Match Over - India won by 93 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
  • Referee: JJ Crowe
  • When: 20 Dec 2017, 15:30 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: YS Chahal


  • Umpire1: Nitin Menon
  • Umpire2: CK Nandan
  • Third Umpire: AK Chaudhary



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0




Overs: 16.0 / 20.0

Sri Lanka

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Yuzvendra Chahal is Man of the Match. "When we started bowling, I was confused. But you need a little luck, I got Tharanga out down leg and it started working form there. I was mixing up the googly and the legspinner, and varying my pace to the left-handers. You need to have variations. We've practiced with wet balls, and the wicket was turning, so we just bowled accordingly. I enjoy Kuldeep's bowling and he enjoys mine. But we had a good total on the board and we can flight the ball and attack the batsmen"

"I said at the toss, it won't make much of difference because right from ball one there was dew. We expected it to be there for the whole 40 overs. Nothing changed. It wasn't easier to bat later on. It wasn't difficult to bat initially," Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain says. "It was a great move, for KL to start with at the top, was not part of the ODI squad,

but he came here and showed he belonged. Batted magnificently. And great finish to our innings by MS and Pandey. Pandey hasn't had much game time in the middle, so to come out and bat like that is good. And MSD, he's just class. No. 4 really paid off. He's played so many games for us, won so many games for us and moving forward, we feel making him bat at No. 4 is ideal. That allows Manish and Dinesh to finish games off. For a long period of time, MS has been finishing games off, but we want him to bat freely now, without that pressure. We were not sure what the ideal score would be, with dew and the wicket playing weirdly. So I thought 180 was a great effort. Chahal and Kuldeep have always been our wicket-taking options in the middle. They understand what the team expects and they come out and deliver. No words can describe how good they have been for us. The fast bowlers as well, Jaydev playing his first game after a long time, taking an early wicket. Bumrah and Pandya keeping things tight. Conditions weren't easy and they did very very well"

Samaresh: "Rohit Sharma only forgot to mention Shreyas Iyer's name in the presentation !"

"In these conditions, we wanted to bowl first, but India batted really well. And we have to give their bowlers credit, two spinners bowling really well in dewy conditions," Thisara Perera, the Sri Lanka captain says. "We could have had a shot at 160-170 here. But I think, 180, in these conditions, we could have chased if we had got a good start. But our batting line-up didn't click. Really disappointed. We are working hard at practice, to handle the wristspinners. These are the best 15 we have so we have to stand up and do the job next match"

10.15 pm Sri Lanka's innings included only four fours and two sixes, when the asking rate was nine runs an over. This after they had won the toss and had set themselves to chase in the dew. But India's wristspinners Yuzvendra Chahal (4 for 23) and Kuldeep Yadav (2 for 18) belied those conditions. It was a spellbinding display from two bowlers. Their control of line and length, their skill to deceive batsmen with the wrong 'un, their temperament when they are placed under attack are all outstanding.

But Sri Lanka... They were 46 for 2 in the eighth over. And then 87 all out in the 16th. There was no fight. As a measure of that, they scored the fewest boundaries in a T20I where they have faced 10 overs or more.

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"Spent two games padded up waiting to bat without going in. So I was waiting to bat," says Manish Pandey. "Every game I play, I have to get runs, I have to contribute however I can and it felt good today to do so. The last innings I played against Sri Lanka was a good one, so I just wanted to have a steady base at the crease, watch the ball and hit. That's all. Dhoni was telling me to move across a little bit so I have more chances to hit those wide yorkers they were bowling. Good to start well, and if you're playing well, we need to continue with the same form."

Purvesh: "With this early finish, India ensure that the captain isn't penalized for slow over rate. Woeful performance by SL, need a far better performance in the next 2 games."

15.6HH Pandya to MVT Fernando, OUT, No run, tame, very tame as Fernando backs away from the seam bowler and flails at the ball only to send it straight to the hands of point. That's India's biggest victory in T20Is, in terms of runs.

Kushansri: "With that twin 4s scored by chameera, sri lanka just passed their lowest ever t20 score.. incidently scored it against the same opposition. "

15.5HH Pandya to MVT Fernando, 2 runs, fuller delivery outside off, blocks it nearly all the way to the cover point boundary.
15.4HH Pandya to PVD Chameera, OUT, No run, caught at deep square leg! Chameera swings as hard as he can at a length ball outside off but finds the Rahul, who moves to his right and takes it comfortably.
15.3HH Pandya to PVD Chameera, No run, too quick for him as he is struck on the thigh pad by a shortish delivery angled into him.
15.2HH Pandya to PVD Chameera, No run, swings at a back of a length ball outside off to no avail.
15.1HH Pandya to PVD Chameera, No run, appeal for lbw, but the good length ball pings off the inside edge onto the pad actually no, the two sounds were ball hitting both pads. But it would have gone down leg anyway.
End of over 15. 9 runs this over. 85/8 after 90 balls.
PVD Chameera 12 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 2-0-10-0
MVT Fernando 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Chaitu Reddy: "OMG! Only two 4s & two 6s in Lanka's Innings. Are these the least boundaries scored in a T20I???" --- I can't imagine an innings that has fared worse off.

