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Upul Tharanga unveiled a different side of his batting. He played with no burden whatsoever. In the very first over, he clobbered a half-volley through the off-side. He would have left the away-going delivery on another day, but he was in a different mood. However, it was the same old story from the other end: Sri Lanka lost Niroshan Dickwella and Dilshan Munaweera in quick succession.

With the side already collapsing, captain Tharanga sensed urgency and continued his aggressive brand. From effortless drives to powerful pulls, Tharanga exhibited a wide range of shots. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had got two wickets, while Shardul Thakur could not breakthrough.

Virat Kohli went to his wicket-taker Jasprit Bumrah, and in no time the youngster had the on-song Tharanga caught behind. Trying to close the face of the bat, Tharanga faltered against a delivery moving across. Sri Lanka were 63 for 3 in 9.2 overs.

Angelo Mathews has not been at his best, scoring a mere two fifties since his resignation from captaincy. However, he rose to his prominence and took Sri Lanka out of the woods. Along with Lahiru Thirimanne, the warhorse added 122 for the fourth wicket, as both scored fifties.

Despite a drizzle before the start, the lateral movement was minimal. In fact, it was the hardness of the track that benefited the batters.

Kohli captained his bowlers very well, keeping the run rate in check when Mathews and Thirimanne were going all guns blazing.

Two overs before the death, Kohli brought Bhuvneshwar back into the attack. In a pursuit of guiding it fine, Thirimanne chopped it onto the stumps, and thus began the downfall. Mathews the tried to scoop Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav only to hand MS Dhoni an easy catch.

However, Dhoni attained a new high, getting his 100th stumping, the first player in history to do so. Wanidu Hasaranga was the victim off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling. Sri Lanka soon were bundled out, losing the last 7 wickets within 12 overs, thanks to Bhuvneshwar’s five-wicket haul.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 238 all-out in 49.4 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 67, Angelo Mathews 55; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5 for 42, Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 45) vs India.

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