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India have so far dominated Sri Lanka in both the formats, i.e. Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) © IANS

Good Evening, शुभ संध्या, සුබ සැන්දෑවක්! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of the one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) betwwen visitors India and hosts Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday. I am Vishal Mehra, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this tie. India have so far dominated Sri Lanka in both the formats, i.e. Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs). They would now shift their focus to the shortest format of the game and aim for a win here to make the tour a grand success with a clean sheet record. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017 – One-off T20I at Colombo

As for Sri Lanka, nothing has gone their way so far. Whitewashed 0-3 in Tests, along with a 0-5 whitewash in ODIs ahs certainly pushed them massively onto the backfoot and has taken a major toll on their confidence. The recurring injuries to a few of their prime players too have been the reason for the underperformance as the Sri Lankan selectors too have decided to resign following this massive collapse against the Indians. However, this T20I is their one chance to step up and show the world that they can rise back up after being hit hard onto the ground. Kohli open, leaving out Rahane?


India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhavk

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga (c), Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Vikum Sanjaya, Isuru Udana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017 – One-off T20I at Colombo

Live Updates

  • 10:52 PM IST

    THATS IT! India win by 6 wickets. They remain unbeaten on the whole tour. 3-Tests, 5-ODI and now this T20I. Manish Pandey played a perfect foil to Virat Kohli. He not only scored the winning run but also ensured he crossed the fifty run mark in 36 balls.

  • 10:48 PM IST

    OUT! Virat Kohli is a bit too early in the shot and hands a simple catch at long on. He made 82 off 54. Isuru Udana will be happy to get Kohli’s wicket. MS Dhoni is in the middle.

  • 10:40 PM IST

    It is not just a matter of an over or so before India go out on a high and claim the one-off T20I match. Pandey will look to reach his fifty if chance be, while Kohli’s 100 looks a long way ahead.

  • 10:20 PM IST

    FIFTY! This is Kohli’s fourth consecutive fifty versus Sri Lanka. He reached his fifty in 30 balls inclusive of 5 fours and a six. He along with Pandey have added 74 runs.

  • 10:09 PM IST

    Virat Kohli has yet again taken upon himself to guide India to a win here. He has been methodical so far chipping in boundaries in between all the running. Manish Pandey too is playing a smart knock so far.

  • 9:54 PM IST

    OUT! KL Rahul’s 18-ball 24 comes to an end. Seekkeue Prasanna gets him to up on the rise and neat catch by Dasun Shanaka becomes Rahul’s downfall. Kohli is now joined by Manish Pandey in the middle.

  • 9:39 PM IST

    OUT! Lasith Malinga gets his man Rohit Sharma for 9. Rohit managed to hit the ball in the air mis-timing it for a simple catch at mid on. Virat Kohli is the new man in!

  • 9:28 PM IST

    KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle. Angleo Mathews to start the proceedings for Sri Lanka. Lasith Malinga being saved for the death overs? Rahul is already looking to explode but he is waiting to judge the pace of the pitch. 12 runs coming from the first over.

  • 9:10 PM IST

    Ashan Priyanjan who was drafted late last evening for Milinda Siriwardana has managed to hold Sri Lanka’s innings. He along with Isuru Udana managed to get their side past the coveted 150 run mark with a 36 run stand. Sri Lanka close their innings on 170 for 7.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    OUT! Another batsmen goes with adding much to the score. Sri Lankan batsmen have lacked patience in the middle. Kuldeep Yadav gets his second wicket. Seekkuge Prasanna hands a simple catch at mid wicket.

  • 8:41 PM IST

    OUT! This has been the past few updates in this blog. Sri Lanka have yet again faltered after a decent start. Their middle-lower order have been sad. Yuzvendra Chahal gets his third wicket and second of the over. Dasun Shanaka was going nowhere with his clueless approach.

  • 8:39 PM IST

    OUT! Kuldeep Yadav gets his man. Dilshan Munaweera goes for a wild swing and his himself bowled for 53. The only contact his bat made was with the air and ground.

  • 8:27 PM IST

    FIFTY! This has been a refreshing knock by Dilshan Munaweera. He has not blinked an eye lid against spinners using his feet to full extent. His attack sees Indian spinners pull their line a bit back of a length.

  • 8:20 PM IST

    Despite a flurry of wickets on the other end, Dilshan Munaweera is continuing to use his feet against spinners and knocking them for sixes at will. Chahal and Kuldeep are bowling in tandem. Munaweera is ensuring Sri Lanka do not end up cheaply. 17 coming from Chahal over.

  • 8:12 PM IST

    OUT! Yuzvendra Chahal gets the key wicket of Angelo Mathews. Mathews stretched as far as could and just managed to give MS Dhoni that split second chance to stump him. Sri Lanka in trouble now. Ashan Priyanjan is out in the middle.

  • 8:07 PM IST

    Akshar Patel is called into the attack to bowl the last powerplay over. Dilshan Munawaeera is looking to heave everything up and over. He has been taken for three fours already in this first. Sri Lanka are 60 for 2 after 6 overs.

  • 8:06 PM IST

    OUT! One shot too many for Niroshan Dickwella. This time trying to play reverse scoop shot, he gets his stumps uprooted. Bumrah learned from the last over and keep the length full. Angelo Mathews is out in the middle.

  • 8:00 PM IST

    Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack and gets welcomed by a back-to-back SIXES by Munaweera. Munaweera tears into Chahal in this over making 14 runs from it.

  • 7:54 PM IST

    OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets his revenge after getting pulled for a boundary. Upul Tharanga played across the line and finds his middle stump rattled. Dilshan Munaweera comes out and goes on the offensive. Couple of boundaries already for the young lad.

  • 7:50 PM IST

    Niroshan Dickwella is looking to take apart Jasprit Bumrah. He smacked the lanky-bowler for three consecutive boundaries. Couple of paddle-scoops and a flick already. 15 off the Bumrah over.

  • 7:46 PM IST

    Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella are out in the middle for Sri Lanka. India will look to get Dickwella early into his innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the bowling for India. Just 4 runs coming from the Bhuvi over. The out field seems slow and damp.

  • 7:32 PM IST

    Sri Lanka bring in Dasun Shanka, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera and Seekugge Prasanna.

  • 7:29 PM IST

    India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(wk), Akshar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav

  • 7:27 PM IST

    India make just two changes. KL Rahul and Akshar Patel comes in.

  • 7:26 PM IST

    TOSS: India win toss, opt to bowl first.

  • 7:09 PM IST

    Play to start by 7.40.

  • 6:37 PM IST

    Who will prevail in the clash of titans?

    Read our Key Battles by ayush-gupta : HERE
  • 6:25 PM IST

    Toss has been delayed. Inspection to take place at 19.00.

  • 6:08 PM IST

    Till the time toss happens read by Match Preview by kaustubh-mayekar: HERE

  • 6:03 PM IST

    News coming in from Colombo is that it is gloomy and rainy all around.