Player of the Match
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    0.3 absolute beauty. Just a stunning display of loop and flight, with just the right pace. Tossed up wide outside off, drawing Dickwella forward. Beaten and Dhoni whips the bails off at his own pace. Dickwella seemed intent on advancing to the offbreak bowler. Ashwin showing his class. 2/1
    0.6 gone. Dilshan falls now. Sl in early shambles. Looked out at first glance. Tossed up again on off, lots of turn beats Dilshan on the inside edge and strikes him in front of off. Maybe a bit high but would have hit some part of the stumps. Ashwin is showing off, but it is spinning 3/2
    2.1 Ashwin has his third. Chandi implodes. Another floated up delivery on off, Chandimal comes down, looking for an expansive heave, but gets nowhere near it. Chandi is not quite to the pitch because Ashwin has cleverly dragged the length back just enough. The ball skews up off the outside half and Pandya takes a sitter. 12/3
    4.2 given. Looked like an iffy decision at first sight. Flat down leg, a bit of turn, just enough. Off the thigh pad, to leg slip. Raina takes it. But was there some bat before that? Doubt it, unlucky for the batsman. Asela plays an indecisive flick after not reading the spin correctly 20/4
    5.1 Siriwardana plays a loose stroke. And pays the price for it. Bnaged in on a good length on off, Siriwardana misjudges the length and goes for an expansive pull, just like he did in the previous over. It keeps a bit low and clatters into off and middle stump. Poor stroke. 21/5
    10.3 bowled im. Played on. SL are 7 down now. Flat outside off, turn again. Shanaka looks to open the face and work it down to third man but the ball doesn't spin as much as Shanaka anticipated, which helped in taking the inside edge. Clattered into off stump. 54/7
    7.5 what has happened there? Has Jadeja done it again? This could be catastrophic. It is. What a piece of fielding that is. India on fire at the moment. Driven back to Yuvi who fumbles it, the pair go for a run but Jadeja who is lurking at cover, runs in, picks up, and flicks an under-arm throw direct at the non-strikers end. 48/6
    15.4 taken. Jadeja holds onto a classy catch. Tossed up on off, Perera comes down and looks to go down the ground but the spin helps take the outside half, skewed away towards cover. Jadeja runs in from sweeper cover to hold on. Is that the match? 73/9
    15.2 flat outside off, Dhoni goes up in appeal, Raina doesn't even appeal. The umpire gives him. Senanayake is stunned, he can't believe he has been given. Another poor decision. Full delivery outside off, skids on with the arm, Senanayake misses his drive - not by much, but no connection. Dhoni takes it but another bad decision. Raina indicates he didn't hear anything. 72/8
    not out
    17.6 bowled. That is it. The yorker is too quick for Dilhara and SL finish with 82. Very full on off, Dilhara gets his bat down but the ball has already hit the stump. SL's lowest T20 score. 82/10
    6 (lb 2, nb 1, w 3)
    82 all out (18 Overs, RR: 4.55)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Niroshan Dickwella, 0.3 ov), 2-3 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 0.6 ov), 3-12 (Dinesh Chandimal, 2.1 ov), 4-20 (Asela Gunaratne, 4.2 ov), 5-21 (Milinda Siriwardana, 5.1 ov), 6-48 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 7.5 ov), 7-54 (Dasun Shanaka, 10.3 ov), 8-72 (Sachithra Senanayake, 15.2 ov), 9-73 (Thisara Perera, 15.4 ov), 10-82 (Dilhara Fernando, 17.6 ov)
    R Ashwin41842.00170000
    A Nehra201718.5084010
    JJ Bumrah301013.33111000
    RA Jadeja411112.75202010
    Yuvraj Singh1015015.0030201
    HH Pandya201306.5031010
    SK Raina20623.0070000

Match Details


India , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

India won the 3-match series 2-1

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

19:30 start First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40

Match days

14 February 2016 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • 'We are always a top contender in the shorter formats' - MS Dhoni

    There is still a month to go till the World Twenty20, but no side other than India can claim to know their first XI so much in advance, with MS Dhoni well aware of his team's main strengths and shortcomings

  • Momentum with India in series decider

    While Sri Lanka's pacers looked helpless on a dry wicket in Ranchi, they seem to be the only hope Sri Lanka have to seal the series. India, on the other hand, will be mighty pleased with the comprehensive win in Ranchi, and will hope to stretch their form

  • Ashwin's 4 for 8 gives India series

    In his first three overs, bowled at the start of the match, R Ashwin bowled India to their first bilateral T20I series win at home

Lowest ever


Previous lowest total for Sri Lanka in T20Is - vs Australia, Bridgetown, WT20 2010. 82 is the 2nd lowest total against India.

Awful collapse


No. of times SL lost more than 6 wkts in the first 10 overs of the inns - vs Aus, Cape Town, 2007 WT20. They were all out for 101 in that match.

Terrific spell


No. of spinners who have taken 4 wickets in the first 6 overs of the inns in T20Is, including Ashwin in this match. Benn had taken 4 for 3 vs Zim, PoS, 2009-10.