SL 135/7 (20 Ovs)

IND 139/5 (19.2 Ovs)

India won by 5 wkts

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Jaydev Unadkat

PLAYER OF THE SERIES
Jaydev Unadkat

Rohit takes the trophy to his teammates who are all soaked in the festive spirit, with their Santa hats on. They've much to celebrate after what's been a fantastic home season with no more than a couple of blemishes. The new year will bring a completely different challenge along with it though. But that's for later. So that's all we have from here. Wishing you all a merry Christmas. Have a fantastic dinner if you haven't done so already. Until next time, it's goodbye!

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Stats round-up - courtesy Deepu Narayanan:

India in 2017:
Tests: P 11; W 7; L 1; D 3
ODIs: P 29; W 21; L 7; NR 1
T20Is: P 13; W 9; L 4
Overall: P 53; W 37; L 12
37 wins across formats is the second most in a calendar year for a team after Australia's 38 (in 47 matches) in 2003

Longest unbeaten run in bilateral series across formats at home:
24 India (1988-99); 23 Windies (1974-90); 23 Australia (2003-08); 16 India (2015-17)

3-0 wins for India in T20Is:
vs Aus in Aus, 2016
vs SL in Ind, 2017

SL in 2017:
Tests: P 13; W 4; L 7; D 2
ODIs: P 29; W 5; L 23; NR 1
T20Is: P 15; W 5; L 10
Overall: P 57; W 14; L 40
40 losses in 2017 - eight more than any other side in a calendar year

Most successive losses in T20Is:
16 Zim (2010-13); 12 Ban (2007-10); 9 UAE (2016-17); 8 Ban (2016-17); 8 SL (2017-present)

Most successive wins in T20Is against an opponent:
9 Pak v Zim (2008-15); 7 Pak v Ban (2007-14); 7 NZ v Ban (2010-17); 7 Ind v Aus (2013-17); 7 Ind v SL (2016-17)

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Rohit Sharma, winning captain: We always knew that whatever target is set up, we back our batsmen to get it. That is something we spoke about at the start of the series too, to play with six batters and an all-rounder. Happy with the composition we had throughout the series. Guys who got opportunities made it count throughout. Thoroughly a team effort. Each and every guy has put in a lot of effort. They've done their homework thoroughly, which was pleasing. Lot of the guys you see were playing their first game, second game, but it never felt that way. They've played lot of cricket in home conditions - IPL and things like that. They were confident and it was our job as management to back them. It's a great occasion to play for your country. They came and did what they were expected to do. Looking very much forward to South Africa. Would like to reiterate the home season we've had. Never easy, no matter what conditions you play in. You have to go and get the win. Since we started playing against Australia at home, we started doing things right. There were few hiccups in the middle. Games like Dharamsala which taught us a lot. As a batting unit too, we were challenged at different times, but the way we came back was very good.

Unadkat: Things went really well for me. I had some plans for myself. Had done my preparations before the series. To achieve results like this is outstanding. To bowl in the powerplay was something that I was looking forward to. Been a fruitful career. Have got my opportunities whenever I've performed well. Been through the domestic circuit, played a lot of games there. Helped me mature as a player. I was always eager to make this comeback. Made a comeback in 2013, wasn't that great. Thankful to the management and captain to back me. It was important for me in this series to get the confidence and it worked really well for me. The most important phase of any player's career is domestic circuit. You bowl on flat tracks. You go through the grind and keep on working on your skills. To come out well gives you the confidence. It was always on the back of my mind to perform for the nation, to be back with these guys. Just wanted to give my best whenever I got the chance. IPL cricket has really helped to get the confidence when you come to the international arena. It's just about putting in the right efforts in the practice. Not just quantity of efforts but quality of it too.

Jaydev Unadkat is Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series.

Perera, losing captain: As a captain, proud of my bowling unit. We have a good fielding coach who's doing a good job. Have improved in fielding. We learnt a lot because we all know India is a big team at the moment. Learnt lots of things from these T20Is. As bowlers, we did pretty well today also. Have to click with our batting. After that, we can go far.

Ravi Shastri, India coach: That's the hallmark of a good team where we respect oppositions, and when you respect oppositions you stay grounded. Very good variations (talking about Unadkat). He's been around for 5-6 years now but he's evolved beautifully. He understands his bowling which is so important. There's so much of cricket being played. T20 cricket for us, we don't care. You win or lose, it doesn't matter, but give youngsters the opportunity so you come to know who is in the fray for 2019. Big headache for us. Rahul is a class player. He's got time. He plays all the shots. For me, he's the most improved player in world cricket in the last 18-20 months. That's the challenge (the South Africa tour). In your playing career, if you're not up for challenges, then it's no fun. Should be a good series. This is a side which can compete anywhere in the world.

Manish Pandey: It was nice to see MS and Dinesh Karthik finishing it off in style. It (new ball) was moving around initially in the second innings .We batted fairly alright; it should have gotten over a bit earlier, but they bowled really well. I like to play my shots. Wickets with bounce and pace gives me the chance to hit the ball well.

Dinesh Karthik: Under pressure a little bit, I think it was important with Dhoni around to take the game deep. I thought 12 off the last over was gettable, but I got one in the slot in the end, I backed myself and connected well. It would've been a great Day 1 pitch in Test cricket; there was bounce and movement. It's great to play games in these kind of wickets. There's a bit of cat and mouse game. You got to decide when you have to go against the bowlers. I enjoy these kind of wickets. We dominated it (the series), to be fair. Except the first game in Dharamsala, we were on point. We were caught off guard there and after that I don't think we looked back. Double hundred by Rohit was fantastic, he is batting as well as he can. Shikhar and KL batted well and the two wrist spinners have been top notch. It's been a great tournament for India and good standards set by team India.

The pitch had something in it with the new ball and the tone was set by Akila and Chameera. The ball was not being sent out of the park as everyone expected and that made it a good contest. Credit to Sri Lanka for their spirited effort despite knowing not much was riding on this game. The series was lost. But they kept plugging away and in the end it was the calmness and talent of MS and DK that took India home. A word about Pandey who set things rolling along with Iyer after the hosts got into a middle-over rut in the chase. There's sideline interviews with Pandey, DK and India's high-profile coach Ravi Shaz. And then the presentations will follow. Do hang around for everything...

India have clean-swept the series 3-0. Won the Test and ODI series as well. Not quite a "tourwash" as it happened in Sri Lanka before this tour, but a commanding overall performance from the hosts. The tourwash wasn't on because of a combination of weather, fog and Sri Lanka's resistance. Especially at Delhi in the final Test and at Dharamsala in the first ODI where they ran riot. But tremendously satisfactory for Rohit as captain to win both the ODI and the T20I series as he was without Kohli with a whole host of youngsters getting a go. Still too strong for this Sri Lankan outfit. They will do well to forget playing India for a while. Only brings back bad memories. As far as today's match was concerned, the visitors did well to take it to the final over after making a paltry score with the bat.

19.2

Perera to Dhoni, FOUR, India win! Dhoni with the winning hit. At the Wankhede. Against Sri Lanka. Everything seems 2011 all over again. Except that this is a dead rubber in a T20I series which has already been decided. The visitors beaten to pulp over the last two tours. So no nostalgia. Low full-toss on the pads, went for the yorker did Perera, missed out and Dhoni helped the flick beating deep square who allowed the ball to cross the rope. It runs away for four and that's the tour done!

19.1

Perera to Dhoni, 2 runs, look at Sri Lanka's rotten luck. A miscued heave off the inside half of the bat to long-on. The batsmen have settled for one. But the throw from the deep hits the stumps and ricochets away, leaving the fielders helpless. They take two and Dhoni will be on strike. Scores level!

