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Sri Lanka Vs India Live Score (T20)

Date: Wednesday, 06 September 2017 Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

170/7
Overs
20.0
R/R
8.5
Fours
14
Sixes
8
Extras
7
174/3
Overs
19.2
R/R
9.06
Fours
15
Sixes
2
Extras
7
  • Can the Lankans defend 170 and earn their solitary win on this rough tour? Seems like a tall ask against a well-oiled Indian batting unit. But if they get a couple of quick wickets, they could do the unthinkable. Stay tuned...
  • Indian bowling - Inconsistent tonight. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah were good in patches but were all over the pitch map. The real control was provided by the spinners who, apart from Chahal, kept the Lankans at bay. Chahal though, followed the Warne philosophy - get prepared to spend some runs to buy some wickets. He unfortunately ended up conceding 43 runs but picked up 3 wickets in the process. Axar was economical while Kuldeep was relentless, picking up 2/20 in his 4 overs.
  • Apart from Munaweera, there were not many decent knocks in the innings. Ashan Priyanjan managed to hang on till the end and ended up scoring a run-a-ball 40. However, Isuru Udana made a handy cameo of 19 from just 10 balls and the pair staged a stand of 36 from just 20 balls.
  • Have Sri Lanka got enough? 160 is supposed to be a par total at this venue. They lost their openers pretty quickly but Dilshan Munaweera played just like the way an innings has to be played in a T20I. Swing like there is no tomorrow. He made a handy 53 from 29 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes but fell short of partners.
  • 19.6 A full ball outside off, AP looks to punch it through the off side but gets a bottom edge. A single taken to help SRI LANKA FINISH ON 170/7!
  • 19.5 SIX! Kaboom! A short ball outside off, Priyanjan swings hard and sends it over mid-wicket for a biggie!
  • 19.4 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off for a run.
  • 19.3 Short and outside off, Ashan leaps and flays an upper cut. Gets it off the edge to third man for a single.
  • 19.2 That is a very high bouncer but the umpire lets it be. Priyanjan does not connect with his pull.
  • 19.1 FOUR! Huh? How to describe that? Priyanjan backs away to the leg side, telegraphing his intentions to reverse paddle. Bhuvneshwar sees that and follows him, delivering a length ball in line of the stumps. Priyanjan is cramped for room but he goes through with his shot with his eyes closed. Lady Luck smiles on him and makes the ball go off the bat, over short third man and into the fence!
  • 18.6 FOUR! More useful runs! A length ball outside off, Udana goes for the pull but gets a top edge which sails over the keeper and short third man and makes it to the fence! 13 from the over and Bumrah finishes on an expensive note - 4-0-38-1. 157/7
  • Third man comes in now.
  • 18.5 FOUR! AWESOME! This is some cameo from the number 9 batsman. A length ball outside off, Udana backs away a touch and drives this between mid off and cover. No one in the deep and it is a boundary!
  • 18.4 JUST WIDE! Was it Chahal again? Seems so. Outside off, Udana swings hard but miscues it. Some Indian fielder gets across to his left, seemingly like Chahal and dives but the ball escapes him. Sweeper cover mops it up. Two runs taken.
  • 18.3 A short ball around off, Udana swings hard but misses.
  • Third man goes back, mid off comes in.
  • 18.2 Goes wide of the crease, uses the angle into the right-hander, bowls it very, very full around middle and off, Priyanjan stays deep in his crease and clips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 18.1 Outside off, sliced over cover for a well-run couple.
  • Here is JASPRIT BUMRAH.
  • 17.6 SIX! THUMP! Slightly short from Bhuvi and Udana just sends it flying! Stands tall and ala Mathews, gets his front foot forward and swipes it over mid-wicket for a maximum! Just spoils an excellent over. 144/7
  • 17.5 Outside off, punched straight to cover who comes running in to ensure that the non-striker stays where he is.
  • 17.4 Outside off, punched towards cover for a run.
  • 17.3 Banged in short, in line of the stumps, Priyanjan looks to hook but misses.
  • 17.2 Around middle and leg, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 17.1 Full and outside off, chipped nearly straight to mid off. Priyanjan wants the single but is sent back.
  • BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR to bowl the 18th over.
  • 16.6 Works this through mid-wicket for a single. Kuldeep finishes with figures of 4-0-20-2. 136/7
  • 16.5 Short ball, pulled through mid-wicket which is stopped by Kohli charging in. He has a shy at the non-striker's end but Kuldeep misses it. A simple run out chance goes abegging.
  • ISURU UDANA walks in at number 9, replacing Prasanna.
  • 16.4 OUT! He is gone this time! Slightly short, around middle and off, Prasanna looks to pull but gets more height than distance. He picks out Virat Kohli to perfection at deep mid-wicket who simply reverse cups the catch. Second wicket for Kuldeep.
