the leg side. Dhoni swings at it but fails to get any bat on it.
  • Dushmantha Chameera is back on!
  • 15.6 Back of a length on middle and leg, helped towards fine leg for a single. Another good over for Sri Lanka, just 5 singles from it. 119/3
  • 15.5 The batsman has driven it through mid-on. They pick up a single.
  • 15.4 Length delivery, a bit of extra bounce, helped through backward square leg for a single.
  • 15.3 A bit short on off, slapped through cover for one.
  • 15.2 Stays back and tucks it towards mid-wicket does Pandey. Wants a single but is sent back.
  • 15.1 Leg bye! Length delivery, angling in, Dhoni shimmies down the track to flick it across the line but misses as the ball goes off the pads towards point. A leg bye taken.
  • 14.6 Inside edge! Length delivery, slower in pace again, Manish looks to force it through the off side but gets an inside edge past the leg stump towards the keeper. Excellent over, just 4 runs and a wicket off it. 114/3
  • 14.5 Dances down the track and tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 14.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • Manish Pandey is the new man in!
  • 14.3 OUT! Slower one does the trick for Perera! He persisted with it and gets the result he wanted! Removes the dangerous Rahul here. Bowls a slower one on the stumps, Rahul gets down on one knee to slog it across the line but is outfoxed by the lack of pace on it. The ball sneaks under his bat and disturbs the timber behind. Rahul walks back after playing a classic knock. Can Sri Lanka continue to chip away at the wickets now?
  • 14.2 Slower delivery, on the stumps, Dhoni comes down the track and hits it down to long on for a single. Perera is giving no pace at all.
  • 14.1 Perera bowls a cutter on middle, Rahul cuts it towards backward point where the fielder makes a diving stop. Just a single taken.
  • Thisara Perera is back into the attack. He was expensive in his first over.
  • 13.6 Flighted delivery, dipping in on middle, Rahul drives it back to the bowler who dives and almost collides with Dhoni. The ball rolls further and a single is taken. 110/2
  • 13.5 Bowls a leg spinner, Rahul looks to sweep but misses.
  • 13.4 Short and flat outside off, slapped towards short third man for a quick single.
  • 13.3 FOUR! That's hit really hard! Tossed up delivery around middle, Dhoni once again skips down the track and belts it back. Rahul at the other end takes evasive action as the ball goes through his legs to the long on fence for a boundary.
  • 13.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 13.1 Comes down the track and clips it through the on side for a single.
  • 12.6 On a length and angling in, Dhoni looks to hit it through the off side but once again there is some extra bounce which takes the inside edge and rolls through square leg for a single. A successful over for Pradeep. 102/2
  • 12.5 Length delivery on the stumps, defended towards the on side with soft hands.
  • Huge cheer from the crowd as MS Dhoni walks out next to bat!
  • 12.4 OUT! Edged and taken! Pradeep is getting the extra bounce which is helping his cause! He hits the length hard, it's a bit outside off. Iyer makes room to go over point but the extra bounce gets the better of him. Gets an outside edge which flies into Dickwella's gloves. The threatening stand has been broken at the right time by the Sri Lankans.
  • 12.3 Length ball outside off, Iyer dabs it down to third man. Mathews in the deep slips but does well to stop it in the end. Two taken.
  • 12.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 12.1 Back of a length on off, a bit of extra bounce which pings Rahul on the gloves as he tries to fend it away.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is back into the attack.
  • 11.6 Quicker outside off, Shreyas looks to drive it through the line but gets beaten. 98/1
  • 11.5 Around middle and leg, worked towards the leg side. The bowler hares after it and does well to keep them down to one.
  • 11.4 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 11.3 Googly around middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 11.2 Flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Deft from Iyer! Quicker through the air outside off, Iyer waits for the ball and then at the very last moment, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • Akila Dananjaya is brought back into the attack.
  • 10.6 Dips on the batsman, worked towards the man at mid-wicket. 90/1
  • 10.5 Length ball outside off, Rahul tries to go hard at it but gets a bottom edge to the keeper.
  • 10.4 Back of a length outside off, dabbed down to third man for one.
  • 10.3 On the pads, flicks it uppishly towards long on for a single.
