Match Over - Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
  • Referee: BC Broad
  • When: 06 Mar 2018, 15:30 SAST
  • Winner: Sri Lanka
  • Man of the Match: MDKJ Perera


  • Umpire1: RR Wimalasiri
  • Umpire2: REJ Martinesz
  • Third Umpire: LE Hannibal



Overs: 18.3 / 20.0

Sri Lanka



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


So, quite a start that to the Nidahas Trophy. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Hope to see you on Thursday for India v Bangladesh. Until then, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of my colleague Deivarayan Muthu. Cheers!

Time for the post-match presentations

Kusal Perera is the Player of the Match for his 66 off 37 balls. "This is the best innings I've played," he beams. "I was confident in my abilities. I'm feeling 100 percent fit now."

Dinesh Chandimal: Very happy as a team. Trying to play competitive cricket, we knew good results will follow if we do that. This is all about transferring confidence from the Bangladesh series. The management have done a wonderful job at training sessions. Really happy! Chandika Hathurusingha has been amazing. This result shows how good we are as a team."

Rohit Sharma is quite frank in his assessment: I think we got a par score, something we could've played with. Having seen the wicket here - it was flat - I thought we could have accelerated towards the end. That said, we still had a decent score but the kind of start Sri Lanka got was amazing. Credit to them as a batting group. Our bowlers tried everything they could, but sometimes it doesn't come off the way you want it to. I felt we have enough experience in our bowling line-ups. Yes, they are new in the scene, but they've put in performances. I had a lot of confidence going into the game. Yes, the execution wasn't upto the mark but we can learn from our mistakes. On a wicket like that, your batting has to be as strong as possible. We're blessed to have a squad that has good batting depth, we also have a couple of allrounders. Hopefully we'll come back strong.

Interesting nugget from Bishen Jeswant, former statistician with ESPNcricinfo: Each of Sri Lanka's top seven made double-digit scores today. This has happened only once previously in a successful chase (by Afgh v UAE, Dubai, 2016).

Dhaval: "Certainly T20 is a batsmen's game, but its your bowlers' skills that can win you matches. Clearly India didn't use their skills so well today."

Jameel : "Just goes on to show how much of a difference Bhuvi & Bumrah make to the Indian bowling attack. The familiar sight of Indian pacers taken to the cleaners, oh no. At least this match has given India a chance to rethink its strategies and understand their shortcoming."

Sri Lanka have broken their seven-match T20 losing streak against India

The cricket might be over but there is lots of top-flight footballing action left for tonight: PSG vs Real Madrid and Liverpool vs Porto in the Champions League. Fans in the subcontinent can stream both the games here.

10.25pm Sri Lanka were cruising high and happy, only to shudder briefly at the first sign of turbulence but they found a way to once again regain altitude and then cruise home to victory. Thisara's blitz in the end helped them close the game out but that they got well ahead of the asking rate early on was thanks to Kusal Perera's 22-ball half-century. India will rue their slow batting, especially towards the end of their innings, but at least they'd know it wasn't because of lack of trying. They could also perhaps rue the absence of an extra bowler. Going in with a super-deep batting line-up left them hoping and praying one of Vijay or Raina come good with the ball tonight, more so after one of their frontline bowlers disappeared early on. For now, let's doff our hat to the fans who turned up in large numbers to make it an evening it turned out to be. How much I've enjoyed hearing the kind of noise, music and dancing like there was today. The hosts will be super-delighted with their efforts tonight.

18.3SN Thakur to NLTC Perera, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, backs away and pulls this short ball into the deep square leg boundary. Hugs, fist pumps and roar in the Sri Lankan camp. Premadasa goes wild, a strong crowd in excess of 20,000 have had their monies worth. What a game!.
18.2SN Thakur to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, short on middle, he's pulled this down to deep square as they hare for the second..
18.1SN Thakur to MD Shanaka, 1 run, drives this length ball to cover as they scamper a run.
18.1SN Thakur to MD Shanaka, WIDE, 1 run, slides a full-length delivery down leg. Easy call for the umpire this time.
End of over 18. 12 runs this over. 163/5 after 107 balls.
NLTC Perera 12 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) JD Unadkat 3-0-31-1
MD Shanaka 14 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 10 runs this over. 150/5 after 101 balls.
MD Shanaka 9 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) V Shankar 2-0-14-0
NLTC Perera 6 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 3 runs this over. 140/5 after 96 balls.
MD Shanaka 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) SN Thakur 3-0-34-0
NLTC Perera 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 5 runs this over. 137/5 after 90 balls.
NLTC Perera 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 4-0-37-2
MD Shanaka 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Harsha: "I think people are being too hard on Manish. IND had lost two wickets in quick succession and they desperately needed a partnership. True that his SR was underpar..."