  • 16.3 Fullish on middle, Seekkuge looks to flick but ends up getting a leading edge over the bowler down the ground. Some excellent running helps them earn a brace.
  • Immediately Chahal is called into square leg.
  • 16.2 MISSED OPPORTUNITY, FOUR! Chahal is the man. Slightly short on off, Prasanna goes for the pull but miscues it. Yuzvendra Chahal starts off late, hence does not get to the ball. Worse, it bounce just before him and skids through. The captain is not happy.
  • 16.1 Full on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
  • KULDEEP YADAV to bowl his last.
  • 15.6 Short and outside off, cut away through point for a single. 127/6
  • 15.6 WIDE. Down the leg side, Priyanjan cannot connect.
  • 15.5 Another flick, another run.
  • 15.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 15.3 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 15.3 WIDE. A slower bouncer but down the leg side and too high. Prasanna lets it sail through and it is a wide.
  • 15.2 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 15.1 Outside off, pushed towards cover for a quick single. There is an overthrow from a shy at the striker's end and the batsmen return for the second.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH is back on. Just 28/3 in the last 5 overs. How much can Sri Lanka finish with?
  • 14.6 Banged in short, pulled through mid-wicket. Yuzvendra Chahal nearly makes a mess of a simple fielding effort but then dives to stop the boundary. Two runs taken. Economical spell for Axar - 4-0-29-0. 118/6
  • 14.5 Outside off, Priyanjan looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. The ball goes wide off the keeper to third man. A single taken.
  • 14.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 14.3 HUGE APPEAL FOR A CATCH! The umpire is unmoved. The quicker one outside off, the googly again, Seekkuge pushes but misses. Dhoni immediately collects and appeals but the umpire is firm. Thanks to the pace of T20s, no one has time to show replays. Let's move on.
  • 14.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 14.1 Landed around off, defended from the crease.
  • SEEKKUGE PRASANNA walks in at number 8, replacing Shanaka.
  • 13.6 OUT! LBW! Isn't that a bit too high? No one cares. At least not the Indian side. This is outside off, the wrong 'un, Shanaka prods forward to defend but misses and is hit high on the back pad. Chahal appeals and the umpire upholds it. Replays seem to indicate height but there are no reviews in T20s as of 2017. Sri Lanka completely out of sorts now. 113/6
  • 13.5 Full and outside off, Dasun gets down to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 13.4 Outside off, a googly, Shanaka comes forward to defend but misses. Somehow, the ball bounces over the stumps!
  • DASUN SHANAKA is the new man in at number 7, replacing Thisara.
  • 13.3 OUT! Chopped on! Chahal has his revenge. Outside off, a bit flatter, Thisara goes back and looks to cut but perhaps the ball comes slowly off the pitch. Takes the inside edge and knocks the stumps down.
  • 13.2 SIX! Not quite the cleanest of shots in my opinion. Excellent thinking from Chahal. He senses Thisara is going to come at him and floats this wide outside off. Thisara does come down and has an ungainly slog. Never advisable. But the big reach from Mr. Perera enables him to reach the ball and he slogs it over long on.
  • 13.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a couple.
  • YUZVENDRA CHAHAL is back on.
  • 12.6 Full and outside off, slogged to long on for a run. 105/4
  • 12.5 Outside off, lofted over cover for a single.
  • 12.4 Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 12.3 Full and outside off, Thisara swings it hard but only gets a single to long off.
  • 12.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 12.1 Landed around middle and off, watchfully defended.
  • 11.6 The batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely. 101/4
  • 11.5 Another back foot punch, this time for a single.
  • 11.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 11.3 Comes down the track straightaway and blasts this down to long on for a single.
  • THISARA PERERA walks in at number 6, replacing Munaweera.
  • 11.2 OUT! BOWLED! Excellent variation from Kuldeep. He slows the pace and then bowls the googly. Munaweera goes back to pull this over square leg but he misses the ball and the bat flies out of his hands. Lands just in front of the square leg umpire! The ball hits the timber and the Indians have a giggle. End of a fine, fine knock.
  • 11.1 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 10.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single. 98/3
  • 10.5 Another long hop, pulled away for a single.
  • 10.4 Shorter in length, cut through the covers for a couple.
  • 10.3 Full and outside off, Priyanjan gets low and attempts the scoop but misses. The ball goes off his right shoulder over the vacant first slip region to third man. One leg bye taken.
  • 10.2 The ball has found the edge of the bat. Two runs added to the total.
  • 10.1 MAIDEN T20I FIFTY! Excellent knock from Munaweera. He has single-handedly kept Sri Lanka in the contest. Goes back and works it behind square leg for a single.
