Nidahas Trophy: India restricts Sri Lanka to 152/9 in 19 overs

Clyde Nash
March 16, 2018

India are bound to be cautious going against Bangladesh who will be coming into the match after chasing down a mammoth 215 runs at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo against Sri Lanka and will be more confident than before. After making a positive start with a six and four off Suranga Lakmal in the opening over, Rohit mistimed a shot straight to Kusal Mendis off Akila Dananjaya (2/19) in the next over.

Manish Pandey (42) and Dinesh Karthik (39) were at the centre of India's chase. The bowling has also seemingly clicked after the likes of Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat found their form once again while Washington Sundar was at his economical best, to say the least. India lost to Sri Lanka unexpectedly in the tournament opener but came back strongly to beat both Bangladesh and the hosts in successive games.

Rahul's end came at a awful time for India and in a freakish manner as the batsman trod on his stumps setting off for a run to gift Jeevan Mendis a wicket. KL Rahul, who came in as a replacement for Rishabh Pant against Sri Lanka, looked more comfortable in the middle than the left-handed batsman, before he was dismissed by an unfortunate hit-wicket on 18.

Indian players celebrate after taking a wicket against Sri Lanka.

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Rohit Sharma scored 60 runs in 6 T20I innings in 2018 at an average of 10.

Although Shardul Thakur's resume is wafer-thin when it comes to actual worldwide appearances, he has been linked with the national side and has studied the bowling from close quarters, apart from his IPL experience, over the last two years.

After a poor run with the bat in the first two games, today was no different for Rohit Sharma.

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Kusal Mendis continued his good form and did not spare a single Indian bowler while Tharanga preferred to play the second fiddle.

Yuzvendra Chahal, who had been hit around by Kusal Mendis in his first spell, fought back admirably to dismiss him in his last over.

The first one to go was Raina in the seventh over. Although Nazmul Islam was underbowled in that game, the skipper believed that his spinners too are capable of stemming the flow of runs as India's.

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