India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets, take 1-0 lead

Wednesday 08th January 2020 07:00 EST

India got off to a blazing start in second Twenty20 international in Indore on Tuesday. India chased down the target of 143 with ease beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets. KL Rahul dominated with a flurry of boundaries without taking many chances. India got past the 50-run mark in the powerplay overs itself.

Skipper Virat Kohli struck an unbeaten 30 as India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the second T20I. The hosts rode a 71-run opening stand between KL Rahul, who hit 45, and Shikhar Dhawan, who made 32, to chase down their target of 143 in 17.3 overs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the first match was rained off. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga took the wickets of the Indian openers but Shreyas Iyer, who scored 34 before falling to paceman Lahiru Kumara, and Kohli, who hit the winning six, got the team home. The third match is on Friday in Pune.

Earlier Kohli won the toss and elected to field first. Washington Sundar got the breakthrough in his first over getting rid of a dangerous Avishka Fernando. Sri Lanka kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Navdeep Saini took two wickets including a thunderbolt yorker to wreck Danushka Gunathilaka’s stumps. Shardul Thakur registered his bowling figures taking three wickets in his final over. Kuldeep Yadav too two wickets as well despite leaking 38 runs. Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar picked up one wicket each. Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka with a 28-ball 34. Hasaranga’s late cameo helped Sri Lanka post a modest total of 142/9 in first innings.

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