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

Kristopher Nichols
March 13, 2018

India bounced back with a win against Bangladesh in their next game but it's Sri Lanka whom they would want to beat to settle the score.

KL Rahul (18), who came in place of Rishabh Pant, looked in good tough during his short stay before being dismissed in a unusual manner. Speaking of bowlers, except Pradeep, no one bowled with discipline and threw full tosses and easy deliveries.

India will next face Bangladesh on Wednesday, whereas Sri Lanka will face the same opponents later on Friday.

If the Men in Blue win today, it would take them to the top in the points table past the Lankans, who are now leading the table on net run rate, ahead of India and Bangladesh.

The young and inexperienced Indian bowlers have done a decent job so far with the likes of Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Vijay Shankar living upto their expectations. The partnership surpassed the previous best of 71, between Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar, at the same venue when the Tigers toured Sri Lanka a year ago while the best powerplay - 76 - had come against New Zealand in 2013.

"It was a great effort by the bowling unit considering the conditions were not easy for the bowlers", said Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.

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Thakur gave India the breakthrough when he dismissed Danushka Gunathilaka (17) in the third over with Suresh Raina taking a stunning catch at midwicket.

With scoreboard reading 34/2, Mendis and new batsman Upul Tharanga (22) joined hands and forged a 58-run partnership to stabilise the innings. Thus, making it more competitive and result is still left in wide.

Kusal Mendis hit three sixes and as many boundaries in his belligerent 55 to register his second successive half-century in the tournament.

All three teams - India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - have one win each to their names after the first round of matches.

India's biggest concern though would be the form of their skipper.

Lower middle-order batsmen Jeevan Mendis (5), Dasun Shanaka (19), Akila Dananjaya (5) tried to score quickly towards the end but could not provide the finish Sri Lanka wanted.

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