India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I Highlights - All-Round India Thrash Sri Lanka by 69 Runs To Level Three-Match Series 1-1
Shikhar Dhawan's magnificent 51 off 25 balls was the catalyst for India's massive 196/6. An all-round bowling effort has ensured that the hosts secured their third-biggest victory margin in this format. Relive all the highlights here.
Shikhar Dhawan's magnificent 51 off 25 balls was the key in India reaching 196/6. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ashish Nehra put Sri Lanka out of the contest by taking three quick wickets. Sri Lanka never recovered and they succumbed to a massive 69-run loss. The series is level 1-1 and India will be high on confidence. Relive all the moments here. (SCORECARD | NEWS | PHOTOS)
23:00 hrs IST: Here are some of the post match quotes
Chandimal: Credit goes to India's batsmen. We gave away 20-25 runs too many. The bowlers need to learn.
Dhoni: Experimenting is a word banned from Indian cricket. We are trying different things. Our top order has done well, so we're trying to give everyone an opportunity whenever possible.
Shikhar Dhawan is the MoM for his maiden fifty.
Dhawan: Â I enjoyed batting in Ranchi. Happy to have scored my first fifty. I like to play my natural game
22:45 hrs IST: It is all over. India have defeated Sri Lanka by 69 runs, their third biggest victory margin in terms of runs. They have levelled the series in style and the series is nicely set up at Vizag. Final score: India win by 69 runs.
22:36 hrs IST: WICKETS! Bumrah emplys the simple mantra, 'You Miss I Hit'. He traps Senanayake for 0 with a full ball and he cleans up Chameera with a full, fast delivery. Such is the pace of Bumrah that the leg stump is broken in half.
22:31 hrs IST: WICKETS! Ashwin joins in the party. Shanaka (27) aims to launch a short ball down the ground but does not time it, Raina settles underneath the catch at long on and takes the catch. Thisara Perera (0) aims to slice a ball that spins away but finds Rahane at short third man. Sri Lanka 117/7 (16.4) vs India (196/6), need 80 more for a win.
22:25 hrs IST: Bumrah starts off with two yorkers. However, Siriwardana picks up the slower ball and cuts it to deep point for a boundary. On the last ball, Shanaka picks up the slower ball and just chips it over Pandya at long on for a six. Bumrah gives away 13 runs. Sri Lanka 115/5 agter 16 overs, need 82 off 24 balls.
22:21 hrs IST: Dasun Shanaka blasts two sixes off Raina and the bowler concedes 16 runs. In comes Jasprit Bumrah now for his first over. Sri Lanka 102/5, need 95 off 30 balls.
22:19 hrs IST: Over in South Africa, play was held up in Johannesburg for a while not due to rain, but because of a power failure.
22:17 hrs IST: Milinda Siriwardana gives some hope by launching Jadeja to deep midwicket. The ball is lost somewhere in the stands and there is a slight hold-up in play.
22:10 hrs IST: WICKETS! Jadeja strikes twice. Kapugedera (32) mistimes the lofted shot and Hardik Pandya runs in from long on to take a good catch. Next ball, Chandimal (31) is beaten by the turn and Dhoni effects another quick stumping. Sri Lanka 68/5 (11.3 ov)
22:05 hrs IST: Oh dear, Rohit has jarred his knee on the outfield as he attempts to stop a Chandimal drive at long off. He limps off but he seems to be fine. The bare outfield, with so many inundations, is a problem.
22:02 hrs IST: Magnificent effort from Rohit Sharma. Kapugedera mistimes the lofted shot and Rohit runs in hard from long off, he dives full length and latches on to it, but he spills the chance. Magnificent effort.
21:58 hrs IST: Kapuegedera breaks the shackles with a six but Yuvraj comes back and does not give away many runs in the remaining deliveries.
21:54 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja are operating in tandem here. Sri Lanka are falling behind the rate.
21:49 hrs IST: Finally, some relief for Sri Lanka. Chamara Kapugedera breaks the shackles by hitting two fours off Nehra and the bowler gives away 12 runs in his third over.
21:40 hrs IST: WICKET! Nehra strikes again. Back of a length delivery that nips away, Gunathilaka stabs at it and the ball goes off the inside edge to the keeper. Sri Lanka in tatters. Gunathilaka c Dhoni b Nehra 2 (7). Sri Lanka 16/3 (3.2 overs)
21:38 hrs IST: Superb commitment from Pandya as he dives to save a boundary straight down the ground. Remember, the outfield is bare and there are some patches that might cause some injury.
21:34 hrs IST: Ashwin is bowling a lot of legbreaks and he finishes another tight over. He has figures of 2-0-7-1.
