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India Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (T20)

Date: Sunday, 24 December, 2017 23:11 IST Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

135/7
Overs
20.0
R/R
6.75
Fours
13
Sixes
2
Extras
8
139/5
Overs
19.2
R/R
7.24
Fours
11
Sixes
3
Extras
8
  • 136 then is what is needed for India to whitewash the Lankans. Does not look like a pitch which can assist the bowlers in defending 135. At times, even 190 has proved insufficient. Plenty of dew around. Half of the Lankan players' minds seem to be already on the plane which will carry them to Colombo tomorrow morning. All these factors seem to point towards an early finish... can we get a competitive game? Stay tuned...
  • Unadkat says that he is really happy with his performance tonight. Adds that he and Sundar started well. On the pitch, he says that there was lot of pace and bounce and he just used that to his advantage. On his bowling partnership with Sundar, he says that the duo bowled a lot of overs together in the IPL during the Powerplays, so this was second nature to both. On his comeback to the Indian side, he wants to thank the management and the skipper for backing his skills and give him another opportunity.
  • India had yet another good outing with the ball and even the debutant, Washington Sundar, impressed. He was frugal and so was Unadkat. In fact, if you look at all the Indian bowlers, only Siraj had a bad outing. He will be feeling very bad as against a team where everyone is doing well, to be hit around the park is not a great feeling.
  • Another forgetful batting display from the Lankans. Apart from Asela Gunaratne, no one seemed to be intent on hanging out there in the middle. Yes, it is a T20I and it is on a ground where chasing is relatively easier. But still... that does not mean you go swinging every ball. Too many soft dismissals.
  • 19.6 Full and outside off, driven wide of long off for a couple. Sri Lanka finish on 135/7!
  • 19.5 SIX! Colossal hit! Wow. This was a beauty. A short ball outside off, Shanaka gets underneath it and swings it over long on for a biggie!
  • 19.4 Another top edge off a pull, this one does not carry to long on. A single taken.
  • 19.3 FOUR! SPANKED! Siraj continues to leak runs. This is on a length and Dananjaya clubs it through mid off and gets another boundary.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Streaky one. A short ball on middle, Dananjaya swings hard and gets a top edge over the keeper for a boundary!
  • 19.1 The off cutter on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • Mohammed Siraj to bowl the final over.
  • 18.6 Outside off, punched through mid off for a single. 4-0-15-2 for Unadkat tonight. 117/7
  • 18.5 The batsman comes down the track but misses it completely.
  • 18.4 TOP EDGE! SAFE! Superb bowling from Unadkat. Rolls his fingers nicely over the ball and Shanaka is months early into his pull. Gets a top edge but luckily for him, it lands behind the keeper and short fine leg cannot get to it either. Two runs taken.
  • 18.3 Outside off, pushed towards point for a single.
  • 18.2 Outside off, a swing and a miss.
  • 18.1 Full on middle, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 17.6 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on for a quick run. 3 runs and a wicket from the over, Hardik finishes with figures of 4-0-25-2. 113/7
  • 17.5 Outside off, tapped to third man for a single.
  • 17.4 Outside off, a swing and a miss. Hardik gives a stare and gets the crowd going!
  • Akila Dananjaya walks in. India still in with a chance... to pick up 3 wickets inside the remaining 15 balls...
  • 17.3 OUT! Caught! No fifty for Asela. It is a short ball and should have been put away but Asela has been struggling with his timing on the short balls in his entire innings. This is around middle and off, Gunaratne looks to pull but is beaten by the extra bounce. He miscues it in the air and Kuldeep Yadav runs to his right from short mid-wicket. Gets to the ball before it makes contact with the ground and cups the catch. Ohh... Hardik is pumped up now. Finally we see some celebration.
  • 17.2 A short ball outside off, Gunaratne looks to pull but misses.
  • 17.1 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. They pick up a single.
  • 16.6 The batsman goes after this one but misses the line completely. 110/6
  • 16.5 A short ball, outside off, Dasun looks to pull but is beaten by the lack of bounce. It is bowled at 127 kph. He gets a top edge which hits his helmet, lobs up but does not carry to third man. A single taken.
  • 16.4 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 16.3 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • 16.2 Outside off, played towards backward point. He wants a single and should have had one but Gunaratne does not want it and sends him back. Bizarre. The fielder was not even charging.
  • 16.1 A short ball, on the hips, pulled uppishly but over the square leg umpire. Just a single.
  • Jaydev Unadkat is back on.
  • 15.6 SIX! Ho ho ho! Finally a biggie for the night! We saw plenty in the second game but this is the first in this one. Full and outside off, Shanaka reaches out and lofts it cleanly over extra cover for a flat six! Sri Lanka need to do what Shoaib Malik did a few hours ago... 106/6
  • 15.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 15.5 WIDE. A bouncer but down the leg side, Dasun ducks and watches it sail over his head.
  • 15.4 Another push at a ball from Shanaka from his crease and gets beaten.
  • 15.3 Down the leg side again, clipped to fine leg for one more. Boundaries needed.
  • 15.2 Outside off, run down to third man for a run.
  • 15.1 Down the leg side, nudged fine for a single.
  • Hardik Pandya is back on.
  • 14.6 A short ball on middle, pulled towards fine leg for a run. 96/6
  • 14.5 The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 14.4 Outside off, Shanaka pushes at that but misses.
