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3rd T20I (N), Rajkot, January 07, 2023, Sri Lanka tour of India
(16.4/20 ov, T:229) 137

India won by 91 runs

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10.42pm: All smiles as Hardik collects the winner's trophy from Niranjan Shah. Hardik then runs across and hands over the trophy to Shivam Mavi and Jitesh Sharma, who have assembled for the photograph with the rest of the team. Mukesh Kumar is there as well. Lovely to see. Mavi and Jitesh hold the trophy aloft. Another home series win for India, another box ticked. Sidharth Monga's report is up, while Hemant Brar's post-match stuff will be in soon. On that note, on behalf of Sidharth Monga and Thilak Rama, this is me Ashish Pant signing off, Ciao!

Srinivashvarma : "So good to see young boys enjoying like kids.....loved this team....keep it this way ..fearless agressive "

Here's Hardik Pandya, the winning captain: [On Surya] He has been surprising everyone and making everyone know that batting is very easy. If I am a bowler, I will be disheartened with the shot he plays. He has played blinders after blinders. Special mention to Rahul Tripathi as well, who played so well with the ball moving. Don't need to tell much to Sky, whenever he finds a situation when he is not sure, we try to find a solution. More often than not he has been doing it all on his own. Very proud of Axar. This series will give him a lot of confidence. It adds a lot of value to the team as well. My motto is to back my players. These are the best India cricketers in the T20 format, and there is not place in international cricket of doubting. The way we played, I was very happy. The way we competed, it was heartening to see. On our day, we will pull it back and keep winning.

Axar Patel is the Player of the Series: I enjoy my batting and feel happy when I perform with the bat. The captain gave me a lot of confidence and I think that is working my way. The planning is there, but I can't look to contain the batters. My mindset is to take wickets at all times.

Suryakumar Yadav is named Player of the Match : It is really important to put pressure on yourself when you are preparing for the game. The more pressure you put, the better you can play. There is a lot of hard work involved. Some quality practice sessions are also involved. The boundaries behind were 59-60m, so I tried to clear them. There are a few shots that are pre-determined but you have to be ready for other strokes as well. Most of the time, I try to find the gap, and use the field to my advantage, Dravid lets me enjoy, and tells me to express myself.

Sri Lanka captain, Dasun Shanaka, first up: Before coming here, I was not in top form, but I am very happy with my own performance. The way boys played the tournament, there were a lot of positives. The players have improved a lot. Good to see them playing well. [Not bowling enough] Coming into the series, I had an injury, so I did not bowl enough. Hopefully, will bowl more in the ODIs. [Batting] I want to keep the boys relaxed on the field, but while batting it is a different game. He congratulates Suryakumar for his innings as well.

Presentation time.

Siva: "I know its not much and won't count for as is, but Tripathis innings should be the template for Indian cricket to follow"

Animesh Pai: "Once Jadeja gets fit, it's going to be tough for him to be back in the team. I think Axar has done enough to be ahead of him. "

Here's Chahal: I try to bowl according to the wicket. I tried to bowl on that length, and if the batter hits it, then good for him. What Surya does in nets, you see that in the match. We try and send the best bowlers to him in the nets. And I am happy to be on his team. [On Axar] Axar has always been good. He is a perfect package. It is tough to bowl to him. He hits it clean. We spoke about the positive points in the team meeting and focused on that.

10.12pm Sri Lanka fought hard all series, but Suryakumar Yadav's third T20I century proved too much for them in the end. A chase of 229 was always going to be very tough, and the bowlers stuck to their length to defy the batters. Arshdeep Singh came back well picking three wickets, while Hardik Pandya, Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal, all picked two wickets each. The wide counter was still too high for India's liking, but don't think Hardik would be complaining too much. A special word for Axar, who can't keep a foot wrong at the moment. None of the Sri Lanka batters fired with only Shanaka and Mendis making sort of a contribution.

Devesh : "Redemption for arshdeep"

BapuPatel: "So, Axar Patel for the Player of the Series? " Gets my vote.

Arshdeep Singh to Madushanka, OUT

All over! India win the match by 91 runs and take the series 2-1. Sri Lanka are skittled for 136, and India's run of bilateral T20I series wins at home continue. Fuller on middle stump, he has a swipe at it, gets an inside-edge back onto his stumps with the leg stump taking a walk.

Dilshan Madushanka b Arshdeep Singh 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 50
Arshdeep Singh to Rajitha, 1 run

Length on middle, he throws his bat at it down to long on

Arshdeep Singh to Madushanka, 1 run

Low full toss outside off, he pushes to deep cover

Madushanka the last man in. Round the wicket is Arshdeep

Arshdeep Singh to Shanaka, OUT

And, gets his second wicket of the night! Shanaka has fought valiantly all through for his team, but there is only disappointment this time for him. On a length on middle, he clears his front leg again, aiming for a massive heave over potentially somewhere over long on. Gets a lot of height but no distance, and deep midwicket comes in to complete the catch.

