Though Sri Lanka finally put up a fight with the bat, it came after a carnage from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, whose 165-run partnership helped India post a score of 260. The visitors could only manage a score of 172 in reply to concede the game by 88 runs and the series with a game to play.
After winning the toss for the second consecutive time in the series, Sri Lanka asked the hosts to bat first once again, considering the impact of dew. The visitors made two changes to their squad with Sadeera Samarawickrama and Chaturanga de Silva replacing Vishwa Fernando and Dasun Shanaka. India, however, didn’t make any changes and Rohit Sharma also content after being forced to bat first.
Rohit-Rahul brute force paints Indore with sixes
After registering their biggest T20 victory, India
Sri Lanka bowlers left clueless as India end with 260/5
respond to India’s total with fire and brimstone
The run-fest was not over, though, and the Indore faithful was in for some classy batting display from the visitors. Such were the conditions that the Indian seamers had to resort to change of pace quite frequently and the Lankans managed to score 27 runs off the first three overs. However, after trying to play some innovate strokes, Niroshan Dickwella, who was dropped early on by Rahul, gave Pandya an easy catch at
Kuldeep-Chahal finish the game in a flash
Over the next three overs, Sri Lanka added 40 runs to the score and Indian fans would have started to think that the visitors may find their time under the sun. But that was not to be as Yuzvendra Chahal ended Tharanga’s fight by inducing a leading edge to put Sri Lanka at 145-2. That dismissal ensued a trigger collapse that has become a trademark of the team from Emerald Isle. Building on his partner’s success, Kuldeep came in next over to get three Lankan batsmen out to put them in a point of no return. If that was not enough by the duo, the Haryana leggie picked up the next three wickets in his next over to send the Holkar crowd to a dizzy state of excitement. With Angelo Mathews being absent hurt, Hardik Pandya wrapped up the proceeding dismissing Dushmantha Chameera to hand India an 88-run victory.
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