  • 10.2 FOUR! 50-run stand comes up! Length delivery outside off, a bit wide as well, Rahul flays it over point for a boundary.
  • 10.1 Full toss and angling in, Rahul is surprised by it and ends up pushing it back to the bowler.
  • Vishwa Fernando comes back into the attack.
  • 9.6 2nd T20I fifty for KL Rahul! Shortish delivery, Rahul plays it with soft hands and scurries to the other end. A top class knock from the opener. This has been a two-paced wicket but he has adjusted beautifully. Raises his bat towards the dressing room and sinks in all the applause. 84/1
  • 9.5 Taps the length ball to covers for a swift single.
  • 9.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 9.3 FOUR! Freebie and it has been dispatched! On a length on the pads, Rahul clips it over short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 9.2 Good running! Iyer plays it with soft hands to covers and takes off. The fielder is quick to charge in, hits the bull's eye at the striker's end but the batsman proves to be quicker.
  • 9.1 Full length ball, clipped to the leg side for a single.
  • Nuwan Pradeep comes on for a bowl.
  • 8.6 Almost got bowled there! On a length around off, shaping in. Rahul tries to keep it out but misses and the ball goes over the stumps. Dickwella fails to collect it cleanly and concedes a bye. 75/1
  • 8.5 SIX! What a response from the batsman! He was expecting a bouncer after getting hit. Takes guts to take on the pull and execute it to perfection. Short ball on middle and leg, Rahul smashes it with aplomb over backward square leg for a maximum.
  • The physio comes running in and attends to Lokesh Rahul. He is in a lot of pain. Always difficult to cope with a blow near the box region.
  • 8.4 Ouch.. that will hurt! Good length ball, angling in. Rahul makes room, uses his feet and looks to tuck it away but is hit in the box region. He has an anguish on his face and is staring down.
  • 8.3 Plays this one with the angle to mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 8.2 The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • 8.1 Close shave! Fullish delivery, Iyer clips it to mid-wicket and calls his partner through for a run. Kusal Perera is quick to attack the ball, has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. The replays show that Iyer would have been a goner if there was a direct hit. Poor technique from him. He didn't drag his bat while attempting to complete the run.
  • 7.6 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single. 12 from the over, a productive over for India. 65/1
  • 7.5 Indifferent bounce on this track. Back of a length outside off, stays low again. Iyer goes for a cut but misses.
  • 7.4 On a length outside off, steered to third man for a single.
  • 7.3 FOUR! Rahul is flowing at the moment. Good length ball on off, Rahul takes a couple of steps down the track and lofts it cleanly over covers to find the ropes.
  • 7.2 FOUR! Brilliant! Shortish delivery in line of the stumps, Rahul swivels across and pulls it over square leg to pick up another boundary.
  • 7.1 Shortish delivery, Rahul slices it over covers for a couple.
  • A slight halt. There is dew on the ground and the groundsmen are called in. They are using a rope to take the moisture off. Meanwhile, Thisara Perera comes into the attack.
  • 6.6 Fuller in length, tapped to mid on for a run and Rahul will retain strike. 53/1
  • 6.5 Back of a length ball, punched off the back foot to long on for a single.
  • 6.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 6.3 Hangs back to the length ball and blocks it nicely.
  • 6.2 Outside off, eased to covers for a single.
  • 6.1 Not Out! Good use of the review from India! Good length ball on off, angling in. Rahul tries to clip it through but misses to get rapped on the pads. The Sri Lankans roar in an appeal and the umpire decides to rule it out. However, Rahul challenges the decision. The Snickometer doesn't spot any spike. Time for the Hawk Eye. It shows that the ball is missing the leg stump. Proves to be a good use of the DRS from Rahul.
  • Review time! Rahul has been trapped in front but he opts to take the DRS after a thought. Looks close to the naked eye.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Fullish and straying on the pads, Iyer clips it with good timing past the short fine leg fielder to find the ropes again. 50/1
  • 5.5 FOUR! Shot! Short and room on offer, Iyer pounces on it and crashes it through backward point to find the fence.
  • 5.4 Fuller in length, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 5.3 This is good cricket from Rahul. He dabs it with soft hands to the point region and scurries to the other end.
