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India Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (T20)

Date: Friday, 22 December, 2017 22:10 IST Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by 88 runs

  • KL Rahul says he felt like a spectator watching Rohit Sharma bat. Adds it was a wonderful performance from him and the wicket was good for batting as well. Feels the first six he hit was very satisfying amongst the rest. States the first couple of overs he and Rohit wanted to give themselves time, the wicket was a bit sticky but after scoring a few boundaries they felt comfortable. Mentions they assessed the conditions in the first six overs, took their time and then went for it. Let's everybody know that in the 11th over Sharma played a couple of dot balls, so he told him there was a double hundred for the taking but he just smiled and said he doesn't care about that. Goes on to say they have top class bowlers in their ranks and also adds that they must have analyzed that wicket well and will perform when they come out to bowl.
  • The ground has small boundaries, but you'd argue that Sri Lanka should have done better than they did. Conceding 260 anywhere isn't acceptable. On top of that, dropping both openers when they're in such fine form cost them dearly. A couple of wickets from the skipper Perera and Pradeep, but they came when it was a little too late. A blazing start is what they need and the openers hold the key for them. Join us back in a short time.
  • A power-packed batting display from the hosts after being put into bat. The two openers set it all up for them. First it was the Rohit Sharma show where the skipper went ballistic and scored a brisk ton, then Rahul followed suit with a fluent 89 and those big knocks were backed with some lusty blows by Dhoni and Pandya towards the death. There is a mammoth total on the board and they will be thoroughly satisfied with it.
  • 19.6 Good final delivery to end the innings. This has been a good over from the Sri Lankan captain. Yorker on off, Karthik digs it out in front of cover-point and takes a single. INDIA FINISH ON 260/5! It's the joint-second highest total in T20I cricket.
  • 19.5 FOUR! Length ball on the pads, slower in pace, Karthik flicks it away through backward square leg for a boundary. The fielder in the deep hares to his right but can't reach it.
  • Dinesh Karthik to bat next.
  • 19.4 OUT! BOWLED 'EM! Thisara is right on the money with that. Full on off, Dhoni in an attempt to slam it out of the park swings across the line but misses. The off stick is knocked over and that's the end of Dhoni's breezy cameo.
  • 19.3 Pandey drives this fuller delivery through mid on and gets off strike.
  • Manish Pandey is the next batsman in.
  • 19.2 OUT! He's gone! Iyer knew that, so the review was probably for namesake. Fuller and slower on the stumps, Iyer misses the shot and is caught flush on the pads. Appeal from Thisara, the umpire raises his finger. It's taken upstairs and replays show that Shreyas is gone. He started walking even before the decision came in, the third umpire actually to ask the on-field umpire to stop him. Anyway, Iyer is gone and the Lankan captain has this wicket.
  • Lbw review against Shreyas Iyer is gone upstairs. He looks plumb in real time.
  • 19.1 On middle and leg, around the hips, Dhoni gets it off the inside edge on the leg side for one.
  • Shreyas Iyer in next to bat.
  • 18.6 OUT! No hat-trick for Sadeera! He manages to hold on to his catch on his third attempt in the match. Back of a length around off, Pandya just throws his bat at this. Gets a big top edge towards covers where Sadeera backpedals and takes a good reverse cup catch. One over remains, India need 11. The highest T20I total under threat? Surely! 253/3
  • 18.5 SIX! That's an insane shot! Superbly done by Hardik Pandya! Full and wide outside off, Pandya carves it over backward point and to the crowd in the stands. They're having some catching practice, more than the visiting team.
  • 18.4 FOUR! That's gone as fast as it's come! Overpitched on off, Pandya drills it back down the ground for a boundary. This is now India's highest T20I score. There's surely more to come.
  • Hardik Pandya walks into the middle next.
  • 18.3 OUT! A rare positive instance in this innings for Sri Lanka. That's a brilliant take from Niroshan Dickwella. Full and wide outside off, Rahul looks to go big down the ground but edges it behind. It's travelling fast, but Dickwella dives superman-like to his right and takes a one-handed stunner. Lovely take, something for the Lankans to smile about. Rahul misses out on a century. Would have been the first instance of two batsmen scoring centuries in the same T20I innings.
  • 18.2 SIX! What a hit! Low full toss on the pads, Rahul flicks it over square leg. Gunaratne out in the deep has a chance to catch it, but he maybe loses it somewhere in the lights. Goes over his head and over the boundary.
  • 18.1 Quite full from Pradeep, outside off, driven through covers by Dhoni for a run.
  • 17.6 SIX! Full and outside off, just an extension of the arms. In essence a lofted cover drive, really. Rahul clears the rope and gets another biggie to his name. 236/1
  • 17.5 Another slow one, shorter in length, Rahul is early into the shot again, a pull this time, and misses.
  • 17.4 Takes the pace off this and bowls this outside off, KL is too early into the shot as he misses to connect.
  • 17.3 SIX! Chameera bowls it with some real pace, but Rahul hits it with double power straight back. Really full on middle, Rahul goes deep inside his crease and hammers it straight back down the ground. The ball has disappeared deep into the stands, no idea where. But it's gone high somewhere.
