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IND vs SL: Sri Lanka Playing XI vs India, Sri Lanka Tour Of India 2023, 3rd T20I. India and Sri Lanka will clash in the 3rd and last T20I at Rajkot, Saurashtra to win the series, which is currently leveled at 1-1. The Indian top order has disappointed as a unit in both the IND vs SL T20Is, with Suryakumar Yadav being the only half-centurion with his 51-run knock in the 2nd IND vs SL T20I.

Openers Ishan Kishan (37 and 2), Shubman Gill (7 and 5), and skipper Hardik Pandya (29 and 12) haven’t been able to contribute significantly with the bat in both IND vs SL T20Is. Deepak Hooda scored an unbeaten 41 in the first T20I batting lower down the order while Axar Patel smacked 65 runs off 31 balls with 3 fours & 6 sixes in the 2nd IND vs SL T20I.

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Axar Patel
Axar Patel. Pic Credits: Twitter.

While the bowling pulled off the tough task of defending a low total in the first IND vs SL T20I (which India won by 2 runs), they conceded plenty in the 2nd T20I. Arshdeep Singh, who missed the 1st T20I and came back from an injury in the 2nd match, bowled as many as 5 no-balls while Team India bowled a total of 7 no-balls, resulting in 7 Free Hits. Shivam Mavi impressed cricket fans with his 4-wicket haul on debut but went wicketless for 53 runs in the 2nd T20I.

Dasun Shanaka has been leading the Lankan batting from the front with 101 runs in 2 matches while striking at 206.12. Kusal Mendis has scored 80 runs in the series including 52 in the 2nd T20I while Charith Asalanka has 49 runs, which implies the batting has been majorly dependent on Dasun Shanaka who has carried the batting single-handedly in both matches.

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Hardik Pandya and Dasun Shanaka, IND vs SL, India vs Sri Lanka
Hardik Pandya and Dasun Shanaka (Credits: Twitter)

While 5 Sri Lankan bowlers – Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Wanindu Hasaranga picked up a wicket each in the 1st T20I- the bowlers performed equally well in the 2nd T20I. Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, and Dasun Shanaka picked up 2 wickets each while Chamika Karunaratne and Wanindu Hasaranga managed 1 wicket each in the 2nd T20I. Sri Lanka won the 2nd T20I by 16 runs successfully defending 207 runs target.

While batting first, Sri Lanka amassed 206 runs courtesy of a few significant efforts. To assist their team in defeating the Indians, Charith Asalanka, 37(19), Kusal Mendis, 52(31), and skipper Dasun Shanaka, 56(22), all contributed. Only 190 runs could be scored by India in the allowed 20 overs, falling short of their target. Axar Patel scored 65 (31) and Suryakumar Yadav scored 51 (36), keeping the Indians in the contest.

Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Axar Patel tried his absolute best with both bat and ball, but Dasun Shanaka continued his all-round domination of India to bring up a 16-run win for Sri Lanka in what turned out to be a thrilling contest at MCA Stadium in Pune.

2nd T20I:- Sri Lanka 206 for 6 (Shanaka 56*, Kusal 52, Malik 3-48, Axar 2-24) beat India 190 for 8 (Axar 65, Suryakumar 51, Shanaka 2-4, Rajitha 2-22) by 16 runs.

In the 1st IND vs SL T20I, India prevailed in a low-scoring thriller thanks to late runs from Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel, and exceptional seam bowling from an attack missing pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Shami. The Wankhede pitch was anything but the batting paradise it usually is in T20 cricket: there was grip for spinners, which Sri Lanka used well before the new ball seamed around for India’s quicks.

Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda. Pic Credits: Twitter.
Ishan Kishan got India off to a quick start before the spinners pulled them back. Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel then added 68 in 5.5 overs to take India to 162. On the same pitch, India found assistance for fast bowlers with Hardik Pandya joining debutant Shivam Mavi who took 4/22, Umran Malik, and Harshal Patel in causing damage.
Sri Lanka had a brief recovery from 68 for 5 through captain Dasun Shanaka’s 45 off 27, but Axar Patel managed to defend 12 in a last-over gamble as India won 1st IND vs SL T20I by 2 runs.
1st T20I: India 162 for 5 (Hooda 41*, Axar 31*) beat Sri Lanka 160 (Shanaka 45, Mavi 4-22) by two runs

IND vs SL: Sri Lanka Playing XI vs India, Sri Lanka Tour Of India 2023, 3rd T20I

Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka
Pathum Nissanka. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Pathum Nissanka scored a 35-ball 33 in the 2nd T20I after failing with the bat in the 1st T20I (1 off 3 balls before being bowled by debutant Shivam Mavi).  He will want to opt for a better show in the 3rd decisive IND vs SL T20I.

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