  • 5.3 The ball is way down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. Wide signalled by the umpire.
  • 5.2 Fuller length ball outside off, Iyer goes for an expansive drive but gets an outside edge to third man. A run taken and he is off the mark.
  • 5.1 Taps the good length ball to point for a brisk run.
  • Shreyas Iyer is the new man in. The youngster has been in good form and will be eager to continue his run. Meanwhile, Dushmantha Chameera returns.
  • 4.6 OUT! Mathews draws first blood! Important breakthrough for Sri Lanka as we all know how dangerous Rohit can be. Good length ball on middle, stops a bit on the pitch. The move to bring the keeper up keeps the Indian skipper inside the crease. He gets into an uncomfortable position and miscues his pull shot towards mid on. Actually the ball hits the splice of the bat and hence, the timing is not good. Chameera runs in and dives to take a good catch. A promising start is cut short. 38/1
  • The keeper is up to the stumps now...
  • 4.5 Sensible. Plays this one with soft hands to covers for a brisk single.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Easy pickings! On a length on leg stump, Rahul hops and tucks it through the vacant backward square leg region to pick up a boundary.
  • 4.3 Well bowled! Good length ball on off, Sharma walks down the track, aims to flick it across but gets a leading edge through covers. A run taken.
  • 4.2 A play and a miss! Back of a length outside off, stays a bit low. Rohit goes for a slash but gets beaten.
  • 4.1 That would have been touch and go! Length delivery around off, Rahul taps it towards backward point and sets off. Shanaka charges in, aims at the striker's end but misses his shy as Sharma dives to make his ground. The replays show that the Indian skipper would have been in.
  • Angelo Mathews to have a bowl now.
  • 3.6 Similar delivery, flicked to the same region for a run. 31/0
  • 3.5 Clipped to mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Brilliant shot! Short delivery outside off, ample time for Sharma to rock back and slap it through covers for a majestic boundary. With that, Rohit Sharma reaches 1500 runs in T20I cricket. He continues to flourish.
  • 3.3 Spinning into Rahul who clips it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 3.2 Nervy moment! Shortish delivery around off, it stops a bit. Rahul chips it towards mid off as the fielder comes to his right but the ball falls short of him. He manages to stop it well.
  • 3.1 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Full toss well outside off, Rahul kneels and sweeps it over backward square leg. Good timing on that and the ball races to the fence.
  • 2.6 Overpitched on off, played with soft hands to wide mid on. 20/0
  • 2.5 Full length ball, swinging in. Lokesh tries to clip it but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls to square leg and a run is taken.
  • 2.4 FOUR! Not from the meat off the bat but gets the desired result. Good length delivery around off, Rahul tries to go inside out but slices it over the cover region. Kusal Perera sprints after it, puts in a swimming pool dive but comes second best.
  • 2.3 Similar length ball outside off, driven uppishly towards mid off.
  • 2.2 On a length outside off, dabbed neatly to third man for a single.
  • 2.1 A bit uppish but safe! Fullish delivery outside off, Rahul is a bit early into the drive and hence, the bat turns in his hands. The fielder in the cover region dives to his right and makes a half stop. A run taken.
  • Dushmantha Chameera comes into the attack.
  • 1.6 Waits deep in the crease and tucks the shortish ball to square leg for a run and will retain strike. Really good over from Dananjaya, only 3 from it. 13/0
  • 1.5 Good revolutions on that, Rahul strides forward and defends it confidently.
  • 1.4 Turning in sharply as Rahul prods forward to dead bat it.
  • 1.3 Full delivery outside off, Sharma winds up for a big hit but mistimes his heave to wide mid on for a single.
  • 1.2 Spinning towards the pads, helped to short fine leg.
  • 1.1 Slow through the air on off, punched with the spin to mid on for a single.
  • Interesting, spin early on in the innings. Akila Dananjaya to roll his arm over. He had bowled at the start of the 3rd ODI as well. Can he weave his magic?
  • 0.6 Strides forward to the fullish delivery and strokes it to covers for a swift single. Good start for India. 10/0
  • 0.5 Full length ball, clipped towards mid-wicket where the fielder dives to his left to make a good stop.
