After completion of the ODI series against Sri Lanka, who lost by a 2-1 scoreline, India will take on the hosts in a 3-match T20I series from Sunday in Colombo. Just like the Tests and ODIs of the past decade, the Asian giants have dominated their Island neighbors in T20Is too.
Of the 19 T20Is between the two sides, India have won 13 and lost 5. In fact, Sri Lanka have defeated India just twice in T20Is since 2016; they have never beaten India in a bilateral T20I series!
Apart from Sri Lanka’s own decline, another reason for India’s dominance in the format over them has been their batting, which has time and again put the opposition under pressure.
We look at the top 5 batsmen who have scored the most runs in India-Sri Lanka T20Is:
5. Suresh Raina-265 runs
Former middle-order batsman Suresh Raina averaged an impressive 29.44 against the Lankans; he scored 265 runs in 10 innings, with a solitary fifty – 63 off 47 – which came in a group game in 2010 T20 World Cup in St Lucia.
Raina played plenty of cameos while batting lower down the order. A few of his other scores against Sri Lanka include 35, 21, 34*, 20, 30, 25, 27, all coming at a healthy strike rate.