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Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka in Colombo, Nidahas Trophy, Full cricket score: India win by six wickets

Date: Tuesday, 13 March, 2018 00:07 IST Match Status: Yet to Start
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  • That's it from us at Firstpost in our coverage of the fourth match of the ongoing Nidahas Trophy 2018, with India overpowering Sri Lanka to post a six-wicket win, and move to the top of the points table in the process. We certainly hope we were able to keep you updated with the events of the game, and that you will join us on Wednesday when India take on Bangladesh in a bid to seal their spot in the final.  For now, it's time for us to take your leave. Good night! 

  • Rohit Sharma, India captain: Was a very smart performance from the bowlers especially. Whatever things we spoke of, we came and delivered. Sometimes it can't be that easy, considering it wasn't easy for the bowlers. But they held to the task, came out and delivered the goods. So it was just coming and doing where we left from Bangladesh. You have to every now and then find a way to take wickets. Only then you are in the game. We bat really deep, we've not had a batting lineup like that in a long, long time. The middle-order specially, they haven't batted much in the past few years, but today was a perfect example. I can't single out any individual, not fair because it was a complete team effort. Hope we continue in the next few games as well. It is important for us to continue the momentum, and not change too many things. We just need to continue to play the way we have. 

  • Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka captain: This is not a 152-run wicket. The batting did well initially, but the middle-order failed. This was a beautiful wicket. We were 30-40 runs behind. 175-180 would have been competitive and could have been defended. 

  • Shardul Thakur is the Man of the Match for his haul of 4/27.  Very happy to receive this award today. Frankly speaking, there was nervousness. I always love challenges, and this series was also a challenge. We had been discussing where to bowl. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most matches lost at home in T20Is:   21 - South Africa 19 - Bangladesh, SRI LANKA* 17 - New Zealand, Zimbabwe 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most matches lost at a venue in T20Is:   14 - SRI LANKA at Colombo (RPS)* 14 - Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club 

  • After 17.3 overs,India 153/4 ( Manish Pandey 42 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 39) Karthik levels the scores with two well-connected hits towards the fence off the first two deliveries, before setting off for a single off the third delivery to bring up a six-wicket win for the Indians! With that, the 'Men in Blue' are now on top of the points table with their second win of the tri-series, and put themselves in a prime position to qualify for the final! 

  • India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to top the points table with their second win! Karthik collects a single off the third delivery of the penultimate over to finish things off! IND 153/4

  • FOUR ! Back-to-back fours for Karthik, and the scores are level! IND 152/4

  • FOUR ! Karthik definitely is in a hurry now! Pulls a back-of-length delivery from Pradeep towards the midwicket fence! IND 148/4

  • Nuwan Pradeep returns to the attack for the penultimate over of the Indian innings. 

  • After 17 overs,India 144/4 ( Manish Pandey 42 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 30) Karthik collects a single at the start of the over to bring up the fifty-stand with Pandey. Two balls later, he smacks the ball towards the cow-corner fence to collect his third boundary, and bring India closer to victory. 10 off the over, with the two batsmen ensuring that the scoreboard continues to tick along with singles.  India need 9 to win from 12 balls. 

  • FOUR ! Launched towards the cow-corner fence by Karthik off Chameera, and the Indians seem to be in a hurry to finish things off now. IND 141/4

  • Fifty-partnership up between Karthik and Pandey for the fifth wicket, with the two putting up a solid counter-attack after the dismissals of Raina and Rahul to put India on the path towards their second win of the tri-series! IND 135/4

  • Dushmantha Chameera brought back into the attack for the 17th over. The match, meanwhile, is nearly out of Sri Lanka's grasp by now. 

  • After 16 overs,India 134/4 ( Manish Pandey 40 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 23) Jeevan Mendis returns for his final over, and concedes 11 off it, with Karthik smacking the ball away towards the cover fence for his second boundary. Karthik decides to come back for a second run off the following delivery, with an appeal for a run-out raised against Pandey after a direct hit at the non-striker's end — with the batsman being comfortably inside on the occasion.  India need 19 off the last three overs with six wickets in hand. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Dinesh Karthik has been dismissed only once out of his last five T20I innings. Will he finish the match for India today?    

  • FOUR ! Smacked away to the cover fence by Karthik off Jeevan Mendis, giving the keeper-batsman his second boundary! IND 127/4

  • Jeevan Mendis brought back into the attack in the 16th over of the innings. 

  • After 15 overs,India 123/4 ( Manish Pandey 37 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 15) Thisara Perera returns to the attack in the 15th over, with Karthik collecting a single off the first ball. Pandey smashes the ball into the stands beyond the midwicket fence two deliveries later. Nine off the over, with a single coming off each of the last two deliveries.  Nine off the over, with India needing 30 off the last four overs with six wickets in hand, and two set batsmen at the crease. 

