The Men in Blues under the leadership of new skipper Rohit Sharma has once again put up a clinical show in the third T20I at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to sweep up the series 3-0.
India made two changes going into the match with Washington Sundar becoming the youngest Indian cricketer to make his T20I debut, and Mohammad Siraj came in for Jasprit Bumrah. Sri Lankan batsmen struggled after they were put to bat first by stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma.
India got off to a brilliant start, as they reduced the visitors to 18 for three in just four overs with the top-order already back in the hut. Asela Gunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama then played for a 38-run partnership before Samrawickram departed at the score of 56.
Indian bowlers were disciplined through with young Mohammad Siraj only going for plenty. Lower-order batsman Dasun Shanaka scored 18 runs off the last over to take their team’s total to 135, the lowest-ever score at the Wankhede.
India started off slowly unlike the other two matches and soon received a blow, as KL Rahul was caught plumb in front of the stumps by Dushmantha Chameera. Rohit Sharma showed some glimpses of form from the previous game but got out after getting a good start. The middle-order came into rescue, as everybody chipped in with useful scores to take India home in a close encounter.
Here are player ratings from the 3rd T20I:
Lokesh Rahul (3/10):
After registering two back to back half-centuries in the first two matches, Rahul couldn’t capitalise on the form, as he got out cheaply with only four runs beside his name. Although he had proved he possesses all the capabilities to open the innings in the limited-overs games.
Rohit Sharma (5/10):
The stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma got off to a brilliant start scoring 27 runs off just 20 balls; however, couldn’t capitalise on it, as he was undone by some extra bounce to get caught at mid-wicket. Sharma was brilliant in the field rotating his bowlers and restricting the opponent to a moderate total.
Shreyas Iyer (6/10):
The young batsman from Mumbai showed a lot of prospect in the limited opportunities as he got. He played a patient knock of 30 runs off 32 balls along with Manish Pandey to take India close to victory.
Manish Pandey (7/10):
Manish Pandey played a crucial knock in India’s victory, as he scored useful 32 runs in 29 balls when the Sri Lankan bowlers were trying to create pressure bowling some good lines. He played some good looking shots as the Indian inched closer to victory.
Dinesh Karthik (8/10):
The right-handed Dinesh Karthik played a small and useful unbeaten knock of 18 runs in just 12 balls to take India over the rope. He hit a mammoth six on the last ball of the penultimate over to end all the hopes for Sri Lanka, as India needed only three runs off the final over.
MS Dhoni (8/10):
The veteran was once again up to the mark by batting sensibly alongside Dinesh Karthik to take the team over the rope. Dhoni played an unbeaten knock of 16 runs in just ten balls with the help of two boundaries at a crucial juncture and once again proved he is called the best finisher in the world.
Hardik Pandya (6.5/10):
The young all-rounder once again did a brilliant job with the ball, as he broke the important partnership of Samarawickrama and Gunaratne to register a figure of two for 25 in his quota of four overs. However, he failed to impress with the bat, as he was promoted up the order.
Washington Sundar (6/10):
Sundar had an impressive debut, as he gave away only 22 runs picking up one wicket in his quota of four overs. He bowled some decent line and length during the powerplays and made it tough for the Lankan batsmen to get away with him.
Kuldeep Yadav (5.5/10):
The young leg-spinner had impressed everybody with his variations, and this match was no exception. He bowled some good line and length and finished his quota with one wicket giving away 26 runs.
Jaydev Unadkat (9/10):
The left-armer had a terrific series picking up four wickets with an economy rate of just over 4.8. He was thoroughly brilliant in Sunday’s game, as he removed both the openers giving away only 15 runs in his quota. He was also adjudged both the man of the match and the series.
Mohammad Siraj (3.5/10):
The young seamer was a bit expensive, as he gave away 45 runs in his four overs including 18 runs in the last over picking up only one wicket. However, it will be a learning curve for this young cricketer, as he will come back stronger.