Sri Lanka win the second T20I against India by 4 wickets

Wednesday, 28 July 2021 - 23:53

Sri Lanka beat India by four wickets in Colombo to level the three-match T20I series 1-1. 

Dhanajaya de Silva's 40 runs off 34 balls helped Sri Lanka to win the second T20I against India.

Dhananjaya de Silva was the star in Sri Lanka's win and was also the Player of the Match for his 40 not out off 34 balls.

Sri Lanka took the game to the last over to chase down a target of 133 runs. This was a game dominated by spinners from both sides.

Sri Lanka's Akila Dhananjaya and Wanindu Hasaranga didn't let the Indian batters get a big score and later Indian spinners dominated most parts of Sri Lanka's chase.

For India, Kuldeep Yadav was the top wicket-taker with two wickets while the rest got one wicket apiece. Varun Chakravarthy was the most economical bowler in the entire match as he gave just 18 runs in his 4 overs and took a one wicket.

The two teams will now face off on Thursday at the same venue for the third and final T20I

Dasun Shanaka: I thought if we could contain them to a low total, we could chase it. We were not able to capitalise in the first six overs. But DDS and Wanindu Hasaranga bailed us out. I should thank the BCCI and SLC for this opportunity because this is a huge opportunity for young guys in these times.

Shikhar Dhawan: The surface had turn and it was stopping a bit. Of course, we knew one batsman was short and we knew we had to construct the innings smartly and we had to content ourselves at some point. But yeah, we were 10-15 runs short. I am very proud of the boys because we gave a very good fight. That never dying attitude and taking the game to the last game while defending just 132, hats off to both bowlers and batters.

Dhananjaya de Silva is the Player of the Match. "I am very happy to contribute. In my mind, I wanted to bat till the 20th over. I thought this was my opportunity. When you play against India, it's very tough."