full delivery on off, nips back in, he watches it through to the keeper
Right, then. That brings us to the end of our coverage today. Hope you enjoyed it. Join us once again on Sunday for what promises to be a thrilling finale in Vizag. Cheers!
MS Dhoni: Almost 200 runs were scored, but there was something for everyone. Experimenting is a word banned from Indian cricket, but yes we're trying different things. Our top order has done well, so we're trying to give everyone an opportunity whenever possible. Most of our fielders are above average. Sometimes in T20s, even the slower ones can get away. But yes, fielding is very important. Being a bit unorthodox behind the stumps really helps, but credit to the bowlers for beating the batsman.
Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match for his 25-ball 51. "Happy to have got my first T20I fifty. I was hitting the ball well. I like to play my natural game, I got a lot of support from the captain and the coaching staff. We didn't have any specific plan to hit 70 in the first six. Once I started connecting the ball well, it all came together."
Dinesh Chandimal: Credit to the Indian batsmen. We tried hard as a bowling unit, but eventually gave away 25 extra runs. We need to regroup. On this kind of track, we needed to mix our yorkers and slower deliveries well. Hopefully our bowlers will learn quickly. We'll put our heart and soul into the next game.
The surface wasn't anywhere near the kind we saw in Pune. It looked like the cracks would dictate terms to make this into a low-scoring contest, but we were all proved wrong. The sheen on the surface aided proper bounce, and once India posted close to 200, they were halfway there. Sri Lanka perhaps could have done something out of the box, but their efforts proved futile in the end. Not all is lost through, they can still go on to win the series in Vizag on Sunday.
Ashish Nehra: Everyone knows in the first six overs, the batsmen will come hard at you especially in a big chase. I may go for a few extra runs, but the idea is to pick wickets. I was waiting for this opportunity for the last few seasons. Till the body holds up, I'm ready to play. Bowling 140 plus hasn't been a problem for me, really. I've been around for a long time, I've seen plenty of good fielders. But to see them all in one group is great fun.
Kashyap: "A high utility game for India. MSD was able to audition several of his bowling options in a few key scenarios (e.g. Ashwin opening, Bumrah at the death)."
The series has been squared. This is India's third biggest win in T20Is in terms of run-margin. MS Dhoni resisted the temptation to experiment, and the move has helped them discover the batting prowess of Hardik Pandya among other things. Sri Lanka were never really in the hunt and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Ashish Nehra and Ashwin did the damage upfront, but the highlight of India's effort on the field was Dhoni's lightning quick stumpings and Bumrah's bowling at the death. Not to forget Pandya's work in the field.
bunts the low full toss to Jadeja at cover
how did that miss the off stump, I don't know. Another full length delivery that keeps coming back in, pushes outside the line, beaten
full toss on the pads, hit to deep midwicket
gets a thin edge that scoots along the ground, Dhoni fumbles and they squeeze a run
off cutter, lands it on middle, bunted to the off side
slower one on middle and off, angled wide of point
low full toss on middle, driven to long-on
full ball on off, jabs his bat down to get a thin bottom edge, bounces through to Dhoni
squeezed to the cover fielder
floats it full on middle, bunted to long on
gets a thick inside edge to Nehra at short fine leg
doesn't get better than this. Can't remember the last time an Indian bowler bowled yorkers on demand like this. This one was full and straight, not quite the yorker though, nicely angled in from wide of the crease, Chameera was through with the stroke, big gap between bat and pad as the ball sneaks through to hit the furniture
rip roaring bouncer, he was almost expecting a yorker but suddenly saw the ball arriving at a furious pace towards the helmet, somehow avoids it
ball has smashed into Chameera's toe. This is outstanding stuff. Excellent pace as well, he fails to get his bat down to the ball, hit on the back foot. Stinging blow
too late to get down to the ball. It was full and straight delivery angling into middle from wide of the crease, missed it altogether as he looked to whip that over midwicket, and an easy decision for umpire Anil Chaudhary
excellent yorker there, no room for the batsman to work with, squeezes it back to the bowler
slower one that grips the surface, he was through with the stroke, lands in no-man's land, covered up by the man running in from long-on
backs away and hits it towards sweeper cover
slower through the air, lands it on middle and leg, he's through with the slog even before the ball gets to him, hit high on the body