Reactions on Twitter: Dasun Shanaka propels Sri Lanka to victory over India
The second T20I between India and Sri Lanka turned out to be an absolute thriller in which the Islanders managed a 16-point win to tie the ongoing three-match series.
Chasing the huge target of 207, the hosts got off to a terrible start as they lost five wickets midway through the stage for just 57 in. The will of Ishan Kishan (2), Shubman Gill (5), debutant Rahul Tripathi (5) and Deepak Hooda (9) all failed to impress and failed to even score in the double digits.
As the situation got completely out of hand, the couple Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel tried to get things under control by counterattacking. The duo brought Lankan bowlers to the cleaners and shifted momentum to the Men in Blue. Both Surya and Axar hit the fast fifties adding 91 runs for the sixth wicket. But a mistimed shot from Suryakumar led to his dismissal for 51 of 36 deliveries.
Axar, on the other hand, kept setting limits to bring India close to the victory line. He was well supported by Tailender Shivam Mavi as the duo cut the equation down to 21 needed in the final. Axar, after getting the attack from Mavi, grabbed a few, and to hit a biggie, the all-rounder got out. Axar eventually scored 65 from just 31 deliveries as Sri Lanka managed a thrilling victory by 16 runs.
Earlier, skipper Dasun Shanaka and opener Kusal Mendis crushed blistering half-centuries to propel Sri Lanka to a massive 206/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Asked to bat, openers Mendis (53) and Pathum Nissanka (33) formed an 80-run stand to give the tourists a solid start.
The visitors then lost momentum as Indian bowlers led by pace sensation Umran Malik (3/48), took a flurry of wickets to reduce the runflow. However, the Lankan captain Shanaka (56 not out) and all-rounder Charith Asalanka (37) broke consecutive boundaries to take their side over the 200-point mark.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
The match went to the limit, but it is Sri Lanka who won the second T20I by 16 runs.
Scorecard ▶️ #TeamIndia | #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/YoE4hvgZoA
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2023
We equalize the series!
🇱🇰 1 – 1 🇮🇳
The series will be decided in Rajkot on Saturday.👊#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/4c3piUGjt5
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) January 5, 2023
Well done guys 👏🏼 super stuff from @dasunshanaka1 @KusalMendis13 Charith at the same time That was a huge effort from India Where they were @surya_14kumar & @akshar2026 👏🏼#INDvSL
— Dimuth Karunarathna (@IamDimuth) January 5, 2023
This is the first defeat for India against Sri Lanka in T20I in India since 2016.
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 5, 2023
Great effort from @akshar2026, @surya_14kumar & @ShivamMavi23 but it was the day of the Lankan tigers!! Well played Sri Lanka 👏🏽 #TeamIndia let’s bounce back in Rajkot!! #INDvSL
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) January 5, 2023
If this is an investment, I’ll take this result for Team India. This loss can pave the way for a brighter future. #INDvsSL #INDvSL #shanaka #axarpatel
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) January 5, 2023
Schipper really said today “I’ll do it alone”.
Outstanding display of skill from both bat and ball today @dasunshanaka1 👏🏽 👏🏽 👏🏽
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka wins second T20I by 16 runs. 🏏 #lka #Sri Lanka #INDvSL #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/VnSQ5VMZX9
— Dasuni Athauda (@AthaudaDasuni) January 5, 2023
Axar Patel will not mind holding two more elections in Gujarat within 12 months.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 5, 2023
Most runs added by India after losing the 5th wicket in a T20I innings:
133 – v SL in Pune, today
101 – v NZ in Christchurch, 2009
98 – against AUS in Bridgetown, 2010
92 – against SA in Indore, 2022#INDvSL
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 5, 2023
Two closely contested games. Again, the team that bats first in Pune wins. Dasun Shanaka’s love for India is on another level… he plays a few steps above India. #IndvSL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 5, 2023
Axar Patel’s heroics were in vain as Sri Lanka defeated India in the 2nd T20I.#SLvIND #2ndT20I Score card: #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/XJMm7X3bEa
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 5, 2023
A great effort from SKY, Axar and Mavi to keep 🇮🇳 in the game until the finals are over 👏🏼
On to the series decider 👊🏼#INDvSL #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/VtgztqQkUC
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) January 5, 2023
Well played #axarpatel & Sri Lanka.
No balls and failed top orders cost us the game. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/k4GMU9yLya
— Shubhankar Mishra (@shubhankrmishra) January 5, 2023
🇮🇳 fought hard to pull things back, but 🇱🇰 were the better side tonight!
We now have a score to settle in the decider! 👊
📸: BCCI#PlayBold #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7fKj6Znf8f
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 5, 2023
Will take this defeat any day if you want to build the T20 core. Lots of mistakes tonight and they should see how to eliminate them but for India to come so close to weaving a miracle gives hope #INDvSL
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) January 5, 2023
1️⃣-1️⃣ it is.
Saturday we have the decision! 🇮🇳 versus 🇱🇰#INDvSL #SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings pic.twitter.com/pfWmJnD6rQ
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) January 5, 2023
India gave it all but Sri Lanka tied the series with a win in a high scoring game in Pune 👏#INDvSL | 📝 Scorecard: pic.twitter.com/LjeGIagn5f
— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2023
Rating post for the Super Artists of the Night 🇮🇳#INDvSL #WhistlePodu 🦁💛
📸 : @BCCI pic.twitter.com/daBk0D8MVI
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 5, 2023
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