Dasun Shanka Jelly Sri Lanka tied the series when they won by four wickets in the second T20I in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s batsmen held their nerves while vice-captain Dhananjaya de Silva stayed until the last to secure a much-needed victory. Dasun Shanaka stressed that they first focused on keeping the visitors to a modest total.
Although India started brilliantly when Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad added 49 for the first wicket, they could not profit from it. The COVID-19 outbreak that hit the camp forced visitors to give up four debutants in the second T20I. The tourists found it difficult to get going against Sri Lanka’s spinners, with Shikhar Dhawan with 40 top.
Devdutt Padikkal looked for the long distance before Wanindu Hasaranga cleared him for 29 off 23 balls. Those like Akila Dananjaya and Wanindu Hasaranga threw three wickets between them, but the passers-by managed equally well to support them. Akila Dananjaya finishes with figures of 4-0-29-2 to keep India on 132 tough overs on 20 overs.
Sri Lanka did not start the race chase better, as India’s spin trio kept up the pressure by controlling the run flow and letting it chip away. But Dhananjaya de Silva held the batting unit together and stitched a windy stand of 28 runs alongside Wanindu Hasaranga. Chamika Karunaratne’s six in the second last over was probably the turning point as it released the pressure. De Silva finished with an unbeaten 40, and the eight runs required for the final by debutant Chetan Sakariya.
I thought if we could contain it to a low total, we could chase it. We could not use in the first six overs. But DDS and Wanindu Hasaranga saved us. I have to thank the BCCI and SLC for this opportunity as it is a great opportunity for young guys in Sri Lanka to play against India.
We could not use in the first six overs: Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka revealed that they focused on limiting India to a modest total; however, he regrets not using the first six overs. The 29-year-old praised Dhananjaya de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga for the rescue and thanked both cricket boards for giving the players the opportunity.
‘I thought if we could contain it to a low total, we could chase it. We could not use in the first six overs. But DDS and Wanindu Hasaranga saved us. I have to thank the BCCI and SLC for this opportunity, because it is a great opportunity for young guys in these times, ” Dasun Shanaka told in the presentation after the match.