  • AXAR PATEL is back.
  • 9.6 Full on middle, driven straight back. 90/3
  • 9.5 SIX! The release shot. A short ball outside off, Priyanjan rocks back and pulls it miles over mid-wicket!
  • 9.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 9.3 Short and outside off, Ashan looks to cut but misses.
  • 9.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 9.1 SAFE. Another good one from Dhoni though. Flighted outside off, Priyanjan looks to defend but misses the googly. Dhoni whips off the bails and appeals but replays show that Priyanjan has got something behind the line. Survives.
  • Another stumping appeal! Dhoni does look confident this time. Is Priyanjan gone?
  • 8.6 FOUR! Cheeky! Delightful, delightful batting. Normally we try not to repeat adjectives or words but what to do. Munaweera is making us fall short of words. Landed outside off, Munaweera waits and waits and waits and then opens the face of the bat to run it past Dhoni's gloves to the third man fence! 84/3
  • 8.5 SIX! Bye bye ball! Chahal is not afraid of tossing it up but Munaweera is loving it. He jumps down the track and swings this straight back over the bowler!
  • 8.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 8.3 Down the leg side, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 8.3 WIDE. Perhaps Chahal expected Dilshan to come running at him and fired this miles outside off. Munaweera did not charge out and just let it spin well outside the wide line.
  • 8.2 Outside off, pushed straight to point.
  • 8.1 SIX! That is a lovely, lovely shot. Chahal tosses it up outside off and Munaweera just makes a slight charge. But then, he stops. Waits for the ball to come and then jumps out, gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it delightfully over extra cover.
  • 7.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total. 67/3
  • 7.5 There comes the googly now, Dilshan pushes inside the line but misses.
  • 7.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 7.3 Another leg spinner, Ashan walks across and looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 7.2 A bit of loop now, Priyanjan straightaway jumps out but is not that confident. Seems gone for all money but manages to push the ball to cover.
  • 7.1 Down the leg side, spinning in, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • Another spinner. KULDEEP YADAV to bowl.
  • 6.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. Two runs added to the total. 5 runs and a wicket from the over. 65/3
  • 6.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 6.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • ASHAN PRIYANJAN walks in at number 5, replacing Mathews.
  • 6.3 OUT! That is some lightning quick work by Dhoni and Mathews has to go! Floated outside off, Mathews lunges to defend but is beaten by the away spin. Dhoni collects the ball and before Mathews can even think about dragging his foot back, MS whips off the bails in a flash. There is an appeal made which is referred upstairs. Dhoni himself is not too sure. The third umpire checks a couple of angles in which one shows Mathews to be on the line while another shows him to have something behind the crease. One would have normally thought the third umpire to play safe but nope, he trusts the stump camera angle which does seem to show Mathews has got nothing behind the line. OUT flashes on the giant screen.
  • STUMPED! Yes or no? Referred upstairs. Third umpire is having a look. Does Mathews have something behind the line?
  • 6.2 Comes down the track and drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 6.1 Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • CHAHAL is back on.
  • 5.6 Full and outside off, Dilshan drives it beautifully but Lokesh Rahul dives at extra cover to stop what would have been another boundary. 60/2
  • 5.5 FOUR! Up and over! Tee time for Munaweera. He jumps out of his crease and lofts this flighted ball over mid off. Nearly gets a maximum!
  • 5.4 LUCKY! Quicker and flatter from Axar, Dilshan is late to get his bat down to defend and somehow manages contact. The ball whizzes off the inside edge to short fine leg.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Not the cleanest of shots but he will take it. Munaweera is enjoying himself tonight. Slightly short in length and that is enough for Munaweera. He rocks back in a flash and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Better from Axar, keeps this full and in line of the stumps, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Bad start. A dart, that too, down the leg side. Mathews is too good a batsman to miss out. Flicks it to the fine leg fence. Axar straightaway shakes his head.
  • Another spinner. AXAR PATEL comes on to bowl.
  • 4.6 A bouncer around off and middle, Dilshan ducks. Frugal over from Bumrah - Just a run and a wicket from it. 47/2
  • 4.5 Full toss outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 4.4 Outside off, played behind point for a single.
  • ANGELO MATHEWS walks in at number 4, replacing Dickwella.
  • 4.3 OUT! The off stump is dismantled! Good ball but a poor choice of a shot from Dickwella. This is what happens when you premeditate too much. Dickwella's favourite shot is the paddle scoop but he perhaps chose NOT TO play it, since fine leg was back. However, there was some confusion in his mind. He made a late call to play the reverse scoop but Bumrah outsmarted him. He kept this very full and Dickwella missed. The sound next heard was the timber unearthed. Bumrah shows his aggression, clapping Dickwella off the field.
