The hosts India are morally on top now and the visitors Sri Lanka are rightfully upset as the Men in Blue register their biggest ever T20I win in what was the best result to wipe off the haunting memories at the Barbati Stadium, Cuttack. KL Rahul played a fluent innings to give signs to the team management that he is capable of doing great in any format.
Rohit Sharma got everything just right as a captain who in Virat Kohli’s absence did a spectacular job so far. His tactical masterclass to send MS Dhoni at No.4 paid rich dividends for the team. MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey added a perfect tonic as they both chipped in with crunchy 39 and 32 runs respectively; India finished off the innings at 180/3.
On the contrary, Sri Lanka’s snippet of crafty plans were far from being impressive. They fell into the trap of India’s all-round bowling attack in pursuit of chasing the target as they were skittled out for a paltry 87, their second lowest score in T20Is.
The wrist spin formula once again came to solve the cryptic questions as the man of the match Yuzvendra Chahal was the best amongst the bowlers who claimed 4 wickets to his name. Hardik Pandya also looked great with 3 wickets. Sri Lanka’s catastrophic failure is a testimony to the fact that there was no sign of transition who have been blowing hot and cold since the retirement of Sri Lankan legends of the game, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.