21:29 hrs IST: WCKET! Another one! Poor shot from Seekkuge Prasanna. Good length ball angled across outside off, Prasanna looks to flay it down the ground, ends up toe-ending it to mid off, Yuvraj runs forward and takes the catch. Seekkuge Prasanna c Yuvraj b Nehra 1 (4). Sri Lanka 3/2 in 1.1 overs.
21:24 hrs IST: WICKET! After two wides, R Ashwin strikes and that is magnificent glove work from MS Dhoni. Tillakaratne Dilshan looks to flay the slider but he misses, the foot is slightly outside the crease and Dhoni whips the bails off in the blink of an eye. Dilshan st Dhoni b Ashwin 0 (1). Sri Lanka 2/1 (0.1 overs)
21:13 hrs IST: An inside edge and Dhoni helps India to 196/6. Can Sri Lanka chase this target down?
21:05 hrs IST: Brilliant from Thisara Perera. He takes the fourth hat-trick in Twenty20 internationals as he gets Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to take the hat-trick. The noise at the stadium is immense as MS Dhoni strides out to the middle.
20:56 hrs IST: Chameera goes for 17 runs. India are reaching closer to 200. Only a miracle can save Sri Lanka
20:52 hrs IST: Hat-trick of boundaries from Suresh Raina. He goes after Chameera, Sri Lanka's best bowler and India are motoring towards a 200-plus score.
20:46 hrs IST: WHAM! Pandya displays his big-hitting as well. He pulls Senanayake into the stand at deep midwicket. The distance was 90 meters. Next ball, he does a Martin Guptill. He launches him to deep midwicket and he does not look at the ball. He has moved to 25 off just nine balls.
20:42 hrs IST: Pandya showcases his skills by swiping Rajitha for a boundary to mid wicket. He is not going to hand around.
20:38 hrs IST: WICKET! India are stuttering here. Senanayake bowls a slow, short ball on off stump, Rahane pulls but ends up getting a top edge that is taken by Dilshan at cover point. Rahane c Dilshan b Senanayake 25 (21). India 127/3 (14.2 ov). Hardik Pandya gets a promotion.
20:36 hrs IST: Over in Johannesburg, Joe Root has slammed yet another century as England manage to reach 262 in the Pink ODI versus South Africa.
20:35 hrs IST: Chameera misses the hat-trick as Suresh Raina hops to the off side and tucks a short ball to long leg.
20:34 hrs IST: Missed out on Shikhar Dhawan's magnificent knock? You can read it here.
20:32 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant stuff from Chameera. He bowls a slow, full ball on leg stump, Rohit looks to work it to the on side, he ends up chipping it and Chameera dives to his right to take a great catch. Rohit Sharma c and b Chameera 43 (36). India 122/2 in 13.1 overs.
20:29 hrs IST: One of the heroes of the previous match, Dasun Shanaka, is into the attack now. However, his start is not good as he concedes 12 runs, with Rahane hitting him for a couple of boundaries.
20:26 hrs IST: No boundaries have been hit for the last 18 balls. However, Rohit Sharma breaks the drought by pulling Prasanna into the stands at deep midwicket.
20:22 hrs IST: The Sri Lankan spinners have pulled things back well since the dismissal of Dhawan. Last five overs, only 30 runs.
20:16 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are trying to accelerate. The pitch is becoming sluggish and the ball is keeping low. Dhawan might have fallen at a wrong time.
20:13 hrs IST: Seekkuge Prasanna is getting some deliveries to stay low. Sri Lanka have pulled things back slightly in the next three overs.
20:08 hrs IST: Brilliant start from Milinda Siriwardana, the left-arm orthodox bowler. He angles this delivery on leg stump and it spins across to beat Rohit's defences comprehensively. Ravindra Jadeja will be interested.
20:03 hrs IST: WICKET! Good bowling from Dushmantha Chameera. He bowls a short, quick delivery on off stump, Dhawan arches back and looks to guide it to third man, the outside edge goes to the keeper. Shikhar Dhawan c Chandimal b Chameera 51 (25). India 75/1 in seven overs.
19:58 hrs IST: He has done it finally! Dhawan notches up his maiden Twenty20 fifty off just 22 balls. The knock has included seven fours and two sixes. This knock is like the Dhawan on his Test debut, when he blasted 187 against Australia in Mohali in 2013.
19:54 hrs IST: Dhawan now has his highest individual score in Twenty20 internationals, going past 42 which he made against Australia in Melbourne recently. He is looking in awesome touch. India have moved to 70/0 after six overs, run-rate over 11.
19:50 hrs IST: Dhawan has smashed five boundaries in his last six balls. He is really tearing into the Sri Lankan bowlers here. Senanayake gives away 11 runs in his second over.
19:47 hrs IST: Kasun Rajitha is finding out that Twenty20 is a cruel game. From the highs of Pune to the lows of Ranchi. Dhawan slams a hat-trick of boundaries as the bowler concedes 17 runs. India 44/0 after four overs.