  • 4.2 Full and around leg stump, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 4.1 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH gets a change of ends.
  • 3.6 Another wrong 'un, Dilshan has no clue about this ball, pushes blindly but misses. The ball somehow misses the leg stump. Excellent comeback from Chahal after being hit for successive sixes on his first two balls. 46/1
  • 3.5 Ball hits the batsman low on the pads.
  • 3.4 Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 3.3 The googly now, completely foxes Munaweera who just pushes his bat but misses. The ball skids through, goes past the willow and hits him on the pads and somehow escapes past Dhoni to short third man. A leg bye taken.
  • 3.2 SIX! THRASH! He is in some mood tonight. Chahal does not shy from looping the ball and Munaweera does not back away from going over the top again. He gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it straight back down the ground. Same result.
  • 3.1 SIX! Welcome into the attack, mate! Tossed up outside off, Munaweera goes leg side and lofts it easily over cover for a biggie!
  • Interesting. Spin inside the Powerplay. Here comes the leggie YUZVENDRA CHAHAL.
  • 2.6 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. One run added to the total. 13 from the over but a wicket as well. 28/1 in the last 2 overs! 32/1
  • Fine leg moves to deep square leg.
  • 2.5 FOUR! Again that knuckle ball from BK and perhaps Munaweera read it a bit late. Nevertheless he went through with his swing and just about managed to get bat on ball. Once it made connection, it flew over square leg and made it to the boundary.
  • 2.4 A bouncer to test the footwork, Dilshan evades it.
  • 2.3 FOUR! AMAZING! That will give the new man a lot of confidence. The ball is by no means a half volley but Munaweera comes forward and drives it on the up through the covers to get off the mark in style!
  • DILSHAN MUNAWEERA comes in at number 3, replacing his skipper.
  • 2.2 OUT! Knuckled out! The slower ball from Bhuvi which he has developed so well - the knuckle delivery. Tharanga does not pick it and swings wildly at a length ball in line of the stumps. Misses and the zinc bails illuminate. First wicket for India.
  • 2.1 FOUR! TAKE THAT! A short ball on middle, angling away, Tharanga pounces onto it in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 1.6 ALMOST! Bumrah nearly gets his man. He bowls this on a length and angles it away, Niroshan looks to push it to the off side but does not move his feet. As a result, gets a thick inside edge which goes past the stumps towards fine leg. Takes the fielder on and charges back for the second. 15 from the over! 19/0
  • Fine leg drops back now.
  • 1.5 FOUR! Again! Did anyone miss what happened on the previous ball? No problem as gentleman Dickwella is ready to showcase it again. This is much fuller than the previous one but Dickwella does not care. He has made up his mind, gets down and across and scoops it over short fine leg for consecutive boundaries! A hat-trick!
  • 1.4 FOUR! Thank you, VK! This must what be Dickwella telling to Kohli after that field change. He wanted fine leg to be called in so that he could do exactly what he loves to do. Gets down and laps this ball over short fine leg for a boundary!
  • Immediately Virat Kohli makes a field change. Fine leg comes in while square leg drops back.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Flicked away! Dickwella shows us his array of shots. He picks the length in a trice and flicks it way over square leg. The fine leg fielder moves across to his right as the ball lands on the damp outfield and slows down but eventually trickles into the ropes.
  • 1.2 Good change of pace, rolling his fingers over the ball, lands it on a length around middle and leg, Dickwella defends it towards point.
  • 1.1 Slightly short to start, around middle and leg, Tharanga hops and tucks it towards backward square leg for a single. Gets off the mark.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH to share the new ball.
  • 0.6 Around middle and off, watchfully defended. 4/0
  • 0.5 Short and around off, punched straight to cover.
  • 0.4 Down the leg side once more, tickled fine but not too much wood on it. Just a couple. First runs off the bat.
  • 0.3 A premeditated knuckle delivery from Bhuvi, according to Murali Kartik on air. It is slightly on a length and Dickwella jumps down the track and tries to go over the off side but misses.
  • 0.2 Another leg bye. This is pitched more or less within the stumps but Upul misses his flick, perhaps getting across a touch too much. Is hit on the pads and Bhuvi starts to appeal but then suddenly sees Dickwella rushing across for the single. He aborts the shout and runs hard to try for an under-arm flick at the striker's end but Dickwella makes it in comfortably.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a delivery down the leg side, cannot control the swing but Dickwella misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • Right! The players are out in the middle! The usual suspects for Sri Lanka take guard - Niroshan Dickwella and skipper Upul Tharanga. It will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar to get the first feel of the new ball. Dickwella to face. Here we go!
