Captain Virat Kohli scored 82 off 54 balls and Manish Pandey struck an unbeaten maiden half-century to propel India to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their only Twenty20 global on Wednesday. If the 2-3 defeat in one-day internationals against the lowly Zimbabwe in July was their darkest moment since they emerged as one of the top cricketing nations two decades ago, the whitewash against India in Tests and ODIs that followed further exposed the depths they have plumbed.
India thrashed Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the lone T20I at R.Premadasa stadium, Colombo.
India eye another ruthless victory against Sri Lanka in the one-off T20 worldwide match in Colombo today.
India needed 10 runs to win when Kohli eventually fell in the penultimate over and Pandey sealed victory with a boundary which also brought up his fifty. Personally, I look to back my strengths and play cricketing shots.
The Lankans have now been beaten 9-0 across all formats.
Sri Lanka's tour of Team India for nearly two months today is the end of the T-20 match to be held at R. Premadasa Stadium.
Chasing a victory target of 171, India lost Rohit Sharma early.
Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Kuldeep Yadav snapped up two, and Kumar and Bumrah chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Video replays suggest that Murali Kartik, who was the presenter at the moment was the man who made the mistake of awarding India the toss despite Sri Lanka winning it. 239 for 4 in 46.3 overs (Virat Kohli 110 not out, Kedar Jadhav 63; Wanindu Hasaranga 1/29, Lasith Malinga 1/35).
The Delhi batsman also created the record of scoring most runs while chasing in T20 global cricket (1007 runs), surpassing New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, who is now behind him with 1006 runs. At 71, he completed 1000 runs in chases in T20Is; At 74, he overhauled McCullum to become the leading run-scorer in chases in T20 Internationals; and with the score of 82, he scored the highest runs by an Indian captain during chases (Suresh Raina hit 72 not out vs Zimbabwe in 2010).
And it was none other than "chasemaster" Kohli who rubbed salts on the wounds of the Sri Lanka in the last match of the tour on Wednesday night. In such a situation, Team India needs to be careful about Sri Lanka in this one-off match.