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Shardul Thakur and Manish Pandey Shine as India Thrash Sri Lanka

Nidahas Trophy: Shardul Thakur and Manish Pandey Shine as India Thrash Sri Lanka

India’s Manish Pandey. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik starred with the bat as India sealed a cushty 6 wicket win within the Nidahas Trophy encounter towards Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday.Earlier, younger Thakur registered his finest T20 bowling figures as Sri Lanka misplaced their method within the center overs after Kusal Mendis’ fifty and have been restricted to 152 for 9.

The match was decreased to 19-overs-a-side affair after over an hour was misplaced attributable to rain.

India did not have one of the best of begins with the bat as they misplaced openers Rohit Sharma (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (eight) early within the chase. The captain’s kind will definitely be a fear for the group going forward within the match.

KL Rahul, who got here into the group instead of Rishabh Pant stitched vital partnership with Suresh Raina to get India again on monitor.

Just when it appeared India would coast residence, they skilled a little bit of a stutter as Raina and Rahul departed in fast succession. Rahul additionally turned the primary Indian to be dismissed hit-wicket in T20Is.

But Karthik and Pandey confirmed nice maturity and the 2 ensured India did not face any extra hassle.

Sri Lankan pacers upset but once more as they bowled method too many unfastened balls, Akila Dananjaya was the star of the present as he picked two wickets.

Sent into bat, Mendis as soon as once more shone vivid for Sri Lanka scoring 55 off 38 balls with the assistance of three fours and as many sixes earlier than Indian bowlers led by Thakur introduced their aspect again into the sport with wickets at common intervals.

Thakur returned with spectacular figures of four/27, whereas younger off-spinner Washinton Sundar (2/21) scalped two wickets as India made a powerful fightback after leaking runs within the first 10 overs.

Vijay Shankar (1/30), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/34) and Jaydev Unadkat (1/33) additionally accounted for a wicket every.

But initially it regarded Rohit Sharma’s resolution to bowl first backfired as Sri Lanka obtained off to a flier scoring 24 runs off the primary two overs.

Left-arm pacer Unadkat was taken to the cleaners as he gave away 15 runs within the first over. But India pulled issues again bit with two wickets in back-to-back overs.

Thakur gave India the breakthrough when he dismissed Danushka Gunathilaka (17) within the third over with Suresh Raina taking a shocking catch at midwicket.

Sundar then cleaned up in-form Kushal Perera (three) within the subsequent over as the batsman went for an expansive reverse sweep.

But thereafter Kusal Mendis took the the Indians bowlers to activity in Upul Tharanga’s (22) firm as the duo added 62 runs for the third wicket to assist Sri Lanka attain 94 for 2 after 10 overs.

Kusal Mendis continued his good kind and didn’t spare a single Indian bowler whereas Tharanga most well-liked to play the second fiddle.

Kusal Mendis used the crease to nice impact to hit most of his scoring photographs on his favorite left aspect.

Shankar broke the dangerous-looking partnership when he bowled Tharanga within the 11th over.

But Shankar himself spoilt his good work, courtesy two unhealthy deliveries which have been clobbered over the boundary by Lankan stand-in skipper Thisara Perera (15).

In between, Kusal Mendis introduced up his fourth fifty in 5 innings in simply 31 balls.

But India pulled Sri Lanka again once more with three extra fast wickets within the type of Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis and set Kusal Mendis.

While the Lankan skipper perished seeking one too many massive photographs, caught by Chahal off Thakur, Sundar went via Jeevan Mendis’s defence along with his guile.

The massive blow for Sri Lanka got here when Kusal Mendis departed subsequent, giving freely a tender catch to Rohit off Chahal.

Thakur then dimissed Dasun Shanaka (19) and Dushmantha Chameera in consecutive balls within the 19th over to face in with an opportunity to assert a hat-trick which did not come.

(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: March 13, 2018, eight:10 AM IST

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