  • SIX ! Pulled away by Pandey over the midwicket fence, collecting his first big hit! IND 121/4

  • Thisara Perera brought back into the attack in the 15th over. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Manish Pandey is a very busy batsman. He is an aggressive runner between the wickets and a lovely timer of the ball. His punches have fetched boundaries while his deft placings have kept the scoreboard ticking over. He has picked up runs at a steady pace to frustrate the Lankan bowlers and fielders. Good, invaluable partnership between him and Karthik    

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Manish Pandey is a very busy batsman. He is an aggressive runner between the wickets and a lovely timer of the ball. His punches have fetched boundaries while his deft placings have kept the scoreboard ticking over. He has picked up runs at a steady pace to frustrate the Lankan bowlers and fielders. Good, invaluable partnership between him and Karthik    

  • After 14 overs,India 114/4 ( Manish Pandey 30 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 13) Dananjaya is brought back into the attack in the 14th over, and he signs off with figures of 2/19 from four overs, conceding five singles off his last. Meanwhile, Pandey's set at 30 at the end of the over, with India needing 39 off 30 now. 

  • Dananjaya, the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, brought back for his final over of the evening. 

  • After 13 overs,India 109/4 ( Manish Pandey 28 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 10) Pandey welcomes Pradeep back into the attack with a punch through the gap between extra cover and mid off that fetches him his third boundary. Four singles collected off the next five deliveries. Meanwhile, this is turning out to be a useful cameo from Pandey, who is batting on 28 off 21 deliveries. 

  • FOUR ! Excellent shot by Pandey, as he punches a back-of-length delivery from Pradeep through the gap between extra-cover and mid-off. Third four for the batsman. IND 105/4

  • Nuwan Pradeep brought back into the attack in the 13th over.

  • After 12 overs,India 101/4 ( Manish Pandey 22 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 8) Jeevan Mendis into his third over. Karthik slaps the ball away to the point boundary off the second delivery, collecting his first boundary. He then smacks the ball towards the cow corner boundary off the fifth delivery, with some tight fielding in the deep saving a couple of runs for the hosts. Nine off the over. India, having crossed the 100-run mark in this over, need another 52 off 42 balls. 

  • FOUR ! Cut away towards the pont boundary by Karthik, who waited for the ball to climb before unleashing his shot. IND 97/4

  • After 11 overs,India 92/4 ( Manish Pandey 20 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 1) Chameera returns to the attack in the 11th over, and concedes seven runs off it. Pandey collects doubles off two successive deliveries, guiding the ball to either side of the wicket. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Big wicket for Lanka. Now it all boils down to handling pressure. Not the run rate, not the small target. Just handling pressure. Batting under pressure in a key match is always hard. Karthik and Manish Pandey will be under the cosh over everything, from choice to stroke to running between the wickets to targeting the right bowler. India's top order batsmen have made a mess of the chase.    

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    KL Rahul becomes the first Indian batsman to be dismissed hit wicket in T20Is.  

  • Dushmantha Chameera brought back into the attack in the 11th over. 

  • After 10 overs,India 85/4 ( Manish Pandey 14 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 0) Rahul survives a tight run-out chance off the fourth delivery of the over. Responds to a call for a quick single from Pandey, and dives at the striker's end. The on-field umpire goes upstairs, and Rahul's bat is marginally inside the line at the time of keeper Kusal Perera breaking the stumps. Rahul, though departs off the very next ball, as he ends up disturbing his stumps while trying to guide the ball towards the leg side on the backfoot. Dinesh Karthik is the new man at the crease now. Good over from Jeevan, with two runs and a wicket coming off the over. 

  • OUT! Rahul's is out hit wicket in his comeback game in limited-overs cricket! Guides the ball towards square-leg on his backfoot, but is too deep inside his crease! And Rahul becomes the first Indian to be dismissed hit wicket in T20I cricket !  IND 85/4 Rahul hit wicket b Jeevan Mendis 18(17)

  • After 9 overs,India 83/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 17 , Manish Pandey 13) Pandey makes room for a cut at the start of the over, and collects his second boundary. Single collected off each of the last four deliveries, with eight coming off the over. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Suresh Raina since his comeback in T20Is: 15, 31, 43, 1, 28, 27    His strike rate is more than 120 except two innings since his comeback but the consistency is missing. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    What on earth was Raina up to. A batsman of his experience should see the side home, not leave it to the juniors to do the job. He was set, had just slammed a boundary and then threw it all away with that ill-advised shot stepping out to pacer Nuwan Pradeep. In fact it brought Pradeep and Lanka back into the match. Very poor cricket from such a senior batsman. Another wicket and India will be in soup    

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most sixes by Indian players in T20 cricket:   282 - Rohit Sharma  281 - SURESH RAINA* 251 - Yuvraj Singh

  • FOUR ! Thisara gets whacked for a boundary off his first delivery, as Pandey makes room for a cut, and finds the cover point fence with ease. IND 79/3

  • Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera introduces himself into the attack in the ninth over of the innings. 

