Turn Sri Lanka 215 (Nuwanidu 50, Mendis 34, Velez 32, Siraj 3-30, Kuldeep 3-51) Vs. India
The innings failure was more due to Sri Lanka’s inefficiency in this format than India’s particular excellence. Mendis had batted well for his run-a-ball 34, but was hit on the back leg by a Kuldeep googly at the end of the 17th over, having misread slight turn. Dhananjay de Silva let an Axar arm ball slide between bat and pad; Aslanka gave an edge to bowler Kuldeep; Shanaka got too far inside the line and let Kuldeep spin through his pads and then into leg stump; Later, the bowling all-rounders (Wanindhu Hasaranga, Dunith Velez and Chamika Karunaratne) were all caught at backward point by Akshar, two of them off Malik’s bowling.
However, there was at least some value added in the flimsy third inning before he departed. Hasaranga made 21 out of 17, Karunaratne 17 out of 25, and Velález perhaps the most responsible innings of the trio, producing 32 out of 34, despite being the most junior. It was thanks to him that Sri Lanka breached 200.
Through Nuwanidu’s fifty, however, Sri Lanka had at least one positive. He was cautious against the new ball, leaving often, defending heavily, though he was rarely concerned, even when he faced 10 unscored balls to start, then he was able to take 20 out of the first Was able to score only 6 runs. Runs, and four of his six fours, there. It was all the more impressive because he was batting out of position – he usually bats at No.4 or below in domestic cricket.