18.6

Pradeep to Karthik, SIX, gone! Into the stands. That should be the game. Right there. Done and dusted. What a ball to bowl. At this stage. Waist-high full-toss and belted deep into the mid-wicket stands. DK staying there and butchering that. Pristine timing too and it flew off the bat

Thisara goes to Pradeep to have a word. "Most important ball that Nuwan Pradeep would've bowled" is the comment from Russel Arnold on air. Fine leg in. All sorts of conflab going on there. Only three in as of now. Now four! So no chance of that being called a no-ball. Finally Pradeep is ready to bowl.

18.5

Pradeep to Karthik, 2 runs, slogged. In the air and over mid-wicket. No timing on that, but it is two as deep mid has ground to cover

MS walks up to DK to have a chat. Calm head there!

18.4

Pradeep to Karthik, no run, pressure. Pressure. Fine leg was in. Knew that. But didn't connect. Karthik on his knee and down to paddle-scoop. Misses as the length ball goes over leg stump

DK will go for it. While MS is MS. Will try to win it off the last ball if he can. Sri Lanka should believe.

18.3

Pradeep to Karthik, 2 runs, length ball on the stumps, heaved to deep mid-wicket, two as it is placed wide of the fielder

Thisara drying the ball with a cloth.

18.2

Pradeep to Dhoni, 1 run, has Pradeep rolled his ankle there? Gets up with a limp. Was going the wrong way in his followthrough, chipped by Dhoni as the ball held up on the pitch, Pradeep tried to catch that, but his footwork let him down there

Now Sri Lanka have to be smart and try and attack MS. Put more fielders in the circle and go for it. They have got nothing to lose anyway. Doubt if Thisara would gamble though.

18.1

Pradeep to Karthik, 1 run, short of length outside off, forced off the back foot to sweeper cover

Nuwan Pradeep [3.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

17.6

Perera to Dhoni, no run, back of a length and cramps Dhoni up for room, he tries to swat across the line and misses. Off the thigh pad and towards backward point. A dot

17.5

Perera to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length outside off, cut to third man

17.4

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long-off

Expect MS to take this to the last over! But not too sure about DK. He once famously denied Sachin Tendulkar an ODI hundred with his over-enthu at Cuttack. Left the great man stranded. After the game, legend has it that Sachin took DK out for a treat. That is a lie!

17.3

Perera to Karthik, 1 run, Shanaka at backward point flies and saves at least two. Superb fielding. What timing on the back-cut by Karthik and he will be disappointed that he got just a run

17.2

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off, jammed down past Perera's left-hand, just a single

17.1

Perera to Karthik, 1 run, sliding in fuller on the pads, flicked stylishly in the air to deep square leg

Thisara Perera [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

16.6

Chameera to Dhoni, no run, given not out for lbw. Sri Lanka have to review. And do so. MS is calm. He punches gloves with DK. With a smile. When is he not calm you may ask. No bat. Hit above the kneeroll. Could be umpire's call. No it is missing! "Never has there been a more popular DRS verdict in Mumbai" is the quip from Bhogle on air. Not too sure about that. Anyway, it nipped back in and moved past the flick to hit Dhoni on the pad. Again feet rooted to the crease was Dhoni, but extra bounce and Chameera is a tall man, made it easy for Nitin Menon to shake his head and decline it. Had he given it out as well, MS would've reviewed for sure. So Sri Lanka lose their review. Rohit sees it on TV and suggests it is going over to the duo

Given not out for lbw. Sri Lanka have to review. And do so. MS is calm. He punches gloves with DK. With a smile. When is he not calm you may ask. No bat. Hit above the kneeroll. Could be umpire's call. No it is missing!

16.5

Chameera to Dhoni, 2 runs, shortish outside off, slammed wide of cover. Sweeper has too much room to cover, easy two

16.4

Chameera to Dhoni, FOUR, oh! Dickwella! He pulled off a blinder to get KL at Indore. And almost does the same here. Half-intentional-half-edge. Catches the edge and Dickwella flies to his right, full-length dive, went as far as he could, but didn't even get a fingertip on it. Raced away to the fence. Chameera and Sri Lanka very unlucky. Meanwhile, Karthik is explaning to a smiling MS how close the ball was from Dickwella's reach! Wonderful!

Mid-off in. Four in the ring!

16.3

Chameera to Karthik, 1 run, this slides on from a fuller length, Karthik drives to long-on. Nice straight bat

Sri Lanka need a changed ball. They want a drier and fresh one. Semi-new of course. Slight delay as the ball gets changed.

16.2

Chameera to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni gets inside the line of this short of length delivery on the hips, nudges it behind square. Wants two but the fielder from mid-wicket charges across and slides to keep it to a run

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.1

Chameera to Manish Pandey, out Bowled!! Bowled him! That's Manish Pandey's problem. When the ball seams or swings, with his minimal footwork, a walking wicket. Chameera has bowled him neck and crop. The crowd are happy for it is MS who is walking in next. That's Mumbai and Indian crowds in a nutshell right there. Coming back to the wicket, it nipped in from a good length, snuck through the inside edge on the flick as Pandey stood on the crease and alighted the zing stumps and bails. Flicked the top of middle to be precise. Can Sri Lanka somehow manage to win this? Manish Pandey b Chameera 32(29) [4s-4]

Chameera to Manish Pandey, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Dushmantha Chameera [3.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

15.6

Pradeep to Manish Pandey, 1 run, pitched up around off, Manish Pandey shows the full face of the bat and punches that on the rise past the bowler

15.5

Pradeep to Manish Pandey, FOUR, bowling to Manish Pandey's strengths. Short and wide outside off, he backed away and crashed it through cover. The timing took it past the sweeper's dive. Zipped off the turf

15.4

Pradeep to Karthik, 1 run, full on off, wristed to mid-wicket where Guna fumbles. That is not on as far as Sri Lanka are concerned

15.3

Pradeep to Karthik, 2 runs, the slower delivery on the pads, Karthik nudges it to deep backward square leg for a couple

15.2

Pradeep to Karthik, no run, what timing and sound on the cover-drive by Karthik. High elbow and all that fuss. But straight to the fielder at cover. Sweet, sweet hit

15.1

Pradeep to Manish Pandey, 1 run, short of length outside off, Manish Pandey walks into the drive, hits it on the rise, finds long-off

Nuwan Pradeep [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.6

Shanaka to Hardik Pandya, out Caught by Dickwella!! Punching of the air from both batsman and bowler. Different emotions though. What a waste of a wicket. And Hardik Pandya knows it. That's how you give catching practice in the morning before the game. Banged in on a short of length outside off, ramped off the toe of the bat to the keeper. As soon as he played that, Hardik Pandya was aghast with himself, turned around and punched the fist in disgust. Is still letting off steam as he crosses the rope, smashing his bat into the turf before he goes in. Shanaka will take that after a poor over. Another twist? Hardik Pandya c Dickwella b Shanaka 4(4)

Shanaka to Hardik Pandya, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

This is turning out to be a game-changing over from Shanaka. For India of course!

14.5

Shanaka to Hardik Pandya, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, drilled to sweeper cover, Guna has a big throw from the deep, Hardik Pandya is quick and they come back for the second

14.4

Shanaka to Manish Pandey, 1 run, short of length cutter outside off, Manish Pandey forehands the pull to long-on

14.3

Shanaka to Manish Pandey, FOUR, poor bowling. Full-toss on off with no deep mid as well. Easy for Manish Pandey, swiped across the line and just had to beat mid-wicket which he did with ease

14.2

Shanaka to Manish Pandey, FOUR, he has clobbered that. Off-pace cutter, banged in, Manish Pandey has come out of the crease and smashed the pull past mid-wicket. Rocketed off the bat

14.1

Shanaka to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Hardik Pandya walks towards the bowler and slams it to long-off, will get only a single

Dasun Shanaka [3.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack

13.6

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, no run, tossed up outside off, driven hard, but straight to the fielder at short cover

13.5

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, FOUR, "Akila" shouted Dickwella as Manish Pandey smashed this drive straight down the ground, a chance of a run-out as Dananjaya dived to his right, this time not too straight, wide of the stumps, bowler and the umpire, Danushka and Shanaka make a mess of it at long-off and long-on. The long-on allows the ball to slip under his hands and it beats the other man as well. Then they get into an argument about it! Oh well!