  • 14.3 Short and outside off, Gunaratne cuts it hard to point and takes off for the single. Dinesh Karthik has a shy at the bowler's end but it hits Gunaratne's bat and lobs to long on. For all those thinking about asking, if that had been caught at long off, Gunaratne would not have been out. No, just to be safe. You never know with laws these days...
  • 14.3 WIDE. Slips this down the leg side, Gunaratne cannot connect.
  • 14.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 14.1 A short ball, pulled straight to short mid-wicket.
  • The ropes are out again, to sweep the dew out of the ground.
  • 13.6 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. 91/6
  • 13.5 NOT OUT. Umpire's call! A good review though. Tossed up around off, Gunaratne gets across to flick and the ball goes off something to short fine leg. Kuldeep appeals and even puts in an extended appeal. But the umpire stays put. He then signals a leg bye and now the bowler wants the review. He is seconded by Dhoni and sure enough, it does look extremely close in replays. The height saves Asela. Clipping the top of the stumps.
  • Howzzat? Kuldeep reckons he has his man. Rohit takes the review for LBW against Gunaratne.
  • 13.4 Full again, pushed to long off for a single.
  • 13.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 13.2 Full again, pushes towards long on for a run.
  • 13.1 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Dasun Shanaka walks in to join the procession. 4 wickets left, still double that number of overs remaining.
  • 12.6 OUT! Soft dismissal. Sorry, ANOTHER soft dismissal. A nothing ball, a nothing shot to complement that. Full and on middle and leg, Thisara clips it uppishly but it is straight to his counterpart at short mid-wicket. Thank you for coming. Siraj is overjoyed. He picks out skippers, doesn't he? Williamson the other night in his first T20I against New Zealand and Thisara tonight. 85/6
  • 12.5 Short ball, pull.....safe! Siraj is unlucky. He has bowled bad balls but also good ones. However, the latter have gone to unmanned areas. A short ball, aimed at the batsman's head. Perera goes for the hook and mistimes it in the air. Two fielders converge, one from deep backward square leg and one from mid-wicket. However, the ball lands in between! The second fielder gets to the ball and keeps the batsmen to a couple.
  • 12.4 FOUR! SMOKED! Dear non-striker, do you have a life insurance? Please get one without delay! Full and outside off, Thisara blasts it over his partner who has to duck just in time. Mid off has no chance.
  • 12.3 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Hit that really hard. Fractionally short outside off, Perera launches onto it and crashes it through point for a boundary!
  • 12.1 Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Mohammed Siraj is back. Change of ends for him.
  • 11.6 The batsman plays the square cut. They pick up a single. 3 runs and a wicket for Kuldeep in the over whose figures read 3-0-21-1. 74/5
  • 11.5 Full and down the leg side, flicked behind square leg for a single to get off the mark.
  • Finally, skipper Thisara Perera comes on to bat, at number 7, replacing Gunathilaka.
  • 11.4 OUT! Catching practice continues. The Sri Lankan batsmen are giving good audition to be fielding coaches. Remember those good old coaches giving fielding practice to players before the game begins? These lads are giving an extension to the Indian fielders. Full and on the stumps, Gunathilaka gets down and sweeps it hard, really hard. But straight to Hardik Pandya at the mid-wicket fence. No celebration from Pandya, in fact even the bowler is not excited. Really looks like a fielding drill. Half the side gone, a little less than half the overs left. Can they bat out their full quota tonight?
  • 11.3 Gets across his stumps and looks to cut but is too close to the ball and is beaten.
  • 11.2 Works it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 11.1 Slightly short on middle, Gunaratne goes back and heaves it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.6 Full and outside off, clipped through mid-wicket for one more. Excellent debut by Sundar in T20Is - 4-0-22-1. 71/4
  • 10.5 Tucks this through square leg and gets a run.
  • 10.4 Pushes this towards long on, past Rahul and gets a single.
  • 10.3 Smart keeping. Quicker from Sundar, it is outside off and Gunaratne looks to cut. He is beaten by pace but how quick is Dhoni? Takes the ball and then whoosh! The bails are off. Superb stumping except that the batsman was in the crease always.
  • 10.2 Walks across his stumps and works it towards long on. However, Lokesh Rahul gets across from short mid-wicket and that pushes Asela back in his crease. There is a but of a stumble from the fielder but no run conceded.
  • 10.1 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
  • Washington Sundar to bowl his last over.
  • 9.6 Very full on off, Asela sweeps it in the gap between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a couple. 67/4
  • 9.5 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 9.4 FOUR! INNOVATIVE! He loves playing this shot and hence he is a difficult batsman to bowl to. Yadav floats it up on middle, Asela brings out the reverse sweep and connects well, over point for a boundary.
  • 9.3 GOOD RUNNING! Kuldeep bowls it slower on middle, turning back into the batsman. Asela flicks it with minimal power towards mid-wicket and runs two.
  • 9.2 A full toss on middle, Danushka can't take full toll of it. He mistimes his sweep shot to deep square leg for a run.
  • 9.1 Works it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 8.6 Shorter in length on off, Gunathilaka punches it to covers. 57/4
  • 8.5 The batsman goes after this one but misses the line completely.
  • 8.4 Walks across and flicks it down towards fine leg for a run.
  • Danushka Gunathilaka walks out at no. 6.
  • 8.3 OUT! Just as Sri Lanka looked to build a partnership, India strike! Sadeera who was intent to use his feet does it again but does not get close to the pitch off the ball. He still goes through with the shot as he tries to go over mid off but is undone by the bounce. The ball does not hit the middle and lobs towards mid off. Dinesh Karthik there tracks back and takes a neat catch. Sri Lanka lose their 4th inside ten overs and are now staring down the barrel.
