Sri Lanka defeat India in 2nd T20 International

Colombo: A depleted India, who were forced to make seven changes in the XI after nine players were ruled out due to Covid-related issues, stretched Sri Lanka before losing by four wickets in the last over of the second T20 International here. 

India had made 132/5 at the R Premadasa Stadium. Sri Lanka, riding on Dhananjaya de Silva’s 40 off 34 balls, won with two balls to spare.

Earlier, a below-strength India, who were forced to make seven changes in the XI after nine players were ruled out due to Covid-related issues, could muster 132 for five wickets in the allotted 20 overs of the second T20 International against Sri Lanka here.

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan grafted 40 off 42 deliveries with five fours on a pitch that was difficult to bat on and shared an opening stand of 49 in seven overs with Gaikwad (21 off 18 balls). Debutant Padikkal grafted 29 off 21 deliveries.

India were coasting at 81/1 after 12 overs but the weak batting that included only four specialist batsmen as well as a wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, crumbled after the fall of Dhawan.

Padikkal and Samson were bowled while trying to increase the scoring rate, with the former missing the line during a sweep and the latter letting the ball sneak past bat and pad and on to the stumps.

From then on, India lost track and could make use of the last few overs.

Due to nine players in isolation, India were forced to hand debuts to four players –Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, and Chetan Sakariya. Padikkal and Gaikwad made their debut.

The Covid-affected Krunal Pandya was among those who missed the match.

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