13.4

Dananjaya to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, flat and sliding on, short-arm jabbed to deep mid

13.3

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, 1 run, floated up leggie, Manish Pandey gets forward and drills this to long-on

Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease

13.2

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, out Shreyas Iyer Run Out!! Gone. Destiny has decided this it seems I hear someone say. Ok. Fine. Moving on. What an unfortunate way to get out. Another flat-batted slap, hit too straight and Dananjaya got a hand on that, deflected that onto the stumps at Shreyas Iyer's end who was backing up a long way. Well short. No need of the third ump as well. Definite touch on that. Shreyas Iyer run out (Dananjaya) 30(32) [4s-1 6s-1]

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

13.1

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, no run, what an effort from Thisara at short cover. Leading by example. A fierce cut off the back foot and he flew sideways to his left to stop that with two hands. Saved four. Dananjaya goes to his skipper and applauds the effort. Tremendous from Thisara

Looks like a long delay. Might be because of Iyer seeking the physio's attention. He struggled in the last over after completing a run. Knee? Hammy? Thigh? What is the issue? Dew it seems. Clearing of that. Ok. We are ready to go again. Akila now...

12.6

Chameera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, mistimes the flat-batted hit to mid-off and sets off. Since he set off, was an easy single in the end

He is still limping. But as of now no need of the physio

12.5

Chameera to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, has Shreyas Iyer done something here? He is clutching his right hammy. A close second had the throw been better and flat at the stumps. Was short and wide outside off, flat-batted wide of sweeper, Manish Pandey wanted two and pushed Shreyas Iyer who was running to the danger end. Guna was the fielder, Iyer may have stretched his hammy a bit too much in trying to get across the line

12.5

Chameera to Manish Pandey, wide, goes short and down leg. Thisara isn't happy at all. Makes his feelings known to the "gangly figure"

12.4

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, back of a length and turned wide of short mid-wicket

12.3

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, no run, short of length outside off, Shreyas Iyer is beaten again, trying to run it down and misses

12.3

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, wide, Dickwella did well to dive and collect that. Or else it would've run away to the fence. Inswinger, pitches down leg and moves further down

12.2

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, "two" was the call as soon as Shreyas Iyer clipped that. Easy two in the end as it is placed wide of long leg

12.1

Chameera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, full and angled in, on the stumps, Manish Pandey flicks stylishly and over mid-wicket

Dushmantha Chameera [2.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack

11.6

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, SIX, that will release the pressure. Picked the slower delivery from the hand and finally times one. Launches this from the middle of the bat and way she goes over long-off. Brings the crowd on their feet after a period of silence

11.5

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, no run, yorker length delivery outside off, squeezed out, good timing on that, but can't beat backward point

11.4

Shanaka to Manish Pandey, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Manish Pandey clears his front leg and hammers it straight to the fielder at long-off

Sri Lanka are doing really well to make a match of this. Everyone expected India to race away on their way to a clean sweep in the T20I series. The pitch seems to be holding up a bit and the Lankan bowlers have bowled well to be honest.

11.3

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, short and angling down leg, swivel pull to fine leg, just a single

11.2

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, full-toss, bunted straight down the ground, long-on has to move a few paces to his left, two it is

11.1

Shanaka to Manish Pandey, 1 run, good length outside off, slashed square of the wicket, but straight to the fielder at sweeper cover

Dasun Shanaka [2.0-0-4-1] is back into the attack

10.6

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, 1 run, another googly, driven wide of Dananjaya, who was diving

10.5

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, no run, Dananjaya and Dickwella have a chat and they reckon that it was bat before pad. Simultaneous actually. The googly, lands perfectly, Manish Pandey certainly didn't pick it, thrusted his bat in front, the pad was close by as well. Very difficult to give that out on first viewing. On replays it is inconclusive as well. Fair call in the end. Even had they gone for a review, the third umpire would well have gone with the batsman there. But impact was certainly in-line and the height wasn't a factor too. Just that the bat and pad were in very close proximity on contact of the ball

10.4

Dananjaya to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, again played off the pitch, dabbed to backward point, Manish Pandey was quick to back up and a risky single turns out to be an easy one in the end

10.3

Dananjaya to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, half-tracker on the stumps, pulled to deep mid, where Kusal thinks it is one and takes it easy. Instead the batsmen spot the lethargy and come back for the second. Third ump makes the call

10.2

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, 1 run, plays it off the pitch. The leggie which is flatter, turned off the back foot wide of mid-wicket

10.1

Dananjaya to Manish Pandey, no run, beautiful offie, lands on a good length, draws Manish Pandey forward who defends to cover

Akila Dananjaya [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

9.6

Perera to Manish Pandey, 1 run, short of length and angling back in, again cramps Manish Pandey for room, one hand came off the bat handle, but he slices it to third man

9.5

Perera to Manish Pandey, no run, back of a length and cramping Manish Pandey up for room, bunted back to Perera

9.4

Perera to Manish Pandey, no run, short of length on off, defended back to Perera

9.3

Perera to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, fullish on off, opens the face of the bat and deflects it wide of backward point for a run

9.2

Perera to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, when it hit the bat, I thought it was four straight down the ground, but a miscue. Length ball on the stumps, lifted back over the bowler's head. Came off the toe of the bat. They will take two

9.1

Perera to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, good job by Akila at third man. Was run off the bat face and fine as well, was running away to the fence, but Akila got across and then dived. Gets appreciation from his mates

Thisara Perera [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack

8.6

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, short of length outside off, run down to third man with an open face

Only five scoring shots out of 19 balls for Iyer

8.5

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, no run, the pressure is getting to the youngster. Attempts an almighty heave to leg and gets a thick inside edge that misses leg stump not by much. Three dots in a row

8.4

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, no run, angled in on a good length, turned to mid-wicket

8.3

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, no run, poor again from Shreyas Iyer. Second time in two overs against Shanaka that he has tried to attempt this and is beaten. Very low percentage shot, full outside off, beaten on the run down to third man

8.2

Shanaka to Manish Pandey, 1 run, back of a length outside off, dabbed down to third man

8.1

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, leg byes, 1 run, cuts in from a short of length, Shreyas Iyer gets inside the line to tuck, misses. Too high for an lbw, off the thigh pad and runs behind square

7.6

Pradeep to Manish Pandey, no run, first time ever I have seen Manish Pandey get such a long stride in. It is true. No exaggeration in that statement. Full outside off, neatly pressed to cover. Head right over the ball and defended under his eyes. Nice

7.5

Pradeep to Manish Pandey, leg byes, FOUR, Dickwella is the most relieved man on the ground. Good delivery from Pradeep, cut Manish Pandey in half, who has minimal footwork at the best of times. Hangs on the back foot, misses the inside edge and flicks the pad en route to Dickwella who allows it to burst through. Was looking at the umpire wondering what the call might be. It is off the pad!

7.4

Pradeep to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Shreyas Iyer opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man

7.3

Pradeep to Manish Pandey, 1 run, back of a length around off, calmly knocked down to long-on

A slip in now. Sri Lanka sense an opening here.

