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Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey notched up their 17th and maiden T20 International 50s, respectively, to win the match for India.
Colombo: India wrapped-up a memorable tour of Sri Lanka with a seven-wicket victory over the hosts in the one-off T20 International at the Premadasa Stadium, in Colombo, on Wednesday.
India captain Virat Kohli and middle order batsman Manish Pandey notched up their 17th and maiden T20 International 50s, respectively, to win the match for the visitors.
Kohli, who put Sri Lanka in to bat after winning the toss, did not get the start that he wanted, as Niroshan Dickwella (17) looked to be aggressive early on. Dilshan Munaweera gave the real momentum to the Lankan innings with a 29-ball 53.
However, the Indian spinners slowed things down for the hosts, with Yuzvendra Chahal claiming three scalps for 43 runs.
Ashan Priyanjan came to Sri Lanka's rescue in the end, scoring an unbeaten 40, as the hosts set India a challenging total of 170.
Although the Indian innings got off to a brisk start, the loss of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul's early wickets were a bit of a setback.
However, Kohli (82) and Pandey (51 not out), put up a 119, to take the match away from the Sri Lankans. Although the India captain was dismissed towards the end, he had nearly seen his side to the finish line, with India needing just 10 runs to win.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manish Pandey finished things off in style, with the latter scoring his maiden T20 International ton.
Sri Lanka 170-7 from 20 overs (Munaweera 53, Priyanjan 40*; Chahal 3-43).
India 174-3 from 19.2 overs (Kohli 82, Pandey 51*; Prasanna 1-25).
India win by 7 wickets.
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli.
India 174-3 from 19.2 overs
Manish Pandey gets to his maiden T20 international fifty in style as he helps India romp to an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka.It was a four through extra-cover that set up a convincing win and conclede the Sri Lanka tour.
India 161-3 from 18.3 overs
WICKET! Virat Kohli departs as Shanaka takes a fantastic catch at deep mid-wicket.
India 148-2 from 17 overs
Less than 30 runs needed for Team India, as they edge closer to victory. Sri Lanka's hopes of winning this are all but over now.
India 142-2 from 16 overs
Lasith Malinga's bowling had gone according to plan by conceding just four runs from the first four balls,but conceded a boundary in the fifth ball as Kohli raced past to the long-on boundary. Nine runs conceded by Malinga in the over.
India 128-2 from 14 overs
The duo are having this easy. The partnership between Kohli and Manish Pandey is now 86 runs, with India needing less than 50 runs to the target.
India 118-2 from 13 overs
Virat Kohli has got to his 17th T20 fifty in just 30 30 balls as he scores a couple of runs from the second ball of the over. Manish Pandey has done a good job so far, assisting the captain from the other end. The hosts will need a breakthrough soon before the game slips out of their hands.
India 106-2 from 12 overs
Yet another explosive over for India. Manish Pandey is hitting boundaries all over the p;lace as the visitors have crossed 100. Captain Kohli, though, is just four runs short off his 17th T20 fifty.
India 89-2 from 11 overs
Kohli and Manish Pandey are now ticking India towards the target. Kohli had earlier crossed 15,000 runs in international cricket when he was not out on 7.
India 82-2 from 10 overs
Sri Lanka now have as many as five fielders outside the circle. However, Virat Kohli still manages to find the gaps on a consistent basis, threading one to the fine-leg boundary, one through a flurry of fielders in the covers, and yet another third one through mid-wicket.
India 67-2 from 9 overs
Virat Kohli has settled down now. Yet another good over for India as they score 10 runs again.
India 57-2 from 8 overs
Virat Kohli dances down the track and unleashes a clean strike off Prasanna's tossed-up half volley for a SIX! That has eased the pressure off the Indian batsmen in the over, as they went on to score 10 runs
India 42-2 from 5.4 overs
WICKET! Seekuge Prasanna sees off KL Rahul as Shanaka takes a fantastic catch at short extra-cover.
India 39-1 from 5 overs
Both Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are taking their time, and look in no hurry to take India to the finish line. After a successful first over from Malinga, he has gone for eight runs in the over.
India 31-1 from 4 overs
Isuru Udana concedes eight runs in the over. Virat Kohli, meanwhile, is off the mark in his 50th T20 international.
India 22-1 from 2.4 overs
WICKET! Lasith Malinga gives the hosts the breakthrough as he removes Rohit Sharma, courtesy a catch by Thisara Perera at mid-on
India 21-0 from 2 overs
Yet another good over for India as they march forward in the run-chase. They are currently going at a run-rate of over 10, and the hosts are desparate to find a breakthrough.
India 12-0 from 1 over
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul comes out to bat as Angelo Mathews opens Sri Lanka's bowling. Rohit gets India off the mark, as Rahul plays a square cut, leading to a boundary in the very next ball. A good start for the Men in Blue.
A late flourish by Ashan Priyanjan helped Sri Lanka post a challenging total of 170 for 7 from their quota of 20 overs, at the Premadasa Stadium, in Colombo, on Wednesday.
The Lankans got off to a flying start, despite the early departures of Niroshan Dickwella (17) and Upul Tharanga (5), thanks mainly to Dilshan Munaweera, who smashed 53 off 29 balls.
However, the Indian spinners came back in the middle overs, stifling the Lankan batters as wickets kept tumbling. Yuzvendra Chahal ended with the best figures for the Indians, taking 3 wickets for 43 runs.