  • 0.4 Well played! Overpitched on middle and leg, Sharma clips it nicely in front of square leg. The fielder hares after it and keeps the ball in play. Three runs taken.
  • 0.3 A stifled appeal for an LBW turned down! Good length ball around leg stump, Rohit advances down the track and looks to keep it out but misses to get pinged on the thigh pad. Fernando shouts for it but the umpire stays put. That was too high.
  • 0.2 FOUR! Crisp! That flew from the bat. Fuller in length on off, Rohit Sharma drives it beautifully through covers and away she goes to the fence.
  • 0.1 India are away! Starts off with a juicy full toss well outside off, Sharma goes for a drive through covers but gets an outside edge past first slip. Tharanga in the deep covers good ground to his left, slides and saves a couple for his side.
  • The players are all in readiness for the National Anthems. It will be Sri Lanka first followed by India. After the completion, we are set to get underway. There is a lot of buzz around. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open for India. The debutant, Vishwa Fernando to start off with the new ball. A slip in place. Here we go...
  • India captain, Rohit Sharma says that they would have bowled first as well. Mentions that a game is being played after a year on this ground so he is not sure how the track will play. States that dew will be there throughout the match and as a result no side has an undue advantage. Feels that they didn't have the start they would have liked to in the Tests and ODIs but is confident of doing well in this format. Announces that Shikhar Dhawan has been rested and KL RAHUL comes in his place while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also been given a break and he makes way for JAYDEV UNADKAT.
  • Sri Lanka captain, Thisara Perera says that they will bowl first. Adds they need to forget what happened in the ODIs and perform well today. Mentions that they will give their best and will hopefully win. States that there are four changes from the last ODI. DUSHMANTHA CHAMEERA, DASUN SHANAKA, VISHWA FERNANDO (T20I debut) and KUSAL PERERA are in.
  • TOSS - Thisara Perera calls it right and SRI LANKA WILL BOWL!
  • Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have had a poor year so far. However, an inexperienced opposition might just propel them to deliver their best. This will be their 100th T20I and this is an ideal occasion for them to step up. They have a young side with some talented faces and the seniors need to guide them. The visitors have lost their last 5 games in this format. Will they be able to change things around? Or will the Men in Blue run away with the show? Stay with us as the toss and teams will be coming up in a bit...
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. The shortest format of the game will see the hosts experimenting and trying out young players. It is also a good time to do so as the home side has been prolific in all formats of the game and will be aiming to continue the good work. The likes of Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda might make their international debut. Rohit Sharma will be captaining his country for the first time in a T20I and will be eager to inspire his boys.
  • So that brings us to the close of another one-sided affair. India continue to rule the roost while the Sri Lankans keep on slipping downhill. The visitors need to improve drastically if they are to challenge the hosts or else the one-way traffic will continue. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Join us for the second T20I in Indore on 22nd December at 1900 local (1330 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care!
  • Man of the Match, Yuzvendra Chahal says he was struggling at the start but found his rhythm when he got the wicket of Tharanga. Adds he was mixing the googlies and leg spinners to the left-handers and it worked. Praises Yadav for the way he bowled and they enjoy each other's success. Reckons they are used to bowling when the ball is wet and today they had enough on the board which allowed them to flight the ball.
  • Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma starts by saying he knew that the toss wouldn't make much of a difference. Adds they needed to bat well, be it first or second and is happy as the conditions remained same in both the innings. Praises Rahul for the way he batted. Not an easy task when you come to a side after a break. Lauds Pandey as well to show good character to finish the things and is short of words to describe Dhoni's innings. Reckons they weren't sure what score would be good, they just wanted to get as many as possible. On Chahal and Kuldeep, he says they are the wicket-takers and every time they come out and deliver for us. They understand what the team expects from them. Has a word to say for Unadkat who provided an ideal start to them. Opines Bumrah and Pandya understand their jobs and ends by saying he is really happy to bowl well when the conditions weren't conducive.