7.2

Pradeep to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, full and angling in, on the pads, flicked to fine leg

7.1

Pradeep to Manish Pandey, 1 run, back of a length on the hips, Manish Pandey hops a little to tuck to deep square leg, is off the mark first ball

Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.6

Shanaka to Rohit, out Caught by Kusal Perera!! The pull does him in. Good catch by Kusal at deep mid. Tried to ride the bounce and keep it down by rolling his wrists, but one hand came off the bat handle as he attempted the shot and he couldn't keep it down. A tumbling take and all of a sudden the Wankhede has been silenced. They wanted more of Rohit. Rohit c Kusal Perera b Shanaka 27(20) [4s-4 6s-1]

Shanaka to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.5

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, drags it down, Shreyas Iyer times the pull, but finds deep square leg

6.4

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, turned to mid-wicket

6.3

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, no run, a cutting length delivery and Shreyas Iyer did well to get his bat down, as it threatened to knock the stumps down. Finds mid-wicket

6.2

Shanaka to Shreyas Iyer, no run, very poor. Choice of stroke. Tries to run a harmless length ball outside off and nearly feathers one to Dickwella

6.1

Shanaka to Rohit, 1 run, extra bounce from a short of length and angling in, a bit of glove on the nudge and it runs behind square for a single

Dasun Shanaka, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

5.6

Pradeep to Shreyas Iyer, no run, good shot for no run. Flicks an incoming delivery from the stumps to mid-wicket. Can't beat the fielder though

After a good opening burst from Sri Lanka, India seem to have settled down and the target anyway is a paltry one. The visitors need wickets and quickly.

5.5

Pradeep to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, Shreyas Iyer gets forward and drives on the rise, beats short cover but the other fielder from cover tracks back to keep it to a couple

5.4

Pradeep to Rohit, 1 run, fullish outside off, Rohit stays besides the line of the ball and dabs it down to third man

5.3

Pradeep to Rohit, FOUR, what timing and placement from Rohit. This is a good length delivery angling in on off and middle, he has just closed the bat face and seemed to have turned it around the corner for one, gee look at the ball race though, beats fine leg to his left. Pure timing!

5.2

Pradeep to Rohit, FOUR, the front foot pull from Rohit. Didn't get all of it, but did well to clear mid-wicket and from then on, it's a boundary all the way. Was hurried by the pacy back of a length delivery but still trusted his instincts to pull

5.1

Pradeep to Rohit, no run, fullish outside off, Rohit defends from the crease to cover

Nuwan Pradeep, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

4.6

Perera to Shreyas Iyer, no run, optimistic appeal for lbw from the keeper. Thisara Perera didn't even bother to go up. That was surely missing leg. A back of a length delivery that kept coming in and Iyer is beaten as he is late to close the bat-face. Good comeback after conceding a boundary off the first ball

4.5

Perera to Shreyas Iyer, no run, once again, Shreyas Iyer is sent back by his skipper. Iyer gets an inside edge onto his pad trying to knock an in-angler on the off-side. The ball rolls towards cover and the fielder was quick to get to the ball

4.4

Perera to Shreyas Iyer, no run, taps a length ball towards the point region with soft hands and looks for a sharp single. Wisely decided against it

4.3

Perera to Rohit, 1 run, a shuffle across from Rohit to tuck this shortish ball behind square leg

4.2

Perera to Rohit, no run, good comeback! Decks in from a short of length and cuts Rohit into two. The batsman had no clue about it. Gets beaten on the inside edge by a long way and the ball goes well over the stumps

4.1

Perera to Rohit, FOUR, Thisara Perera is welcomed with a boundary! Short and wide outside off asking to be punished. Rohit waits for the ball on the back foot and scythes it through point. Backward point did put in a dive, but the ball bulleted away

Thisara Perera, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

3.6

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, no run, swing and miss! The batsmen are finding it hard with the extra bounce. There was width outside off and that's why Shreyas Iyer flashed his bat it. Goes over the horizontal blade and settles into the mitts of Dickwella

3.5

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, no run, Chameera shortens his length and angles it on the stumps, Shreyas Iyer jabs it towards mid-wicket

3.4

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, no run, shaping away outside off, Shreyas Iyer has nothing to do with that

3.3

Chameera to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, what a lovely shot to get off the mark. Full and angling in on middle and leg, Shreyas Iyer leans across and glances it exquisitely through square leg. Races away into the fence

Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.2

Chameera to Rahul, out Lbw!! Rahul is given out LBW by umpire Anil Chaudhary. And, Rahul reviews straightaway. Fair delivery. Clearly no bat. The impact is just above the knee-roll. Sliding down? Going over? Neither. Clipping the top of leg. India won't lose their review, but Rahul has to walk back. This is the start Sri Lanka needed. Dushmantha Chameera hasn't put a foot wrong so far. Much deserved wicket for him. A pacy short of length delivery that kept coming in with the angle, Rahul walks across to play across the line and misses. Beats the inside edge and is trapped on the front leg in front of middle and leg. Rahul lbw b Chameera 4(9)

Chameera to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

India review!

3.1

Chameera to Rahul, no run, cuts in from a back of a length at 139kph, Rahul after the mini-shuffle, gets behind the line of the ball and pats it to short cover

2.6

Dananjaya to Rahul, 1 run, and again, Rahul plays the push-drive all along the ground. A single down to long-on. 13 came off that over

2.5

Dananjaya to Rohit, 1 run, dips in on the batter, dinked to long-on

2.4

Dananjaya to Rohit, SIX, Rohit goes downtown and makes excellent contact. Spots the offie and comes down the track swiftly. Gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over long-off

2.3

Dananjaya to Rohit, no run, leggie on middle and leg, dropped into the 22-yard strip

2.2

Dananjaya to Rohit, FOUR, couple of bounces and into the fence. Rohit had premeditated the shot. Didn't matter which way it spun. Kneels down on one knee and slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket. There's a huge gap there and there's none to stop that

2.1

Dananjaya to Rahul, 1 run, Rahul walks forward and across to get close to the pitch of the ball and then wrists it through mid-wicket

Both the opening bowlers have been on the money.

1.6

Chameera to Rohit, no run, stays back in the crease does Rohit and punches a short of length delivery. Can't beat the man at short cover

1.5

Chameera to Rohit, no run, 137kph back of a length shaping away from the right-hander, Rohit flashes his bat hard, but can't put bat on ball. Gets beaten due to extra bounce

A slip in place

1.4

Chameera to Rahul, 1 run, decks in from a short of length, Rahul allows the ball to come to him, opens the bat-face and guides it down to third man

1.3

Chameera to Rahul, no run, a wild swing of the bat and Rahul connects with thin air. Another outswinger well outside off, Rahul throws his bat at it in an attempt to to go over the off-side and misses

1.2

Chameera to Rahul, no run, angles in a short of length delivery, closer to the sticks, Rahul stays in his crease to block

1.1

Chameera to Rahul, no run, beautiful first ball from Dushmantha Chameera. Fullish ball that swings away outside off, Rahul with limited feet movement wants to go and have a feel at it. Sticks his bat out and the ball whizzes past the outside edge

Dushmantha Chameera, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

0.6

Dananjaya to Rohit, no run, in the air and safe! Rohit wants to slog out of trouble and toe-ends the lofted drive after stepping out of his crease. Dananjaya jumps in his followthrough, but the ball went over his palms. On the bounce to mid-off. Good first over from Akila Dananjaya

0.5

Dananjaya to Rahul, 1 run, shortened length, Rahul punches it to long-on

0.4

Dananjaya to Rohit, 1 run, straight ball and Rohit dinks it towards mid-wicket to get off the mark

0.3

Dananjaya to Rohit, no run, ah! How did that miss the stumps? Rohit is still there - thanks to the extra bounce here at his home ground. It was the googly from Dananjaya and Rohit didn't pick it. Comes forward to play thinking it's a leggie. Gets beaten on the inside edge comfortably and the ball goes over the sticks

0.2

Dananjaya to Rohit, no run, another ball with lots of revs. doesn't spin much and Rohit defends

0.1

Dananjaya to Rohit, no run, Dananjaya flights it up and Rohit gently taps it on the on-side

0.1

Dananjaya to Rohit, wide, not a good start! An off-break spinning down the leg-side. Wided

Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Dananjaya will open the attack

Welcome back for the chase. 135 is the lowest score at the Wankhede in a T20I. The Indian batsmen are in red-hot form and dew will play its role as well. What can Sri Lanka come up with? We'll find out. Spin to start proceedings. A slip in place. Let the action begin.

