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India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Highlights: SL thump Covid-hit IND by 7 wckts to win the series

India vs Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) 3rd T20I Highlights: The third and final T20I was played at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 29, 2021 11:56:09 pm
India vs Sri LankaSri Lanka's Wanidu Hasaranga was the man of the match. (AP Photo)

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Highlights: Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets on Thursday to take the series 2-1. In what was complete domination by the hosts, the bowlers did the job for the Lankans as they restricted India to a paltry total. On his birthday, Wanindu Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka restrict India to 81/8 – India’s third-lowest total in T20Is. Hasaranga’s figures of 4/9 were the second-best bowling figures in T20Is between Sri Lanka and India. It is Sri Lanka’s first series win in T20Is since October 2019.

Earlier, India skipper Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the series-deciding third twenty20 International on Thursday. India replaced injured Navdeep Saini, who hurt his shoulder while fielding on Wednesday, with debutant Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrier. Sri Lanka also have replaced injured Isuru Udana with Pathum Nissanka. India won the first match while Sri Lanka equalled the series by winning the second T20 on Wednesday.

India Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk), Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier, Chetan Sakariya and Varun Chakravarthy.

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Dasun Shanaka (C), Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ramesh Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera.

Match EndedIndia tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 - 3rd T20I

Sri Lanka

82/3 (14.3)


81/8 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - 3rd T20I )
Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets

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India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I: Full Highlights 

23:17 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Player of the Match

Wanindu Hasaranga is the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series. What a birthday for the allrounder

23:12 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Dhawan gives batting tips to whole SL Squad


23:03 (IST)29 Jul 2021
It's all over! Sri Lanka win

SL 82/3 (14.3) | Sri Lanka wins by 7 wickets. They take the series 2-1. Complete domination by the hosts. It is their first series win in T20Is since October 2019. A tough couple of days for the Men In Blue, but this tour would be remembered for the opportunities some talented youngsters got to represent


22:56 (IST)29 Jul 2021

Good length delivery in the line of the stumps, Hasaranga taps it down to point and crosses for a run. SL- 76/3 (13.3).

This is the last T20I series before the #T20WorldCup but has India discovered any new candidates for the WC squad. 

22:56 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Sri Lanka edge closer

FOUR! Dhananjaya pulls a short ball from Warrier through mid-wicket for four as Sri Lanka continue to cruise towards their target of 82 runs Then OVERTHROWS! SL pick up a single and four overthrows. They inch closer with just 6 needed.

22:47 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Bowled!! Sound of timber

Third wicket for Rahul Chahar. Samarawickrama goes for 6(13). SL- 56/3 after 12. Is it too little too late? Sri Lanka need 26 runs in 48 balls.

22:45 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Sri Lanka go past 50

Short and room on offer from Rahul Chahar and Dhananjaya de Silva whacks it towards the backward point area for a much-needed boundary. This will ease the pressure. 7 already from the over and SL- 55/2

22:38 (IST)29 Jul 2021
India don't lose their review

Samarawickrama survives! SL- 42/2 after 10 ovs


22:31 (IST)29 Jul 2021
LBW! SL two down

Rahul Chahar picks his second as Bhanuka departs. After a few scrambled seam deliveries, this one comes in sharply and is caught in front. India need a few more and they are in it. Sri Lanka have a very inexperienced middle order but remember, there is no scoreboard pressure. SL - 35/2 after 8 overs

22:19 (IST)29 Jul 2021

"Wondering if Chahars outburst against Hasaranga yesterday after getting the latter out was the turning point of the series. Looked like the SL team regrouped with a renewed determination after the incident!," says Prashant, an avid cricket fan on Facebook.  8741 days since Sri Lanka last beat India in a bilateral limited-overs series.  

22:18 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Chahar strikes! IND get the breakthrough

WICKET! Rahul Chahar strikes in his first over and takes a neat return catch. Avishka Fernando departs for 12. SL- 23/1 after 6 ovs and the PowerPlay ends.

22:07 (IST)29 Jul 2021
First boundary of the innings.

Short from Chakravarthy, Fernando pulls it over mid-wicket. India need wickets upfront or this one won't last long. SL - 20/0 after 4 ovs. "22 of our players are in England. 9 are in quarantine and 4 are injured and this team has only 5 batsmen. Think before you criticise," writes Ravi on social media. Is it harsh to criticize this team?

21:54 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Humour amids the agony

A little bit of humour never did any harm...

21:51 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Bhuvi opens the attack for India

Avishka Fernando and M Bhanuka are at the crease. Avishka Fernando is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack

Lowest T20I totals for India:
74 vs Aus Melbourne 2008
79 vs NZ Nagpur 2016
81/8 v SL Colombo RPS 2021 *
92 vs SA Cuttack 2015

21:33 (IST)29 Jul 2021
IND end with 81/8 in 20 ovs

India have made just  81/8 off their 20 overs with only 4 boundaries in 20 overs! This is now the first time ever India men batted all 20 overs of a T20I innings without any player hitting a six.

21:30 (IST)29 Jul 2021
India go past their lowest total

At least India won't record their lowest-ever T20I total tonight. They go past 74 | Kuldeep Yadav is the highest scorer of the team. He is unbeaten on 21 off 27. IND- 75/8 after 19 overs. 

21:19 (IST)29 Jul 2021
GONE! Caught

Hasaranga picks up his fourth one as Chakravarthy is caught at mid-wicket fielder. He picked up the googly but also the fielder. Birthday party for Karunaratne as he celebrates. IND- 63/8 after 17 ovs

Best T20I figures on birthday:
4/9 Wanindu Hasaranga v Ind Colombo RPS (29 Jul 2021) *
4/21 Imran Tahir v Net Chittagong (27 Mar 2014)
3/23 Yuvraj Singh vs SL Mohali (12 Dec 2009)

21:13 (IST)29 Jul 2021
IND 7 down

WICKET! Rahul Chahar is gone for 5 (5). The slower short ball from Shanaka deceives the batsman, who is too early in his pull shot and top-edges the ball to the wicketkeeper. IND- 62/7 (16 overs) | Horrible situation to be in! 

21:06 (IST)29 Jul 2021
IND in huge trouble at 55/6

WICKET! Hasaranga strikes again and bags his third (3/8) as Shanaka takes another good catch at extra cover. Bhuvi departs for 16. IND- 55/6 after 14.5 ovs. How bad is it going for India right now? 

20:56 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Stat Attack!

Shocking numbers for India- Lowest score at the fall of 5th wkt for India in T20Is

32/5 v Aus Melbourne 2008
36/5 v SL Colombo RPS 2021 *
37/5 v Aus Bridgetown 2010
39/5 v NZ Nagpur 2016 


Sri Lanka Squad: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ishan Jayaratne , Binura Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Charith Asalanka, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Udara, Shiran Fernando

India Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(w), Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy, Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

India's Shikhar Dhawan is bowled out as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka celebrates. (AP Photo)

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