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Ind vs SL, 3rd T20: India win by 5 wickets, complete 3-0 series whitewash

Posted on 24 December 2017 by admin

Mumbai: India ended the 3-match T20 series on Sunday with a 3-0 whitewash as they outplayed Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the 3rd T20 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India defeated Sri Lanka by 5 wickets to clean sweep the T20 series 3-0 in the final game in Mumbai. Follow highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20 here.

ndia 139 for 5 (Pandey 32, Chameera 2-22, Shanaka 2-27) beat Sri Lanka135 for 7 (Gunaratne 36, Unadkat 2-15, Pandya 2-25) by five wickets

Being put to bat first, Lanka once again had a lacklustre start. The Indian bowlers stocked the pressure with 3 quick wickets before Samarawickrama and Gunaratne steadied the innings. However, the Men in  Blue once again gathered momentum picking up wickets at regular intervals.

Gunaratne was the top scorer after a steady cameo but India’s chase was made difficult after they leaked 18 runs in the final over through Mohammed Siraj. Among the wickets were Jaydev Unadkat and Hardik Pandya who claimed 2 wickets each, while Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar picked one each.

In reply, India did not get the fanciest of starts as fans would have expected. KL Rahul was the first to be dismissed followed by Rohit Sharma, that put the hosts in a spot of bother. With the inexperienced Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer at the crease, Perera’s men shifted the momentum towards their sides with some tight overs, that saw the run-rate creeping up.

With the pressure soon building, the Lankan pace duo of Dushmanta Chameera and Dasun Shanaka shone as India soon went down to 5 wickets down to five wickets. But the pressure didn’t take a toll on Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni as they safely guided India over the line. An overall strong performance from the Indian team helped them beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in the 3rd and final T20 to sweep the series 3-0. Indian bowlers did brilliantly to restrict Sri Lanka to 135/7 in 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After India won the toss and opted to field, Jaydev Unadkat and debutant Washington Sundar bowled beautifully to put the visitors on the backfoot. Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya also stemmed the run flow and picked up wickets. In reply, the hosts required 19.2 overs to win the match with Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer being the top-scorers. MS Dhoni and Dinesh eventually guided the team over the line.

Winning Rohit Sharma says: We always knew that whatever target is set up, we back our batsmen to get it. Happy with the composition we had throughout the series. Guys who got opportunities made it count throughout. Thoroughly a team effort. Each and every guy has put in a lot of effort. Lot of the guys you see were playing their first game, second game, but it never seemed that way. They were confident and it was our job as management to back them. They came and did what they were expected to do. Looking very much forward to South Africa. Would like to reiterate the home season we’ve had. Never easy, no matter what conditions you play in. There were few hiccups in the middle. Games like Dharamsala which taught us a lot.

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