The surprising part is, however, how consistently Ashwin delivers. In the last three T20Is that Ashwin has opened the bowling in, his collective figure reads 12-1-46-10. Contrast that to Indian fast bowlers struggling to get wickets in the first powerplay (irrespective of the format) and you know why Ashwin is a bona-fide match-winner.
With this victory, India Women have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series over Sri Lanka.
The emphatic triumph over Sri Lanka giving a perfect start to their World Twenty20 build-up, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side will be one of the top contenders at the showpiece even though some top batsmen are yet to get enough time in the middle.
A disappointed Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said not playing well in the Power Play overs cost his inexperienced side the just-concluded Twenty20 series against India.
‘We want to keep playing the way we are playing’: Dhoni calls for consistency ahead of Asia Cup, WT20
Barely few days left for the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said "consistent" performances will give his side confidence going into big ticket tournaments.
Ashwin was simply unplayable for the Sri Lankans on a pitch, which offered help to the spinners and took four wickets in his magical three-over opening spell.
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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20: Yuvraj's lack of time in middle a concern as Dhoni's men eye series win
Dhoni has conceded that it will be difficult to send him up the order since the top-four are doing extremely well but showed intent of giving Yuvraj more chances to bat for longer period.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that he is aware of the lack of batting chances for Yuvraj Singh but said bringing him up the order is "slightly difficult" given the extraordinary record of top four batsmen.
Overall the recent inclusions of Bumrah and Pandya has revitalised the team for the shorter format of the game.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first captain to in 30 matches as captain. He has lost 24 out of 56 (NR 1 and Tied 1) - success % 55.45.
“Experimenting is a word banned from Indian cricket, but yes we’re trying different things. Our top order has done well, so we’re trying to give everyone an opportunity whenever possible,” Dhoni said when asked about experimentation in the games before the World T20.
India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I, talking points: Dhawan's turnaround, Pandya's cameo and Dhoni's electrifying keeping
After Pune’s green mat, Ranchi, where the Team India captain resides, offered familiar conditions and the hosts put the horror show of first T20I behind them with a 69-run thrashing of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka pace bowler Thisara Perera said he did not realise that he had taken a hat-trick till his teammates informed him about it, as his entire concentration was on bowling in the death overs during the second T20 International against India here.
India regained their winning touch with a spectacular all-round display as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 69 runs in the second T20 International to level the three match series.
Live scores and updates of 2nd T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Ranchi.
The Indians were taken aback by what skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni described as an "English" track in Pune. Now that he will be leading in his own backyard before his home fans here, Dhoni can hope to get a typical sub-continent wicket at a ground that is hosting its first ever Twenty20 International.
India vs Sri Lanka: Endeavour is to give all players of World T20 squad a go, depending on conditions, says Shastri
Ravi Shastri said it was not easy to get used to the conditions straight after the tour of Australia.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and much of the lower order would be itching to make a point in the second T20 International against Sri Lanka
Ashish Nehra has had a career plagued with injuries and now he has come to a stage where he doesn't leave anything to chance, so much so that he stays from the customary game of football while the Indian team is training.