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:

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