  • UPUL THARANGA also wanted to bowl first but feels it is a very good wicket. Admits that this is a very important game for his team along with a great challenge. Wants to win and end the series on a high. Says that his side has got plenty of changes with Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka and Isuru Udana getting a game.
  • VIRAT KOHLI says that it looks like a very good track and he wants to chase. Also, there is a bit of rain around which influences the decision. Brushes aside the target of cleansweeping the tour 9-0 and wants to concentrate on playing good cricket. Informs that from the last ODI, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur miss out. Lokesh Rahul and Axar Patel come in.
  • TOSS - Up goes the coin, flipped by Upul Tharanga. Heads is the call and Heads it is. INDIA WILL CHASE.
  • Pitch - It's a good one for batting, pretty hard in nature. There is sweating underneath as it was under the covers. 160-170 is a par score on this pitch, reckons Russel Arnold.
  • It was raining a short while back and the whole ground was enveloped in blue covers. But the rain gods showed mercy and we are set to get a full game. Credit to the groundsmen for putting in the hard work and getting the field ready. News about the toss and pitch are coming up shortly...
  • We have reached the last stage of the tour. The on-song Indian team has not put a single foot wrong so far and will be aiming to sign off with yet another victory in this one-off T20I match. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are going through a rough phase and would hope to register at least one win to salvage some pride. Hello and welcome everyone for the coverage. Stay tuned for more updates...
  • That's all we have from this match. Sadly, once again it was a one-sided affair with India thumping Sri Lanka for the umpteenth time on this tour. Now, they will travel back home to host an ODI series against Australia. The Lankans on the other hand have a series coming up against Pakistan shortly. We look forward to your company for all the matches in future. Until next time, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
  • Man of the Match and Series, Virat Kohli is all smiles. Says that it's a special win. Credits his boys for the hunger and feels that it's an evidence of their bench strength. He is very happy as a captain. On his batting, he replies that he backs his strength and enjoys playing all the formats. Admits that there was pressure when two wickets went down but it was all about staying calm and building a partnership. Praises Manish Pandey for his handy knock and finishing it well.
  • Upul Tharanga says that they were 15-20 runs short. Admits that they lost the momentum in the middle overs. Praises Virat Kohli for his outstanding batting. Feels that was the difference. On positives, he replies that their fielding was outstanding.
  • It wasn't an easy target for the Men in Blue. And once they lost Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul inside the Powerplay, it became tougher. However, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey soaked all the pressure of a run chase and orchestrated one of the most clinical chases. They went hammer and tongs and punished the insipid Lankan bowling to all parts of the ground. The hosts never got a sniff to come back after that and surrendered meekly, like they did throughout this Indian tour. To say that Sri Lankan cricket is in shambles will be an understatement.
  • Easy-peasy! Yet another comfortable win for India and they finish their tour with the scoreline reading 9-0! They were ruthless in the Test series, dominated the ODIs and now crushed the Lankan Lions in the only T20I match. The home side will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that this tour has ended. They're beaten black and blue in every aspect of the game as the Indian team tamed the Lions in their own den.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Manish Pandey finishes it off in style! A length delivery in the channel outside off, Pandey knows that the field is up and hence takes the chance to go over the top. Nails his shot over mid off and finds the fence. Handshakes all around. INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
  • 19.1 A low full toss down the leg side, Dhoni nudges it to fine leg for a run.
  • 18.6 Angling into the batsman, Pandey tickles it off his pads through mid-wicket and picks up a couple of runs. 2 more needed. 169/3
  • 18.5 FOUR! Eased away! Short delivery outside off, slower in pace, Pandey has ample time to crash it through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 18.4 Bowls it wide outside off, Pandey strokes it through covers and returns for the second run.
  • MS Dhoni walks in next.
  • 18.3 OUT! Totally against the run of play. Udana serves a fuller length delivery in the line of the stumps, Kohli leans across and unfurls an effortless flick shot. Plays it in the air with the intention to clear mid-wicket. However, there isn't enough distance behind the shot. Shanaka near the fence catches it calmly to bring an end to an outstanding knock. 10 needed off 9 balls.
  • 18.2 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 18.1 Pandey plays it with an angled bat and guides it to short third man. One run added to the total.
  • 17.6 FOUR! Fantastic shot! Brilliant use of the bottom hand. Full and angling into the batsman, Kohli murders it with his wrists and sends it with utter disdain to the mid-wicket fence. 160/2
  • 17.5 Too full and outside off, Pandey squeezes it out to third man for a run.
  • 17.4 Fails to make much use of the Free Hit! Fuller and outside off, it's driven straight to extra cover for a single.
  • 17.4 Beamer! A high full toss down the leg side, Kohli swings and misses. The keeper flies to his left and deflects it towards fine leg. A couple of runs taken. Called a no ball. Free Hit coming up...
