Captain's form is a worry for India

Hope Soto
March 13, 2018

Chasing down 153 runs, India registered their second win of the tournament by beating Sri Lanka here fourth T20I of the Nidahas Trophy on Sunday night.

In response, India is now at 55 runs for the loss of 2 wickets, at the expense of 6 overs.

Resurgent India will be looking to vindicate their bowling mistakes, as they take on hosts Sri Lanka on Monday. Rahul joined a select group of nine other batsmen to get out in this rare fashion in the shortest-format of the game. With Team India already without regular starters including the likes of rested captain Virat Kohli and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni, Sri Lanka will be without their captain Dinesh Chandimal. Catch live scores and updates from India vs Sri Lanka in the 4th T20 of the Nidahas Trophy.

Surprisingly, match officials, despite a long delay, were content to reduce the match by two overs overall (19-overs aside). The reverse sweep, which had fetched him a lot of runs this series, brought his downfall on Monday (March 12) as he played the ball back onto the stumps while attempting the shot against the offspinner.

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While Mushfiqur Rahim will rightfully receive most of the plaudits for Bangladesh's record-breaking chase on Saturday night, his efforts might have been for nought if not for a few savvy dressing room ploys.

Sharma thinks that the surface will get better and better as the game progresses, while Sri Lanka's stand-in-skipper Thisara Perera is happy to bat first. The partnership surpassed the previous best of 71, between Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar, at the same venue when the Tigers toured Sri Lanka a year ago while the best powerplay - 76 - had come against New Zealand in 2013. He and Danushka Gunathilaka combined to open with 56, and Sri Lanka made 70-1 in the six overs of powerplay. Speaking of bowlers, except Pradeep, no one bowled with discipline and threw full tosses and easy deliveries.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj and Rishabh Pant (wk). At No. 5, stand-in skipper Thisara Perera came out with all guns blazing. His scores in the last 10 matches are 55, 90, 47, 24, 72, 18, 34, 109, 76, 51.

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