  • 17.2 Back of a length outside off, KL gets a bottom edge behind to the keeper as he looks to connect.
  • 17.1 Full ball, on middle stumps, drilled to long on. Single taken.
  • Dushmantha Chameera back to bowl.
  • 16.6 SIX! Maximum to end the over! Too full from Dananjaya, Rahul leans ahead a bit and lifts it so comfortably over long on for a biggie. Surprising the ball hasn't been lost once with it being smacked around everywhere. 223/1
  • 16.5 Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 16.4 SIX! Dhoni has found his groove! Tossed up on middle and leg, Dhoni kneels down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. The fielder in the deep is only a spectator.
  • 16.4 Wide! Darted well outside off, goes across the tramline as Dhoni leaves it alone.
  • 16.3 Flatter and shorter on the stumps, MS mistimes the back foot punch back to the bowler.
  • 16.3 Wide! Well outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. Wide signalled by the umpire.
  • 16.2 Fuller length ball outside off, pushed into the covers.
  • 16.1 SIX! That's MS Dhoni for you, makes everything look so easy. Full and in the slot, he smokes it over long off and in the 2nd tier.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back.
  • 15.6 Rahul drives this full ball through the covers and picks up a couple of runs to end the over. 202/1
  • 15.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 15.5 Wide! Down the leg side, Rahul looks to help it fine down the leg side but misses. The 200 is up for India now.
  • 15.4 Not out! Poor review, really. But it's probably done more out of desperation than anything else. Maybe wanted to waste time as well? Possibly. Anyway, coming to the ball. Length delivery angling back in, Dhoni is caught on the pads as he looks to work it away on the leg side. Gets hit on the pads and there's an appeal. The batsmen cross over as the umpire doesn't bother with it. The Lankans review it, in whatever hope, and their hopes are crushed when the replays roll in. They show that the ball is going down leg and height is also an issue.
  • A review for an lbw against MS Dhoni is taken upstairs by Sri Lanka.
  • 15.3 Rahul takes a step out of his crease and works it away on the leg side for a single.
  • 15.2 Length ball on middle and leg, goes off the batsman's thigh pad and falls on the leg side as he attempts to swing across the line. Leg bye taken.
  • 15.1 Well done, Thisara! Bowls a slower one first up, Dhoni has a wild slog across the line but is too early into the shot. Misses it altogether as it goes under his bat.
  • Thisara Perera brings himself back on.
  • 14.6 FOUR! That's actually not a bad ball but still it's gone for a boundary. Just one of those evenings. Yorker on the stumps tailing back in, Rahul just manes to get some bat on it and it's off the inside edge past the leg stump for a boundary. 196/1
  • 14.5 SIX! The back-of-the-hand slower one doesn't work, KL Rahul picked that up quite early. Positioned himself well for the hoick and went bang over square leg for half a dozen.
  • 14.5 Wide! Pressure showing? Clearly. Spears it full and outside off, across the tramline and the umpire stretches his hands.
  • 14.4 Full and wide, driven through to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 14.4 Wide! Too far outside off, MS lets it be. It's across the tramline so the umpire signals wide.
  • 14.3 Short into the body, helps the pull down to fine leg for one.
  • 14.2 FOUR! That's just inside the rope. Consecutive fifties for KL Rahul, his 3rd in this format. Length ball there to be hit, Rahul lofts it over mid-wicket. Looks like it's going to go all the way but the ball falls just inside the rope. Replays confirm that. KL has been in fine touch since coming in the side, has taken full advantage of the chance given to him.
  • 14.1 Shout for a leg before which is turned down. Just back of a length on off, Dhoni goes for the big pull but is caught high on the thigh. Leg bye taken as the ball falls on the off side. Sri Lanka are contemplating taking a review, not sure why. That hit him high on the thigh.
  • Nuwan Pradeep to bowl again.
  • The groundstaff is out once again. Have the big, thick rope with it to clear the dew off the field. A short halt because of it, the players take this chance to get some fluids in.
  • 13.6 Smartly done. Works this towards short mid on and takes off. Dhoni is quick so it doesn't matter even if Akila got to the ball fast himself. 177/1
  • 13.5 Well outside off, MS has nothing to do with that.
  • 13.4 Knocks this full ball down to long on and crosses over.
  • 13.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 13.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for MS Dhoni! He swings and swings hard, clears the full ball over wide mid off and sends it across the rope, beating the fielder in the deep.
  • 13.1 FOUR! Overpitched from Akila and that's dispatched. On the stumps, Dhoni drills this through mid on and away to the boundary line.
  • 12.6 Dhoni is off the mark with a drive towards mid on. Single taken. 166/1
  • 12.5 Dhoni dances down the track to this fuller ball and hits it back to the bowler.
  • MS Dhoni walks in at No.3.
  • 12.4 OUT! ROHIT SHARMA IS GONE! An imperious knock comes to an end. Short ball outside off, Rohit looks to loft it over short third man but finds Akila Dananjaya there who takes a good catch. The Indian skipper then waits as he thinks it's a no ball for height, but the umpire doesn't signal anything. He has to walk back, but he's done his job, to say the least. The Indore crowd has been thoroughly entertained as Rohit Sharma walks back to a loud cheer. Thoroughly deserved.