  • 8.3 WIDE! Another short ball called wide! Pandya bangs it in and the ball bounces over the batsmen's head as he watches it go past him. The umpire signals a wide.
  • 8.2 A bumper on middle, Asela camps back and pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 8.1 Good length on off, Sadeera cuts it down towards third man for a run. The man was quite fine there or else Sadeera would have fetched himself a boundary.
  • 7.6 Again uses his feet, Sadeera. Kuldeep fires it full on off. Samarawickrama tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards the off side and a single is taken. 53/3
  • 7.5 Brings out the sweep shot towards deep fine leg for a run.
  • 7.4 Punched off the backfoot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 7.3 FOUR! JUST OVER! Sadeera uses his feet and flicks it just over the mid-wicket fielder, who jumps and tries to reach to it but is not able to do so and the ball races to the fence.
  • 7.2 EDGED AND DROPPED! This one should have been taken by Dhoni, you don't see him dropping a lot. Another googly by the bowler but shorter in length. Asela goes back and tries to force it through the off side. He gets an outside edge in the process. The ball hits the thumb of Dhoni and goes towards short third man. Asela with a reprieve this time. Takes the single.
  • 7.1 BEAUTIFUL! A wrong 'un to start with. Pitches it on off and turns away. Asela tries to defend but gets beaten. Dhoni is quick to remove the bails but the batsman never left his crease. The bowler is strangely appealing for a caught behind but he is the only one doing so.
  • We saw this in the first two matches also after every seven overs. The groundsmen have come out with the rope to sweep the dew out of the ground. Also Kuldeep Yadav has been brought into the attack.
  • 6.6 Short and wide outside off, a scoring opportunity but not put away. He goes for the cut but is beaten by the extra bounce. 45/3
  • 6.5 On the pads, Sadeera flicks it through square leg for a couple.
  • 6.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 6.3 FOUR! That has gone off the helmet! Given runs though! Sadeera won't mind. Hardik again bowls it short on middle, Samarawickrama tries to pull but is beaten by pace. The ball hits the helmet and races to the fine leg fence.
  • 6.2 Angles it on the pads, Asela flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 6.1 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 6.1 WIDE! A bounce by Pandya, he loves bowling that length. But this time it is down the leg side.
  • Hardik Pandya is into the attack.
  • 5.6 Slower ball outside off, on the shorter side. Sadeera tries to cut but gets beaten. 37/3
  • 5.5 FOUR! Lovely! Fuller on off, Sadeera leans into it and drives it through covers. Such is the outfield here that the ball races to the fence.
  • 5.4 Sadeera walks across his stumps and also takes a couple of steps ahead. Siraj lands it on a length around off. SS tries to flick but misses only to get hit on the pads. There is a muted appeal from the bowler but the umpire stays put.
  • 5.3 Works it with the angle towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 5.3 WIDE! Tries to roughen the batsman up with a bounce but the ball bounces way too high and the umpire signals a wide.
  • 5.2 FOUR! They need to keep doing this! Sri Lanka, that is. Gunaratne uses his feet and Siraj bangs it short. Asela slaps it through covers for a boundary.
  • 5.1 EXCELLENT FIELDING EFFORT! Short and wide outside off, Samarawickrama cuts it towards Pandey at point. He dives full stretch to his left and makes a half stop. The batsmen take a run but Pandey there surely saved some runs for his side.
  • First change for India! Mohammed Siraj is into the attack.
  • 4.6 DROPPED! A very tough chance there! Sundar bowls it quicker outside off. Sadeera tries to push it through the off side but gets an outside edge in the process which hits the forearm of Dhoni and then goes to the right of Karthik who initially moves to his left, then adjusts and sticks his hand out towards his right but can't hang onto it. The ball rolls towards short third man for a run. A life for Sadeera, he would want to make full use of it. 26/3
  • 4.5 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 4.4 Fuller in length, Asela mistimes his sweep towards square leg for no runs.
  • 4.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 4.2 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Short and on the stumps. Gunaratne has all the time in the world to camp back and pull it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 4.1 Flicks it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 3.6 ALMOST DRAGS IT ON! A length ball outside off, Gunaratne tries to defend leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball takes the inside edge and goes over the stumps, to the keeper. 19/3
  • 3.5 Good length on off, Sadeera tries to defend as he gets an inside edge towards the leg side for a run.
  • 3.4 Shorter in length on middle, Sadeera pulls it to mid-wicket.
  • Asela Gunaratne strides out to the middle.
  • 3.3 OUT! Another one bites the dust! This is poor from Sri Lanka! A needless shot from Tharanga here. Unadkat bowls it on a length on off, Tharanga tries to go big over the leg side. He gets the elevation but not the distance and holes out to Pandya at deep mid-wicket. Unadkat is a delighted man as he gets his second.
  • 3.2 FOUR! DEFT! A length ball outside off. All Tharanga does is, opens his face off the bat and guides it down through third man for a boundary.
  • 3.1 The batsman goes after a wide one and misses.
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama walks out at no. 4.
  • 2.6 OUT! 1st T20I wicket for Washington Sundar and it is a big one! Kusal Perera walks back early today! Sundar tosses it up on middle and the ball sticks on the surface. Perera pays the price for playing across as he tries to play it to long on. He is early into the shot as he balloons it back to the bowler who accepts a simple catch. India have two early wickets and Sri Lanka are in deep trouble now. 14/2
  • 2.5 FOUR! Sloppy effort in the field! Sundar tosses it up on off, Perera goes across the line towards wide long on. Pandya there runs to his left. The ball bounces and spins away from him. He does not expect that as he has overran it and concedes a boundary.