Jaydev Unadkat: Really happy with my performance. We started off well, we bowled a lot in the IPL (himself and Washington Sundar) in the Powerplay. There was pace and bounce in the pitch and it really helped me. The kind of wickets (in Rajkot) we have there, you can really bank on your skills because it'll only be you out there, you don't get any help from the wicket. It's all going in the right track and I'd just like to pick up from here and go places. I would like to thank the management and skipper for the opportunity.

In the last over of the innings, the crowd started cheering for some runs as they actually wanted to see a contest tonight. But I'm afraid this is a very poor score on a wicket which is very flat. Expect India to mop this up in no time unless there is a monumental miracle happening which no-one can foresee. Back in a jiffy for the chase...

That 18-run last over has given Sri Lanka 135. Abject batting performance from them. There was no plan or ploy to counter the extra bounce on the pitch or to have a look at the debutant Washington Sundar who started off the innings. As a result, Sri Lanka were three down in no time. Then there was a stand, but again wickets fell in a heap. Just too many miscues and soft dismissals. India just stuck to their strengths and didn't try anything fancy. Helped by Sri Lanka's generosity. Only Siraj was predictable and was taken for runs. The pick of the bowlers today has to be Pandya and Unadkat. While Sundar too impressed with his calm head on debut.

19.6

Siraj to Shanaka, 2 runs, 18 off the final over. Again rushes down, drills the full ball wide of long-off and they take two. Siraj has been the man who has suffered the most with the ball for India tonight

19.5

Siraj to Shanaka, SIX, that is the biggest hit of the day. Has come off the penultimate ball of the innings. Really nailed that. Came charging down and gave it his all on the loft. Into the second or third tier at long-on. The facial reaction when Shanaka hit that, suggested that he put all his muscle into the hit and it sailed a long way. The crowd are actually cheering for some runs now

19.4

Siraj to Dananjaya, 1 run, banged in hard into the pitch, following the backing away Dananjaya who mistimes the pull to long-on

Rohit and Siraj have a chat about field placings. Fine leg in.

19.3

Siraj to Dananjaya, FOUR, now mows one straight down the ground, predictable from Siraj. Dananjaya may have known that Siraj will bowl the slower delivery after the pacy short one last ball. Waited and then slammed it over the umpire's head

19.2

Siraj to Dananjaya, FOUR, Dananjaya and Sri Lanka will take that. Short and at Dananjaya's shoulder, a top edge on the pull and lobs MS. Races away. Siraj and Rohit are disappointed

19.1

Siraj to Shanaka, 1 run, full and outside off, slugged down to long-on. Pandya from long-on keeps it to a single. Was a cutter from Siraj

Mohammed Siraj [3.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack

18.6

Unadkat to Shanaka, 1 run, another off-pace delivery, this time on the stumps, Shanaka stays back and gets a single with a slap to long-off

18.5

Unadkat to Shanaka, no run, beaten neck and crop. Charges Unadkat, who has taken the pace off, doesn't connect with a slog to leg. The ball bounces through to MS

18.4

Unadkat to Shanaka, 2 runs, the lofted swipe across the line, goes straight up in the air and clears MS. Lands in a vacant spot and they come back for two

18.3

Unadkat to Dananjaya, 1 run, yes there it is. Dabbed in front of point and they charge across for a single

The slower delivery coming up?

18.2

Unadkat to Dananjaya, no run, needs to put bat on ball. Give the strike back to Shanaka. Wants to go over extra-cover to a length delivery outside off, misses

18.1

Unadkat to Dananjaya, no run, went for the seam-up delivery, full and a hint of movement in, clipped to mid-wicket

17.6

Hardik Pandya to Dananjaya, 1 run, full on the stumps, clipped to mid-on. Quick run taken

17.5

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, 1 run, shortish outside off, Shanaka leaps a bit to cut to third man

17.4

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, no run, Hardik Pandya is oozing with confidence and aggro. Beats Shanaka with a 144kph delivery and then stares down the batsman. Shanaka replies with a smile. Nice to see

Akila Dananjaya, left handed bat, comes to the crease

17.3

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, out Caught by Kuldeep Yadav!! The ploy to bowl short at Gunaratne has worked. Another miscue. Hurried by the length ball, off the splice on the pull and Kuldeep from mid-wicket runs across to take a good catch. With Gunaratne goes Sri Lanka's last hope of posting something defendable. Gunaratne c Kuldeep Yadav b Hardik Pandya 36(37) [4s-3]

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.2

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, no run, wild slog. Cuts away from a short of length after landing on the seam, Gunaratne wanted to mow over mid-wicket, missed

17.1

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, 1 run, pacy back of a length delivery on the stumps, Shanaka inside-edges the pull onto thigh and it runs down to cover. Easy single

16.6

Unadkat to Gunaratne, no run, too cheeky for his own good. Gunaratne knelt down looking to play the scoop, may have gone down too early, Unadkat bowled it full and outside off, then Gunaratne tried to reverse lap it and missed

16.5

Unadkat to Shanaka, 1 run, a glancing pull onto helmet and runs down to third man. Unadkat wants to check with the umpire if it was runs and it is. Beat Shanaka by bowling it slow, and the batsman was early into the swipe

16.4

Unadkat to Shanaka, no run, well bowled. Another slower delivery, cut away after landing on a good length, Shanaka misses the dab to third man

Fine leg inside

16.3

Unadkat to Shanaka, 2 runs, slightly short outside off, cut to sweeper cover, DK covers good ground, but can't prevent the second

16.2

Unadkat to Shanaka, no run, slower delivery outside off, dabbed to backward point, Gunaratne sends Shanaka back

16.1

Unadkat to Gunaratne, 1 run, off-pace short delivery angled in from round the wicket, Gunaratne mistimes the pull to deep square leg

Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-7-2] is back into the attack

15.6

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, SIX, he has connected finally. Was full and outside off, Shanaka didn't hold back. Went full-throttle and slammed a flat six over extra-cover. Shanaka and Sri Lanka need more of these

15.5

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, no run, that's more like it. Fullish on off, Shanaka gets forward to defend to cover

15.5

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, wide, he has this tendency to get carried away. Will bowl the short ball just for the sake of it. Very high and MS has to leap to collect it

15.4

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, no run, that moved away, from a fuller length, seam for Hardik Pandya, Shanaka pokes with leaden feet and is lucky not to get an edge

15.3

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, 1 run, angled in, on a length, Gunaratne clips it to fine leg, Siraj fires in a wayward throw over MS, but there's backing up, so no harm done

15.2

Hardik Pandya to Shanaka, 1 run, full outside off, Shanaka opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man

15.1

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, 1 run, fullish around off, Gunaratne closes the face of the bat and finds fine leg

Hardik Pandya [2.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack

14.6

Siraj to Gunaratne, 1 run, short of length on the hips, Gunaratne gets inside the line and helps it to fine leg

14.5

Siraj to Shanaka, 1 run, off-pace? Could be, turned away from the hips to fine leg

14.4

Siraj to Shanaka, no run, full and seaming in, good delivery, Shanaka is caught on the crease in trying to defend. Misses the outside edge by a whisker. Bowled at good pace and the seam was upright as well