  • 12.3 SIX! That's outta here! Rohit Sharma, take a bow, my man! Low full toss on the stumps, Sharma just lofts it over mid-wicket and that's another maximum. Played that with so much ease.
  • 12.2 FOUR! This is now India's highest opening partnership. Though technically it should be in Rohit Sharma's individual kitty. Full and wide outside off, Sharma flays it through the left of sweeper cover for a boundary.
  • 12.1 SIX! Smart decision, eh, Skip? Short of a length in to the body, Sharma muscles the pull and the ball has gone deep into the stands over mid-wicket.
  • A change of bat for Rohit Sharma. Okay wait, probably not. He's sent that back. Anyway, Dushmantha Chameera into the bowling attack now.
  • 11.6 The batsman has just thrown his bat at the ball and finds the gap through mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 149/0
  • 11.5 Three dots in a row. A rare sight this today. Rohit looks to smash it away, but mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 11.4 Use of the feet to get to the pitch but no run comes off it as Sharma can't put it away.
  • 11.3 Flat and short outside off, cut away square of the wicket on the off side.
  • Angelo Mathews has pulled up and is on the ground. The physio is out to have a look at him. Maybe it's his hamstring again. He's off the field so Akila Dananjaya will complete the remaining over.
  • 11.2 FOUR! 2nd T20I hundred for Rohit Sharma! Fastest century by an Indian, joint-fastest overall. If there was any Indian who could equal David Miller's record, it was surely going to be him. What a way to bring it up. Fuller length ball outside off, Sharma smacks this on the up and pierces the gap in the covers for a boundary. Sensational knock, he removes his helmet and celebrates in joy. Now for a possible double ton?
  • 11.1 Rahul does the sensible thing by pushing this towards sweeper cover and brings Sharma on strike.
  • Angelo Mathews to bowl.
  • 10.6 SIX! Three in a row! That's 26 off the over! He's seeing the ball like a football. Sees the ball full outside off, Rohit sends it sailing high and handsome over the cover fence and picks up another maximum to his name. This is a crazy knock from the Indian skipper, can't believe what's happening here. 143/0
  • 10.5 SIX! Two in a row! Full and wide, outside off, Sharma just throws his bat wildly at this. Clears the point fence and that's into the stands again.
  • 10.4 SIX! BANG! Take that, Thisara! Full on the stumps, right in his arc and Rohit punishes this. Smashes it down the ground, over long on by clearing his front leg and earns another maximum.
  • 10.4 Wide! Fired too wide outside off, wide called by the umpire. Pressure showing on the Lankan skipper's face.
  • 10.3 DROPPED AND SIX! That's the second blunder from Sadeera in this game, this was a little more difficult than his first attempt. Rohit Sharma slogs this high over mid-wicket. Samarawickrama in the deep runs to his right, a bit behind and leaps. It hits his palms and then lobs over across the rope for a biggie.
  • 10.2 Fuller outside off, looks to hit it hard through the off side but misses.
  • 10.1 Makes a little room as Thisara serves it on a length on the stumps, placed down to long on for a single by Rahul.
  • Thisara Perera back on.
  • 9.6 FOUR! What was to be a good over is ruined by a boundary on the last delivery. Low full toss on leg, Sharma works it through the left of short fine leg for a boundary. 117/0
  • 9.5 The ball stops a bit as KL checks his punch. In the air but well wide of the bowler as the ball rolls towards mid off. Short extra cover moves to his right and cuts it off as the batsmen take one.
  • 9.4 One more single as Rohit works it easily through mid-wicket.
  • 9.3 Touch ahead of a length, close to the off stick, eased through the vacant spaces in the cover region. One run taken.
  • 9.2 Waits for the length ball to come to him as he opens the bat-face and guides it to third man.
  • 9.1 Rahul sensibly rotates strikes. Rohit Sharma is on song, so he just brings him back on strike with a single through the covers.
  • Nuwan Pradeep to bowl again.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Man, he has decided to let it fly here! His accelerating abilities are on show again. Crossed fifty and then go boom. With the full face of the bat, he drives it sweetly through the covers, beating the two men in the deep to the boundary line. 108/0
  • 8.5 FOUR! He's going crazy here. Sees the width offered outside off, so the Indian skipper smashes it square through point and sees the ball thud against the ad board.
  • 8.4 SIX! That's gone a loooooonnnggg waaayyyy! Straight into the third tier. Gentle loopy ball on the stumps, Rohit Sharma slog sweeps it deep into the mid-wicket stands for half a dozen. What a hit, son!
  • 8.3 SIX! 13th T20I fifty for Rohit Sharma! Length delivery on middle and off, Sharma camps back and muscles the pull over mid-wicket for a maximum. Brings up his fifty for that and that's another captain's knock too! He's going to want to make this big now.
  • 8.2 Works it away to the mid-wicket area for a single.
  • 8.1 Flatter delivery around off, kept out gently off the back foot.
  • Asela Gunaratne comes on to bowl.
  • 7.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 87/0
  • 7.5 SIX! Shot, KL! Shot! Wears his dancing shoes to get to the pitch of this delivery, lofts it cleanly and clears the fence straight over the bowler's head.
