Team India produced a stellar show at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Wednesday against Sri Lanka and took an unassailable lead in the three-match series courtesy a comprehensive 88-run victory.
Meanwhile, the Lankans began briskly with Kusal Perera and Upul Tharanga going great guns. However, despite their brilliant start, the visitors ended up losing their last eight wickets for a meager 17 runs which handed India a series-clinching victory. So now let us have a look at India’s Player Ratings for the second T20I.
Rohit Sharma- 5/5
You can’t help but give full marks to Rohit for yet another sensational knock which left the Lankans scratching their heads in despair. It was just carnage on display which saw Rohit smashing the listless Lankan bowlers all around the Holkar Stadium. It was effortless hitting at it’s very best, as Rohit kept whacking one after the other out of the stadium.
He struck 12 fours and ten sixes en route to his whirlwind knock of 118 of just 42 deliveries, and if he had remained at the crease till the 20th other, then there was the maiden T20I double hundred well on the way. He eventually got dismissed by a slower delivery from Dushmantha Chameera.
KL Rahul- 4.5/5
The man who made a return to the national side in the previous encounter struck his 2nd consecutive half-century, but it was overshadowed by Rohit Sharma. It was Rahul who took charge initially and struck some exceptional shots and later after Rohit’s dismissal he again changed gears and struck some lusty blows out of the stadium.
He struck five fours and eight sixes during his knock of 89 before falling to Nuwan Pradeep in the penultimate over in an attempt to up the ante and keep on piling on the runs.
MS Dhoni- 3/5
The former Indian skipper got elevated at the 3rd position in the batting order, and yet again he began aggressively. Dhoni came dancing down the track and struck Akila Dananjaya for a couple of monstrous sixes en route to 28 off 21 deliveries before Thisara Perera castled him with a full-length delivery during the final over.
Hardik Pandya- 3/5
The all-rounder came out in the middle during the final phase of the innings and faced only three deliveries before holding out in the deep. Despite facing only three deliveries, Pandya went onto score ten runs with a four and six, to begin with. Later on, with the ball in hand, he chipped in with a solitary wicket by giving away only 23 runs in 3.2 overs.
Shreyas Iyer- 1/5
Iyer had to go for the big shots from the word go and got dismissed on the first delivery he faced. It was a well-disguised slower delivery from the Lankan captain. Iyer played a wild slog but missed it altogether which went on to struck him on the pads adjacent to the stumps.
Manish batted for a solitary delivery and remained unbeaten on one. Just like the opening clash, he wasn’t required much during the course of the match but grabbed a couple of catches during Sri Lanka’s innings.
Dinesh Karthik- 2/5
Karthik faced one delivery more than Pandey and struck a four and took a single to remain unbeaten on five of two deliveries.
Kuldeep Yadav- 3/5
The left-arm chinaman bowler was smashed for quite a few lusty blows especially by Kusal Perera who took on Kuldeep with disdain. The southpaw literally started toying with him and kept on depositing the youngster over the fence one after the other. It was Kuldeep who had the last laugh, as he dismissed Perera with a flighted delivery and ended up scalping Thisara Perera in the very next delivery.
Eventually, he finished with figures of 3/52 in his allotted four overs.
Jaydev Unadkat- 3/5
The left-arm seamer for the 2nd time in the series gave India their maiden breakthrough when he dismissed Niroshan Dickwella with a slower delivery after the southpaw had struck some delightful shots to get going.
Jasprit Bumrah- 2.5/5
It was a wicketless day for Bumrah who lacked that penetration during his spell on Wednesday. He bowled some exceptional deliveries but the Lankan batsmen defied him all the way and didn’t allow him to bag a wicket. Eventually, he finished his three overs by conceding 21 runs.
Yuzvendra Chahal- 4.5/5
The leggie Yuzvendra Chahal has been the stand out performer for the home team, and he became the first Indian bowler to bag four wickets in T20 cricket on three occasions. For yet another time, Chahal bowled with guile and variations and bamboozled the Lankan batsmen on a consistent basis. He ended his spell with the wickets of Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Chaturanga de Silva and and Akila Dananjaya.