Sri Lanka defeat In the by seven wickets in the third and final T20I Thursday to seal the series 2-1. In complete dominance by the hosts, the bowlers did the job for the Islanders as they limited India to a meager total of 82.
Leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga scored his best figures (4/9) and led his team to victory. It was Sri Lanka’s first ever series victory over India in T20Is.
Following the series loss in India, the former Pakistan spinner was Danish Canary could not himself blame Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan for the defeat. He calls Dhawan’s decision to bat first in the series decision a wrong step.
‘If you bat Bhuvneshwar Kumar at number 6, why did you not win the toss and decide to bowl first? “The wicket at Premadasa helps spinners and you could first try to bowl and limit Sri Lanka to less than a hundred.” he said on his Youtube channel.
‘If you have such a long bowling match, there is an advantage if you bowl first and limit the opposition. “It was a weak captaincy of Dhawan,” Kaneria added.
Indian batsmen are considered one of the best spinners but against Hasaranga and Akila Dananjaya, Dhawan & Co struggled to score runs.
The cricketer analyzed that Indian batsmen donated their wickets to Hasaranga.
‘Hasaranga was brilliant, but the Indian batsmen played very uncomfortable shots. Hasaranga demolished the Indian batting sheet. He proved why he is the number 2 on the T20I bowler. But I think the batsmen gave him wickets. “If they had played him carefully and beaten him for singles if they had scored 130-140 with the kind of bowlers they had, they could have been more competitive.” Kaneria signed off.