India did not start well in the chase as they lost Rohit Sharma (nine) and KL Rahul (24) early. Malinga got the first break through for his team. The last time when India played a T20I match, skipper Virat Kohli opened the batting and if he decides to do that again, Ajinkya Rahane might have to sit out. “We tried a few things, the results are incredible to see”, Kohli said in the post-match presentation. Kohli and Pandey’s partnership led India to victory.
India: Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony Six, Sony Six HD. Australia had beaten Pakistan in 2009-10 across three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I. I got the chance in the last Test match to perform well, in ODIs I played the last two matches and performed well and in the T20 as well.
Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga (5) was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the score on 22.
6907 – Runs made by Kohli in T20s – the most by an Indian.
Sri Lanka and Indian sub-continent:Sony Ten.
The turning point perhaps came when Dhoni pulled off a trademark quick stumping to dismiss Angelo Mathews (7) off Chahal in the seventh over.
In an extraordinary week gone by, West Indies – once the undisputed on-field cricketing superpower but now a pale shadow of its glorious past – and a fast-improving Bangladesh headlined the game with their stirring shows on two different continents.
Coming in at No.3, Munaweera (53 from 29 balls, 5*4, 4*6) saved the hosts from the blushes with a fighting half century that came off 26 balls before all-rounder Ashan Priyanjan’s unbeaten run-a-ball 40 helped them to a healthy total. Kohli’s four fifties are also the joint-most half-centuries against a side in T20Is. With nothing to lose, they went after the Indian bowlers and even with two down, the Lions ticked the run-rate at a healthy pace.
Sri Lanka were crawling by then and were reduced to 134 for seven in the 17th over as Seekkuge Prasanna (11) was caught in the deep off Yadav. Shanaka held another decent catch at midwicket, from Isuru Udana’s bowling. The gist of it came in view during the Sri Lanka series that saw youngsters like Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav getting best of opportunities to play.