  • Sri Lankan skipper, Thisara Perera is disappointed to be on the losing side despite winning the toss. Credits the hosts' batsmen to bat really well to get so much on the board. Feels 160-170 was gettable, even 180 would have been gettable but rues the batting department for another flop show. On the Indian spinners, he reckons his side needs to practice well to counter them. Adds they practiced hard in the net sessions and ends by saying they don't have any players apart from this fifteen which are in the squad. Hopes for a better show in the next game.
  • It's time for the presentation now. Here comes Perera first. Let's see what he has got to say...
  • Manish Pandey says he was anxiously waiting to go out and bat and is happy to make it count when he got a chance. Further says they had got a good start and they just had to capitalize in the middle. Reckons he had a good outing against Sri Lanka the last time he played against them. Informs he looks to take his time at first and then attacks when he is set. On tips what Dhoni gave to him, he says Dhoni asked him to move across which can help him deal with the wide yorkers. Ends by saying it is a good start for them and hopes for a similar show in the next game.
  • Well, Sri Lanka, they will be really kicking themselves at the moment. Firstly, they leaked too many at the death while bowling and then once again their batsmen were found wanting by the Indian spinners and they meekly surrendered without even showing any fight. From 46/2 they got bowled out for a scanty 87, handing India their biggest win in this format in terms of runs, shows how much they need to gear up in the years to come. We have Manish Pandey with Sanjay Manjrekar, let us hear him out...
  • A dominating performance from India tonight! Yes, they had runs on the board but still with the fear of the dew factor looming around, they had to be at their best with the ball. The Indian spin twins, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav once again came to the fore and spun their web to leave the Sri Lankan batsmen stunned. Their variations and ability to thrive under pressure has been the talking point for a while now. Together they shared the spoils by bowling 8 Overs, giving just 41 Runs and picking up 6 Wickets between them. Once they did the damage, Hardik Pandya decided to take the advantage and came back well in the end to get three wickets to his name. Not to forget Jaydev Unadkat who with his cutters, outfoxed the batsmen and provided his team an ideal start.
  • 15.6 OUT! And Hardik Pandya wraps things up! This is the biggest T20I win for India in terms of runs! That's someway to get going in the series! Ball - Pandya bowls the cutter, it's on the shorter side to which Fernando backs away and chips it straight to Unadkat at point who takes a dolly. INDIA WIN BY 93 RUNS!
  • 15.5 Fuller in length and outside off, Vishwa just drives it through covers and comes back for the second.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is the last man in.
  • 15.4 OUT! Good catch from Rahul! Pandya gets his second! Length delivery, angling in on middle. Chameera swings it across the line and it goes towards deep square leg where Rahul moves a couple of steps to his right and takes it neatly. Can Pandya wrap it up in this over?
  • 15.3 This one cuts back in from a length and pings DC high on the thigh pad.
  • 15.2 Short of a length delivery on off, Dushmantha looks to cut it away but is beaten all ends up.
  • 15.1 Length delivery, angling in from around off. Chameera tries to defend it away from the body but seems to have gotten an inside edge on the pads.
  • 14.6 Remains in the crease and tucks it through mid-wicket for a run. 85/8
  • 14.5 FOUR! Runs are coming but it is perhaps too late. Full toss outside off, Chameera slices it behind point to pick up back-to-back boundaries.
  • 14.4 FOUR! On a length, Chameera clears his front leg and drags it off the bottom hand of the bat over mid off for a boundary.
  • 14.3 Fullish delivery, eased to mid on.
  • 14.2 Slower short delivery, Chameera goes for a front foot pull but gets beaten.
  • 14.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Vishwa Fernando strides out next to bat. Also, Jasprit Bumrah comes back into the attack.
  • 13.6 OUT! What a reflex catch from Pandya! He lands it on a length around middle, Akila backs away and flat-bats it straight down the ground. Pandya in his followthrough sticks his hands out and plucks it magnificently. Akila can't believe and starts to walk back. 76/8
  • 13.6 Wide! Bangs in a short ball on middle, it's too high and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 13.5 Looks to go through the off side but gets an inside edge through square leg for a single.
  • 13.4 Played through mid-wicket region by the batsman. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 13.3 Back of a length outside off, mistimed it straight to cover.
  • 13.2 Backs away again and carves it over point for a single.
  • 13.1 Back of a length delivery, Akila backs away and hits it straight to mid off.
