Dhananjaya de Silva is declared the player of the match for his match-winning knock.


The hosts level the three-match series 1-1 with an impressive chase. Dhananjaya de Silva remains unbeaten on 40 off 34, Chamika Karunaratne not-out on 12 off 6.

SL 125/6 after 19 overs: Two runs come from the last two balls of that Bhuvneshwar over. But it was a great over for Sri Lanka, they got 12 runs from it. SL need 8 runs off the last over. Sakariya, on debut, with a big job on his hands.

SL 123/6 after 18.4 overs: Bad news for India as Navdeep Saini seems to have done his shoulder some real damage. He jumped high for a catch but the ball went over him and he stretched too hard. He’s going off. Sri Lanka need 10 off 8.

SL 121/6 after 18.3 overs: SIX! Bhuvneshwar with a high full-toss and Karunaratne with a clean strike. Sri Lanka need 12 off 9.

11.13 pm: Oh dear, it’s raining in Colombo and there’s a delay. The players are staying on the field, though, and play should resume soon. Seems to be a light passing shower.

SL 113/6 after 18 overs: Four! Crucial runs for Sri Lanka as Dhananjaya de Silva finds the gap past short-third. Eight runs and a wicket from that Sakariya over. The hosts now need 20 off 12.

SL 105/6 after 17.2 overs: WICKET! Top bowling by Chetan Sakariya at the death and he gets his first wicket. Ramesh Mendis walks back, Sri Lanka need 28 off 16.

SL 105/5 after 17 overs: Another good over for India, six singles from it. Varun finishes with figures of 1/18. Sri Lanka need 28 off 18.

SL 99/5 after 16 overs: Fine over by Bhuvneshwar, just five singles from it. Sri Lanka need 34 off 24, they have Dhananjaya de Silva and Ramesh Mendis at the crease.

SL 94/5 after 15 overs: WICKET! Rahul Chahar gets the key wicket of Wanindu Hasaranga! Sri Lanka seemed to be running away with the contest but India are back in it. The leg-spinner finishes with figures of 1/27. Sri Lanka need 39 off 30.

SL 87/4 after 14 overs: Good over for Sri Lanka as Hasaranga picks up a boundary. Kuldeep Yadav finishes with figures of 2/30 from his four overs. The hosts need 46 off 36.

SL 66/4 after 11.4 overs: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav is not denied this time. Minod Bhanuka was dropped earlier in the over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar but Rahul Chahar doesn’t make any mistake in the deep.

SL 62/3 after 11 overs: Another good over for India, this time Chahar concedes just four. Sri Lanka noe need 71 off 54.

SL 58/3 after 10 overs: Dropped! Dhananjaya de Silva tried to work it to the leg side and got a bottom edge, but Samson couldn’t hold on to the tough chance. That was a fine over by Kuldeep.

SL 55/3 after 9.1 overs: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav strikes as Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka is stumped. The ball spun sharply and went down leg for a wide but Sanju Samson did the needful.

SL 53/2 after 9 overs: Good over for Sri Lanka, 10 runs come from it. Chahar tosses one up and Bhanuka uses his feet to hit it over mid-wicket for four.

SL 43/2 after 8 overs: India miss a big chance! Kuldeep strikes Shanaka on the pad and India decided not to take the review. But DRS shows three reds.

SL 39/2 after 7 overs: WICKET! Varun Chakravarthy cleans up Sadeera Samarawickrama with a beauty. India get their second and are putting up a good fight with the ball.

SL 36/1 after 6 overs: Rahul Chahar concedes a four off his first ball but does well to concede just three runs off the next five balls. That’s the end of the powerplay. India need quick wickets soon.

SL 29/1 after 5 overs: Varun Chakravarthy joins the attack and concedes six runs in his first over. India have plenty of bowling options tonight.

SL 23/1 after 4 overs: Another expensive over by Sakariya, this time Minod Bhanuka picks up two fours.

SL 12/1 after 2.4 overs: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes early as Rahul Chahar takes a superb juggling catch at the boundary. Coach Rahul Dravid is up on his feet in applause. The dangerous Avishka Fernando is on his way back for 11 off 13.

SL 10/0 after 2 overs: Two fours for Avishka Fernando! The right-hander has been in fine form and he has started well again. Sakariya concedes nine runs in his first over.

SL 1/0 after 1 over: Top start from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, just one run from the first over. Chetan Sakariya, on debut, will take the new ball from the other end.

9.43 pm: Sri Lanka are ready for the chase. They need 133 to win. India will need a special effort with the ball. Here we go!


Sri Lanka’s spinners did a solid job in the middle overs and India’s batsmen struggled to build any sort of momentum. Do Shikhar Dhawan and Co have enough on the board?