  • 2.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 2.3 Fuller in length on off, Perera drives it back towards the bowler.
  • 2.2 Quicker outside off, Tharanga guides it towards short third man for a run.
  • 2.1 Flatter delivery on middle, Tharanga defends it off the front foot.
  • 1.6 Good length around off, Tharanga guides it down to third man for a run. 9/1
  • Kusal Perera walks out to the middle. He played an excellent knock in the last game. Can he do the same here?
  • 1.5 OUT! Unadkat draws first blood! He has dismissed Dickwella three times in the three T20Is. His bunny you can say. He bowls it on a length around middle, Dickwella tries to go over mid on with a flick shot but the ball hits him high on the bat and goes straight up in the air towards that fielder. Mohammed Siraj there, runs back and takes an easy catch. An early wicket down for Sri Lanka. The dangerous Dickwella walks back cheaply yet again.
  • 1.4 Good length on off, Dickwella defends it back to the bowler.
  • 1.3 Uses his feet to the fast bowler this time but comes down way too early. Unadkat sees that and bowls it shorter in length on middle, Dickwella tries to go over the off side but gets beaten.
  • 1.3 WIDE! Bowls it short and wide outside off, Dickwella tries to cash in on the width offered with a cut shot but misses. The ball was too wide and hence the umpire signals a wide.
  • 1.2 LEG BYE! He fires this one on the pads, Tharanga tries to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and goes towards square leg for a leg bye. Tharanga will feel he missed out on a opportunity to score there as the ball was on the leg stump.
  • 1.1 Right on the money! A length ball by Unadkat on the stumps, Upul defends it towards covers.
  • Jaydev Unadkat will bowl the second over. He too has a single slip in place.
  • 0.6 Bowls it slower this time on middle, Dickwella plants his front foot forward and defends it. 6 runs from the first over. 6/0
  • 0.5 Fires it on the pads, Tharanga flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Off the mark in style! Sundar tosses it up on off, a bit too full though. Tharanga plants his front foot ahead and goes over mid off for a boundary.
  • 0.3 Quicker on middle, Tharanga lunges forward and defends it.
  • 0.2 Uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it to the left off the bowler. Sundar misfields and concedes a run. First run for the batting side.
  • 0.1 A dot to start his T20I career. Sundar bowls a flatter ball, angling into the batsman. Dickwella walks across and clips it towards mid-wicket. He thinks about a run but is sent back by his partner.
  • We are done and dusted with the national anthems. We are all set for the action to begin. The Indian team are seen in a huddle. The Sri Lanka openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga walk out to the middle. Spin to start with, Washington Sundar, the debutant, will open the bowling for India. He has one slip in place. Here we go...
  • The teams walk out for their respective national anthems. Sri Lanka will sing their first, followed by the Indians.
  • Sri Lankan skipper, Thisara Perera, says he wanted to bat first so losing the toss does not make a lot of difference. He hopes his players give their 100 percent and do something special. Informs they have two changes in their team, Danushka Gunathilaka and Dasun Shanaka come in for Angelo Mathews and Chaturanga de Silva.
  • Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma opines that the conditions will remain the same throughout the game. Mentions they have been batting first and they now want to try something different. Reckons the dew will play an important part but they have to play good cricket and adjust to the conditions. Further adds he is having a great time playing for his country and helping them win. Ends by saying it has been a great home season and he wants to end it on a high. Informs Washington Sundar comes in for Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj replaces Jasprit Bumrah.
  • Toss - Rohit Sharma tosses the coin, Thisara Perera calls tails and heads it is. India win the toss and opt to bowl first.
  • Pitch Report - Sunil Gavaskar and Russel Arnold are expecting another run fest. They inform there is a little grass which will help the ball to come onto the bat. Add further that there are little patches on the wicket and the spinners might get some assistance. (On being asked what Sri Lanka should do after winning the toss) Sunil Gavaskar says they should bat first, post a big total on the board and put India under pressure.
  • Sri Lanka on the other hand, will be playing for pride. Surprisingly, they are yet to be whitewashed in this tour and they would like to keep that record intact. They will have to do it without their experienced campaigner Angelo Mathews who will miss this game due to an injury he suffered in the last match. Their bowling and batting has been inconsistent throughout and Perera would hope for all his players to flourish tonight and end 2017 on a high. Stay tuned for the toss...
  • The home side has been impressive in all the three departments and they will look to inflict a whitewash. With the series in the bag India, will tinker with their squad. One change is for sure, Washington Sundar will be making his T20I debut as he was handed his cap earlier, a proud moment for the youngster. It will be interesting to see who sits out for him. The hosts don't have an impressive record here as they have never won a T20I game at the Wankhede and Rohit Sharma would hope for their first victory here today.
  • Two convincing victories for India, one courtesy a brilliant spell by Yuzvendra Chahal, bagging a four-fer and the other, a magnificent ton by their skipper, Rohit Sharma, has seen them clinch the series in the first two games. Now we head to Mumbai, for the third and the final T20I, a dead rubber, between the Men in Blue and the Lankans. Hello a welcome to our coverage.
  • Another series win for the Indians. This is their 16th series win at home since November 2015. WOAH! How dominant are they at home? Well Sri Lanka would know as they were unable to avoid a whitewash. India on the other have tougher challenges ahead and they look a good enough side to compete. So folks, that is it from the coverage of this game. Merry Christmas to everybody. Good bye and take care!
  • Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, was always confident about winning the game as they still had more fire power to come. He says It was a plan playing with 6 batters and an all-rounder. Reckons every player who got an opportunity made an impact. He mentions it is a team effort and every player in the series has done his job, right from the one day series to the T20I series. States a lot of the guys who were playing their first game or their second game showed a lot of maturity. Admits since the series against Australia they have done a lot of things right. Ends by saying there were some hiccups but it is a part of the learning curve.
  • Man of the series, Jaydev Unadkat, says things went really well for him. Mentions to get such results is a big thing. Admits the Indian T20 League and the handwork in the nets has paid off. Further adds the domestic circuit has helped him mature as a player. Informs he was eager to make his comeback. He says the comeback in 2013 was not that great but he is happy to have done well this time. Opines he is in an important phase of his career and he has to keep himself motivated and hope to do well for his team. Ends by saying the performance in the Indian T20 League and the domestic league has given him a lot of confidence.
  • Sri Lankan skipper, Thisara Perera, says he is very proud of his bowling unit. Appreciates the fielding and credits the coach for that. Mentions they have learnt a lot as they know India is a big team at the moment and they hope to continue their good performance in the next series as well. He hopes their batting clicks on regular basis if they are to start winning games.
  • Ravi Shastri says the they respect oppositions and stay grounded. Credits Jaydev Unadkat for the way he bowled. Admits giving the youngsters the opportunity was the main motive of this series. States a win or a loss in a T20 game does not matter to them. Ends by saying, South Africa is the real challenge now and the team is good enough to compete.
  • Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey say they was under pressure but the ball was coming and and they backed themselves as only one boundary was needed. Mentions It was nice to see MS and Dinesh to finish it off in style. Reckon they batted well but is should have been over earlier. Credit Sri Lanka for their bowing. Karthik Admits the wicket suited him as there was good pace and bounce. He further adds the pitch would have been a great day 1 Test wicket. He opines It is tricky to play a T20 on this wicket as there is something for the bowler and for the batsmen. Ends by saying they have been quite dominant in this tour, except for the game in Dharamsala. Appreciates the batsmen and the bowlers for their performance. We now have the Indian coach, Ravi Shastri, for another interview.
  • Earlier in the game, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. They posted what looked like a below-par total with Asela Gunaratne top scoring for them with a 36. Every Indian bowler except for Siraj was impressive with Jaydev Unadkat being the pick off the bowlers, going for just 15 runs in his four overs and picking two wickets. We now have Sanjay Manjrekar with Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik for an interview.
  • India seemed to be in trouble but then a 42-run stand between Iyer and Pandey put them in command. Though the former was run out in an unfortunate manner, the latter continued playing his shots. With 37 needed from 31, it seemed the home side will cruise to victory but two quick wickets for the Lankans gave them some hope. However, it was all diminished by the pair of Karthik and Dhoni who sealed it in the last over.
  • 3-0, a whitewash is what India have inflicted on the Sri Lankan side. After two lopsided victories, we have finally witnessed a close encounter, a last over finish. Defending a modest-looking target of 136, the Lankans needed to bowl really well and they did exactly that. Chameera and Dananjaya were excellent in the Powerplay and did not give a lot away and also managed to take the early wicket of KL Rahul.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Finishes it off in style! A full toss on the leg stump by Perera, Dhoni flicks it through square leg for a boundary. INDIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
  • 19.1 SCORES LEVEL! Overthrows making the matter worse for the Lankans! It wouldn't have mattered though. Perera bowls it full on middle, Dhoni goes uppish but short of the fielder at long on. They complete one. The fielder scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end and the ball deflects away from the fielder backing up and the batsmen take another overthrow.
  • 18.6 SIX! The bowler took a good 2 minutes to have a chat with his skipper before this ball and did a lot of fielding placement talk. After all that and all the thinking put into it, he ends up serving a full toss! Poor, very poor from Pradeep. He comes running in and bowls a high full toss. Not many would miss out on those and Karthik dispatches it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 3 needed off the last over. 133/5
  • 18.5 Up and over short mid-wicket but not enough on it to reach the boundary! A full ball on middle, Karthik flicks it over mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and makes a stop. Two taken by the batsmen 9 off 7. An important last ball coming up.
  • 18.4 Dot! 11 off 8 now! Pressure getting to Karthik, he tries to be cheeky with a scoop but does not connect. Even though it was down the leg side the umpire does not call it a wide as he was trying the paddle scoop.
  • 18.3 Fullish ball on middle, Karthik swings it through mid-wicket for a couple. 11 off 9 now.
  • 18.2 On a length on off, Dhoni chips it to the right of the bowler and down towards mid on for a run. India finding it difficult to score boundaries.
  • 18.1 A single to start with! A short ball outside off, Karthik cuts it through point for a run.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is back into the attack.
  • 17.6 A dot to finish! Precious, precious at this stage. Perera drags his length back outside off, Dhoni defends it towards covers. He thinks off a run but after seeing the fielder get to it quickly he opts against it. 15 off the last two. 121/5
  • 17.5 The batsman guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • 17.4 Full ball on off, Dhoni eases it down to long off for a run. 4 singles in this over. The runs required are still more than the balls remaining.
  • 17.3 ANOTHER ACROBATIC STOP! A short ball outside off, Karthik cuts it towards point. The fielder there dives to his left and makes an excellent stop. A run taken though.
  • 17.2 Fuller in length on off, driven through mid off for a run.