  • 17.3 An overpitched ball outside off, it's drilled square of the wicket where the point fielder made a diving stop. A single taken.
  • 17.2 A low full toss on off, Kohli strokes it through covers and takes a single. He turns for the second run but Pandey sends him back. Good call.
  • 17.1 Pitches it full and outside off, Pandey gets down on one knee, uses his wrists and drives it through cover-point for a run.
  • 16.6 Walks forward to take it on the full and slogs it down to long on for one. 148/2
  • 16.5 Loopy and outside off, shaping away, Kohli taps it down towards short third man for a run.
  • 16.4 Eases a full ball down through mid off for a single. Rotating the strike quite well.
  • 16.3 Too full in length on middle, Kohli sends his flick shot like a rocket to widish long on for a single. Another stat to his name. Kohli now has most runs in run chases in T20Is, going past Brendon McCullum!
  • 16.2 Flighted on off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 16.1 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 15.6 Angling into the batsman, Kohli works it through mid-wicket for a single. 100-run stand comes up! 142/2
  • 15.5 FOUR! Nearly took the head of the umpire. Fuller length ball on middle, Kohli gets behind the line and bludgeons it straight back. Umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge just manages to evade it as it speeds away to the fence in no time.
  • 15.4 Fullish and wide outside off, Kohli chases it away from his body and edges it down to third man. Dilshan Munaweera nearly made a mess in the deep. A couple taken.
  • 15.3 Hits the yorker mark around off, Pandey does well to squeeze it out towards point and collects a single.
  • 15.2 Slower delivery, too full and outside off, Virat walks forward and pushes it to long off for a single.
  • 15.1 A wide yorker outside off, Kohli tries to dig it out but is beaten for pace.
  • Lasith Malinga is back on. 38 needed off 30 balls.
  • 14.6 Skidding back in, Kohli goes back and forces it through mid-wicket for one. 133/2
  • 14.5 Sharp away spin there, Kohli pushes at it and misses.
  • 14.4 Flatter and shorter on middle, stroked down towards mid on and the bowler ran after it. A single taken again.
  • 14.3 Spinning back into the batsman from around off, Kohli opens the face of the bat and helps it to short third man for one.
  • 14.2 Loopy full ball outside off, Pandey drives it down through mid off for one.
  • 14.1 Flatter and around off, Virat gets back and punches it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 13.6 Fullish and around middle, a fine wristy flick through mid-wicket by Pandey for a couple. 43 needed from 36 balls. 128/2
  • 13.5 Slower full ball on off, Kohli advances down the track and pushes it towards point for one. Virat Kohli becomes the third highest run-scorer in T20Is!
  • 13.4 Short and wide outside off, slower in place, Pandey decides late to play at it. Places it to the right of short third man and takes a single.
  • 13.3 Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
  • 13.3 Three wides! That beats the keeper! A cross-seam delivery is banged into the batsman. It flies over Kohli and Dickwella only manages to get some gloves on it. The ball slows down and they take a couple.
  • 13.2 On the pads, helped to short fine leg for a run.
  • 13.1 A low full toss outside off, Kohli plays a drive in the air but it goes safely over covers. A single.
  • Isuru Udana is back on. 52 needed from 42 balls.
  • 12.6 Plays it late with the spin but finds short third man. Looks for a run but the skipper screams no. 118/2
  • 12.5 Slower and on middle, punched down through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 12.5 Wide! This one is way wide outside off. Kohli leaves.
  • 12.4 Appeal for a run out! Flighted ball on middle, Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket and turns back for the second run. The fielder scores a direct hit at the keeper's end and it's referred upstairs. The replays find Kohli safe.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Even better! This time Kohli shimmies down the track to a full ball and hammers it past the bowler for a boundary at long off.
  • 12.2 Continues to march along! Fourth consecutive fifties for Virat Kohli against Sri Lanka in T20Is. He just loves scoring against them. A flighted full ball on off, the Indian talisman drills it past extra cover for another couple of runs. India are running away with this game.
  • 12.1 Fuller and wider outside off, Kohli reaches out for it and drives it past the diving extra cover fielder for a couple of runs.
  • Bowling change. Seekkuge Prasanna is back on.
  • 11.6 Straighter in line, Kohli works it through mid-wicket for a run. 17 off the over, 65 needed off 48 balls! 106/2
  • 11.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Mathews is put off the radar here. Short and wide outside off, Manish jumps on the back foot to dominate the bounce and slams it over point for a boundary. This partnership is pushing Sri Lanka on the back foot.
  • 11.3 SIX! Pandey is matching shot for shot with his skipper. Fuller in length and outside off, Pandey keeps his weight on the back foot and launches it over long off for a biggie.