End of over 14. 5 runs this over. 76/7 after 83 balls.
A Dananjaya 7 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 3-0-27-0
PVD Chameera 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pankaj: "Boundries seemed to have dried up. When was the last one?" --- In the fifth over...

Darshan Shah: "India has spin twin(Chahal and Yadav) and Yorker twin(Bumrah and Bhuvi). Now they need to find all-rounder at no. 6. So he can pair with Hardik Pandya at 7. Any suggestion?"

End of over 13. 3 runs this over. 71/7 after 78 balls.
PVD Chameera 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-18-2
A Dananjaya 6 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Dhaval: "The wickets may well show up in bowlers column, but most of them have MS Dhoni written on them if you see through. Can't imagine this team without him. "

Sens: "This is not the K.Perera Sri Lankan fans wanted"

End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 68/6 after 72 balls.
MDKJ Perera 18 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 4-0-23-4
A Dananjaya 4 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Santosh Battula: "Seems that Srilankans haven't done proper homework against Chahal.. Any layman following India's recent T20 matches can predict Chahal's occasional wide ball only to produce a mind bogglingly quicker-than-light stumping by Dhoni"

End of over 11. 5 runs this over. 62/5 after 66 balls.
NLTC Perera 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 3-0-15-1
MDKJ Perera 16 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Shreyas: "I find it so weird when people call Matthews selfish. The man knows how to play a long innings and is, more often than not, very unfortunate that he doesn't have batting partners. I think the people would rather that SL slump to 100/10 instead of the 250/10 made possible by Matthews"

End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 57/4 after 59 balls.
MD Shanaka 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 3-0-17-3
MDKJ Perera 14 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) more

TimesRGud: "And with that MS Dhoni becomes the most prolific keeper in T20s, on par with De Villiers."

End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 54/3 after 54 balls.
MDKJ Perera 13 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-10-0
DAS Gunaratne 4 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Raman: "I think Mathews now need to reconsider about his career in at least limited over cricket... he can't bowl full quota .. can convert 1s to 2s or 2s to 3s.. not scoring runs when SL badly needs him... though he scored a century but it was almost a a selfish innings as he never tried to play for winning ..." --- Tough for a batsman to single-handeledly chase 400.

End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 49/3 after 48 balls.
DAS Gunaratne 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 2-0-14-2
MDKJ Perera 10 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Amogh: "Things need to be careful here. Things can go downhill very quickly from here. Two new batsmen and required rate already above 10. "

End of over 7. 5 runs this over. 45/2 after 42 balls.
MDKJ Perera 8 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 1-0-5-0
AD Mathews 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 1 runs this over. 40/2 after 36 balls.
AD Mathews 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 1-0-1-0
MDKJ Perera 4 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

kevin: "chahal seems to have a knack for taking wickets after giving up boundaries. i don't know whether it is from setting up batsmen w/ a false sense of security or from making in-over corrections, but I like the fortitude!" --- That last one, admittedly, was a little lucky

End of over 5. 10 runs this over. 39/2 after 30 balls.
AD Mathews 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 1-0-10-1
MDKJ Perera 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Angelo Mathews is in, and he has a slip to deal with

End of over 4. 2 runs this over. 29/1 after 24 balls.
MDKJ Perera 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 2-0-7-1
WU Tharanga 13 (11b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 3. 11 runs this over. 27/1 after 18 balls.
WU Tharanga 12 (8b 0x4 1x6 ) HH Pandya 2-0-22-0
MDKJ Perera 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Lakshman Kumar: "Good to see a vocal and full house crowd in Cuttack..! The last time an international match was played here dint go down so well with bottles being thrown onto the field..!"

End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 16/1 after 12 balls.
WU Tharanga 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 1-0-5-1
MDKJ Perera 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Kusal Perera in at No. 3.

Plenty of sawdust being brought out and dropped over the bowling crease. Unadkat finding it hard to maintain footing

End of over 1. 11 runs this over. 11/0 after 6 balls.
N Dickwella 9 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 1-0-11-0
WU Tharanga 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
N DickwellaC KL Rahul B JD Unadkat13810162.5
WU TharangaC MS Dhoni B YS Chahal231612143.75
MDKJ PereraC MS Dhoni B Kuldeep Yadav19280067.86
AD MathewsC YS Chahal B YS Chahal170014.29
DAS GunaratneSt. MS Dhoni YS Chahal4400100
MD ShanakaC HH Pandya B Kuldeep Yadav160016.67
NLTC PereraSt. MS Dhoni YS Chahal340075
A DananjayaC HH Pandya B HH Pandya7700100
PVD ChameeraC KL Rahul B HH Pandya12142085.71
MVT FernandoC JD Unadkat B HH Pandya2200100
N Pradeepnot out 0000-
Total 87/10
HH Pandya4.002937.25
JD Unadkat2.00713.5
YS Chahal4.002345.75
JJ Bumrah2.001005
Kuldeep Yadav4.001824.5