Despit the quick wickets though, the Lankan batters managed to hold their own, and posted a challenging total of 170, courtesy some late hitting by Priyanjan (40).
Sri Lanka 170-7 from 20 overs (Munaweera 53, Priyanjan 40*; Chahal 3-43).
India need 171 runs to win from 20 overs at 8.55 runs per over.
Sri Lanka 170-7 from 20 overs
Sri Lanka have finished the innings at 170, and now they will hope to put up a good show with the ball. The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, did a good job to restrict the hosts below 200.
Sri Lanka 157-7 from 19 overs
Sri Lanka edge past the 150-run mark as Udana finishes the over with a four. Bumrah, though goes for 13 runs in the over as the hosts look to finish in style.
Sri Lanka 144-7 from 18 overs
Bhuvneshwar Kumar started the over on a good note, after conceding just two runs in the first five balls. However, his last ball goes for six runs as Udana goes for a maximum. After losing wickets in quick succession, Sri Lanka are carefully inching towards 150.
Sri Lanka 136-7 from 17 overs
WICKET!Kuldeep Yadav sees off Seekuge Prasanna as captain Kohli takes a good catch at deep mid-wicket. The spinners are doing the job here.
Sri Lanka 127-6 from 16 overs
India are in control of the game now. After two wickets in the last two overs, Sri Lanka's run rate has reduced to 7.89, and a total of 150 has become a huge ask for the hosts.
Sri Lanka 113-6 from 14 overs
WICKET!Chahal is on a roll here as he removes Dasun Shanaka. The hosts have started to tumble once again.
Sri Lanka 113-6 from 13.3 overs
WICKET! Thisara Perera departs as he is clean bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sri Lanka 105-5 from 13 overs
Sri Lanka cross the 100-run mark, as new man Thisara Perera and Ashan Priyanjan look to take the hosts back on track. An economical over from Axar as he concedes just four runs.
Sri Lanka 99-4 from 11.2 overs
WICKET! Munaweera is clean bowled by Kuldeep Yadav as he departs after scoring a fantastic fifty. Team India are back in the driving seat.
Sri Lanka 98-3 from 11 overs
Dilshan Munaweera gets to his maiden T20 internatyion fifty in style, in just 26 balls.
Sri Lanka 90-3 from 10 overs
The hosts are currently going at nine runs per over, thanks to a fantastic six from Ashan Priyanjan, which went well over deep mid-wicket. Not a good over for Kuldeep Yadav, though, as Sri Lanka keep progressing.
Sri Lanka 84-3 from 9 overs
Dilshan Munaweera powered the Sri Lankans in an expenseive over from Yuzvendra Chahal's, going for 17 runs. He has now reached his highest score of 49 in T20s .
Sri Lanka 67-3 from 8 overs
A good over from Kuldeep Yadav, as he concedes just a couple of runs. Munaweera has kept Sri Lanka at bay, with new batsman Ashan Priyanjan on the other side.
Sri Lanka 62-3 from 6.3 overs
WICKET! MS Dhoni gets his 101st stumping as Yuzvendra Chahal removes Angelo Mathews off Yuzvendra Chahal's bowling.
Sri Lanka 46-2 from 4.3 overs
WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah bowls out Niroshan Dickwella and gives him a send-off.Will this warrant an official investigation?
Sri Lanka 46-1 from 4 overs
Dickwella and Munaweera have taken Sri Lanka back to the game, as they close in on the 50-run mark in quick time.
Sri Lanka 32-1 from 3 overs
Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes as he dismisses captain Upul Tharanga. The new man in was Dilshan Munaweera, who will look to build a good partnership with Dickwella.
Sri Lanka 19-0 from 2 overs
This was an expensive over for Jasprit Bumrah, who went for 15 runs. Niroshan Dickwella hit three boundaries in the over to get the hosts on track.
Sri Lanka 4-0 from 1 over
The hosts got off to a slow start in the game, after Niroshan Dickwella got them off the mark. India conceded two extras already, with both being leg-byes
SL XI: N Dickwella, WU Tharanga, D Munaweera, A Priyanjan, A Mathews, D Shanaka, S Prasanna, NTLC Perera, A Dananjaya, L Malinga, I Udana— BCCI (@BCCI) September 6, 2017
IND XI: RG Sharma, V Kohli, L Rahul, M Pandey, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni, A Patel, B Kumar, K Yadav, J Bumrah, Y Chahal— BCCI (@BCCI) September 6, 2017
Virat Kohli wins the toss and elects to bowl first.
The toss will happen at 7.25 pm. The match will start at 7.40 pm.
Toss has been delayed. There will be an inspection at 7 pm, as it was raining some time back.
Colombo: Team India will aim to continue their fine run against Sri Lanka when the Men in Blue take on the hosts in a lone T20 international and the final match of the tour.
The Sri Lankan team has been on a downfall so far. After suffering a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series, the script did not change much in the ODI series as Virat Kohli’s men completed a ruthless 5-0 clean sweep.
Not only batsmen, but Indian bowlers have also impressed so far this series, which will be a big positive for the selectors keeping an eye on the 2019 World Cup. On the other hand, the Sri Lankans have shown glimpses of talent but failed to put the pressure on.
With one final match to go, Sri Lanka will hope to end the tour with a win which will give them a major confidence boost amongst all the trouble.