  • 7.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.3 Darted on middle and leg, forced to long on for a single.
  • 7.2 FOUR! This is poor, should be doing much better given the runs are anyway flowing for the Indians. Sharma cuts this towards point, the fielder there dives to his left but can't stop it. It wasn't too far away from him so he should have the batsmen down to maximum a single. Instead, it goes past Thisara Perera too at short third man who can't stop it. Boundary results. With the hit, this is now India's highest opening stand against Sri Lanka in T20Is.
  • 7.1 FOUR! He, too, is welcomed with a boundary! Rohit Sharma looking his aggressive best here. Tossed up from around the wicket outside off, Rohit smacks it over extra cover and finds the boundary with ease.
  • Chaturanga de Silva will have a go with the ball.
  • The groundsmen are out now to take care of the dew. A lot of it already out there, expect more of it as the evening progresses.
  • 6.6 FOUR! Full ball, Rahul says thank you and puts it away. Just an extension of the arms as he lofts it over wide mid off and sends it across the rope on one bounce. 71/0
  • 6.5 Fullish in length on the stumps, driven through mid on for one.
  • 6.4 FOUR! Shot. Excellent placement. Sees nobody's out there, so picks his spot. Wide outside off, the Indian skipper cuts it hard through cover-point for a boundary.
  • 6.3 Another full ball outside off, another single through the covers.
  • 6.2 Full and outside off, Sharma with a drive through the covers takes a single. Kusal Perera out in the mops that up.
  • 6.1 Bit fuller and slower on middle and leg, KL comfortably pushes it into the vacant mid-wicket area for a brisk single.
  • Thisara Perera returns to the attack.
  • 5.6 Turns it to mid-wicket with his wrists and picks up a single. India end the Powerplay at 59/0. Good recovery from the home side after a relatively slow start in the first couple of overs. 59/0
  • 5.5 Nicely done. Comes down the track and eases it to long on to get off strike.
  • 5.4 SIX! Another miscued hit from Rohit Sharma, and another maximum. The boundaries are short here at the Holkar Stadium so expect a lot of these this evening. Fuller outside off, Sharma swings and clears extra cover. While doing that, clears the rope as well with ease.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Full, flat and a fraction straight in line, Rohit takes advantage of it and sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Quite full outside off, pushed a little square on the off side.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Welcomes him with a boundary! Rohit uses his feet to Akila and takes it on the full. Pierces the gap in the mid-wicket region and sends it across the boundary line, beating the man in the deep.
  • Akila Dananjaya to roll his arm over.
  • 4.6 Outside off, good length delivery, pushed towards point. No run taken on this occasion. 43/0
  • 4.5 SIX! Downtown! Played an excellent straight drive earlier, did something similar now but took the aerial route. Lofted this over the long on fence for a biggie.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Poor line, all Rahul has to do is help it on its way. Picks it off his pads and works it fine down the leg side, beating short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 4.3 Takes the pace off and deceives Rohit. Nicely done. The Indian skipper is early into the shot as he looks to paddle it on the leg side. It goes off the leading edge and flies over the vacant slip cordon for a single.
  • 4.2 Touch ahead of a length, pushed into the covers but straight to the fielder.
  • 4.1 SIX! He didn't time that shot well but it's gone all the way! Back of a length delivery on off, Rohit Sharma stands tall and pummels it in his favourite area. Pulls it over mid-wicket and gets a maximum to his name.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is into the attack now.
  • 3.6 Length delivery outside off, KL looks to put bat on ball but fails to do so. End of the over. 26/0
  • 3.5 Attacks the stumps this time, Rahul makes room and gives the charge to whack it again, but then gets it off the inner half down the track for nothing.
  • 3.4 SIX! What a shot! Wow. KL Rahul with an absolute bomb of a shot. Brute force, this. Stands firm to this length ball outside off and hammers it over long off. In the upper tier so that's a massive biggie. Unbelievable hit that from KL Rahul, most wouldn't be able to even dream of hitting it like that.
  • 3.3 Back of a length outside off, guides to slip very late. Wants to take a risky run but then comes to his senses and goes back inside his crease.
  • 3.2 Uses the depth of his crease well, waits for the ball to come to him and pushes it into the off side.
  • 3.1 Clears the infield and clears it with ease. That's all he needed to do with the fielders inside due to the Powerplay. Shorter around off, Rahul lofts it over mid on. Picks up two runs for doing so.
  • 2.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 18/0
  • 2.5 Short outside off, punched off the back foot in sweeper cover's direction for a run.
  • 2.4 Just ahead of a length outside off, driven firmly towards cover where the fielder makes a dive to his left to make a half-stop. Single taken.
  • 2.3 Skidding close to off on a good length, KL looks to put bat on ball but gets an inside edge on that which falls beside him safely.
  • 2.2 Dropped! That was a dolly. Should have... Should have taken it. In and out straight! Short and wide, Rahul flays it straight to Sadeera Samarawickrama at backward point. He gets low, but the ball pops right out of his hands. Poor, that. Could very well pay for that mistake, Sri Lanka.
  • 2.1 Fuller on off, blocked towards mid-wicket with a closed face.
