Sri Lanka beat India by 16 runs to level series
Pune, Jan. 5 (PTI): Sri Lanka defeated India by 16 runs in the second T20I to level the three-match series 1-1, here on Thursday,
Put into bat, skipper Dasun Shanaka (56 not out) and Kusal Mendis (53) scored sizzling fifties to power Sri Lanka to an imposing 206 for 6.
Chasing a 200-plus target, the hosts’ top-order crumbled under pressure before Axar Patel (65) and Suryakumar Yadav (51) ignited Indian hopes with a 91-run partnership.
However, once the partnership was broken the hosts couldn’t get over the line.
Earlier, openers Mendis (53) and Pathum Nissanka (33) shared a 80-run stand to give Sri Lanka a solid start.
The visitors then lost momentum as Indian bowlers, led by pace sensation Umran Malik (3/48), picked a flurry of wickets.
However, Shanaka (56 not out) and Charith Asalanka (37) managed to take their side over the 200-run mark.
Sri Lanka 206 for 6 in 20 overs (Kusal Mendis 53, Dasun Shanaka 56 not out; Umran Malik (3/48).
India 190 for 8 in 20 overs (Axar Patel 65, Suryakumar Yadav 51; Kasun Rajitha 2/22).