Sri Lanka beat India in second T20I, level series 1-1

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Sri Lanka on Wednesday defeated India by four wickets to level the series 1-1 with one match remaining.

Batting first, India could only post a total of 132-5 in 20 overs with skipper Shikhar Dhawan being the top scorer. He made 40 runs in 42 balls.

Sri Lanka achieved the target in 19.4 overs by losing six wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva remained unbeaten at 40, while Minod Bhanuka made 36.

The second T20I, which was scheduled to be played on Tuesday, had to be postponed after Krunal Pandya was diagnosed with the virus.

India had won the first T20 International by 38 runs. Batting first on 25 July, India had 164-5. However, the hosts were bowled out for 126 in 18.3 overs.

Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka said on his side’s win, “I thought if we could contain them to a low total, we could chase it. We were not able to capitalise in the first six overs. But DDS and Wanindu Hasaranga bailed us out. I should thank the BCCI and SLC for this opportunity because this is a huge opportunity for young guys in these times.”

Dhawan, for his part, said, “The surface had turn and it was stopping a bit. Of course, we knew one batsman was short and we knew we had to construct the innings smartly and we had to content ourselves at some point. But yeah, we were 10-15 runs short. I am very proud of the boys because we gave a very good fight. That never dying attitude and taking the game to the last game while defending just 132, hats off to both bowlers and batters.”

Dhananjaya de Silva was declared Man Of The Match.

The third and the final T20I match of the series is set to be played on Thursday.