IND vs SL: Shreyas Iyer stars for India as hosts whitewash Sri Lanka 3-0 in T20I series
IND vs SL: Team India beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20I series at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala.
The last T20I match was won by India by six wickets. Shreyas Iyer top-scored for the hosts with an undefeated 73* as the Men in Blue chased down the mark of 146 in 16.5 overs. In the previous 20 overs, Indian bowlers held Sri Lanka to a total of 146/5. Dasun Shanaka once again led Sri Lanka to a decent total with a captain’s inning of 74*, while Dinesh Chandimal scored 25. Avesh Khan took two wickets, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, and Ravi Bishnoi each took one.
While pursuing the disappointing target of 146, India was never in jeopardy. Shreyas won the chase with a 73* off 45 balls, his third half-century in a row. The hosts were in complete control from the start, chasing down the mark with six wickets and 19 balls to spare.
That’s that from the final T20I.#TeamIndia win by 6 wickets to complete a clean sweep 3-0 against Sri Lanka.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2022
After electing to bat first, the visitors got off to the worst possible start, losing both openers in the first two overs of the innings. In the final ball of the first over, Siraj sent Danushka Gunathilaka back to the pavilion, while Avesh dismissed Pathum Nissanka in the very next over.
Avesh struck again in the fourth over, when Sanju Samson caught Charith Asalanka with a half-dive. However, the visitors’ score was 18/3 after the powerplay.
The hosts dictated the pace of the innings with SL in difficulty. Also Bishnoi bowled Janith Liyanage in the ninth over to add to the Lankans’ woes. Therefore, Patel dismissed dangerously looking Dinesh Chandimal for a score of 25 in the 13th over to add to the visitors’ agony.
After that setback, captain Dasun Shanaka took matters into his own hands. Ensuring that the Lankans did not lose any more wickets and raising the team’s score to 146/5 with Chamika Karunaratne.
Sri Lanka 146/5 (Dasun Shanaka 74*, Dinesh Chandimal 25; Avesh Khan 2-23)
India 148/4 (Shreyas Iyer 73*, Deepak Hooda 21; Lahiru Kumara 2/39)