Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
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India go top with Sri Lanka victory

India go top with Sri Lanka victory

The next match is between India and Bangladesh today with the final scheduled for Sunday.

That run looked set to get bigger against Sri Lanka on Saturday when they were set 214 for 6.

India will next face Bangladesh on Wednesday, whereas Sri Lanka face the same opponents later on Friday. However, there's a constant call to create a Bangladeshi brand of cricket, one where they evaluate risks and play accordingly.

At the end of it all, India were runaway winners of the 4th T20I in the Nidahas Trophy.

India doesn't have key players, including regular captain Virat Kohli, for this tri-series meant to give the younger crop a chance.

Raina has played 71 T20 global matches with one century and four fifties at a strike rate of 133.70.

If the win against Sri Lanka is a product of such a brand, Bangladesh have thought of the right path.

Pandey has been one of the standout performers with the bat during the series having delivered consistent performances lower down the order in all three matches thus far.

India need 9 to win from 12 balls.

India won the toss and chose to field first.

"The bowlers came back very well after the first game". They played full 19 overs and lost nine wickets. Well done to them for restricting this to 152. Opener Kusal Mendis top scored with 55. Bouncing back from an ordinary outing in the opener at the R Premadasa, Colombo against Sri Lanka, Thakur showed what he was capable of when he picked four wickets in the second meeting with the hosts at the same venue. Basically, India has the most strongest and longest batting line up and so, to defeat them the Loons had to present more runs there. Although Nazmul Islam was underbowled in that game, the skipper believed that his spinners too are capable of stemming the flow of runs as India's.

Pandey and Karthick kept the rotating the strike as India needed 30 runs from last four overs.The two remained undefeated as India crossed the mark in 18th over.

But thereafter, Pandey and Karthik ensured there were no more hiccups as they stitched unbeaten 68 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home comfortably. Thakur (4-27) in his first legal delivery in the game had Gunathilaka caught at mid-wicket where Suresh Raina pulled out a stunner.

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