India crush Sri Lanka

India vs Sri Lanka Test Series

A 122-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) enabled Sri Lanka to reach a position of safety before Bhuvneshwar led the charge with his maiden five-wicket haul.

Shardul Thakur (noeo for 48 in 6 overs) was completely off colour on the day and he was taken for runs by Tharanga, who hit successive boundaries off him, with the 50 came up off 47 balls.

India lost its opener Rohit Sharma who scored 9 and the team score was 22.

Kohli, however, departed towards the end of the run chase as Dasun Shanaka took a fantastic catch at deep mid-wicket. The 28-year-old stitched a phenomenal 119-run stand for the third wicket alongside Manish Pandey (51) to steer the Indian ship past the 171-run mark.

Virat Kohli: It looks like a pretty good track, we would like to bowl and chase a target. After clearing Sri Lanka in ODI series, Team India will now have to maintain their dominance in the one-off T-20 match. He's done this in just four innings.

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The host batsmen promised a lot but didn't deliver, losing as many as seven wickets for 53 runs after cruising at 185 for three at one stage. But what would surely put his name on top is that, he is the only batsman on the list with an average of over 50. With 1830 runs, Kohli is now the third-highest run-getter in T20Is behind McCullum and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

The players and fans will be hoping that rain stops and they have a full game or a shortened one. Once again, with 53.

Kohli's average in last 10 successful T20I chases. Skipper Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey were the architects of the victory with their brilliant half-centuries. He went past Brendon McCullum's tally of 1006 runs. He now has 1007 runs in 21 innings at 91.54, while the Kiwi worldwide has 1006 runs in 17 innings.

The hosts will have to try to win the first win against India at this stage. It was his fourth consecutive half-century in T20Is against Sri Lanka, and in doing so, he became the fastest batsman to score 15000 global runs across formats in 333 innings, improving Hashim Amla's record of 336 innings.

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