3rd T20I: India restricted to 81/8 by Sri Lanka

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Colombo, July 29 (IANS) An under-strength India, devoid of batting depth, were restricted to 81/8 in their 20 overs in the third and final T20 International against Sri Lanka here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.

Opting to bat first, India had a poor start when captain Shikhar Dhawan got out for a golden duck, falling in the first over.

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A brief partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devdutt Padikkal ensued before the latter was scalped by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis with the team score on 23. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga then got two quick wickets to leave India tottering at 25/4.

Once the fourth wicket fell, Sri Lanka got into India’s tail with pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar coming out.

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Kuldeep Yadav’s 23 off 28 took India to their eventual score.

India had to field below-strength team on Wednesday and Thursday’s T20Is since nine of their players, including Covid-affected Krunal Pandya, are in isolation.

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Brief scores

India 81/8 in 20 overs (K Yadav 23, W Hasaranga 4/9, D Shanaka 2/20) vs Sri Lanka.

–IANS

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