  • 12.6 Comes forward and pushes it towards cover. Kuldeep ends his spell with terrific figures of 4-0-18-2! 71/7
  • 12.5 Gets across and works it down to long on for a single.
  • Dushmantha Chameera comes out to bat.
  • 12.4 OUT! Top edge! Kuldeep Yadav tosses it up around off, Perera gets down to slog sweep it but there is a bit of extra bounce and some turn off the deck which means the ball takes the top edge and goes high up in the air. Dhoni calls for it and takes it easily.
  • 12.3 Googly, it's dropped short, cut to deep backward point for a single.
  • 12.2 The batsman has swept that one through the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 12.1 Gets down to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect.
  • 11.6 Flat and short outside off, slapped through covers for a single. Chahal finishes his spell with figures of 4-0-23-4! Just brilliant! 68/6
  • 11.5 Nearly a wicket! Bowls a wrong 'un, Dananjaya somehow tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge past the leg stump. The ball goes towards fine leg and they take three.
  • 11.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.3 Perera comes down the track and pads it away. He crosses over but the umpire calls it a dead ball as the batsman didn't offer any shot.
  • 11.2 Fuller on the stumps, jammed out towards long on for a single.
  • Akila Dananjaya is the new man in!
  • 11.1 OUT! Stumped! A 4-fer for Chahal! What a spell from him! In every over he has picked up a wicket, that is exceptional from Yuzi! He sees Perera giving a charge and so he smartly bowls a googly wider than the batsman's reach. Thisara swings across the line and gets beaten. Dhoni behind the stumps is quick to take the bails off and claims a stumping. It's taken upstairs and replays show the Sri Lankan skipper is well short. Can Chahal pick up a 5-fer here?
  • Has Chahal got another? Dhoni has whipped the bails off and he is confident. When he is, we know the batsman is in danger.
  • 10.6 On middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for a single. 62/5
  • 10.5 Flatter outside off, Thisara Perera doesn't play at it.
  • 10.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. Two runs added to the total.
  • 10.3 Sees Kusal Perera coming down the track and fires it on the pads, jammed to mid-wicket for a single.
  • Thisara Perera, the skipper is the new man in! 123 required from 58 ball. What can Perera do here?
  • 10.2 OUT! Kuldeep opens his account as well! Tosses it up around middle, it's the wrong 'un. Shanaka tries to go big down the ground but is undone in the flight. Miscues it high in the air towards long on where Pandya comes sprinting in to take a safe catch. Half the side back in the hut for Sri Lanka.
  • 10.1 Shortish and outside off, Perera camps back and cuts it uppishly over point for a single.
  • 9.6 Bowls a slider now, Dasun misses his flick shot and is hit high on the thigh pad. Chahal's figures read - 3-0-17-3! 57/4
  • 9.5 A loud shout for an LBW! Chahal bowls a googly, Shanaka doesn't read it at all. Gets pinged on the pads and the Indians appeal. The umpire turns it down as he spots an inside edge.
  • 9.4 Flatter and around leg, clipped to deep square leg for one.
  • 9.3 Short and outside off, punched off the back foot through cover for a single.
  • 9.2 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 9.1 Tossed up on off, a front foot push towards cover.
  • Dasun Shanaka is the new man in!
  • 9.1 OUT! Stumped! Asela comes and he perishes! This wasn't the cleanest of the takes from MS but India wouldn't mind it at all. Chahal continues to weave his magic, third one for him!
  • 8.6 Around middle and leg, swept straight to the man at 45. Another good over from the spinner. 54/3
  • 8.5 Bowls a leg spinner around off, turning away, Kusal looks to reverse paddle this but is beaten. Good take by MS again.
  • 8.4 Fuller around middle, AG dinks it down to long on for one.
  • 8.3 Drops it short on middle, KP camps back and short-arm jabs it to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 8.2 A loopy full toss, dipping in on the southpaw who pull/sweeps it through square leg for a couple. 50 comes up for Sri Lanka but at some cost, says Harsha Bhogle on air.
