SL vs IND: Dasun Shanaka plucks a single-handed stunner off his own bowling to dismiss Nitish Rana
Shanaka struck in his very first over.
The third and final T20I between Sri Lanka and India is currently in progress in Colombo. The game was expected to be a close one but the hosts have ran through the opposition line-up to pick up five wickets with not many runs on the board. With India playing only five batsmen due to COVID-19 virus hitting the camp ahead of the second T20I, the long tail has been left to do a lot of batting now.
Among all the wickets to fall, Nitish Rana’s dismissal was exceptional as the Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka set a perfect example of brilliant fielding off his own bowling. India were already in the rebuilding phase with four wickets down and Rana was looking to stay in the middle along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
However, Shanaka introduced himself into the attack in the ninth over of the innings and instantly struck to increase India’s woes multifold. The Sri Lanka captain bowled a slower delivery off the last ball of the over and Rana, in a bid to pick up a single closed the bat face early only to hit the ball in the air.
The ball was a fair way away from Dasun Shanaka who was in his follow through after delivering the ball. But he timed his jumped to his left perfectly to pluck the catch out of thin air and send back India’s last recognised batsman leaving them reeling at 36/5.
Here’s the video:
EXTRAORDINARY GRAB 🤯
Dasun Shanaka with a 🔥 return catch to get rid of Rana 💪
— SonyLIV (@SonyLIV) July 29, 2021
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