3rd T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), Jul 29 2021, India tour of Sri Lanka
(14.3/20 ov)82/3
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 33 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
29 runs • 7 wkts

Shanaka collects the trophy and his team-mates are waiting for the group photo. Smiles and cheers in the Sri Lankan camp. And on that note, we will also take your leave. Hope you liked our coverage. See you soon.

Dasun Shanaka: I should thank the BCCI first of all to play under such circumstances. Also, thanks to Rahul And Shikhar. I have got the bowling option, so I can use them well in the middle. Not only my fielding, all the boys are working really hard on their fitness and they want to be world class. You can see all the players performed and handled different situations. I am lucky to lead this team. When a low score is set, it's good if we can get a good start. Still, the players are young, they are learning and they will be really good in future.

Shikhar Dhawan: It was a difficult situation for us but as a team, we decided we will stay and play the series. Lots of learnings for me as captain. Last game was a close one, today it was an off day for the batting unit but the boys will learn from it. We lost too many wickets today and the Sri Lanka bowlers bowled well. When you lose early wickets and you don't have a long batting, you are under pressure. Both teams played in great spirit and it's a beautiful feeling. The Sri Lanka captain and players wanted to know about my process, so I told them and I hope they enjoyed listening to it.

Wanindu Hasaranga is the Player of the Match as well as the Player of the Series. "The wicket was slow, and our spinners bowled really well," he says. "When I bowl, I always try to bowl dot balls. That helps in getting wickets. The fielding also helps. I am really happy because other boys played really well throughout the series, both in ODIs and T20Is."

Okay, it's time for the presentation ceremony.

Now Rahul Dravid and Mickey Arthur are having a chat.

Dinuk: "Did anybody see Dhawan speaking to the Sri Lankan team? WOW!! that's magnificent selflessness from the Indian Captain. These small things makes huge impact on the friendship of the two teams in a positive way. Hats off to Dhawan. "

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zami: "It had goosebumps when I saw Dhawan was surrounded by the SL team and he is having a lords of advice for them. This is a gentlemen game indeed :)"

Suhas Reddy: "Happy to see SL win - from an Indian!"

Lakwin: "This series has taken back our cricket-loving public to memories of more glorious days. It also has been a gush of happiness to a win-deprived once frenzied cricketing nation. This series is also an epitome of the longstanding brotherhood India and SL share as cricketing nations. Dravids body language and fatherly anecdotes towards our youngsters, as well as all the nice gestures by Hardik and the other players have been truly heartwarming. "

Saman: "Kuldeep Yadav is the joint-highest scorer of the match."

Dinesh: "MoM, MoS both will go to Hasaranga?" --- I think so, hard to disagree.

11.00pm So, after losing their last five T20I series, Sri Lanka register a win, beating India 2-1. This also brings an end to India's eight-series winning streak in the format. Co-incidentally, Sri Lanka's last T20I series win was also under Shanaka, against Pakistan in Pakistan in 2019. Tonight, once Sri Lanka restricted India to 81 for 8, only a miracle could have denied them a win. Rahul Chahar bowled well, picking up all three wickets to fall, and even though Sri Lanka were 42 for 2 after ten overs, the target was too small to create any panic.

Varun to Dhananjaya, 1 wide

given caught-behind but Sri Lanka re reviewing this. A length ball spinning down the leg side. The batter missed the flick. Nothing on the UltraEdge, so Dharmasena will have to change his decision. That also means it's a wide and that's the winning run for Sri Lanka

Varun to Dhananjaya, 2 leg byes

length ball spinning in. Beats the inside edge and hits the pad. The deflection goes past the keeper and they get two leg-byes to third man

Varun to Hasaranga de Silva, 1 run

fuller outside off. Looked like a google. Hasaranga looked to go over midwicket but ended up inside-edging it towards square leg

Varun to Dhananjaya, 1 run

length, wide outside off, steered towards short third man

Varun. This could be the last over of the match

end of over 1411 runs
SL: 77/3CRR: 5.50 RRR: 0.83 • Need 5 runs from 36b
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva13 (8)
Dhananjaya de Silva22 (18)
Sandeep Warrier 3-0-23-0
Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-16-0
Sandeep to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

slower one. Length ball in the channel. Pushes at it and gets beaten

Sandeep to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

another short one. Angling in towards the batter and rising as well. Hasaranga does well to dab it down towards the slip fielder

Sandeep to Dhananjaya, 1 run

fuller outside off, steered towards third man

Sandeep to Hasaranga de Silva, 5 runs

length ball angling in. Dabbed towards short third man, past first slip, for a single. The fielder has a shy at the keeper's end but misses and ends up conceding four overthrows

Sandeep to Dhananjaya, 1 run

another short one. This time on middle and leg. Pulls it down towards fine leg

Sandeep to Dhananjaya, FOUR runs

short of length outside off, no worries says Dhananjaya as he pulls it through midwicket for another boundary


end of over 1310 runs
SL: 66/3CRR: 5.07 RRR: 2.28 • Need 16 runs from 42b
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva8 (5)
Dhananjaya de Silva16 (15)
Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-16-0
Rahul Chahar 4-0-15-3

Sheel: "@Sathish, agree with you man. A tour to forget in terms of decision making for the two Ds."

Kuldeep to Hasaranga de Silva, FOUR runs

slog-swept for four. Fuller outside off and this has been hit flat towards deep midwicket. No fielder there

Kuldeep to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

too full outside off, looks to hit it through the off side but can only dig it back towards the bowler

Just 20 required now

Kuldeep to Hasaranga de Silva, 2 runs

fuller around off, driven through covers and they come back for the second again

Kuldeep to Hasaranga de Silva, 2 runs

length outside off, goes back and punches it uppishly towards deep point

Kuldeep to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

fuller around off, looked like a googly. Opens the face of the bat to work it towards cover-point

Hasaranga now

Kuldeep to Dhananjaya, 1 run

fuller outside off, tossed up this time. Sweeps it towards deep square leg

Kuldeep to Dhananjaya, 1 wide

length ball but down the leg side and spinning further down. Dhananjaya misses the flick

Sathish Pichika: "Have missed a trick by not playing Sai Kishore when the ball is gripping and turning? He could have been lethal as he could open the bowling as well. Hope this get's posted."

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