  • 8.1 Flighted delivery outside off, Asela leans across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 7.6 Slower through the air, landed full outside off. Asela eases it down to long on for a single. 49/3
  • 7.5 Around middle and leg, hit down to long on. The batsmen want two but won't get it.
  • 7.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 7.3 Asela is off the mark straightaway. Pushes it down to long on for one.
  • Asela Gunaratne strides out to bat next. The asking rate is close to 11 RPO. Can he strike a few to get his team back on track?
  • 7.2 OUT! Caught and bowled! Chahal gets his second! Mathews' struggle at the crease comes to an end. Yuzvendra tosses it up around middle, it stops a bit on the pitch. Angelo lunges forward to drive but ends up chipping it straight back to the bowler who accepts the catch gleefully. He dismissed him in the third ODI and does so again. Sri Lanka are in huge trouble now.
  • 7.1 Drops it short and outside off, punched to sweeper cover for a single.
  • The rope is out to take the dew off. It's really wet out there. Also, Yuzvendra Chahal is called back into the attack.
  • 6.6 Perera looks to slog but gets it off the inside edge towards Rohit at short fine leg who fumbles and concedes a single. 45/2
  • 6.5 Another good stop from Chahal! Loopy ball outside off, Kusal gets down and reverse sweeps it past Dhoni. The Indian leggie gives it a long chase from backward point and does well to stop it inside the rope. Two taken.
  • 6.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. Mathews is off the mark finally!
  • 6.3 Comes down the track and nudges it through mid-wicket for a single. Dhoni shouts - BOWLER! BOWLER! BOWLER! The fielder in the deep does that as he was quick to throw the ball to Kuldeep to deny them another run.
  • 6.2 Superb stop, Chahal! Perera gets down and nails the reverse sweep but Chahal at backward point got his body behind the line to make a clean stop. 6 dot balls in a row now!
  • 6.1 Googly to begin with. Perera looks to cut but then at the last moment jabs it towards mid-wicket.
  • Kuldeep Yadav to roll his arm over now.
  • 5.6 Four dots in a row and just a single from the last over of the Powerplay! Mathews hangs back and keeps this length delivery out on the leg side. All of a sudden, the Indians have put a lid on the scoring rate. 40/2
  • 5.5 And again! Another slower delivery on the stumps, Angelo digs it out.
  • 5.4 Nicely done by Jasprit! Rolls his fingers over the ball and Mathews just tries to drive it away from his body. Is beaten all ends up.
  • 5.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, steered away towards cover-point. Another dot.
  • 5.2 Length delivery on the stumps, worked towards mid on for a quick single.
  • 5.1 Length delivery on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack.
  • 4.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 10 from the first over of Chahal and the wicket of the in-form Tharanga. 39/2
  • Angelo Mathews is the new man in. 142 needed from 91 balls.
  • 4.5 OUT! Caught down the leg side! Excellent take from Dhoni, he dropped him in the previous over but takes a good one to limit the damage! To be honest, this wasn't a wicket-taking delivery by any means. Chahal bowls it down the leg side, Tharanga looks to sweep it away but all he manages is a tickle and Dhoni is quick to take it to his right. Replays show there was a clear edge there.
  • 4.4 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • Deep square leg comes in.
  • 4.3 SIX! That's gone all the way! Tharanga comes down the track, isn't to the pitch of the ball either but trusts his power and goes bang over long on. Tremendous hit that.
  • 4.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Chahal bowls it around middle and leg, Upul Tharanga knows the man is inside the circle on the leg side and so he takes his chance. Sweeps it cleanly over the man at short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 4.1 Beaten! Flatter delivery from Chahal, skids a bit, Tharanga makes room to go through the off side but gets beaten. It wasn't far from kissing the off pole.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is brought into the attack. We saw the Sri Lankan spinners finding it difficult to grip the ball. Let's see what Chahal can do. Dhoni, Sharma and Chahal are seen discussing something.
  • 3.6 Slower delivery, fuller in length, Perera drives it uppishly but it falls short of the man at point. Brilliant over from Jaydev, just two off it. 29/1
  • 3.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • The bowlers are finding it really difficult here. More sawdust is being sprayed near the landing area...
  • 3.4 Another slower one, Jaydev is executing it really well. Tharanga chips it back down the track but the bowler was moving to his right and then tries to go to his left but the ball falls down safely.