  • 17.1 On the pads, Karthik flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • Thisara Perera is back into the attack. 20 needed from 18.
  • 16.6 NOT OUT! It is going over the stumps! A review in hope I feel by the Lankans. Chameera bowls it on a length on off, shapes in after pitching. Dhoni foes for the flick but misses. The ball hits him on the pads and the players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Sri Lanka immediately review and the replays roll in. There is no inside edge on Ultra Edge but Hawk Eye shows the ball to be going over the stumps. The on-field call stays. 116/5
  • A huge appeal for LBW against Dhoni not given! They have reviewed it straightaway as it will be a big wicket. Height might be an issue though.
  • 16.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. Two runs added to the total.
  • 16.4 FOUR! Streaky! Even if Dhoni intended it, it was never meant to be hit so fine. Chameera bowls it on a length around off, gets it to straighten. Dhoni tries to guide it down to third man but the ball goes off the edge to the right off the keeper. Dickwella puts in a full length dive but is not able to reach it and it goes down to the third man fence.
  • 16.3 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • Sri Lanka are not happy with the ball as it may have got too wet. The umpires also agree and they are changing it.
  • 16.2 Back of a length no middle, Dhoni tucks it around the corner to get off the mark.
  • MS Dhoni walks out to bat. 28 from 23 needed. Can he finish it?
  • 16.1 OUT! BOWLED 'EM! Chameera strikes! He has been excellent tonight. He comes running in and lands it on a length around off, gets it to jag back in. Pandey with no foot movement, tries to flick it through the leg side. He leaves a big gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and hits timber. The set Manish Pandey is walking back and Chameera is elated. A good innings by Pandey comes to an end. Two new batsmen at the crease now just what Sri Lanka wanted. 28 from 23 needed with 6 wickets in hand. Game on?
  • Dushmantha Chameera is back into the attack.
  • 15.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 108/4
  • 15.5 FOUR! SLAPPED! A short ball, not the delivery you want to be bowling at this stage. Pandey stands tall and slaps it through covers. The outfield here is lightning fast which gives the sweeper cover fielder no chance. 29 needed from 25 now. India in command here.
  • 15.4 Flicks it with the angle towards mid-wicket. Asela there, misfields and concedes a run. They need to stop these if they are to win this game.
  • 15.3 On the pads, Karthik loves it there. He flicks it through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 15.2 Fuller in length on off, driven to covers.
  • 15.1 Length ball on middle, pushed to long on for a run.
  • Dinesh Karthik walks out to the middle.
  • 14.6 OUT! It is a legal delivery! A big wicket. Sri Lanka are not letting India get away. After being hit for two boundaries in the over, Shanaka gets a breakthrough. He bangs it in short outside off, Pandya tries to be cheeky as he plays the upper cut. The ball goes off the toe-end and into the gloves off the keeper. Pandya starts walking as he knew he has edged it but the umpires ask him to wait as they go upstairs to check for the no ball. But replays show the front foot is fine. Hardik is not happy with himself and the Lankans are ecstatic. 37 needed now from 30. 99/4
  • Action all-around! Pandya is out caught behind but wait...They are going upstairs to check whether the bowler has overstepped.
  • 14.5 Fuller on off, Pandya times it through covers for a couple. Good running.
  • 14.4 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. They pick up a single.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Over compensates now! Shanaka tries to bowl it fuller but ends up serving a full toss, a gift for Pandey. He thwacks it through mid-wicket to fetch himself another boundary. Back-to-back in this over. Is this the game-changing over?
  • 14.2 FOUR! Too easy! Short at 124 kph, it sits up to be hit. Pandey rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 44 needed of 34 now.
  • 14.1 Fuller in length on off, driven down to long off for a run.
  • 13.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 87/3
  • 13.5 FOUR! Again the fielders have to support the bowler! Akila floats it full on middle, Pandey bludgeons it down the ground. Gunathilaka at long off, runs to his right, puts in a dive but only manages to push the ball onto his partner coming in from long on who is lazy to bend. A boundary results.
  • 13.4 A wrong 'un, Pandya reads it and flicks it towards long on for a run.
  • 13.3 Fires it on middle, Pandey pushes it down to long on for a run.
  • 13.2 OUT! Very unfortunate way of getting out for Iyer! Akila drags his length back on the stumps, Pandey rocks back and hits it hard towards the bowler. Iyer was backing up a long way as Dananjaya gets his finger tips to the ball and it deflects back to the stumps. The bowler appeals and the umpire raises his finger as Iyer starts walking back. A big-wicket, just when this partnership looked to take away the game from the Lankans. 55 needed now from 40. Game on!
  • Hardik Pandya walks out at no. 5.
  • 13.1 Excellent fielding! The captain leading from the front! A short ball outside off, Pandey pushes it towards Perera who dives to his left and makes a good stop.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack.
  • Oh no! Iyer is limping out there and now the physio has come out to have a look. He was holding his hamstring. Not good signs for India as the ropes come out one over prior to sweep the dew off the ground. The players in the meantime are having a drink. Iyer seems okay now and he is ready to go.
  • 12.6 Bangs it in outside off, Pandey flat bats it to mid off for a quick run. 81/2
  • 12.5 Very sloppy from Sri Lanka! They need to be more aware as runs are not easy to come. Chameera bowls a short ball outside off, Pandey cuts it towards sweeper cover. They complete one, seeing Asela go slow towards the ball. Iyer returns for the second. The fielder fires a throw at the bowler's end but the batsman makes his crease. Also Iyer might have hurt himself while taking the second as he is seen limping.
