Two quick wickets peg Sri Lanka back

by Steven Clarke March 13, 2018, 4:33
Two quick wickets peg Sri Lanka back

Having come off two days of complete rest, India hit the nets at the R Premadasa Stadium first thing in the morning yesterday.

Touted as Dhoni's successor, Pant is yet to do justice to his vast potential till now. With someone like Lokesh Rahul waiting for his chance, time is running out for the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman. The left-handed opener had 145 runs from two-matches, which includes a match-winning 55 against Bangladesh.

But the team bounced back to beat Bangladesh in their next match. And they will certainly hope to make amends.

Resurgent India will be looking to vindicate their bowling mistakes, as they take on hosts Sri Lanka on Monday.

Suresh Raina hit a couple of sixes in his breezy 27 but India looked to be in trouble at 85 for four in the 10th over.

The biggest cause of concern for the visitors, though, is the form of their captain.

Karthik showed intent from the moment he came out and with Pandey (42*) willing to innovate India soon took control again. Yuzvendra Chahal went for 33 runs and got one wicket in his four, while Vijay Shankar gave 30 runs in his 3 for a wicket.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be smarting from the shocking five-wicket loss to Bangladesh last night.

Former captain Mushfiqur Rahim led Bangladesh with an unbeaten 72 off 35 deliveries.

Chasing a mammoth 215 in the stipulated 20 overs, Bangladesh crossed the line in 19.

Pandey combined with Dinesh Karthik, who made 39 not out, in a 68-run partnership to help India overwhelm the target with nine balls to spare.

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In even further punishing fashion, Bangladesh won by a total of five wickets, and recorded their highest ever T20 score of 216/5.

India didn't have the best of starts with the bat as they lost openers Rohit Sharma (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (8) early in the chase.

"Thisara Perera has been appointed to captain the Sri Lanka team in the next two games in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy, following the ICC's decision to suspend captain Dinesh Chandimal for two games for an over-rate offence", the Sri Lankan board said in a terse release.

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