As expected, Dhoni and his men bounced back hard on the young Lankans and nailed the second T20 at Ranchi. Home ground of Dhoni was house-full. The fans enjoyed every bit of the match and it was a treat watching the match live on HotStar and Star Sports. Now its time to shift the focus to the series decider. The third T20 match between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Vishakhapatnam. Watch the action live on Star Sports, HotStar and DoorDarshan (DD National).
The track at Ranchi provided a lot of support to the batsman. Looking at the history of matches played here two things were evident - high score and dew factor. Suprisingly there wasn't any dew factor involved yesterday and Indian bowlers enjoyed bowling second. Especially the spinners.
The outfield was rough but that is what the officials could managed to prepare the ground in such a short notice. Indian batsmen started scoring runs right from the word go. The flow of run came to a halt after Dhawan and Sharma departed. But in the death overs it was Raina and Pandya who steered the innings to 190 plus. This was always a daunting total for the relatively inexperienced batting line up of Sri Lanka. In this whole process, Thisara Perera took a hat-trick and became the fourth bowler in T20 International history to do so.
Cricket fans would be missing Virat Kohli. He is enjoying his well deserved rest at home but he still stays connected to cricket. Here was a tweet from his official twitter handle:-
Cheering for the boys from home. All my energy and wishes with you. Let's Do This💪💪 #IndVsSL pic.twitter.com/wApRMMI8FV— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 12, 2016
R Ashwin bowled exceptionally well. His bowling figures speak the story. 4 overs - 14 runs - 3 wickets. Ashish Nehra gave away few runs but he clinched two wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja got two wickets each. Sri Lanka could manage 127 runs losing 9 wickets, India won the match by 69 runs.
With slow pitches here in India, Dhoni gets a lot of room to experiment with the part timers like Raina and Yuvraj. He gets better options to try out in the middle overs while the full timers can take care of the initial overs and the death overs.
Vishakhapatnam pitch might provide more help to the batsmen which would again produce a high scoring affair. Sri Lankan team has nothing to lose. They weren't considered favourites. If they can manage a win in the 3rd T20, they would nail the series.
Meanwhile, in form team India would be in no mood to let the series slip away. They are gearing hard for the upcoming Asia Cup and T20 world cup and they would love to continue the winning momentum.