  • 12.5 WIDE! The thinking was not bad there but the accuracy has to be there. Chameera bangs it in short but down the leg side and the umpire calls it a wide. Captain Perera is not a happy man.
  • 12.4 Goes wide off the crease and bowls it on middle, Iyer clips it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 12.3 WELL BOWLED! A dot! A length ball on off, shapes away after pitching. Iyer tries to defend but gets beaten. They need more of these now.
  • 12.3 WIDE! Not what Sri Lanka need, they can't give away easy runs here. Slips this ball down the leg side and the umpire signals a wide.
  • 12.2 On the pads again, too easy for Iyer. He flicks it through backward square leg to bag himself a brace.
  • 12.1 Flicks it with the angle through square leg for a run.
  • Dushmantha Chameera is into the attack now.
  • 11.6 SIX! BANG! A much-needed one. First boundary in 29 balls. Shanaka bowls a full ball on off, right in the zone for Iyer. He just lofts it over long off for a biggie. Rohit Sharma in the dressing room loved that shot. 64 needed from 48. 72/2
  • 11.5 Very full outside off, squeezed out to point.
  • 11.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.3 Shorter in length on middle, Iyer pulls it towards deep square leg for a run. Singles won't harm Sri Lanka.
  • 11.2 Fuller in length on middle, Iyer eases it down the ground for a couple.
  • 11.1 Back of a length on off, Manish pushes it through the off side for a run.
  • Change of ends for Dasun Shanaka.
  • 10.6 Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single. 61/2
  • 10.5 HOWZAAAT! Was that pad first or bat first? Akila tosses it up on middle, it goes on with the arm. Pandey presses forward to defend with bat and pad close to each other. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Dickwella asks the bowler whether it was bat and Akila himself is not sure, indicating that perhaps it was bat first. Replays later on show that it was pad first but the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps. Hence the decision would have stayed as it would have been an umpire's call.
  • 10.4 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
  • 10.3 NOT OUT! Excellent running! Akila bowls a short ball on middle, stays a touch low. Iyer pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. He runs a single and then goes for the second. The fielder fires a throw to the keeper who whips the bails off and appeals. Iyer seems to be in but the umpire still takes it upstairs. Replays show that Shreyas has made it in quite comfortably.
  • They have gone upstairs for a run out appeal against Iyer. He seems to be in though but just to be sure.
  • 10.2 Flatter ball on middle, Manish works it around the corner for a run.
  • 10.1 A dot to start with! Akila tosses it up on off, Pandey defends it to covers.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack.
  • 9.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 56/2
  • 9.5 A length ball outside off, Pandey hops and punches it back to the bowler.
  • 9.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.3 Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • 9.2 Nice shot, but no timing. A length ball on middle, Iyer lofts this over the bowler but long on cuts it off. Two runs taken.
  • 9.1 Excellent effort in the deep! A short ball outside off, Iyer plays it nicely with the extra bounce and guides it through the vacant first slip position towards third man. However, Akila Dananjaya covers good ground to his left from third man and dives to stop the ball, keeping the batsmen down to two. Remember my childhood days, wherein I used to play such shots on a gaming console and get a boundary every time. Not suggesting that I am an old man by any means but still... those were the days... as they say...
  • Thisara Perera is back on.
  • 8.6 Much better. Waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it to third man for a single. 50 up for India but it has taken a long time to come. 86 more needed from 66 balls. 50/2
  • 8.5 Ahhh.... now impatience gets the better of Shreyas as he wildly hacks at a full ball outside off and nearly drags it back onto his stumps. The ball goes behind to the keeper and the batsman wants a single but Pandey sends him back.
  • 8.4 Full on middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 8.3 Needless poke. That is the third time in this innings, at least from my memory that Iyer has attempted a run down to third man, but with his bat well away from the ball. Missed on all the three occasions.
  • 8.2 Outside off, Pandey waits for the ball and dabs it to third man for a single.
  • 8.1 A short ball, going down the leg side, Iyer misses his tuck and the ball goes off his thigh pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 7.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 47/2
  • 7.5 That nearly gets him! Fine delivery. Pitched outside off and jags back in, Pandey is caught in his crease as he looks to flick. The ball goes off something and dies on its way to Niroshan Dickwella. He dives to his left but misses the ball as it kisses its gloves enroute the fence behind. Was that bat? Nope. Hit the pad. 89 more needed from 73 balls now.
  • 7.4 Well played. Waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it to third man for a run.
  • 7.3 Outside off, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 7.2 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. One run added to the total.
  • 7.1 On middle and leg, flicked away for a comfortable single.
  • Manish Pandey is the new man in at number 4, replacing his skipper.
  • 6.6 OUT! Rohit departs cheaply tonight! The bounce does the trick again. Shanaka bangs it in short and the Indian captain goes for the pull. He is cramped a bit for room and miscues it to deep mid-wicket. Kusal Perera is stationed at the boundary and it should have been a fairly simple catch but somehow he misjudges it. Eventually he takes it at the last moment, needing to dive forward for the catch. Do Sri Lanka believe? Not a bad start at all. India need 97 from 78 balls... 39/2
  • 6.5 Banged in short, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 6.4 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 6.3 Outside off, this time Shreyas gets right behind the line and defends.
  • 6.2 Outside off, Iyer looks to run it down to third man but there is no feet movement and he misses.
  • 6.1 A short ball around middle, Rohit looks to tuck it fine but the ball goes off his gloves, onto his thigh and goes towards square leg. A single taken.
