Despite the defeat in the second T20I against Sri Lanka, the Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan praised the “never-say-die” attitude of his team and praised the young team for winning the game to the very end.
Krunal Pandya tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday and therefore the second T20I has been postponed to Wednesday. Eight immediate contacts with the all-rounder were excluded from the current series. India had to make seven forced changes in their eleven with the available players in the squad, which meant they played six specialized bowlers and one batsman briefly.
To make matters worse, India first hit a sluggish surface that spun and stopped. India only managed 132 but made it seem like a competitive score with tight bowling. Sri Lanka finally sealed the victory in the final.
“The surface had turned and was stopping a bit. Of course, we knew a batsman was too small, and we knew that we had to build up the innings well and that at some point we had to be satisfied. We were 10-15 runs too short.
“But I’m very proud of the guys because we had a very good fight. This never-say attitude is amazing. Hats off to the guys who brought the game to the last game instead of just defending. Honor both the bowlers and the batsmen, ”said Shikhar Dhawan after India’s defeat on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka on the verge of history versus India
With India in crisis and struggling to find balance, Sri Lanka is one win away from claiming its first bilateral win in the T20I series over India.
Since 2009, India and Sri Lanka have played seven T20 series, with India winning six and one ending in a draw. India also had the upper hand in multi-team tournaments. Thanks to Sri Lanka, however, they beat India in the final of the 2014 T20 World Cup in Dhaka to claim their second world title.
The last T20I, which is decisive, will be held on Thursday.