  • 3.3 Was there an edge? Yes, there was! Dhoni has dropped it! Slower delivery which takes Tharanga by surprise. He is opened up a bit as the ball goes off the handle of the bat, kisses the thumb and goes to Dhoni who is a bit late to react. The ball hits his mitts and falls down. Initially, it seemed like there wasn't an edge but Snicko confirms. Then it seemed like the ball didn't carry to Dhoni but even that is wrong. It did, so Tharanga gets a life.
  • 3.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Perera taps it in front of point and scampers through for a single.
  • 3.1 On a length and outside off, Perera stands in his crease and defends it down.
  • 2.6 Back of a length delivery on middle, Tharanga looks to pull it away. Gets it off the higher part of the bat but the ball falls safely near the mid-wicket region as the batsmen take two. 11 runs came from the over. 27/1
  • 2.5 Good length delivery on middle, UT moves across the line and paddles it through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 2.4 SIX! Ahhh! Mind blowing! Length delivery on middle, Tharanga just waits for it and dispatches it over mid-wicket. All power as the ball sails over the fence for a maximum.
  • 2.3 Back of a length delivery on middle, Upul Tharanga unfurls a short-arm jab but finds the man at mid on.
  • Tharanga got some medical attention in the previous ball. He had an issue with his left thumb but he is fine now. Meanwhile, long leg comes inside the circle.
  • 2.2 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Tharanga ducks under it.
  • 2.1 Back of a length delivery on middle, punched wide of mid on for a single.
  • 1.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Lovely start from Unadkat, 5 runs and a wicket from it. 16/1
  • 1.5 Edgyyy! Jaydev has his tail up. After bowling a slower one, he bowls a pacy delivery to Perera. Kusal is opened up a bit and gets a leading edge which flies past the man at backward point for a single.
  • Kusal Perera walks out next.
  • 1.4 OUT! Got him! Unadkat strikes in his very first over! Maiden T20I wicket for him and he has his hands aloft in celebration! Bowls a slower one, just outside off, Dickwella is ages early into the shot. His bottom hand comes off and as a result he ends up mistiming it high in the air towards extra cover. KL Rahul moves a few steps to his right and grabs it easily. Dickwella departs cheaply.
  • Sawdust is being sprayed near the bowler's landing area...
  • 1.3 Good thinking from Dhoni! Back of a length outside off, Dickwella comes down the track to hit big but gets beaten. The ball goes towards Dhoni and seeing Dickwella slipping on the turf, he tries to run him out. Misses his target but Dickwella made it in.
  • 1.2 Slower back of a length delivery outside off, dabbed straight to short third man.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Welcome Unadkat, says Dickwella! Jaydev bowls a length delivery, angling in, Niroshan walks across and just chips it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • Jaydev Unadkat is asked to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Overthrows! Sri Lanka wouldn't mind this at all. Manish Pandey what have you done? Rohit Sharma shakes his head! Very full around off, Dickwella digs it out towards the off side and sets off for a single. Pandey from point, comes charging in, gets to the ball and fires an unnecessary throw at the striker's end. Chahal is the one backing up. He gets a bad bounce as the ball hits his left knee and rolls away to the fence for a boundary. 11/0
  • 0.5 In the air... clears the infield. Length delivery on middle, Dickwella comes down the track and lofts it without any timing. Much to his delight the ball goes over the infield and he picks up a couple.
  • 0.4 Good length outside off, tapped in front of cover for a single.
  • 0.3 Fuller and nipping back in a touch, Dickwella slogs wildly across the line but gets a thick inside edge down to fine leg. Bumrah has a long ground to cover and he does well to keep them down to one.
  • 0.2 Fuller in length and outside off, Tharanga leans into it and drives it off the meat. Iyer at cover-point half stops it which allows Upul to get off the mark.
  • 0.1 Sri Lanka are away! Short of a length delivery to begin with. Dickwella just runs it down to third man for a single.
  • We are back for the chase. The Sri Lankan openers are Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga. Watch out for the former, he has it in him to provide a rollicking start. Hardik Pandya is asked to open the bowling for India. Let's go...

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112