14.3

Siraj to Gunaratne, 1 run, DK from backward point, hurled that at the stumps and nearly hit Shanaka. Dabbed to his left and he covered good ground, but Shanaka was in. They don't run for the ricochet

14.3

Siraj to Gunaratne, wide, getting carried away with the pace and bounce, but the short ball goes down leg

14.2

Siraj to Shanaka, 1 run, fullish around off, Shanaka brings the bat down and runs it wide of point

14.1

Siraj to Shanaka, no run, back of a length and pacy outside off, hurried on the pull, mistimes it to mid-wicket

13.6

Kuldeep Yadav to Shanaka, 1 run, rocks back and flat-bats the pull to a shortish delivery, drags it from outside off and finds long-on

13.5

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, leg byes, 1 run, Anil Chaudhary doesn't give it out. Kuldeep Yadav is pleading with Rohit asking him to go upstairs. MS talks to the captain and Rohit takes it just in the nick of time. Has a big smile on his face after MS suggested there was no harm in going for it. No bat. Was the impact in-line? That's the big question. Hitting is umpire's call - so not out! Gunaratne will survive! Gunaratne played down the wrong line, spun past the inside edge and is saved by the onfield call which went in his favor. Just trimming the bails!

Anil Chaudhary doesn't give it out. Kuldeep Yadav is pleading with Rohit asking him to go upstairs. MS talks to the captain and Rohit takes it just in the nick of time. No bat. Was the impact in-line? That's the big question. Hitting is umpire's call - so not out! Gunaratne will survive!

13.4

Kuldeep Yadav to Shanaka, 1 run, too full on the stumps, driven wide of Kuldeep Yadav

13.3

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run, flighted chinaman on the stumps, turned to deep square leg

13.2

Kuldeep Yadav to Shanaka, 1 run, too full on the stumps, eased off the front foot to long-on

A slip in

13.1

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run, picks the wrong'un, taps it to the left of MS, easy run

Dasun Shanaka, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.6

Siraj to Perera, out Caught by Rohit!! Siraj takes a wicket. And he is relieved more than anything else. Picks up the captain with a slower delivery on the pads, clipped straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. So soft. Sri Lanka gifting India wickets. Another one down. Perera c Rohit b Siraj 11(6) [4s-2]

Siraj to Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

12.5

Siraj to Perera, 2 runs, Perera is struggling to make it for the second. Good work from Iyer, flat throw back to MS, who tried deflecting it onto the stumps, would've been touch and go had that hit, Perera was hurried on the short ball and got the pull in between long leg and deep square. Almost a run-out, due to Perera taking it easy

12.4

Siraj to Perera, FOUR, almost took Gunaratne's head off. Gunaratne was ducking for cover. And did well to avoid the fierce scorcher of a drive. Too full from Siraj and pummelled by Perera

12.3

Siraj to Perera, no run, mixes it up. Slower ball, turned to mid-wicket

12.2

Siraj to Perera, FOUR, that is a supreme shot. Pacy back of a length delivery on off, Perera used his own room and cut that hard through point. Beats Unadkat at sweeper with ease. He just had a few paces to cover, but the ball whistled off the bat

12.1

Siraj to Gunaratne, 1 run, full on off, clipped to deep mid

Mohammed Siraj [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

11.6

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run, picked the wrong'un, went back and cut it to the man in the deep to keep strike

11.5

Kuldeep Yadav to Perera, 1 run, fired into the pads, flicked to deep mid to get off the mark

Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease

11.4

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunathilaka, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! That isn't an easy catch let me tell you. Was coming at his head at pace, but Pandya is a super fielder. Makes no mistake. A full-blooded sweep, hit flat and with force, travelling too and Pandya takes an overhead catch. Kuldeep Yadav applauds that effort from Pandya at deep mid. Gunathilaka c Hardik Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 3(8)

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunathilaka, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

11.3

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunathilaka, no run, fullish and turns away from that length, Gunathilaka cuts and misses

11.2

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunathilaka, no run, beautiful flight on that, tempting Gunathilaka to go big, a gentle turn of the wrists produces a soft leading edge that dribbles away to cover

11.1

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run, dragged down, mistimed pull to deep square leg, straight to the fielder

10.6

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, 1 run, sensible batting. Washington Sundar ends with figures of 1-22 on debut. Will take that any day on a pitch like this. Gunaratne flicks this to deep mid to keep strike

10.5

Washington Sundar to Gunathilaka, 1 run, sliding down, tickled down to fine leg

10.4

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, 1 run, flat and punched to long-on

10.3

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, no run, quick. Everything quick about that. The delivery and MS' reactions. Splendid. Gunaratne did well not to lift his back leg

10.2

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, no run, bends down looking to do something, in the end punches it with a straight bat to mid-wicket

10.1

Washington Sundar to Gunathilaka, 1 run, full-toss outside off, driven straight to the fielder at long-off

Washington Sundar [3.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack

9.6

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 2 runs, too full and swept from outside off to deep square leg, placed wide of Iyer and two more

9.5

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, no run, turns it in front of Kuldeep Yadav, wants a quick single, but the bowler has anticipated that and charged across, so sent back

9.4

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, FOUR, there comes the switch-hit! Turns into a leftie and then lofts this over backward point for a right-hander. Knew the field and exploited it beautifully

9.3

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 2 runs, just a tap and two through mid-wicket. Superbly placed and easily done in the end

9.2

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunathilaka, 1 run, a high full-toss, swung off a thick inside edge to deep backward square leg. His eyes lit up and he went for power rather than placement

Rohit is in at slip now.

9.1

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run, too full outside off, Gunaratne wrists that through mid-wicket

8.6

Hardik Pandya to Gunathilaka, no run, back of a length outside off, Gunathilaka stands tall to punch well, but finds backward point

A slip in now.

8.5

Hardik Pandya to Gunathilaka, no run, full and angled across Gunathilaka, who drives and misses. Was a loose shot

8.4

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, 1 run, good length on off, Gunaratne closes the face of the bat and deflects it to long leg

Danushka Gunathilaka, left handed bat, comes to the crease

8.3

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, out Caught by Karthik!! This is good bowling. Follows the charging Samarawickrama, cramps him up, yet Samarawickrama goes through with the lofted hit, completely mistimed it and DK tracking back from mid-off takes a dolly. Just when a stand was building, Sri Lanka contrive to lose another. Samarawickrama c Karthik b Hardik Pandya 21(17) [4s-3]

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

8.3

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, wide, too high and the short ball is called a wide

8.2

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, 1 run, off-pace short delivery angling down leg, helped along to long leg

8.1

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, 1 run, short of length on the stumps, Samarawickrama makes room and cuts to third man

7.6

Kuldeep Yadav to Samarawickrama, 1 run, got too close to the pitch on that and that's why on advancing he could only inside-edge the flick onto his boot. Rolls away into the off-side and they take a single

7.5

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run, kneels down and sweeps the chinaman to deep backward square leg

7.4

Kuldeep Yadav to Samarawickrama, 1 run, short and spinning away, slapped to sweeper cover

7.3

Kuldeep Yadav to Samarawickrama, FOUR, tremendous blow. Comes down and then swings across the line, flies over the head of mid-wicket. No time to react at all. Didn't even get his hands up in time to try and catch that

7.2

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run, second time it has deflected off MS' glove and gone into no-man's land. Backs away to cut and the edge hits MS' thumb and lobs to the vacant slip. Can't and should not go down as a drop

7.1

Kuldeep Yadav to Gunaratne, no run, Kuldeep Yadav appeals for a caught behind while MS just flicks the bails off, nonchalantly and then doesn't appeal. Which suggests Gunaratne wasn't out of his crease. Doesn't pick the wrong'un, on the forward defence, is beaten neck and crop

Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

6.6

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, no run, full outside off, Samarawickrama drives and misses. Shadow-practices the cover drive afterwards

6.5

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, 2 runs, had he missed that, he was dead. Full on middle, thick inside edge on the heave, they run aggressively and come back for two before the ball is thrown back to MS

6.4

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, no run, makes room to go through the off-side, but Hardik Pandya follows Samarawickrama, who pushes it to mid-off

6.3

Hardik Pandya to Samarawickrama, FOUR, Samarawickrama is all smiles while MS appreciates Hardik Pandya's effort short ball. Even though it has raced off the badge on the helmet. Was there glove onto helmet? Given as runs. One hand came off the bat handle as Samarawickrama was rushed into the shot. Flies wide of MS

6.2

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, 1 run, full on middle, clipped to deep mid-wicket. They are happy with just a single

6.1

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, no run, fullish on off, Gunaratne gently wrists it to short mid

6.1

Hardik Pandya to Gunaratne, wide, down leg. Short. Wide

Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

5.6

Siraj to Samarawickrama, no run, missed out there. Was the off-pace slower delivery outside off, Samarawickrama cuts and misses. Bounces in front of MS

5.5

Siraj to Samarawickrama, FOUR, beautiful cover drive. Rohit's chase from mid-off is a futile one. That is the shot of the innings so far. Full outside off, leant into the drive did Samarawickrama and it raced away off the middle of the bat

Washington Sundar is the 51st player to open the bowling on debut in a T20I game.

5.4

Siraj to Samarawickrama, no run, comes down the track and shuffles across, tries to whip that from there, misses. The impact was well outside off and Siraj's appeal died down pretty quickly

5.3

Siraj to Gunaratne, 1 run, slower delivery around off, Gunaratne clips that to deep square leg

5.3

Siraj to Gunaratne, wide, bangs it in short, Gunaratne tries to scoop over the keeper's head. Makes no contact. That was pacy but over the batsman's head - so called a wide

5.2

Siraj to Gunaratne, FOUR, Gunaratne is trying to counter-attack and this is a good shot. Races down and then flat-bats the slap through cover. Wide of a host of fielders

5.1

Siraj to Samarawickrama, 1 run, superb flying half-stop by Pandey at backward point. Rohit appreciates that effort. Punched to his left and he flew. Saved three

Mohammed Siraj, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

4.6

Washington Sundar to Samarawickrama, 1 run, Samarawickrama gets lucky once again. Can't really call that a chance. Very hard. A thick edge on the cut, deflected off MS' gloves and looped over DK at slip. These ones have to stick or lob to the fielder's hand. No chance when it falls in no-man's land

4.5

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, 1 run, again slower, Gunaratne knocks it towards mid-wicket, takes the single

4.4

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, no run, that's dangerous. Very. Shuffles across and takes it from middle, does well to get bat on the sweep, but finds short fine

4.3

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, no run, slower and held back a bit, pushed back down the track

4.2

Washington Sundar to Gunaratne, FOUR, dragged down and Gunaratne picks it early, stays on the front foot and thumps the pull through square leg. Wide of deep mid and raced away

4.1

Washington Sundar to Samarawickrama, 1 run, slower and tucked through mid-wicket, there's only a single

If Sri Lanka don't apply themselves, this could get over very quickly!

3.6

Unadkat to Gunaratne, no run, ooh! Another inside edge and now bounces wide of off. These Lankans are living dangerously. Fuller than a good length on off, Gunaratne slightly late on the forward block. Gets lucky

3.5

Unadkat to Samarawickrama, 1 run, so nearly another. Looks to defend the short of length delivery on off, it runs off a thick inside edge and just misses leg-stump. They sneak in a single

3.4

Unadkat to Samarawickrama, no run, hurries onto Samarawickrama, the pacy back of a length delivery on the stumps, Samarawickrama mistimes the pull to square leg

Asela Gunaratne, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.3

Unadkat to Tharanga, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! Look at those faces in the Sri Lankan camp. All sorts of reactions. Everything is going to hand. Pandya makes no mistake at deep mid-wicket. Was the slower delivery again, Tharanga's bat face turned and he could just hoick the lofted hit straight down the fielder's throat. Clever change of pace, but very poor batting. From such an experienced campaigner as well. Tharanga c Hardik Pandya b Unadkat 11(11) [4s-2]

Unadkat to Tharanga, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.2

Unadkat to Tharanga, FOUR, well played and four. Opens the bat face and uses the pace to run it down wide of slip. Too pacy and Kuldeep at third man can't stop it. He doesn't dive as well. Even if he did, wouldn't have mattered

3.1

Unadkat to Tharanga, no run, full outside off, Tharanga goes for a lavish drive and misses

Sadeera Samarawickrama, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.6

Washington Sundar to Kusal Perera, out Caught&Bowled!! This he will remember for the rest of his life. A debut T20I wicket. A very soft dismissal. Just chipped straight back to the bowler. Washington Sundar doesn't drop that. Kusal Perera who played so well at Indore, has been dismissed. Did that hold up on him a bit? Should've gone through with the drive. Kusal Perera c and b Washington Sundar 4(4) [4s-1]

Washington Sundar to Kusal Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

2.5

Washington Sundar to Kusal Perera, FOUR, Hardik Pandya has let himself down and the team there. Over-ran the ball and it spun away from him to run away to the fence. Was a short-arm jab loft, was just a single and looked like Pandya had it covered, but didn't account for the spin. One becomes four!

2.4

Washington Sundar to Kusal Perera, no run, flat and on the stumps, Kusal Perera makes room to drive and mistimes it back to Washington Sundar

2.3

Washington Sundar to Kusal Perera, no run, fired in, drilled back to the bowler

2.2

Washington Sundar to Tharanga, 1 run, well fielded by Unadkat at short third man, Tharanga used the pace on that Washington Sundar delivery to glide it with an open face, was running away, but the slide from Unadkat kept it to a single

2.1

Washington Sundar to Tharanga, no run, quick and on the stumps, forward and blocked

1.6

Unadkat to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Tharanga hangs back and dabs it down to third man

Kusal Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease

1.5

Unadkat to Dickwella, out Caught by Siraj!! Inevitable. Unadkat has been outstanding in this series and picks up Dickwella. Length ball on the stumps, pacy and hurried onto Dickwella's pick-up shot, who lobs it to mid-on where Siraj takes an easy catch. Unadkat blows a kiss to send Dickwella off. Dickwella c Siraj b Unadkat 1(6)

Unadkat to Dickwella, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.4

Unadkat to Dickwella, no run, good bowling. Takes the pace off and Dickwella is through with his defence before the ball came. Bunts it back to Unadkat

1.3

Unadkat to Dickwella, no run, poor batting. Missed it by miles. Banged in short of a length, tries to go through the off-side and the ball flies over the edge

1.3

Unadkat to Dickwella, wide, well outside off, Dickwella throws his bat at that and misses. Instinctively DK at first slip tried to catch that, MS does so before him and then shares a smile with him. That shaped away

1.2

Unadkat to Tharanga, leg byes, 1 run, sliding into the pads, Tharanga fails to tuck that away, runs off the pads and it's a leg-bye

1.1

Unadkat to Tharanga, no run, slight shape on this good length delivery around off, Tharanga defends from the crease and with an open bat to point

Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6

Washington Sundar to Dickwella, no run, quick and into off, Dickwella pushes to the left of Washington Sundar who runs across to field. That's a good opening over from Sundar

0.5

Washington Sundar to Tharanga, 1 run, fired into the pads, flicked to deep square leg

Mid-off back now

0.4

Washington Sundar to Tharanga, FOUR, beautiful inside-out hit. Too full and Tharanga makes room slightly and lofts over mid-off. Clean strike and that's the first boundary of the match

0.3

Washington Sundar to Tharanga, no run, well bowled. That has hit the sticker on Tharanga's forward block. Was in the air, but dropped dead well before Washington Sundar. May have held up on the pitch a bit

0.2

Washington Sundar to Dickwella, 1 run, sloppy and nervy from Washington Sundar. Didn't bend down fully and allowed a mistimed shot to go past his left-hand. Allows the single

A slip in for Washington Sundar

0.1

Washington Sundar to Dickwella, no run, flat on the stumps, angling in from round the wicket, tapped to short mid-wicket, Dickwella wants a run. There's nothing there, has to go back and does

Dickwella and Tharanga are at the crease. Dickwella is on strike. Washington Sundar will open the attack

The players are out for the national anthems. First up is "Namo namo matha" from Sri Lanka. A beautiful melody if ever there was one. Then it is "Jana gana mana" from India. Equally melodious. The Wankhede isn't full as the festive spirit stands out. After the anthems are done, the Lankan openers walk out. Guess what! Washington Sundar - the debutant - will start off. How many have done that on their debut? Something for our stats whiz - Deepu to delve into and inform us. All set to play. Here we go...

