IND vs SL Live Score: Indian captain, Hardik Pandya won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first. Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka gave the team a sensational start as the duo added 80 runs in the first 10 overs.
Kusal Mendis was the aggressor between the two as he notched his fifty in just 30 deliveries. Yuzvendra Chahal eventually broke the partnership after he had Mendis leg-before in the 9th over of the innings.
Pathum Nissanka would be disappointed with his innings as he amassed 33 runs in just 35 deliveries. Umran Malik rattled the stumps of Rajapaksa in the 9th over, while Nissanka got out of Axar in the 12th over to lead the team in some trouble at 96 for 3.
Dhanajaya de Silva (3) also failed to hit the straps, but Asalanka was wreaking havoc with the bat. He scored 37 runs in 19 balls and was looking dangerous in the middle.
However, Umran Malik, once again, came to the team’s rescue as he picked the wickets of Asalanka and Hasaranga in two consecutive deliveries. He put India in the driver’s seat but what followed was an outstanding knock from Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka.
The Sri Lanka captain wreaked havoc with the bat, playing a sensational knock of 56 runs in 22 balls at a strike rate of 254.55. His knock helped the team reach a mammoth score of 206 runs in the first innings.
In reply, India made the worst possible start. The Indian batters looked in all sorts of trouble from the swing extracted by the Sri Lanka pacers.
Both Madushanka and Rajitha put in an exhibition of swing bowling as the duo picked three wickets combined, conceding 28 runs in 5 overs in the powerplay.
Axar Patel-Suryakumar Yadav put up a 91-run stand
Shubman Gill (5 off 5), once again, got out cheaply, while the likes of Ishan Kishan (2 off 5), and Rahul Tripathi (5 off 5) also failed to hit the straps to leave the team reeling at 21 for 3, which later, became 57 for 5 as Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda also departed early.
At the end of the first 10 overs, India was reeling at 64 for 5. However, what followed was an unbelievable partnership between Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav.
The duo put on a 91-run partnership for the 6th wicket to bring the hopes alive. Suryakumar Yadav notched 50 in 33 balls but it was Axar Patel, who stole the limelight.
He reached his fifty in just 20 balls but Suryakumar Yadav’s wicket in the 16th over pegged India back. Axar Patel got out in the last over after playing a sensational knock of 65 runs in 31 balls. But despite all the efforts, India fell 16 runs short of the target.