19:43 hrs IST: Change of ends for Rajitha. It does not work and he is lofted over mid-off for a one bounce four. This is a great start. Replays in on the Senanayake LBW against Dhawan. He would have been OUT! Ball hit pad first.
19:41 hrs IST: Spin introduced straightaway. Sachithra Senanayake is into the attack. Dhawan survives a close LBW shout but he responds by slog sweeping him for a six to long leg.
19:39 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan gets going as he flicks Perera into the stands at deep midwicket for a six. India have started off well.
19:37 hrs IST: Thisara Perera starts off from the other end and he troubles Rohit with some away movement just outside off. The batsman pushes at it and the thick outside edge goes to third man.
19:34 hrs IST: After a four first ball, Rajitha has pulled things back well and he concedes seven runs in his first over.
19:30 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma gets off the mark in style. He slams a short ball over deep cover for a boundary to get off the mark. Slight hold-up in play as there is some movement behind the sightscreen.
19:28 hrs IST: Out come the Indian openers. Rohit Sharma fell for 0 in the first Twenty20 in Pune while Shikhar Dhawan played a rash shot to be out for nine. Will they capitalise on this track? Kasun Rajitha, who picked up 3/29, will open the bowling with one slip in place.
19:20 hrs IST: Some people have expressed their surprise that the Indian team has remained unchanged. On this dry pitch, either Harbhajan Singh or Pawan Negi should have gotten a chance. Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted
19:14 hrs IST: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was clearly at home during the toss. He said, "Good to be back home and see the daughter. I have spent a couple of days at home, it's a good feeling."
19:06 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs for both teams.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal(w/c), Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera
19:00 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have chosen to bowl. Tillakaratne Dilshan returns and Niroshan Dickwella goes out for the visitors. India are unchanged, which is slightly surprising.
18:56 hrs IST: Pawan Negi was warming up before the match. He could make his debut today.
18:54 hrs IST: The wicket has plenty of cracks and it is pretty dry. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, in his pitch report, suggests that this could be a low-scoring game.
18:53 hrs IST: The fans in Ranchi will be hoping for something special from their hometown hero MS Dhoni. In his last three Twenty20s, Dhoni has managed just 27 runs.
18:51 hrs IST: The Ranchi outfield looks barren. There has not been enough rain in Jharkhand and the groundsman struggled to ensure that the outfield remained grassy.
18:49 hrs IST: Team director Ravi Shastri has offered no excuses for the loss in Ranchi and has said the team is determined to bounce back. Pawan Negi might make his debut today while one confirmed news for Sri Lanka is that Tillakaratne Dilshan returns.
18:44 hrs IST: Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka. Two bowlers that made a name for themselves in the Pune Twenty20. However, it remains to be seen what kind of impact they have on this track, which will be more suited to spin.
18:35 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the second Twenty20 international between India and Sri Lanka from Ranchi. India have not enjoyed the comforts of home, having lost their last three out of four matches, with one getting abandoned. The hosts will be aiming to get their campaign back on track.
Before the start of the series, India were the world number one ranked side in Twenty20 Internationals. They had clean swept Australia 3-0 and with the comfort of home conditions, the future looked dominating.
However, during the first Twenty20 in Pune, India were presented with a green top and the Sri Lankan pace bowlers, Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka, ran through the Indian batting to bowl them out for 101, their second-lowest total in Twenty20 Internationals. India stood no chance and they lost the match by five wickets.
During the post-match interviews, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni labelled the pitch as more English than Indian. He also criticised the batsmen for their shot selection while former skipper Sunil Gavaskar stated that Dhoni had got his calculations wrong.
Ranchi Match The Key For Dhoni
Heading into the second match in Dhoni's home town of Ranchi, the pressure is suddenly on India. Team manager Ravi Shastri has offered no excuses for their loss in Pune. The onus will be on India's famed top order to deliver the goods on what promises to be a batting friendly track.
This is the first time that Ranchi will be hosting a Twenty20 International and it gives the fans a chance to see their local hero perform for possibly the last time at home. Dhoni's own form in the last couple of Twenty20s have been poor and he will be hoping for a turnaround.
India are not expected to make any changes, although Pawan Negi could come in place of Hardik Pandya, who failed with both bat and ball in Pune. Shastri has indicated that all members selected in this series would be given a go in the upcoming matches.
Tillakaratne Dilshan Returns for Sri Lanka
The lack of big names in the Sri Lankan batting has been a problem for them in the last couple of years. With Dinesh Chandimal the only notable name, the pressure will be on him.
However, there is good news as Tillakaratne Dilshan, who missed the first match due to hand injury, is fit and open the innings. Niroshan Dickwella, who opened and kept wickets in the first match, could be dropped, meaning Chandimal could don the gloves again.