  • 1.6 Some zip, on middle and off, played off the inner half wide of mid on for a quick run. 15/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Good ball, but that's a seriously good shot. Bit fullish on middle and off, Rahul with a perfectly straight blade punches this straight back down. No point in mid off going after that, he's never going to catch up with it.
  • 1.4 Rohit goes in the same area. Plays this late, waits for it and then chops it behind point. Third man comes to his left as the batsmen cross over.
  • 1.3 Shaping away just a shade as it lands outside off, on a good length, KL opens the face of the bat before running it down to third man for a single. Off the mark with that.
  • 1.2 Length ball in the channel outside off, a rather mistimed punch from KL Rahul which finds the man at mid off.
  • 1.1 Tight line. Good first delivery as it's landed on a length on off, skids off the surface a bit as Rahul stays back to defend it on the leg side.
  • Dushmantha Chameera will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Dot ball to end the over. But good first over for India, 8 off it. This length ball outside off is run down to short third man. 8/0
  • 0.5 FOUR! Rubbish ball! Short, with no pace at all, gives ample time to Rohit Sharma to go back and pull it over wide mid on. Clears the infield with ease and sends it all the way for a boundary.
  • 0.4 Short and outside off, run down to third man with an open face. Both batsmen want the single but then abort it.
  • 0.3 FOUR! That's gone in a flash! A little room outside off, can free his arms so Rohit Sharma flays it over backward point. A couple of bounces and it's away for a boundary.
  • 0.2 Touch fuller in length, skidding a bit off the surface, Rohit plays it off the outer half towards short third man.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a length delivery on off stump, Rohit hangs back and plays it back down the track to the bowler.
  • Time to play the game! The Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma stride out to open the innings. The stadium is echoing with the chants of Rohit! Rohit! Rohit! The skipper has become a real star now and is loved by one and all. He will face the first ball. It will be Angelo Mathews (who has dismissed Rohit 10 times across all formats) to kickoff proceedings. A slip in place and the keeper is standing up to the stumps. Here we go...
  • Time for national anthems. The players from both sides are out in the middle to sing their respective anthems. An excellent crowd has come to watch this contest, in spite of this series being a one-sided affair. They want to watch the home team's dominance, don't they?
  • Rohit Sharma (despite losing the toss) says winning the match is the most important thing. Adds what they do on the field matters the most. Feels the conditions are good to bat on and wants to play the way they did in the first game. Continues saying they have to post a good total first and then bowl well later. Emphasizes that every game is important and they don't want to get complacent at any point. States that they want to finish well and end the series on a high. Ends by informing the team is unchanged.
  • Thisara Perera says they would like to bowl first. Mentions the boundaries are small so wants to chase. Informs there are two changes - Sadeera Samarawickrama and Chaturanga de Silva are in for Vishwa Fernando and Dasun Shanaka.
  • Toss - Sri Lanka win the toss and opt to field first!
  • This Indian unit, even without some regular players are a dominant force. Players coming in have grabbed their opportunities and kept pushing India forward on the winning path. The toss will be coming up shortly, will be an important one for both teams, especially Sri Lanka, given the dew will play its part again. Stay tuned...
  • Hello and welcome for the 2nd T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Indore. It's make or break time for the Lankans. Their tour to India can be labelled as poor on the whole. They've performed poorly and the results reflect exactly that. This game becomes all the more important keeping all that in mind. They want this win, they need this win and they must give their all for this win. But it won't be an easy task by any means.
  • Okay! Christmas is around the corner and guess what? This Lankan tour is about to end! Just one T20I left in this miserable tour for them and it will be played on Christmas Eve, Sunday, at 1900 local (1330 GMT) at the Wankhede. Can the Lankans manage to avoid a whitewash? Time will tell. In the meanwhile, if you do wish to compromise with your sleeping patterns, do try and check out the second NZ-WIN ODI which will be played on the 23rd of December, 2017. We take your leave. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Victorious Indian skipper, ROHIT SHARMA is the MAN OF THE MATCH. Say Yippee! for all those who guessed! He is the Man Of The Series as well. He says that the conditions were good to bat and he only tried what he always tries to do - hit through the line. Adds that it has been coming off for the last few months. On missing out on the double ton, Rohit laughs it off, saying that it is too much to ask. Deflecting the question further, he says that the team was looking at a big total as no score on this ground seems defendable looking at the dew on offer. Praises Lokesh Rahul for supporting him nicely. On his own batting, Rohit says that he does not look to go hard at the ball and just concentrates on the timing. Coming to the Indian bowling, he says that he had a lot of faith on his bowlers as they have done well in the last 4-5 months. Further mentions that he does not mind games like these where the bowlers were put under pressure. In fact, he is happy that neither spinner went on the defensive, in spite of being hit around the park. Feels that the collapse initiated was brilliant and once again, the spinners did not let him down. On the question of giving Hardik Pandya the full quota of 4 overs, he says that it makes the captain's job easier if Hardik bowls his entire quota.
  • Sri Lankan skipper, THISARA PERERA says that it is a tough series for them and the run chase was too high. On Sri Lanka's start, he credits Tharanga and Kusal Perera for giving the momentum but then feels that the middle order capitulated. States that in all likelihood, Angelo Mathews is ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury.
