India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I: Hasaranga's 4/9 demolishes depleted India, SL win T20I series 2-1

India 81 for 8 (Kuldeep 23*, Hasaranga 4-9) lost to Sri Lanka 82 for 3 (de Silva 23*, R Chahar 3-15) by seven wickets.

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Highlights: Sri Lanka beat Team India by 7 wickets and win the series by 2-1.
Sri Lanka claims their first bilateral series win against India in any format after 2008. (Image: ©ICC)

If every player who was selected in the squad deserved to be in the playing XI in the series, then there shouldn’t be any excuse from the Indian team after losing the T20I series against Sri Lanka on Thursday. After winning the first game, they have gone on to lose the next two games and thus lost the series as well. India lost three match T20I series to Sri Lanka by 2-1.

Shikhar Dhawan and Co. succumbed to India’s lowest ever T20 total against Sri Lanka on Thursday. They managed just 81/8 in the allotted 20 overs which incidentally is also their third-lowest total in T20Is. None of the batters looked comfortable as Wanindu Hasaranga spun a web around them. Kuldeep Yadav was the highest run scorer for India with 23 runs.

The bowlers tried hard but there wasn’t much to defend. Rahul Chahar picked three wickets to give India the slightest of hope. However, with such a low total on board, those were never going to be enough. Sri Lanka chased the total down in 14.3 overs.

The series win for Sri Lanka would be a major boost for their cricketing ambitions. This is Sri Lanka's 1st bilateral series win against India across formats since July 2008 which was when they beat India 2-1 in a home Test series. It will certainly be going to inspire many Sri Lankan cricketers who were watching it unfold at R Premadasa stadium.

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