Some major talking points from India Vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I

India’s winning streak continued on Saturday with a seven-wicket victory against Sri Lanka at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, effectively clinching the three-match T20I series with a 2-0 lead. While Rohit Sharma made it 14 wins out of 14 as India’s full-time captain, Shreyas Iyer stole the show with an unbeaten 74 off 44 deliveries. Along with Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja and Sanju Samson put forth impressive batting displays to keep India’s unbeaten record intact.

The final blow for the Lankan squad was Jadeja’s scorching 45 not out off 18 deliveries, which came after a promising start with the ball but quickly faded.

  • Pathum Nissanka and Dasun Shanaka have made a terrific start

Sri Lanka’s highest run-scorer on Saturday was Pathum Nissanka, who was removed for a duck in the series opener. Nissanka smashed an incredible 75 runs off 53 deliveries, including 11 boundaries. This is the best score by a Sri Lankan opener in a T20I match against India. Tillakaratne Dilshan set the previous high of 61 in Colombo in 2009. The knock by Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka, though, stood out. Shanaka batted for 19 balls and did not get out, hitting five sixes and two boundaries.

The pair contributed to Sri Lanka’s competitive total of 183 runs in 20 overs, their highest T20I total against India since 2009. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s middle order failed to get going once more, with Charith Asalanka, Kamil Mishara, and Dinesh Chandimal all unable to get going.

  • Shreyas Iyer presents a compelling point once more

Shreyas is a man with a goal. Iyer was at his magnificent best in Dharamsala, tearing up the Lankan bowling unit after revving it up in the series opener in Lucknow. Iyer was outstanding against spinners, but he also made the most of the extra space provided by the Sri Lankan bowlers. Iyer is known as the player who knows how to score runs, and a couple of unorthodox pull shots, while not particularly eye-catching, demonstrated why.

Iyer has made a strong case for his inclusion in the Indian T20I playing XI with back-to-back half-centuries. Once the full-strength group is assembled for the T20 World Cup, it will be a major worry for the Indian team management.

  • Samson makes the most of the opportunity

Sanju Samson’s comeback was off to a shaky start. While he had a handful of chances due to some shoddy fielding by Sri Lankan fielders, the Kerala boy played some magnificent strokes in his 25-ball 39-run knock. Rohit has encouraged Samson to prove his worth in the build-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia, and his stroke-filled performance demonstrated why.

  • All-round performance by Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja, who came in to bat at number five, produced an undefeated 45 off only 18 balls, smashing seven boundaries and a six. India was able to chase down 184 in 17.1 overs because of his 250-plus strike rate. Jadeja had earlier taken a wicket, that of opener Danushka Gunathilaka, earlier in the game.

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