  • KULDEEP YADAV says that it was a great learning curve. The first three overs of his went for 45 but he still aimed for wickets. He believed that if he got one, he could get two. He tried to bowl slower through the air and wider off the batsman initially. He went for pace but later on, he realized that slowing the pace would be vital, or rather varying it. Credits Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni for continuously encouraging and supporting him, asking to go for wickets and not be defensive. On being asked to bowl short, he says that both players were asking him to be away from the batsman in terms of line. Feels that 7 wickets in the last 3 overs changed the game.
  • India would be happy with the test that they got. There was plenty of dew around and the spinners came back really well after going for a lot initially. The seamers were not bat tonight, just that the spinners came into a bit more scrutiny. Sri Lanka just need to avoid collapses. To lose is not an issue but to lose without a fight definitely is. Sri Lanka gave a fight of course but the last few overs were a disappointment with the bat.
  • The wrist spinners were being taken away for plenty tonight. Before Tharanga got out, Chahal and Kuldeep had joint figures of 5-0-75-0. Enough to send any fielding skipper panicking. But Rohit backed his boys and they delivered. Chahal got rid of Tharanga and that was the end of the fight. Sri Lanka slipped from 145/1 to 172/9, losing 8/27 in 25 balls. Ouch. Just 3 batsmen managed double figures. The next highest scorer was Mr. Extras - 9.
  • It started well for the Lankans, with Dickwella going great guns. Kusal Perera then came in at no. 3 and started blasting the ball from the word go, obviously with nothing to lose. He kept the viewers interested, the neutral ones of course, threatening to take the game till the very end. He and Tharanga added 109 for the second wicket in just 53 balls and be it the slightest, India did start to worry.
  • To be honest, a real cricket fan would have never doubted this result but for once, Sri Lanka gave some fight. However, that can also mislead you. When Kusal Perera was going great guns, it did seem that we could have a close game. But...
  • 17.2 OUT! That is the end of the game. India win the match and the series. Sri Lanka fall 88 runs short. Hardik bowls an off cutter, around off, Chameera looks to turn it to the leg side but misses and the ball knocks the leg stump out of the ground. 2-0 to India. One more match left for Sri Lanka to end their misery.
  • 17.1 A length ball outside off, Chameera is foxed on the slower one.
  • HARDIK PANDYA is back on as well.
  • 16.6 Full and outside off, driven towards cover. 172/8
  • 16.5 The batsman goes after this one but misses the line completely.
  • 16.4 Three in a row! Why isn't he targetting the stumps? Outside off, NP swings hard after backing a long way to the leg side, only to miss.
  • 16.3 Another slower one outside off, Nuwan swings but misses again.
  • 16.2 A slower one outside off, Pradeep swings but misses.
  • 16.1 Outside off, run down to third man for a single.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH comes back on.
  • 15.6 No fifer. Full and outside off, slapped to long off for a single. 171/8
  • NUWAN PRADEEP walks in at number 10. Could be the last man in as there is no surety over Mathews coming out to bat. Don't see the need to now.
  • 15.5 OUT! Fourth wicket for Chahal. Can he get a fifer? The googly outside off, Dananjaya looks to go over the top but only succeeds in finding Manish Pandey at long on.
  • 15.5 WIDE. Full and wide outside off, Akila looks to sweep but misses.
  • 15.4 FOUR! Short and outside off, Dananjaya cuts it uppishly past short extra cover and just manages to beat the man diving at the boundary.
  • 15.3 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • DUSHMANTHA CHAMEERA walks in now. Sri Lanka could be bowled out here...
  • 15.3 OUT! Stumped off a wide. Chahal floats this wide outside off, Samarawickrama comes down the track and is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Swings but misses. Dhoni doesn't.
  • 15.2 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • AKILA DANANJAYA walks in next to join the procession...
  • 15.1 OUT! Another one goes. Landed on middle, Chaturanga looks to play the reverse sweep but is cramped for room and ends up dragging it onto the stumps.
  • 14.6 Swings this over mid on but does not make it carry to the fielder in the deep. Just a single. What an over - W, WD, W, 4, 1, W, 1 - 7 runs, 3 wickets! 162/5
  • CHATURANGA DE SILVA comes in now.
  • 14.5 OUT! Stumped! MS Dhoni is seldom wrong. Full and flat outside off, Gunaratne looks to sweep but misses. In the process, his back foot is dragged out of his crease. Dhoni whips off the bails in a flash and appeals, reckoning he has his man. Replays confirm. Third wicket in the over!
  • 14.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • Out or not out? Dhoni reckons that he has his man. Stumping appeal referred upstairs...
  • 14.3 FOUR! Short and outside off, slapped through the covers for a boundary!
  • 14.2 OUT! Caught. Second wicket in the over. Full and outside off, Kusal comes down the track and looks to go over the top but finds Manish Pandey at long off. Simple catch to end an outstanding innings. At least he offered some fight in this run chase.
  • 14.2 WIDE. Employs the reverse sweep initially but then backs out. Kuldeep bowls it wide outside off and Perera lets it be. Should not have been wided. Harsh call.
