Hardik Pandya was again the pick of India's bowlers © AFP
Hardik Pandya was again the pick of India’s bowlers © AFP

India and Sri Lanka faced off in Match 7 of Asia Cup T20 2016 at Dhaka on Tuesday. India are currently on a roll in Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket, having won 7 of their last 8 matches. After beating Australia and Sri Lanka in successive series they have won their first two matches of Asia Cup T20 2016 as well. Sri Lanka desperately need to win to stay alive in the tournament. India restricted Sri Lanka to 138 for 9, with Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya taking two wickets each. Here are some of the highlights of the first innings of the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2016, Match 7 at Dhaka

Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah start well as usual: Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah have been in excellent nick in T20Is this year. Both men have bowled wonderfully both at the start of the innings and at the death. MS Dhoni usually gets them to bowl three overs each with the new ball and then return for an over apiece at the death. He did the same this time around. Nehra took out Dinesh Chandimal in the third over of the innings, inside-edging a slog to MS Dhoni. Shehan Jayasuriya did not do much either, and ended up edging a good ball from Bumrah to Dhoni. Sri Lanka lost their first two wickets with just 15 on the board. Full Cricket Blog: India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2016 IND vs SL, 7th T20 Match at Dhaka

Hardik Pandya’s hat-trick, almost: Hardik Pandya had taken two wickets off his last two balls against Pakistan, getting Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Aamer out. He struck again with his first ball against Sri Lanka, getting Tillakaratne Dilshan to pull a short ball to Ravichandran Ashwin at fine leg. As a result Pandya had taken 3 international wickets in 3 balls. It was not actually a hat-trick (you have to take 3 wickets in 3 balls in the same match; across First-Class innings will do too), but Pandya was not complaining. READ: Rampaging India restrict disappointing Sri Lanka to 138 for 9 in Asia Cup T20 2016, Match 7 at Dhaka

Angelo Mathews vs Pandya: There was a mini-battle between Pandya and Angelo Mathews in the bowler’s third over. Mathews smashed two boundaries off the over before Pandya induced an inside edge onto the batsman’s stumps.

Sri Lanka collapse: Sri Lanka were 100 for 4 after 16 overs when their slide began. Milinda Siriwardana hit one from Ashwin to Raina in the deep, Dasun Shanaka was run out off a free hit, and Chamara Kapugedara struck one off Bumrah firmly, only for Pandya to pull off a good catch on the boundary. Soon Sri Lanka were 105 for 7. They lost two more wickets by the end of the innings.

Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara slog away: At one stage it did not look like Sri Lanka would get anywhere close to 140, but the fact that they ended at 138 is a testament to their lower order managing to get in a few big hits. Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara scored 30 runs off 15 balls with 4 fours and 1 six between them. Perera was stumped off an Ashwin wide ball, and Kulasekara was run out off the final ball of the innings.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he loves watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)