Player of the Match
Player of the Match
104dThe Report by Mohammad Isam

Thakur, Pandey fashion India's emphatic win

Thakur's career-best restricted Sri Lanka after Kusal's half-century; Pandey and Karthik's unbroken 68-run stand steered India home after a top order wobble

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BKG Mendis
55(38) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 15 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 6 11 6 6 0 4 21
MK Pandey
42(31) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 0 0 3 9 7 8 12

Best performances - Bowlers

SN Thakur
O4
M0
R27
W4
Eco6.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
A Dananjaya
O4
M0
R19
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Shashank Kishore

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Shardul Thakur is the Player of the Match for his 4 for 27.

11.47pm The bowling that Pandey's referring to was largely thanks to the brilliant efforts of Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar. How this great game is a leveller. He went for 27 off an over the other night against Sri Lanka. Tonight, Thakur recorded his career-best figures. Sundar too was magnificent with his offspin, varying his pace and lengths to great effect. He's developed quite a skill, bowling in the powerplay too.

Manish Pandey, who finished unbeaten on 42, with a flash interview: Batting at No. 5, I think I should be there till the end to finish games. The bowlers came back very well after the first game. Well done to them for restricting this to 152. We didn't have too much batting after 6-7, so it was nice to have that stand with DK.

11.42pm On a pitch when the ball spun and gripped, India overcame early hiccups to make lightwork of this target. Karthik and Pandey, who seem under the pressure to score every time they walk out to bat, approached the situation with calm heads and played percentage cricket to bring the chase to within touching distance before finishing it off in style.

17.3
1
Fernando to Karthik, 1 run, full outside off, squeezed to deep point as India complete a comprehensive win.
17.2
4
Fernando to Karthik, FOUR runs, full toss, Karthik waits inside the crease and wallops this on the bounce to the long-on fence. Teeing off like a golfer, almost carried.
17.1
4
Fernando to Karthik, FOUR runs, short outside off, Karthik winds up to pull this with disdain. One bounce to the midwicket fence. He had plenty of time to put that away

END OF OVER:
17 | 10 Runs | INDIA: 144/4 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.47, RRR: 4.50)

  • KD Karthik30 (22b)
  • MK Pandey42 (31b)
  • PVD Chameera3-0-33-0
  • BMAJ Mendis4-0-34-1
16.6
1
Chameera to Karthik, 1 run, turns this towards midwicket as they scamper a single. 10 off the over
16.5
1
Chameera to Pandey, 1 run, makes room and punches this length delivery to sweeper cover
16.4
1
Chameera to Karthik, 1 run, dabs this gently down to third man as they jog the single

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st13S DhawanRG Sharma
2nd9S DhawanKL Rahul
3rd40SK RainaKL Rahul
4th23MK PandeyKL Rahul
5th68KD KarthikMK Pandey