Twitter Reactions: Clinical India ease past Sri Lanka despite brief jitters

India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Team India extended their domination over the subcontinental neighbors, Sri Lanka. After having faced a shock defeat in the series opener of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 against the same opposition, the Rohit Sharma-led side came back firm and strong in the fourth game of the series. After restricting the hosts to 152 in 19 overs, team India rallied along to register their second win in the series.

The win was not the most comfortable one considering the brief spell of play in the second innings where Sri Lanka had a sniff in the game. In any case, the Indian team now is pretty much a top contender to be the first team to enter the finals of the tri-series with a win over Sri Lanka. Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first. He noted that the track is expected to get better for batting.

The Sri Lankan side got off to a flying start with 25 runs in the first two overs. But Shardul Thakur sent Danushka Gunathilaka on 17 in the third over to draw first blood for the visitors. Since then, the Lankan batsmen got starts but none, save Kusal Mendis, could hold the fort for the team. Mendis scored a brilliant 55 off just 38 deliveries with three fours and as many number of sixes during his stay at the crease.

His efforts helped Sri Lanka post 152/9 in the stipulated 19 overs, after the rain had cut short the game. Shardul Thakur bagged a four-fer. In the run chase, team India lost both their openers cheaply inside the powerplay. Suresh Raina looked good for his 27 (15) and so did KL Rahul for his 18 (17). While Raina perished as a result of his expansive shot making, Rahul ended up becoming the first Indian player to be hit wicket in T20Is.

After Rahul’s dismissal, everything went India’s way. Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey played unbeaten knocks to steer India home by 6 wickets. Pandey remained unbeaten on 42 off just 31 deliveries, while Karthik remained unbeaten on 39 off only 25 deliveries.

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