Wanindu Hasaranga proved to be the game-changer for Srilanka. His spell finished with the figures of 4-0-9-4. India’s squad was not looking in a good shape. As many players were not available with Prithvi and Suryakumar were called up to England. It was still likely for India to ensure a win despite the squad issues. Follow the previous encounter here.
India won the toss and decided to bat first.
First Innings: It was a horror show for India as their inning was wrapped up on 83 vs Srilanka.
Gaikwad started the Indian innings with a classic cover drive on the 2nd ball of the innings. Dushmantha Chameera struck early to get rid of the Indian skipper caught in the slips. Just swinging away from Dhawan and a nice low catch from the last match hero, Dhananjaya de Silva. Devdutt Padikkal also started the innings with a touch of class through the covers.
Run-rate was very low for the Indians. In the last ball of the 4th over, Ramesh Mendis got Padikkal LBWed who was sweeping the ball. It is 2nd time he is out sweeping the ball. Sanju Samson playing lazy was trapped in front by the birthday boy, Wanindu Hasaranga. Sanju misjudged the length and played on the back foot instead of the front foot. India were 24/3 at 4.4 overs.
India gone from bad to worse.
In the same over, Wanindu got Ruturaj Gaikwad LBW. Gaikwad was trying to defend on the front foot and the ball spun towards the wicket. The birthday boy was enjoying his performance. Dasun Shanaka got Nitish Rana with a soft dismissal of caught and bowled. A nice catch from the skipper nevertheless.
A small partnership was forming before Hasaranga broke it. Bhuvneshwar Kumar drove the ball and could not keep it down. It was another great catch from the skipper. India desperately needed a miracle to survive from 55/6 to get to a respectable score. Dasun Shanaka’s bouncer got Rahul Chahar’s wicket, who was trying to ramp it. Minod Bhanuka took the easy catch. Varun Chakravarthy was out in a similar fashion as Bhuvneshwar but on the short midwicket region. India were 63/8 at 16.4 overs. Follow Olympics Tennis Singles matchups for Round 3 here.
The partnership between Kuldeep Yadav and Chetan Sakariya got India 20 runs to 83/8. Srilanka bowled very tight lines to rope Indian batsmen.
Bowling Figures: Wanindu Hasaranga: 4-0-9-4, Dasun Shanaka: 4-0-20-2, Ramesh Mendis: 2-0-13-1, Dushmantha Chameera: 4-0-16-1.
Second Innings: Wanindu Hasaranga proved a nightmare for India.
Srilanka started the innings slowly but without losing any wicket until the last over of the powerplay. Rahul Chahar got the first breakthrough for India taking a caught and bowled from Avishka Fernando. A soft dismissal. The very next delivery was edged and fell just short of Devdutt Padikkal at slip.
Rahul Chahar got another wicket of Minod Bhanuka who was playing well in the form of LBW. The ball pitched on the off-stump line and straightened along with the stumps. The hero from the last match did not disappoint this time too, who was playing beautifully. Rahul got his 3rd wicket as Sadeera Samarawickrama was bowled on the backfoot leg glancing the ball.
It was the last wicket of the match as the birthday boy, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Dhananjaya de Silva played till the last. A great effort from the Srilankan team. It was a crucial series victory for the host which will give them confidence.
Bowling Figures: Rahul Chahar: 4-0-15-3. None of the other bowlers could take any wicket.
Wanindu Hasaranga was awarded the Player of the match and the Player of the Series as well. An amazing performance from Hasaranga.