  • After 8 overs,India 75/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 15 , Manish Pandey 7) Jeevan Mendis introduced into the attack in the eighth over. Pandey rocks back and sends the ball blazing past the fielder at midwicket to collect his first boundary. Good over for the Indians, with 12 coming off it. India need another 78 to win from 11 overs. 

  • FOUR ! Smashed away by Pandey towards the midwicket boundary, with the ball flying past the fielder stationed inside the circle. IND 70/3

  • Jeevan Mendis introduced into the attack in the eight over of the Indian innings. 

  • After 7 overs,India 63/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 10 , Manish Pandey 1) Rahul collects his first boundary, pulling towards the fine-leg fence, while Raina collects his second big hit two balls later, also with a pull. Just when Pradeep seems to be getting off to a disastrous start, he manages to get rid of the dangerous-looking Raina, who chips the ball to Thisara at mid-off to depart for 27. 13 runs and a wicket off the over. 

  • OUT! Raina will be disappointed with that shot — which was more of a chip that resulted in a simple catch for skipper Thisara at mid-off. IND 62/3 Raina c T Perera b Pradeep 27(15)

  • SIX ! Raina's starting to toy with the Sri Lankan attack now, as he pulls a length delivery outside leg over the fine-leg fence, with the fielder stationed near the boundary simply watching the ball sail over his head. IND 62/2

  • FOUR ! Pulled away by Rahul towards the fine-leg fence off Pradeep's bowling, collecting his first boundary in the process. IND 55/2

Sri Lanka vs India, Nidahas Trophy 2018, latest update: Karthik collects a single at the start of the over to bring up the fifty-stand with Pandey. Two balls later, he smacks the ball towards the cow-corner fence to collect his third boundary, and bring India closer to victory. 10 off the over, with the two batsmen ensuring that the scoreboard continues to tick along with singles.

India need 9 to win from 12 balls.

Preview: India will aim to push for a place in the final of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series when they take on Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on Monday.

All the three teams -- India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- have played two matches and won a match each and Monday's match gives both the teams the opportunity to move to the top of the table.

India, captained by Rohit Sharma, lost the first match to Sri Lanka by five wickets before defeating Bangladesh by six wickets on Thursday.

File image of India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma and Sri Lanka's stand-in skipper Thisara Perera. Agencies

File image of India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma and Sri Lanka's stand-in skipper Thisara Perera. Agencies

Sri Lanka will not only be confident having defeated India but at the same time, the hosts will be angry after losing to Bangladesh by five wickets in a high-scoring affair on Saturday night.

The hosts had put 214/6 on the board but failed to defend the big total, as Mushfiqur Rahim (72 not out) tore the home bowlers apart.

For this reason, India have to be wary of the Sri Lankans. But this side has shown that it has the strength to go out and deliver and will be eager to continue their good work like they did against Bangladesh.

For India, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been outstanding, scoring 90 and 55 in the two matches, as he continued from where he left off in South Africa. His scores in the last 10 matches are 55, 90, 47, 24, 72, 18, 34, 109, 76, 51.

However, the worry for India has been the form of fellow opener Rohit, who has scored only 39 runs in the past five T20Is.

In the middle-order, India will depend on Manish Pandey, who posted 37 and 27 not out in the two matches.

Suresh Raina will also aim to have a big score after getting 28 in the last match. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has not been impressive so far with scores of 7 and 23, will also look to make amends.

As for the bowlers, medium pacers Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur and Vijay Shankar helped India restrict Bangladesh to 139/8 in the last match after being wasteful in the first match.

Spinners Yuzvender Chahal and Washington Sundar will again be key in the middle overs.

In the other camp, Sri Lanka will depend on Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis to score briskly at the top of the batting order. Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga will bat in the middle.

In their defeat to Bangladesh, all of the bowlers, barring Nuwan Pradeep, bowled with indiscipline, throwing full-tosses and easy deliveries at important moments and were made to pay for it.

Pradeep will need Thisara Perera and Dushmantha Chameera to step up, along with spinners Akila Dhananjay and Jeevan Mendis.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Mar 13, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114