Youngest T20I debutants for India:
18y 080d Washington Sundar
19y 120d Rishabh Pant
19y 152d Ishant Sharma
20y 004d Suresh Raina

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Sri Lanka lost the toss but couldn't have hoped for a better outcome, surely. Meanwhile, Akash informs that Bumrah - who's been rested for this one - has been practising with a red ball for over 30 minutes now. Already looking forward to South Africa. As for how much is enough at the Wankhede, nothing is enough. I mean that wholeheartedly. Targets have been chased down for fun over here, so unless the pitch is unusual or sluggish, Sri Lanka better get 200 at least.

Teams:

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Asela Gunaratne, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera(c), Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj

Perera: Toss doesn't matter, have to stick to our plans. Already told my teammates to give 100% and keep their confidence up. Hope the boys can do something special tonight. Kusal and Tharanga are really big hitters. We have good options with these two. Two changes. Gunathilaka and Shanaka in for de Silva and Mathews.

Rohit: We are looking to field. Don't think it will change a lot. Just wanted to change it a bit, we've been batting first. This time of year, any ground in India, there will be dew factor. We just have to play the game we've been playing. We've played enough cricket to understand what to do when conditions change. Things have been wonderful, god has been kind. Making the team win is the most important thing for me. Not just one individual, as a team we have played good cricket. Been a great home season for us. Want to come out here and have good fun. Will be a great crowd, Mumbai is known for that. Want to come out and put a smile on their faces. Two changes. Washington Sundar will make his debut and Siraj comes in. Chahal and Bumrah miss out.

India have won the toss and have opted to field

Pitch report: "Flat road, no bumps. Will be another run-fest. Little bit of grass covering, will help the ball to come onto the bat more. Some brown patches which could help the spinners. 198 is the average score here at the Wankhede," is what Sunil Gavaskar and Russell Arnold have to say about this pitch.

18.20 local: Sri Lanka will be without Angelo Mathews who injured his hamstring in the previous game. That previous game. Let me elaborate a little bit more why I'm so down on Sri Lanka right now. Yes, Kusal Perera impressed with the bat and gave the chase a genuine shot. But as soon as he got out, their batting just collapsed. They just dropped dead right there. Their bowling, when faced with tracks without green grass which does photosynthesis, has offered absolutely nothing. Don't know what else to say. Back for the toss in 10 minutes. By the way, it's now confirmed that Washington Sundar is to make his T20I debut. Back in a bit..

India are expected to dole out a few chances to some of their youngsters on the bench. Our correspondent, Akash Sarkar, informs that Washington Sundar may just have been given his T20I cap, although he's not very sure from afar. Won't be surprised if that is indeed the case.

18.00 local: There were 21 sixes hit by India in Indore. Rohit Sharma hit 10 of them. You remember, how in some of those cartoons, a character flies into a wall and just melts down the length of it. If Sri Lanka were that cartoon, not that Rohit treated them any different, they would have exploded after hitting the wall at some point. Just a great big blast. And today, they're probably stranded in the biggest six-hitting ground in all of India. Just the thought of it makes me shudder to the bone. This is Sagar Chawla welcoming you all to the third and final punishment, sorry T20I, here in Mumbai.

Preview by Akash Sarkar

Consider this - you've already played two matches of the three-match T20I series. In the first, you are hammered and register a dubious record - biggest loss in terms of runs in your 100th T20I. In the second, you are batted out of the contest in the first 13 overs of the game itself. Your confidence has sunk to a new low. You've lost one of your key players too, and there's no end to the troubles. How do you still keep yourself motivated?

That's the challenge Sri Lanka face heading into the final T20I in Mumbai. The wrist-spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav - haven't allowed the Sri Lanka batsmen to flourish while Rohit Sharma has single-handedly dented their confidence with a fresh century in Indore.

Sri Lanka though can take heart from India's recent record at the Wankhede. India don't particularly enjoy playing in Mumbai. They conceded their highest ODI total against South Africa in the 2015 ODI before going on to lose the series. They were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 by Windies in the semifinal last year. And recently, New Zealand handed them a loss in October this year. Since 2015, India haven't won a limited-overs game at the venue.

Despite all the odds that India would be faced with at the Wankhede, a Sri Lankan win still looks highly unlikely. Their bowlers haven't threatened to take wickets and with another placid track expected, it's only going to add to their miseries.

India, on the other hand, have got exactly what they were aiming for. Having sealed the series, they now have a golden opportunity to give untested players a chance to prove their mettle. Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar have all impressed in the domestic arena to earn their call-ups, and will be keen to showcase all that they are capable of bringing to the table.

However, it's easier said than done. India can't afford to award chances at the cost of weakening the bowling line-up. And that means, two of the four players are likely to miss out and will have to wait for another opportunity that may, or may not, come in March.

The batting outfit has functioned much like a well-oiled machine. KL Rahul has grabbed his opportunity at the top of the other with back-to-back half centuries. The final game will present the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik to shine in T20I colours before the team is picked for the limited-overs series in South Africa.

Although this is a dead rubber, there's pride at stake for Sri Lanka and something to prove for a few of the India players.

When: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, December 24, 1900 IST

Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

What to expect: A pleasant weather awaits both teams. However, even this match is expected to be affected by dew, and both skippers will look to bowl first.

Team news:

India:

It's crucial the think-tank gives opportunity to at least two players of the four who haven't featured in the series so far. Any more changes look unlikely. They can also look to rest Jasprit Bumrah considering he's been picked in the Test side for the tour of South Africa.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik/Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav/Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah/Basil Thampi.

Sri Lanka:

The visitors will be without the services of Angelo Mathews, who has been ruled out of the final match because of a hamstring injury. In the Indore T20I, they strengthened their batting and will look to continue with the same plan. However, it'll be interesting to see who they bring in. If they do go in with Danushka Gunathilaka, it'll again mean the team will walk in with five openers in the playing XI. Dasun Shanaka is likely to be preferred ahead of the left-hander.

Probable XI: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Danushka Gunathilaka/Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep.

What they said:

"There's a lot of pressure. After the first match, there was a lot of pressure on me. In Dharamsala, we were in a position where the team could have folded for the lowest score possible. After that game, I was thinking a lot about my captaincy and my team. Don't know when I'll lead India again so, for me, every match, every series and every moment on the field is important" - Rohit Sharma wants to enjoy every single moment as the India captain while it lasts.

"Winning and losing are part of the games. We try to learn what we did wrong. As a team we are trying to improve. We have to think of our batting, how to go about things" - Kusal Perera demands a better performance from their batsmen.

Teams:

India (From): Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Basil Thampi

Sri Lanka (From): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera(c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dasun Shanaka, Vishwa Fernando, Sachith Pathirana



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