The International Cricket Council on Sunday defended the scheduling of the World Twenty20 as monsoon rains threatened to ruin the tournament in Sri Lanka.
Figures of 2-0-19-1 aren't too flattering even in a Twenty20 International, and if you are in the team primarily as a bowler, you want to either keep down the number in the third column or increase the one in the fourth. Ashok Dinda did both brilliantly in the match against Sri Lanka at Pallekele on August 7, bowling the 18th over of the innin...
India couldn't have asked for a better start to a demanding season. In a country where overseas teams have struggled to assert themselves, they overwhelmed Sri Lanka in both the One-Day International series and in the one-off Twenty20 International, thereby not only gathering early momentum but also regaining some of the confidence that had tak...
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the fine show by his pacers and presence of part-time bowling option for his side's clinical 39-run win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 International on Tuesday.
India romped home against Sri Lanka in the one and only Twenty20 International of the tour. Here are some statistical highlights from the match.
Virat Kohli, imperious and unstoppable, turned on the style as he often has on this tour of Sri Lanka, as India sealed their dominance with a convincing victory in the one-off Twenty20 International.
India will be without Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan for the one-off Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
The world number two ranking clinched following a dominating 4-1 triumph in ODIs, India will now look to stamp their authority against Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday.
The Sri Lanka side has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their 20 runs defeat against India in the fifth ODI at Pallekele on Saturday according to a media release by the International Cricket Council.
Impressed with Manoj Tiwary's knock in the final ODI against Sri Lanka, Indian cricket team coach Duncan Fletcher says the middle-order batsman is a "serious contender" for a place in the One-day team.
Honours in T20 international clashes between India and Sri Lanka are even. On Tuesday, it may change in favour of either the hosts or the visitors as the two teams lock horn in the shortest format, in Kandy.
Irfan Pathan, who was India's star with his fine all-round performance, said his good batting towards the end of Indian innings gave him the confidence to bowl well as he picked up five Sri Lanka wickets in his side's win, here on Saturday.
India may have taken the series against Sri Lanka and a solid batting performance - barring the display in the second ODI - has defined the performance of the visitors. What however has stunned fans is the disastrous form of Rohit Sharma.
India delivered the final punch on Sri Lanka in emphatic fashion to seal the final match of the series by 20 runs here on Saturday. With it, the team takes the second spot in ODI rankings.
R Ashwin has at once been India's most parsimonious and penetrative bowler during their One-Day International series in Sri Lanka.
With the series already under their belt, a confident India will look to continue their dominating run and complete a 4-1 drubbing over an inconsistent Sri Lanka in the final one-dayer on Friday.
Virat Kohli's unbeaten 128 on in the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka was the fifth hundred in his last eight innings and the 13th of his ODI career. In his last 10 innings, he has made 850 runs at 106.25, stats unparalleled during a 10-innings stretch in ODI history.
In the end, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's punt paid handsome dividends. His decision to go in with a seventh specialist batsman, and to unyieldingly trust Manoj Tiwary's part-time leg-spin, played massive parts in India completing a hat-trick of One-Day International series wins on Sri Lankan soil.