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* 100 comes up for India in 14.2 overs

14 overs: IND 99/2, need 44 more off 36 balls

13 overs: IND 93/2, need 50 more off 42 balls
Tidy over from Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga, gave away just five singles in it.

12 overs: IND 88/2
Another brilliant over from Wanindu Hasaranga, a wicket and just three singles from it.

11.2 overs: OUT! Hasaranga strikes again, scalps Dhawan (32). IND 86/2
Good review from Sri Lanka. The ball tracker showed that the ball pitched on the line and was hittng the leg stump. Second wicket for Wanindu Hasaranga, Shikhar Dhawan out LBW for 32. Dhawan hit just two fours during his watchful 29-ball knock.

11 overs: IND 85/1
Shikhar Dhawan (32*) ended the Dasun Shanaka over with a four as India scored 8 runs in it.

10 overs: IND 77/1 at the half-way mark, need 66 more off 60 balls
Shikhar Dhawan (26*) and Shreyas Iyer (4*)

9.1 overs: OUT! Hasaranga cleans up in-form Rahul for 45. IND 71/1
MASSIVE WICKET! Wanindu Hasaranga gave the visitors a big breakthrough as he cleaned up dangerous KL Rahul with a googly. Rahul fell after scoring a quick-fire 45 off 32 balls with the help of six fours. Rahul also added a valuable 71 runs for the opening wicket with Shikhar Dhawan.

9 overs: IND 71/0
Shikhar Dhawan (24*) hit his first four of the night off Dasun Shanaka as 8 runs came in it.

8 overs: IND 63/0
Good start from Wanindu Hasaranga, conceded just four singles in it.

7 overs: IND 59/0
Back-to-back tidy overs from the Sri Lankan bowlers. India openers managed to score just 10 runs in the last two overs, after scoring 49 in the first five.

6 overs: IND 54/0
End of Powerplay overs. India on the track in their modest 143-run chase as KL Rahul (38*) and Shikhar Dhawan (14*) keep the scoreboard ticking.

* 50 comes up for India in 5.1 overs

4.3 overs: BOOM! 4, 4 – KL Rahul (35*) hit another back-to-back fours, this time off Lahiru Kumara. IND 48/0

4 overs: IND 39/0
Another big over for India. KL Rahul (27*) hit his fourth four of the night in the over.

3 overs: IND 28/0
12 RUNS!
A good one for the hosts as KL Rahul (18*) hit back-to-back fours off Lasith Malinga in the over. India off to a flier.

2.1 overs: FOUR! KL Rahul (11*) starts the Lasith Malinga over with a gorgeous drive. IND 20/0

1.5 overs: FOUR! First proper boundary of the run chase from the bat of KL Rahul (6*). IND 15/0

1 over: IND 8/0
Five runs off the last ball through overthrow made it a good over for the hosts.

Welcome back! Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul start the India run chase. Lasith Malinga with the ball for Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka set 143-run target for India

20 overs: SL 142/9
0, 0, 0, 4, 4, 4 –
Wanindu Hasaranga (16* off 10) ended the Sri Lankan innings on a positive note, hitting three consecutive fours off Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah returned figures of 1 for 32 in four overs.

19 overs: OUT! Two in two for Thakur, Malinga gone for golden duck. SL 130/9
1, W, 1, 1, W, W – Three wickets in five balls for Shardul Thakur as he finished his spell in style. Thakur is on a hat-trick, but he can achieve it only in the next game. Thakur’s final figures: 4-0-23-3

18.5 overs: OUT! Thakur strikes again, dismisses Udana (1). SL 130/8
Shardul Thakur struck twice in four balls.

18.2 overs: OUT! Thakur gets rid of de Silva (17). SL 128/7
Shardul Thakur picked up his first wicket of the day in his final over. Good start to the all-important penultimate over. Dhananjaya de Silva hit two fours during his 13-ball cameo.

18 overs: SL 127/6
10 runs off Kuldeep Yadav’s final over, including a straight one-bounce four from Dhananjaya de Silva (17*). Kuldeep was expensive today as he returned figures of 2 for 38 in four overs.

17 overs: OUT! Bumrah cleans up Shanaka for 7. SL 117/6
Now comeback man Jasprit Bumrah joined the party, cleaned up Dasun Shanaka with a slower delivery. A tidy over from the ace pacer, a wicket and four singles off it.

15 overs: SL 104/5
Navdeep Saini completed his spell with a successful over — a wicket and two singles off it. Saini’s figures: 4-0-18-2

14.5 overs: OUT! Saini strikes to dismiss Rajapaksa (9). SL 104/5
This time a quick bouncer, 141 km/h, worked for Navdeep Saini. Second wicket for the pacer as Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals.

