India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I

Mumbai: Owing to the last over blitz by Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka managed to post 135/7 against India in the third and final Twenty20 global (T20I) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

After winning the toss and opting to field, Indian bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 135/7 in 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

In between these two wickets, debutant off-spinner Washington Sundar got Kusal Perera's catch of his own bowling as Sri Lanka struggled.

Sadeera Samarawickrama (21) and Asela Gunaratne (36) added 38 runs for the fourth wicket to revive the innings before Hardik Pandya (2-25) provided a double breakthrough to remove both batsmen in the space of three overs.

India lost in-form openers - captain Rohit Sharma (27) and KL Rahul (4) - early, which affected their run-rate badly as Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey found the going tough against a fired-up Lankan attack.

Iyer broke the shackles with a long-off six off Dasun Shanka but was soon run out in an unfortunate manner after scoring 30 off 32 balls. Both openers Niroshan Dickwella (1) and Upul Thranga (11) fell to left-arm seamer Unadkat (2/15).

Pacers Dushmantha Chameera and Dasun Shanaka bagged two wickets each for Sri Lanka.


Asked to bat by Rohit Sharma, Sri Lanka failed to click with their batting again. We learnt a lot because we all know India is a big team at the moment.

But Sri Lanka fought its way back as Iyer was run out when the ball deflected onto the stumps off bowler Akila Dananjaya.

India were pushed for the first time in the T20 series, but the pedigree was too much for the visitors and despite their best performance of the series, India walked away victorious by five wickets.

But then fortunes changed and India defeated Sri Lanka heftily in the ODI series under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.

Since the middle of 2015, he has missed a full tour of Zimbabwe, come home early from a tour of South Africa, missed Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka, and missed a full tour of the UAE - all because of various leg injuries.

"We were able to give opportunities to different players as well as win the series".

The first test between host South Africa and India starts January 5 in Cape Town.

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