Pace duo of Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur delivered splendid bowling performances to help India level the T20I series in the second game played at Indore.
The day started with Indian Captain Virat Kohli winning the toss and opting to bowl first. on a decent pitch prepared at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Sri Lankan openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando started positively and added 38-run stand in the initial five overs. Left-arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Navdeep Saini led the fightback for India as Sri Lanka went from 82 for 2 to 142 all out.
For Sri Lanka, wicket-keeper Kusal Perera looked in good touch with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 34 runs off 28 balls with the help of five boundaries. Danushka Gunathilaka scored 20 runs off 21 balls with the help of three fours, whereas Avishka Fernando chipped in with 22 runs off 16 balls with the help of five boundaries.
Wanindu Hasaranga put on a crucial cameo to help Sri Lanka post 142 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
For India, Shardul Thakur was the pick of the bowlers and claimed three wickets in the game. Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Yadav also bowled well and claimed two wickets each.
Shardul Thakur, Lokesh Rahul and Navdeep Saini delivered superlative performances to help India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in 2nd T20I played at Indore.
Chasing 143 runs for victory, openers Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to an excellent start and added 71 runs in the first nine overs. Rahul played well and perished after scoring 45 runs off 32 balls with the help of six boundaries. Meanwhile, Dhawan chipped in with a decent performance and scored 32 runs off 29 balls with the help of two fours.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli played well and remained unbeaten till the end to help India complete the chase in the 17th over of the innings. He scored 30 runs off 17 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. He was well supported by Shreyas Iyer, who scored 34 runs off 26 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
For Sri Lanka, Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was the standout bowler and finished with figures of 2 for 30 in his four overs.