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Sri Lanka beat India in 2nd T20I by 4 wickets

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The host team Sri Lanka have defeated the visitors India in the second T20I and level the series. They defeated India by 4 wickets on this occasion. After Krunal Pandya tested positive, some players became unavailable for selection. For India, Sakariya, Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad got national cap in this match.

Today is the deciding day of this series. India will be looking to win this series too. While Sri Lanka will try to win this series as they failed in ODI Series.

Sri Lanka vs India: Match Facts

Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bowl first in the second T20I. the pitch was quite slow. Sri Lankan skipper used his slow bowlers well and managed to restrict the Indian team to a competitively low score.

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The debutant Ruturaj was struggling in the beginning but find rhythm later. But he couldn’t convert it and got out scoring 21 runs. Devdutt Padikkal showed great gestures but scored only 29 runs. Indian Skipper Shikhar Dhawan is being criticized for his low strike rate in this innings.

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He has scored 40 runs in 42 balls. Sanju Samson played another disappointing inning of 7 runs. For Sri  Lanka, Dananjaya has taken 2 wickets. India scored 132 runs losing 6 wickets.

In reply, Sri Lanka started well. Wicketkeeper-batsman Bhanuka scored 36 runs. Dhananjaya de Silva has scored an unbeaten 40 runs and became the man of the match.

What the players say

Shikhar Dhawan, Indian Skipper: The surface turned and was stopping a bit. We knew we were one batter short. We knew we had to construct our innings smartly. We were 10-15 runs short. That would have made the difference. I am proud of the boys. Never say die attitude is amazing. Hats off to the boys for taking it into the last over.

Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lankan Skipper: I thought we can chase it under a low score if we can keep them under a low score. The strategy was to go hard in the first six overs. Then I went into the middle but couldn’t do much. But DDS and Hasaranga did well in the middle overs. When it comes to international cricket, different boys are performing. I should thank BCCI and SLC to allow us to showcase our talent during these tough tough times.

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Dhananjaya de Silva, Man of the Match: We were looking for this win. I am happy to contribute to a win for SL. I always thought and knew it was about one big over. I decided to bat till the end. We held our nerves today. It is always tough against India.

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