Dasun Shanaka c Patel b Arshdeep Singh 23 (17b 0x4 2x6 31m) SR: 135.29

Arshdeep back

Avinash: "Mighty impressed with Umran and the lengths that he is bowling off late. And the consistency with which he has bowled the yorkers (along with his pace) makes him a lethal bowler."

end of over 1610 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 135/8CRR: 8.43 RRR: 23.50 • Need 94 runs from 24b
Kasun Rajitha8 (3b 2x4)
Dasun Shanaka23 (16b 2x6)
Umran Malik 3-0-31-2
Hardik Pandya 4-0-30-2

Kush: "Looks so Easy when the batters do their job well.. This Ind T20 lineup has more INTENT and should be persisted with. Maybe extended to ODIs as well.."

Umran Malik to Rajitha, no run

Back of a length on leg, he has a massive swipe at it stepping outside leg. Makes no connection whatsoever.

Umran Malik to Rajitha, FOUR runs

Oh, that is another spectacular shot. Length outside off, he drives on the up through covers and there is no stopping that on this outfield.

Umran Malik to Rajitha, FOUR runs

Oh, what a shot first up. Push him up the order, I say. Moves away to the length ball outside leg, he times it past the bowler and past mid-on

Rajitha comes in now. The end is nigh. Win Probability: SL 0.01% * IND 99.99%

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Umran Malik to Theekshana, OUT

The off stump goes for a walk! What a sight for a fast bowler! Length on off, Theekshana backs away but the 146kph thunderbolt is too quick for him. Misses his slog and sees his off pole flattened.

Maheesh Theekshana b Umran Malik 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 6m) SR: 40
Umran Malik to Theekshana, no run

Excellent pacy yorker, 148kph that just evades the leg stump

Umran Malik to Theekshana, 1 wide

Sprays it way down leg. Called a wide

Umran Malik to Shanaka, 1 run

For the third time today, a Shanaka mis-hit blade falls out of a fielder's reach. 148.7kph short of length ball. Shanaka mistimes his pull. Ishan runs to his left, close to deep backward square, but the ball is out if anyone's reach.

Umran back

end of over 153 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 125/7CRR: 8.33 RRR: 20.80 • Need 104 runs from 30b
Maheesh Theekshana2 (3b)
Dasun Shanaka22 (15b 2x6)
Hardik Pandya 4-0-30-2
Yuzvendra Chahal 3-0-30-2

Vimal: "Forget Shanaka. Get rest of the team out." Plan seems to be working so far :D

Hardik to Theekshana, 2 runs

Rolls his fingers over the ball again, and this time the batter opens the face of his blade past point

Hardik to Theekshana, no run

Pacy fuller delivery on off that is driven towards mid-off

Hardik to Theekshana, no run

Another slower length ball in middle and leg that is defended towards cover

Theekshana in

Hardik to C Karunaratne, OUT

Slower length ball on middle stump, Chamika misses and is caught bang in front of the wicket! Chamika reviews, but more in hope than anything else, I suspect. He had moved quite a bit across his stumps, and once he missed, that was always going to be trouble. Ball tracker confirms that would have slammed into leg stump. Chamika was almost off the ground before the third umpire made his decision.

Chamika Karunaratne lbw b Pandya 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 8m) SR: 0
Hardik to C Karunaratne, no run

On a length just down leg, not called a wide. Chamika is well across, and that is reason why Nitin Menon did not call it a wide.

Hardik to Shanaka, 1 run

Length but sliding down leg, he glances it to fine leg, where the fielder does well to intercept

Pandya to bowl out

end of over 1415 runs
SL: 122/6CRR: 8.71 RRR: 17.83 • Need 107 runs from 36b
Dasun Shanaka21 (14b 2x6)
Chamika Karunaratne0 (0b)
Yuzvendra Chahal 3-0-30-2
Umran Malik 2-0-21-1

Saini: "Match entered into Shanaka zone."

Chahal to Shanaka, 1 run

fires this on middle and leg, he flicks it nicely towards deep midwicket to retain strike

Chahal to Shanaka, no run

Googly on middle and leg, he is down again, but gets rapped on the pads as he misses the flick

Chahal to Shanaka, SIX runs

That is another top hit from Shanaka. Floated outside off, he shimmies down and lofts it inside out over cover

Win Probability
IND 100%
100%50%100%IND InningsSL Innings

Over 17 • SL 137/10

Dasun Shanaka c Patel b Arshdeep Singh 23 (17b 0x4 2x6 31m) SR: 135.29
Dilshan Madushanka b Arshdeep Singh 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 50
India won by 91 runs
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