  • 14.1 OUT! A golden duck for the skipper. Full and outside off, Perera slogs across the line and gets a top edge. Hardik runs across to his right like a panther and catches his prey at the ropes. Then he jokingly mocks Manish Pandey at long off saying that he should have got there instead!
  • 13.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 155/2
  • 13.5 SIX! Full and outside off, Perera swings it with all his might over mid-wicket.
  • 13.4 Outside off, Kusal looks to cut but gets a bottom edge.
  • 13.3 FOUR! Full and outside off, Perera comes down the track and smashes it straight back over the bowler for a boundary!
  • THISARA PERERA comes in at number 4, ahead of Gunaratne.
  • 13.2 OUT! The 109-run stand is broken. Finally an Indian spinner takes a wicket. Full and slow, on middle, Tharanga looks to slog but gets a top edge. The ball goes straight up in the air and Chahal calls for it, taking it cleanly.
  • 13.2 WIDE. The wrong 'un, perhaps expecting the batsman to come at him but Tharanga stays where he is. Goes outside the wide line outside off.
  • 13.1 Full and wide outside off, Tharanga manages to get to the pitch of the ball and steers it through the covers for a couple.
  • 12.6 Full and outside off, slogged to deep mid-wicket for a run. 16 from the over, 30 off the last 2! 142/1
  • 12.5 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. They pick up a single.
  • 12.4 FOUR! Another cracking shot. Kusal puts on his dancing shoes again and smashes it straight back over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 12.3 SIX! FETCH THAT! Kusal is putting some batting display here. Comes down the track and sends it sailing over mid-wicket!
  • 12.2 FOUR! Innovative. Full and outside off, Kusal reverse sweeps it over point for a boundary!
  • 12.1 Full and wide outside off, smart bowling, seeing the batsman go down the leg side, left alone. No wide signalled as the batsman moved to his left.
  • KULDEEP YADAV is back on.
  • 11.6 Pulls this away for a single. 126/1
  • 11.5 FOUR! Lovely batting again. Short and outside off, Perera blasts it over covers and gets a boundary!
  • 11.4 SIX! Terrific shot. Full and outside off but Perera waltzes down the track and sends it sailing over mid-wicket!
  • 11.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 11.2 Full on middle, swung towards deep mid-wicket for a single. Oh wow. It is Hardik Pandya at wide long on but they take him on and complete the second.
  • 11.1 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 10.6 SIX! Pandya is furious with himself. Full and on the pads, Perera swings it over mid-wicket and hits it into the second tier! 112/1
  • 10.5 A full toss now, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 10.4 Smashes this to long on for a single.
  • 10.3 Down the leg side, Tharanga looks to flick and gets hit on the pads. A leg bye taken.
  • 10.2 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.1 The ball sneaks through the gap between bat and pad and beats the batsman.
  • 9.6 SIX! Second of the over! Full and on the pads, Tharanga comes down the track and swings it over long on for another biggie! 102/1
  • 9.6 WIDE. Full and wide outside off, Tharanga lets it go.
  • 9.5 Full and flat on the pads, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a couple. One for the throw. Good running.
  • 9.4 SIX! Heave-ho! It is short and around middle, Tharanga rocks back in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie!
  • 9.3 A short ball on middle, pulled to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 9.2 Now a reverse sweep attempted but this time the ball is straighter outside off and Perera misses again.
  • 9.1 Beaten. Straightaway. A googly to start, flat and outside off, Kusal comes down the track but then, on seeing that he is beaten in flight, gets back in his crease, missing his cut shot.
  • More spin. YUZVENDRA CHAHAL to bowl now.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Gets a boundary. Hardik persists with that line and length outside leg and this time Kusal pulls it wide of the man at fine leg for a boundary. 86/1
  • 8.5 A good slower ball, short and down the leg side, Kusal ducks.
  • 8.4 Another short ball, following the batsman down the leg side, pulled straight to Iyer this time at short mid-wicket. One more to the total.
  • 8.3 Banged in short, pulled towards deep mid-wicket where a misfield from Shreyas Iyer allows the second.
  • 8.2 Outside off, slapped through the covers for a run.
  • 8.1 Full on middle and leg, swung down to long on for a single.
  • 7.6 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single. 77/1
  • 7.5 SIX! But totally miscued. Kusal comes down the track a year in advance and Kuldeep bowls it very slow, on the pads. Perera goes through with his swing and is clearly early. Mistimes it but such is his power that the miscue takes the ball over long on!
  • 7.4 Very flat and full on middle and leg, pushed down to long on for a run.
  • 7.3 Sees the batsman go for the reverse sweep and pushes it slower through the air, outside leg, which allows Kusal to get only a single to short third man.
  • 7.2 A bit of flight on this one, Tharanga gets down and employs the slog sweep but mistimes it to deep mid-wicket. Just a run.
  • 7.1 Full and outside off, blasted down to long off for a single.
  • The ropes are back again. Every 7 overs they come sweeping the ground, to relieve the bowlers of the dew.
  • 6.6 The batsman plays the pull shot. They pick up a single. 66/1
  • 6.5 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 6.4 Backs away to the leg side, Hardik follows him, bangs it in short and Kusal pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 6.3 On middle and leg, Upul waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it to short third man for a single.