End of over 14. 5 runs this over. 132/4 after 84 balls.
WU Tharanga 14 (15b 0x4 1x6 ) SN Thakur 2-0-31-0
MD Shanaka 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 1 runs this over. 127/4 after 77 balls.
MD Shanaka 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) Washington Sundar 4-0-28-2
WU Tharanga 11 (10b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 12. 12 runs this over. 126/3 after 72 balls.
WU Tharanga 11 (10b 0x4 1x6 ) SK Raina 2-0-14-0
MDKJ Perera 66 (34b 6x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 11. 12 runs this over. 113/3 after 65 balls.
WU Tharanga 6 (6b 0x4 1x6 ) YS Chahal 3-0-31-1
MDKJ Perera 58 (31b 6x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 101/3 after 60 balls.
WU Tharanga 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) SK Raina 1-0-2-0
MDKJ Perera 53 (27b 5x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 9. 6 runs this over. 98/3 after 54 balls.
WU Tharanga 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 2-0-19-1
MDKJ Perera 51 (25b 5x4 3x6 ) more

Sanjeev: "@Sovan, why ppl used to judge players talent based on IPL performance only? other leagues should also be considered to judge their talent. Keep in mind that IPL level and international cricket level is different even if you are not playing against the best nation. "

End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 92/2 after 48 balls.
MDKJ Perera 51 (25b 5x4 3x6 ) V Shankar 1-0-4-0
LD Chandimal 8 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 13 runs this over. 88/2 after 42 balls.
LD Chandimal 6 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 1-0-13-0
MDKJ Perera 49 (21b 5x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 6. 5 runs this over. 75/2 after 36 balls.
LD Chandimal 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) Washington Sundar 3-0-27-1
MDKJ Perera 39 (17b 5x4 2x6 ) more

Mudit : "Why was even Unadkat replaced by Thakur in first place. He bowled a good first over, let him bow the second. That was poor captaincy! "

Chandimal is the new man

End of over 5. 14 runs this over. 70/1 after 29 balls.
MD Gunathilaka 19 (11b 1x4 2x6 ) JD Unadkat 2-0-20-0
MDKJ Perera 37 (13b 5x4 2x6 ) more

Anosh: "Sri Lanka have like 5 more proper batsmen. Game set and match this."

End of over 4. 10 runs this over. 56/1 after 24 balls.
MD Gunathilaka 7 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) Washington Sundar 2-0-22-1
MDKJ Perera 36 (12b 5x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 3. 27 runs this over. 46/1 after 17 balls.
MDKJ Perera 33 (9b 5x4 2x6 ) SN Thakur 1-0-27-0
MD Gunathilaka 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 13 runs this over. 19/1 after 12 balls.
MDKJ Perera 7 (3b 0x4 1x6 ) Washington Sundar 1-0-13-1
MD Gunathilaka 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/0 after 6 balls.
MD Gunathilaka 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 1-0-6-0
BKG Mendis 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Saurabh Jha: "@Ritesh, correction: Dhawan 90 off 49 balls, all others 64 off 71 balls as 10 came from extras."

MD GunathilakaC RR Pant B JD Unadkat191212158.33
BKG MendisC S Dhawan B Washington Sundar11620183.33
MDKJ PereraSt. KD Karthik Washington Sundar663764178.38
LD ChandimalB YS Chahal141110127.27
WU TharangaB YS Chahal17180194.44
MD Shanakanot out 15181083.33
NLTC Pereranot out 221021220
BMAJ Mendis -
A Dananjaya -
PVD Chameera -
N Pradeep -
Total 175/5
JD Unadkat3.0035111.67
Washington Sundar4.002827
SN Thakur3.3042012
YS Chahal4.003729.25
V Shankar2.001507.5
SK Raina2.001407