India, who had already sent a replacement team to Sri Lanka, was further hampered by the fact that nine of their players were placed in isolation. Because they only had five recognized batsmen, they placed Bhuvneshwar Kumar – a bowler who bats a little – as high as No. 6. Despite this, they came close to defending 132 runs, with their spinners Rahul Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Varun Chakravarthy stifling Sri Lanka’s pursuit in the middle overs.
Dhananjaya de Silva held the innings together with 40 not out off 34 balls as Sri Lanka staggered across the line for their first T20 victory in six matches. With two balls to spare and Sri Lanka down to their last serious batting pair, he scored the winning run.
In a rain-soaked international in Colombo, Sri Lanka defeated India by four wickets. Sri Lanka won the match thanks to Chamika Karunaratne’s full-toss into the stands. When Kumar Sangakkara bowled his third over, the hosts were three runs below the DLS par total.
India and Sri Lanka are in the first innings of their World Twenty match. The hosts got off to a good start in defending their total. From his four overs, India’s Shivam Chakravarthy took 1 for 18 runs. Chandisnipa Yadav took 2 for 30 in his final over, which came late in the 14th over.
De Silva, who isn’t known for being a natural hitter, revealed after the game that the coaching staff assigned him the task of keeping one end down and batting as long as possible. In his innings, he only hit one six (off Kuldeep) and one four, although he ran six twos and only played out eight dot balls.
Despite the fact that India was compelled to select an XI with more bowlers than they would have preferred, Sri Lanka was the team that wanted to show off their bowling depth right away. Dushmantha Chameera, Karunaratne, Akila Dhananjaya, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shanaka, Ramesh Mendis, and de Silva were among the eight bowlers that delivered the opening nine overs for Captain Shanaka.
Due to the isolation of Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, and Ishan Kishan, India had only five recognized batters to choose from. So, despite the fact that they had only lost two wickets by the end of the 15th over, the absence of potency in the middle was a huge issue. India only managed 38 runs off the last 30 balls, despite Hasaranga and Chameera bowling pretty well on a slow wicket. In the 16th over, Devdutt Padikkal gave them their final boundary. Padikkal was the next batter to be thrown out. Kumar, who is far from an allrounder, batted at No. 6 and faced 11 deliveries, hitting 13 of them.