  • 6.2 Outside off, slower in pace, Tharanga looks to go over the leg side but misses it comfortably.
  • 6.1 Banged in short, pulled to mid-wicket for a single.
  • India's golden man, with golden strands on his hair, HARDIK PANDYA comes on to bowl now.
  • 5.6 A faster one on the pads, KP misses his flick and the batsmen take a leg bye on the LBW appeal. Seemed to be missing leg. 19 runs off the over, 18 for Kuldeep, because 1 was a leg bye. He conceded 18 in 4 overs overall in Cuttack in the first T20I. 61/1
  • 5.5 SIX! Ho ho ho! He does it again! Almost an action replay of the previous ball, just that the destination is a different one. Kusal comes down the track once again, perhaps a second early and Kuldeep spots it. Bowls it flatter and wider outside off but the southpaw gets to the pitch of the delivery and swings it cleanly over long on.
  • Mid off drops back while long on comes in.
  • 5.4 SIX! Terrific shot! Now Kusal uses his feet. Dances down the track and swings this brilliantly over long off.
  • 5.3 Outside off, punched down to long on for a run.
  • 5.2 FOUR! CLASSY! What a shot. This guy can make tough shots look effortless. Sashays down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it beautifully over covers for a boundary.
  • 5.1 A short ball to start, Kusal gets down and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • The introduction of spin. KULDEEP YADAV to bowl the last over of the Powerplay.
  • 4.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 42/1
  • 4.5 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Nice shot. Full and outside off, Tharanga swings it straight back over the bowler's head for a boundary!
  • KUSAL PERERA walks in at number 3, replacing Dickwella.
  • 4.3 OUT! One wicket down. A length ball on the pads, Dickwella swings it with all his might but perhaps the ball comes slowly off the surface. The timing is totally off and he ends up skewing a simple catch to Hardik Pandya at deep square leg. Possibly the best chance for Sri Lanka would have been Dickwella firing. But...
  • 4.2 The batsman goes after a wide one but misses.
  • 4.1 Comes down the track but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Swings and misses.
  • 3.6 How is that not a boundary? Tharanga clips this through backward square leg and takes the single. Now, Lokesh Rahul has to cover a good distance to his left from square leg and does get to the ball. However, while picking the ball up, he loses his shape and balance. To the naked eye, it does seem like he has touched the ropes. Even one of our senior colleagues, Khalid, whose age is not lesser than a golden jubilee, spots that flack. But they do not refer it upstairs and replays show that Rahul indeed touched the rope. Just the two runs awarded as the batsmen take one on the throw. 36/0
  • 3.5 Excellent yorker, outside leg, good enough for Dickwella who is dancing outside leg. Manages to dig it out for a single.
  • 3.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 3.4 Another wide. Bumrah is trying to cramp Dickwella for room as he is going down the leg side. Somehow, Dickwella misses his flick. Hence, Bumrah is firing it down the leg side.
  • 3.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 3.3 WIDE. A slower ball, down the leg side, Tharanga misses his flick.
  • 3.2 Banged in short, Tharanga goes for the pull but miscues it over mid-wicket. Should have been a single but Kuldeep Yadav runs to his wrong end initially which allows the batsmen to come back for the second.
  • 3.1 Oopss... swings hard at this one, Dickwella. He is cramped for room and the ball goes off the inside edge through fine leg. A single taken.
  • 2.6 Clips this through mid-wicket for one more. 27/0
  • 2.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 2.4 Down the leg side, tucked fine for a single.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Short and outside off, cut over point for boundaries in succession!
  • 2.2 FOUR! Lovely shot. Backs away a touch, Unadkat shortens his length and bowls it wide. But Dickwella is upto it and slashes it with his left leg in the air and gets it over cover for a boundary.
  • 2.1 Short and outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 1.6 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 16/0
  • 1.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 1.4 Flicks this away for a single this time.
  • 1.3 SIX! First of the innings! A short ball, down the leg side, Dickwella just helps it with a pull over fine leg!
  • 1.2 DROPPED! That should have been taken! Well, you can forgive him after his heroic innings. But still. Dickwella miscues his pull and the ball goes towards mid-wicket. Rahul runs back from short mid-wicket, gets to the ball but never gets to the catch. Fumbles multiple times and eventually puts it down. Two runs taken.
  • 1.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Oopsy. What was that? ND attempts a paddle scoop but mistimes it towards mid-wicket. A single taken. 5/0
  • 0.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 0.4 A low full toss outside off, Niroshan looks to punch but gets a bottom edge through mid off. A single taken.
  • 0.3 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 0.2 Outside off, Tharanga swishes but misses.
  • 0.1 Interesting shot, poor running. Full and straight, Dickwella gets down and paddles it over the keeper. Gets more height than distance but luckily for him, Kuldeep Yadav does not get to it from short fine leg. A single taken.
  • We are back! Was that even a break? Well, seems so. Jaydev Unadkat to start off proceedings. Two Sri Lankan batsmen are out as well. Surprising. Can they prove their mettle? Time will tell. Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga are their names. Here we go... ND to face.

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