Yuvi, Viru blitzkrieg flattens Sri Lanka

Yuvi, Viru blitzkrieg flattens Sri Lanka

India win second T20 to level two-match series

Yuvi, Viru blitzkrieg flattens Sri Lanka

First, the Lankan batsmen, under the stewardship of skipper Kumar Sangakkara, displayed their might, amassing 206 for seven after electing to bat. Indians replied with a forceful effort to hunt down the target with ease for a six-wicket win, squaring the two-match Twenty20 series 1-1.

There were quite a few dropped catches on the night, but none was as decisive as Sanath Jayasuriya grassing Virender Sehwag when the Delhi Dasher was on just 14 off Kaushalya Weeraratne.

Sehwag exploited the reprieve to the optimum, scoring a marauding 64 (36b, 7x4, 3x6) to build a solid foundation for the Indian chase. The opener added 58 runs with Gautam Gambhir in six overs and then added another 50 off 30 balls with Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the second wicket as India chugged along like an express train.
With Sehwag in his elements, Lankan bowlers did not stand a chance as he played an innings full of brutal shots much to the delight of the weekend crowd. However, there was much more to cheer for them as home lad and birthday boy Yuvraj Singh amassed a fifty to complete the work Sehwag had initiated.

The left-hander made amends for his poor outing in the first match at Nagpur with a vigorous innings, crushing Lankan bowlers with some remarkably brilliant shots. Yuvraj and Dhoni, who played a well-timed innings of 46, realised 80 runs off just six overs for the third wicket as India reached their desired destination smoothly with Yuvraj, so justifiably, bringing the winning runs with a six off Angelo Matthews.
Earlier, the Lankans posted another strong total courtesy a fine batting effort and the continued large-heartedness of Indians on the field. The visitors had a shaky beginning to their innings; impressive Ishant Sharma castling the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan with just 10 runs on the board.

However, what followed was complete mayhem. Sangakkara and Jayasuriya unleashed a horror on Indians for the second wicket alliance, smashing 81 runs off just 39 balls.

Jayasuriya was in his elements right from the beginning, timing perfectly and finding the gap easily. Ashish Nehra bowled short and wide to Jayasuriya, a certain way to invite disaster. The left-hander gleefully accepted the freebies, smashing 4, 6, 4, 4 in Nehra’s second over to provide acceleration to Lankan scoring.

Sangakkara, dropped on 28 by Ravindra Jadeja off Yusuf Pathan, was in his customary confident self, batting with fluency as the Lankan board moved ahead like a steam boat, runs coming at a little over 13 runs per over. India’s rather slapdash effort on the field, as many as five dropped catches too helped Sri Lanka.
The blooming partnership was snapped when Pathan won a leg-before appeal against Jayasuriya, but the dismissal did not affect the visitors’ rate of scoring.

Sangakkara, who punished debutant Sudip Tyagi mercilessly, kept on scoring in the company of Chinthaka Jayasinghe, registering his second consecutive fifty of the series. Just when it seemed that he might go on to play a big innings, Yuvraj, who grabbed three wickets, jettisoned him.

But with the rest of the batsmen showing enough pluck Sri Lanka managed to go past the 200-run mark. But it proved inadequate.