  • 11.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Quality shot! Fuller in length on middle, Kohli uses his wrists of steel and whips it through mid-wicket for a cracking boundary. He makes those flick shots look amazing. 50-run stand comes up off just 33 balls!
  • 10.6 Kohli hangs on the back foot and punches it through covers for a single. 89/2
  • 10.5 Long hop on middle, on the slower side, 79 kph, Pandey pulls it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 10.4 A leg spinner on the shorter side outside off, Virat punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 10.3 Tossed up ball on off, Pandey chips it over mid on for a run.
  • 10.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
  • 10.1 Good stop in the deep! Floated full ball on middle, Kohli uses his feet and whips it through mid-wicket. A diving stop in the deep by the long on fielder and they take a couple of runs.
  • 9.6 FOUR! Hammered away! But was there a chance? The fielder for some reason was standing up and had he been on the edge of the boundary line, he could have taken the catch. A delivery around middle and leg has been dismissed across the line over mid-wicket. The fielder rushes across to his right in the deep, then puts in a dive but fails to get to the ball. 82/2
  • 9.5 The batsman has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
  • 9.4 Slower delivery around off, Pandey initially winds up for a big shot but then realizes the pace is on the slower side. Adjusts well and caresses it to long off for one.
  • 9.3 Slower full ball on off, Kohli walks forward and eases it down through mid on for a run.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Shot! Kohli is in unstoppable form. A lollypop delivery, shortish and outside off, the Indian skipper latches onto it and smacks it through covers for a boundary.
  • Mid off drops back. Third man comes up...
  • 9.1 FOUR! Welcome into the attack, Thisara! A touch short in length around middle, angling in, Kohli brings his bottom hand into play and unfurls a half pull. It races through backward square leg and finds the fence.
  • Thisara Perera is into the attack now.
  • 8.6 Kohli has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. 67/2
  • 8.5 Goes deep inside the crease and punches it through covers for a single.
  • 8.4 Goes down on one knee and swings it over mid-wicket for a run.
  • 8.3 FOUR! Delicate from the King! A flatter and shorter ball on off, Kohli stays back inside the crease and at the very last moment runs it past the keeper for a boundary. Almost off Dickwella's gloves.
  • 8.2 Shortish and around leg, Kohli whips it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 8.1 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • Akila Dananjaya to bowl.
  • 7.6 Flatter and outside off, Pandey tries cutting but misses. The keeper fumbles and they cross for a bye. 57/2
  • 7.5 Drags his length short and it's pulled through mid-wicket for one.
  • 7.4 Skips down the track and mistimes his shot down towards long on for one.
  • 7.3 Loopy and on off, driven through cover-point for a single.
  • 7.2 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 7.1 SIX! Boom! Out of here. Prasanna tosses it up in the air and lands it full around middle, Kohli gets the chance to get inside the line as he advances down the track and he absolutely thwacks it over the bowler's head.
  • 6.6 Almost drags it on! Mathews takes the pace off the delivery, bowls it on a length at 111 kph, Pandey tries to heave across the line but is early into the shot. Gets an inside edge onto the pads. 47/2
  • 6.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 6.4 Shortish and outside off, played down towards point who stopped it on one bounce.
  • 6.3 Good length delivery outside off, Manish pushes it behind point and comes back for the second run.
  • 6.2 A little bit of swing in the air as it lands full around off. This time Kohli plays it with soft hands through cover-point and collects a run.
  • 6.1 Full in length and around off, Pandey pushes it with an angled bat through cover-point for a single.
  • Angelo Mathews is back on.
  • 5.6 Turns it off his pads to mid-wicket for one. 43/2
  • 5.5 Pandey has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Manish Pandey walks in next.
  • 5.4 OUT! What. A. Catch. Take a bow, Dasun Shanaka. Tossed up ball on off, fuller in length, Rahul tries to play an inside-out shot with the spin but fails to make the proper connection. As a result, he fails to find the desired elevation. It flies to extra cover where Shanaka throws his body to his left and takes a stunning catch. Prasanna has a wicket. They are all pumped up. You can sense different energy in the field from the Lankan Lions.
  • 5.3 Flighted leg spinner outside off, KL gets close to the line of the delivery and then plays the cut shot. Finds point.
  • 5.2 Fine shot! A flighted full ball on off, Rahul strides forward and drives it through extra cover for a couple of runs. Dominating running between the wickets.
  • 5.1 Flatter delivery on off, Kohli plays a late cut towards short third man for a run.
  • Seekkuge Prasanna is into the attack.
  • 4.6 Full and angling into the batsman around off, Kohli pushes it with gentle hands to mid-wicket and scampers across to the other end. The fielder misses his shy otherwise it would have been close. 15000 international runs for King Kohli! 39/1
  • 4.5 Nice wristwork! Good length ball around off, Rahul rotates his wrists and helps it through backward square leg for one.
