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.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2023
We equalize the series!
🇱🇰 1 – 1 🇮🇳
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) January 5, 2023
— 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
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) January 5, 2023
— 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 👏🏽 👏🏽 👏🏽
— 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
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 5, 2023
A great effort from SKY, Axar and Mavi to keep 🇮🇳 in the game until the finals are over 👏🏼
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) January 5, 2023
Well played #axarpatel & Sri Lanka.
— 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! 👊
— 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.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) January 5, 2023
— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2023
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 5, 2023
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