2nd T20I: After 4-wicket defeat vs Sri Lanka, India captain Shikhar Dhawan reckoned that his team was a batsman short. However, Dhawan praised the bowlers for showing the fight and taking the match to the final over.
India lost the 2nd T20I vs Sri Lanka by 4 wickets (AFP Image)
- Shikhar Dhawan said that India were a batsman short in the 2nd T20I
- Several India batsmen missed the match after getting identified as close contacts of Covid-positive Krunal Pandya
- Dhawan praised the bowlers for taking the low-scoring match to the 20th over
After Sri Lanka beat India by 4 wickets to level the 3-match series 1-1, India captain Shikhar Dhawan reckoned that his team was a batsman short in the low-scoring thriller.
Notably, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey and Ishan Kishan did not play for India after getting identified as closed contacts of Covid-positive Krunal Pandya. BCCI on Thursday said that as many as 8 Team India remembers were self-isolating despite testing negative twice in the last 24 hours. The 2nd T20I, which was scheduled to be played on Tuesday, was postponed after all-rounder Krunal returned positive following Rapid Antigen Test.
“The surface turned and was a stopping a bit. We knew we were one batter short. We knew we had to construct our innings smartly. We were 10-15 runs short. That would have made the difference,” Dhawan said after the match in Colombo.
India were off to flying start and openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 49 runs in 7 overs. However, the going got tough on the slow wicket after the departure of Gaikwad. India lost only 5 wickets in 20 overs but at the same time managed just 132 runs. Dhawan top-scored for India with 40 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan hails the never-say-die attitude of bowlers
The southpaw also praised the bowlers for taking the match to the 20th over despite a low total. Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav and Rahul Chahar showcased top quality spin bowling to put India in command of the match. Sri Lanka were 6 down at one stage and needed 20 off 12 balls but with no over of spin left, the hosts capitalized on the opportunity and chased down the target with 2 balls remaining.
“I am proud of the boys. Never say die attitude is amazing. Hats off to the boys for taking it into the last over,” Dhawan said hailing the bowlers.
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