  • 4.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 4.3 Sharp delivery, on a good length outside off, Kohli taps it wide of point and calls for a quick single. Rahul responds and runs to the striker's end where Prasanna misses his shy.
  • 4.2 In the air... Catch it is the shout... drops safe! Ooohhh... A back of a length delivery on middle and off, Kohli tries to punch it straight from the back foot but it bounces a bit more on his bat and flies just over the cover fielder. Two runs taken.
  • 4.2 Wide! A bit short and down the leg side, Kohli tries to glance but misses.
  • 4.1 Back of a length delivery on off, Kohli dabs it down to backward point and rushes to the other end. A direct hit at the non-striker's end but the Indian captain is safely in. The ball deflects towards mid-wicket, no one is present in that region and Kohli wants the second. Rahul is unaware but eventually responds.
  • 3.6 Udana attempts for the yorker but the execution is poor. A low full toss on the pads and it's eased behind square leg for a couple. 8 from the over! 31/1
  • 3.5 FOUR! Brilliantly done! A change in pace delivery by Udana, Rahul picks it early and waits for it. The length is on the shorter side which works to his advantage. He keeps his weight on the back leg and smashes it over covers for a boundary. There was a sweeper in place but he failed to cut it off.
  • 3.4 Short again, around off, this time Kohli swivels and pulls it in front of square leg for a run. Off the mark!
  • 3.3 Beaten again! The Indian skipper is having a nervy beginning. Udana gets one to move away from the batsman, it's a shade short in length and Kohli feels for it. Once again it wasn't very far away from the outside edge.
  • 3.2 On a length and outside off, Rahul taps it down to point for one.
  • 3.1 An overpitched delivery outside off, Rahul plays a lovely flowing cover drive but fails to find the gap.
  • 2.6 Peach of a delivery! Beats the Indian skipper all ends up. Malinga is looking in good rhythm tonight. He has his tail up after picking the wicket of Rohit Sharma. Delivers a length ball around off, Kohli stays back to work it on the leg side but it swerves away to beat the outside edge. Nearly edged it. Exemplary first over by Slinga, 2 runs and a wicket from it! 23/1
  • 2.5 Angles in a full ball on off, shaping away a shade, Rahul runs it down to third man and takes a single.
  • Skipper Virat Kohli arrives.
  • 2.4 OUT! Malinga gets rid of Rohit! A big wicket for the Lankans. Back of a length delivery around off, Sharma sticks back to power it across the line over the leg side. But he fails to middle his shot. It flies off the top edge and Perera calls for it from mid on. He settles underneath it and takes the skier safely. Lasith draws first blood!
  • 2.3 Good length ball on off, Rohit pushes it back from the upper half of the bat. That one stopped a bit onto the batsman.
  • 2.2 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 2.1 Off pace delivery, landing just ahead of a length. Rahul reaches out for it and taps it to point.
  • Lasith Malinga replaces Mathews in the attack.
  • 1.6 Slower delivery outside off, Rohit is early into his attempted square cut and hence misses. 21/0
  • 1.5 Stays back and taps it down wide of short third man for one.
  • 1.4 On a length and around off, Rohit punches it from the crease to covers. Finds the gap and takes a single.
  • 1.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Rohit tries playing it late but fails to middle. Gets it from the bottom edge and it goes over the keeper for a couple.
  • 1.2 Fullish and on leg, KL helps it wide of mid on for a run.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Great shot! Too full in length around off, angling away, Rahul leans into the drive and thumps it over point for a boundary. He did well there to open the face of the bat in order to get the placement right.
  • Isuru Udana to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 FOUR! The line is wrong and Rohit makes him pay. He just picks it off his pads and deflects it past the diving short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Malinga was stationed there and he actually dived over the ball. Excellent start for India! 12/0
  • 0.5 Slower in pace, around off on a length, KL plays it with soft hands at backward point where Prasanna dives to stop the ball. Still a single taken.
  • 0.4 Fuller and straighter, Rohit remains backward and turns it in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
  • 0.3 On a length around off, Rahul pushes at it tentatively and gets an inside edge. Could have easily dragged it on. A single taken.
  • 0.2 FOUR! Poor delivery, short and wide outside off, Rahul attacks it with all his might and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary.
  • Dickwella moves back.
  • 0.1 A touch short in length around off, Rohit punches it off his back foot to sweeper cover for a single. India are away!
  • Back for the chase! KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will open for India. Interestingly, Angelo Mathews to begin proceedings with the ball. Niroshan Dickwella standing up to the stumps. A slip in place. Here we go...


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115