Team India, led by Shikhar Dhawan, was expected to perform well in the decider of the T20 series, and beat the hosts Sri Lanka to capture the second consecutive series. But the Indian batsmen succumbed to the havoc of Wanindu Hasaranga and lost both the match and the series, facing a 7-wicket defeat.
The decision to bat after winning the toss did not go well for Captain Dhawan and he himself got out for 0 on the fourth ball of the first over. After that the wickets started falling. 7 batsmen of the team could not even cross the double figure. Team India could only manage 81 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs.
In reply, Sri Lanka started the innings by playing with restraint but on the fifth ball of the sixth over, Rahul Chahar gave India the first breakthrough by catching Avishka Fernando (12) on his own ball. Rahul Chahar took 3 wickets for 15 runs in the match for India. But the bowlers at the other end could not take wickets. Sri Lanka achieved the target of victory for the loss of 3 wickets in 14.3 overs.
Hasaranga Series and Player of the Match
This was Sri Lanka’s first bilateral series win since August 2008 after 21 attempts across all formats against India. Also, Sri Lanka has defeated India for the first time in eight bilateral T20 series. At the same time, Wanindu Hasaranga, who performed brilliantly, was declared the best player of the series and match.
4 wickets in 30 balls
Team India, who came to bat first, had a very bad start. In the very first over, the captain got out without opening the account. After this the Sri Lankan bowlers got into the rhythm which the batsmen could not face. India lost 4 wickets in the first 30 balls.
Captain Shikhar Dhawan (0) was followed by Devdutt Padikkal (9), Sanju Samson (0) and Rituraj Gaikwad (14). India lost 2 wickets in the fifth over.
Batsman Sanju Samson looked helpless in front of the host bowler Wanindu Hasranga. Samson faced Hasranga’s 11 balls in 4 innings of T20 Internationals and could only score two runs while getting out thrice.
Wreak havoc on 24th birthday
Bowler Wanindu Hasaranga, who was celebrating his 24th birthday wreaked havoc in the match so much that the Indian batsmen could not play properly. Hasaranga took 4 wickets for 9 runs in 4 overs. India’s 7 batsmen could not even cross the double figure. The tail batsman Kuldeep Yadav scored the highest unbeaten 23 runs.
In the last 3 overs, India did not lose a single wicket and could score only 81 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. This is India’s third worst innings in T20 history.
In response to the small target, Sri Lanka made a simple start and scored 82 runs in the 15th over. India got its first success in the sixth over. Rahul Chahar himself caught Avishka Fernando on a personal score of 12 runs and walked out. Chahar himself also took the next two wickets.