* 100 comes up for Sri Lanka in 13.4 overs

13.2 overs: OUT! Kuldeep strikes again, Perera gone for 34. SL 97/4
Similar to the previous over by the leg-spinner, Kusal Perera smacked Kuldeep for a maximum off the first delivery but this time the bowler had the last laugh. Shikhar Dhawan took a simple running catch at long-on. Perera scored 34 off 28 balls with the help of three sixes.

13 overs: SL 91/3
Shardul Thakur came back into the attack and bowled a tidy over. Gave away seven runs in it.

11.3 overs: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav dismisses Oshada Fernando (10). SL 82/3
Like his fellow spinner Washington Sundar, Kuldeep struck in his very first over. Oshada was out stumped by Rishabh Pant. Sri Lanka lost another wicket when they look to accelerate.

11.1 overs: SIX! Kusal Parera (24*) welcomes Kuldeep Yadav with a big six over mid-wicket. SL 81/2

11 overs: SL 75/2
Washington Sundar gave away eight runs in his final over of the day, returned figures of 1 for 29 in four overs.

10 overs: SL 67/2
Tidy over from Navdeep Saini, conceded just three singles in it. After reaching 50 in just 6.3 overs, Sri Lanka are 67/2 at the half-way mark.

8.5 overs: SIX! Kusal Perera (15*) uses his long handle to smack first maximum of the innings off Washington Sundar. SL 64/2

7.4 overs: OUT! Navdeep Saini cleans up Danushka Gunathilaka for 20. SL 54/2
A 147.5 km/h yorker from Saini was too good for the Sri Lankan opener. Gunathilaka gone for 20, off 21 balls, which included three fours. The visitors lost both the openers in quick succession after a good start.

* 50 comes up for Sri Lanka in 6.3 overs

6 overs: SL 48/1
End of Powerplay! Another good over for the visitors. Gunathilaka (18*) hit a four as Shardul Thakur conceded nine runs in it.

4.5 overs: OUT! Sundar gets rid of Fernando (22). SL 38/1
Big breakthrough for India. Spin worked for the hosts as Washington Sundar struck in his first over itself to end dangerous Avishka Fernando’s innings. Fernando hit five fours during his 16-ball 22 knock, before hitting it straight to Navdeep Saini at mid-off.

* Another bowling change, spinner Washington Sundar with the ball

4 overs: SL 31/0
Bumrah’s over started with a four and ended with a four. Another good one for the visitors.

3.1 overs: FOUR! Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack, but he is welcomed with a cover drive for a boundary by Gunathilaka. SL 26/0

3 overs: SL 22/0
10 runs!
Fernando (17*) hit two fours off Saini in the over. Good one for the visitors.

2.4 overs: FOUR! Third over and third boundary for Fernando (13*), this time off Saini. SL 18/0

* Another bowling change — Navdeep Saini replaces Jasprit Bumrah

2 overs: SL 12/0 (Fernando 9* & Gunathilaka 0*)

1.4 overs: FOUR! After facing three consecutive dots off Shardul Thakur, Avishka Fernando (9*) hits it straight for his second boundary of the day. SL 11/0

* Shardul Thakur to share the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah for the hosts

1 over: SL 7/0
Good comeback from Bumrah, ended the over with three straight dot balls.

0.1 over: FOUR! Avishka Fernando starts with a boundary towards extra-cover. SL 6/0

* Bumrah starts with a wide, and Sri Lankan openers run an extra run too. SL 2/0 in 0.0 over

Here we go…India’s first international game of the new year starts. Jasprit Bumrah will start the proceedings for the hosts, while Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando begin the visitors’ innings.

Malinga: “We were looking to bowl first, but these are things we can’t control. I’m concentrating on white-ball cricket over the last couple of years, just want to do well with my lines and lengths. We don’t have too much time to give opportunities to others. We are also playing the same XI as the last match.”

Kohli: “We will bowl first again. Pretty good wicket to bat, but in the first half, there could be some swing and nip around. It’s a brilliant batting track. Pretty much on track, the main focus is to see youngsters take up the pressure – need to see who can do that, in big games, we need 11 fit players ready to go. There is healthy competition within the group. KL and Shikhar are brilliant players, vying for one spot. It’s all about doing what’s best for the team. Same team, no changes at all.”

TOSS | India skipper Virat Kohli wins the toss, opts to field against Sri Lanka

Playing XIs

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (w), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga (c)

Pitch Report
“This pitch is a belter for batting. There is some grass on the surface, but it will only help to bind the surface. The captain winning the toss will chase, the batsmen would want to pad up” – Murali Kartik and Sunil Gavaskar
* 170 is the average score while batting first at Holkar
* The Holkar stadium in Indore has hosted two Tests, a T20 international and 5 ODIs since 2006 and India have emerged victorious on all the eight occasions
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of 2nd T20I between India and Sri Lanka at Holkar stadium in Indore.
Source : timesofindia