  • Dasun Shanaka is the third bowling change in the last three overs.
  • 5.6 Full on middle, clipped straight to short mid-wicket. 11 from the over, India end the Powerplay on 37/1. 37/1
  • 5.5 Full and outside off, Iyer drives it beautifully through the covers but does not have enough on it to get a boundary. Nearly collides with Pradeep while turning for the second but completes it eventually. 99 more needed from 85 balls now.
  • 5.4 Outside off, steered to third man quietly for a single.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Brilliant timing! The ball is straighter, fuller as well but Rohit does not go too hard at it. Just flicks it through square leg and there is millions of real estate available. Rarely found in Mumbai but Thisara has kept plenty of that at the Wankhede. How can a Mumbaikar miss out? Rohit does not either.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Not quite well hit but since it is the Powerplay, Rohit gets a boundary. The ball is dropped short on middle and the Indian skipper instantly goes for the pull but the bounce does him in. However, the miscue goes over mid-wicket and he gets a boundary. 106 more needed from 88 balls now.
  • 5.1 A length ball in line of the stumps, watchfully defended.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is on as well.
  • 4.6 Comes back in a long way, Iyer falls over in his attempt to flick and is hit on the pads. Thisara appeals a bit late but the umpire shakes his head. 26/1
  • 4.5 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 4.4 Pushes this straight to point.
  • 4.3 On middle and leg, tucked away for a single to the leg side.
  • 4.2 Oohhh... this one comes back in a long way, Sharma is cut into half as he looks to defend and the ball goes just over the stumps.
  • 4.1 FOUR! TAKE THAT! Welcome into the attack, mate! Short and wide outside off, gentle gentle gentle loosener but Rohit is not at all gentle. Smashes that through point and gets a boundary.
  • Thisara Perera brings himself on now.
  • 3.6 Short and wide outside off, Shreyas misses out, slashing hard but making contact with thin air. Just one bad ball in that over and a wicket as well for Chameera. 21/1
  • 3.5 On middle and off, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 3.4 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 3.3 FOUR! Gets too straight, does Chameera and it is Merry Christmas for Shreyas Iyer. Flicks it through mid-wicket and gets the gift as a boundary.
  • Shreyas Iyer walks in at number 3, replacing Rahul.
  • 3.2 OUT! Umpire's call it is and the decision stays! Wow. India have lost a wicket. That looked so, so not out to the naked eye. Pitched outside off, coming in a long way, hitting the batsman almost around leg stump. Rahul missed his flick and was hit on the pads. Chameera kept on appealing and eventually the umpire raised his finger. Even on the replays, it seems like the ball will go past the leg stump. But, Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the top of leg stump, which means umpire's call. Rahul will consider himself unlucky. One of those rare LBW reviews where a batsman takes instantaneously, without even consulting his partner. Early strike for Sri Lanka.
  • Rahul has been adjudged LBW! He seems confident though that it is not the right decision as he has reviewed it straightaway...
  • 3.1 On a length outside off, cutting back in, Rahul hops and taps it towards extra cover.
  • 2.6 Outside off, pushed towards long on for a run. 13 from that over. 17/0
  • 2.5 The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
  • 2.4 SIX! Number 65 for Rohit in 2017 across formats. This is another leggie, outside off but this time Rohit is to the pitch of the ball. Hits it cleanly through the line and gets it over long off!
  • 2.3 Full and around middle, well blocked out.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Not pretty well hit but he finds the gap. Floated on off, seemed to be a leg break, Rohit got down and slog swept it over mid-wicket. His intention was much squarer but he will take the boundary. 127 more needed from 106 balls now.
  • 2.1 Full on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 1.6 Outside off, punched straight to short extra cover. Not a bad start by the opening bowlers. 4/0
  • 1.5 Now Rohit flashes at one and misses. This was short and wide though, outside off but Sharma was beaten by pace and bounce on his attempted slash.
  • 1.4 Landed outside off, this time Rahul sensibly pushes the ball to third man and gets a single.
  • 1.3 Rash shot. A length ball outside off, LR just flays at that without moving his feet and misses the ball by a long, long way.
  • 1.2 Around off, watchfully defended this time.
  • 1.1 Beauty! Full and outside off, Rahul looks to defend but the ball swings away past the outside edge.
  • Dushmantha Chameera to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 DROPPED! Dananjaya nearly had his man. He bowled a leg spinner this time and Rohit was down the track again. He hit this very hard but back to the bowler. The bowler leaped with all his might but the ball brushed only his fingertips and went to mid off. Very difficult chance. But a very good over from the spinner. 3/0
  • 0.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 0.4 Full on middle, Sharma comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for the first run of the bat in this innings.
  • 0.3 How is he not bowled? On most pitches, that would have hit the timber. The googly on middle, Rohit looks to defend but leaves a truckload of a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through but bounces over the stumps!
  • 0.2 Outside off, dabbed straight to the off side.
  • 0.1 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 0.1 WIDE. That turned a long way. Dananjaya bowls this around off and then gets it to spin it well past the leg stump.
  • A spinner to start off proceedings again for Sri Lanka. Akila Dananjaya has the new ball in his hand and he will bowl to Rohit first up...
  • The players are already back out in the middle. They already seem dejected, the Lankans. Hopefully, they provide a fight with the ball. Out come the Indian openers, amidst some cheers from the crowd. Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul walk out to the middle. A challenge for them would be to win by 10 wickets. Possible? Let us find out...



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