Mirror in Sri LankaIt's that man Kohli again as hapless Sri Lanka are denied even a consolation win in the only T20i.
Last Sunday, Kohli notched up his 30th ODI ton during India's chase of 239 runs against Sri Lanka in the fifth and last game of the series at the same ground.
Pandey hit the winning runs in style, hitting Thisara Perera for a boundary to the mid-off fence which also brought up his half-century. Pandey played the ideal supporting role, allowing his skipper to play more balls.
Coming in after suffering an injury, Manish Pandey made sure that he makes it count. He had to cope with MS Dhoni's hand-speed behind the wicket.
Put in to bat first, Sri Lanka lost Niroshan Dickwella early trying to play a cheeky shot to Bumrah before skipper Upul Tharanga was removed for 5. In total, India would play nine T20Is this home season and all contests will be a three-match series. He's done this in just four innings.
After restricting Sri Lanka to 170 runs for the loss of seven wickets, Indian batsmen reached the score of 174 runs by losing three wickets.
Both Kumar and Bumrah wen for runs as the pacers failed to stick to a good line and length They gave away 13 runs each in the last two overs.
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Speaking to reporters after last night's T20 match, Pothas said: "When you look at the way they go about their work and the culture that Virat has created within that team, it's very, very impressive". Credit to the boys. It is a very important game for us. The results are fantastic to see. It's evidence of the fact how hungry the players are in Indian cricket. It's something I've practiced very hard to mould my game to all formats. The Sri Lankan bowlers have managed to make it easy for the team to regain control. "We always thought the shorter format is going to be much more challenging", said Kohli.
Perera played as irresponsibly as ever, trying to smash every delivery he could but finally chopped one back off Chahal. Munaweera batted really well, but we lost the momentum from overs 1014.