IND 130/5 after 19.4 overs: WICKET! Nitish Rana is out in the final over of the Indian innings for 9 off 12. India need a couple of big hits to finish on a high.

IND 128/4 after 19 overs: Five wides! Just what India needed, 14 runs come from Hasaranga’s last over. Last six balls of the innings coming up, India would want to touch 140 at least.

IND 114/4 after 18 overs: Chameera returns to the attack and Sri Lanka get another good over. India have to find boundaries in the last over. Nitish Rana must take as much of the strike as possible.

IND 104/4 after 16.4 overs: WICKET! It’s all Sri Lanka at the moment! Sanju Samson never looked settled and is out for 7 off 13. The right-hander stepped out and tried to defend it but the ball went through and crashed into the stumps. Akila Dananjaya gets his second. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the new batsman at No 6.

IND 99/3 after 15.3 overs: WICKET! Four and out! Wanindu Hasaranga strikes and Devdutt Padikkal departs for 29 off 23 on his debut. India continue to struggle in the middle overs. Nitish Rana, also on debut, is the new batsman.

IND 94/2 after 15 overs: Just six runs come from that Dananjaya over. The Indian batsmen are struggling to build momentum. Sri Lanka’s spinners are bowling really well and the pitch is sluggish too.

IND 88/2 after 14 overs: Sri Lanka are building pressure nicely. A top over from Hasaranga. India have Samson and Padikkal at the crease now, at least one of these batsmen will need to cut loose soon.

IND 81/2 after 12.1 overs: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan is clean bowled by Akila Dananjaya. He attempted a slog sweep but missed it completely. The India captain walks back for 40 off 42. Sanju Samson is the new batsman.

IND 81/1 after 12 overs: Dhawan walks across and scoops it over short-fine for four. The Indian skipper is now batting on 40 off 41. Ten runs come from that Shanaka over.

IND 71/1 after 11 overs: SIX! First maximum of the match and it comes from Padikkal’s bat. De Silva tossed it right up and the left-hander slog-swept it all the way. India needed that push.

IND 61/1 after 10 overs: Dhawan breaks the shackles with a four down the ground. The Indian skipper failed to connect with a switch hit twice in that Mendis over.

IND 54/1 after 9 overs: Another good over for Sri Lanka, this time Dhananjaya de Silva concedes just three runs. The boundaries have dried up for India.

IND 51/1 after 8 overs: Off-spinner Ramesh Mendis with a superb first over, just two singles from it. Padikkal’s outside edge beaten with a beauty first up. India have two left-handers at the crease now.

IND 49/1 after 7 overs: WICKET! India lose their first right after the powerplay. Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka strikes in his first over as Ruturaj Gaikwad gets out for 21 off 18 on his debut. The right-hander attempted a pull but the ball went straight up. Another debutant, Devdutt Padikkal is the new batsman.

IND 45/0 after 6 overs: Wanindu Hasaranga concedes seven runs in his first over. That’s the end of the powerplay. India haven’t gotten off to a flying start but they’ll be happy that they haven’t lost a wicket.

IND 38/0 after 5 overs: Four! Typical Dhawan stroke – steps down and finds the gap, this time through mid-wicket. Seven runs come from Isuru Udana’s first over.

IND 31/0 after 4 overs: A superb punch off the front foot by Gaikwad and he picks up three. But a good over from Chameera, just four runs from it.

IND 27/0 after 3 overs: Gaikwad and Dhawan pick up a four each! Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya comes on to bowl and the Indian openers decide to attack him.

IND 15/0 after 2 overs: Chamika Karunaratne takes the new ball from the other end and concedes six runs in his first over.

IND 9/0 after 1 over: Shot! First boundary for India and it comes from skipper Shikhar Dhawan’s bat. Dushmantha Chameera pitched it full and wide, the left-hander played a cracking cover-drive for four. Ruturaj Gaikwad gets off the mark as well with a single.

8.00 pm: Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad are at the crease and we’re ready for play. Every batsmen in the Indian team tonight has a big job on his hands. Here we go!

Update: India’s squad for the second and third T20Is now include Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, R Sai Kishore and Simarjeet Singh.

Playing XIs

Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka (c), Ramesh Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera.

India: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (w), Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy.

Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bowl first.

Update: Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal and Chetan Sakariya will make their T20I debuts tonight.

Update: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Gowtham, Ishan Kishan and Manish Pandey, who played the last game, will miss out tonight.

Update: The latest news for India is that among the batsmen, only Shikhar Dhawan, Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Nitish Rana are available for India tonight.

ICYMI, the second T20I between Sri Lanka and India had to be postponed by a day. Details here:
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7.20 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second T20 International between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo.