In the fourth encounter of Nidahas Trophy 2018, rain led to a delayed start. The match was thereafter reduced to 19-overs aside. Opting to bowl first, India were on the backfoot with Sri Lanka‘s opener Kusal Mendis firing all cylinders. Nonetheless, the tides turned with Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal’s economical spells, and Shardul Thakur’s 4-for.

In pursuit of 153, India lost openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan soon. Akila Dananjaya wrecked havoc with some movement and pitching the balls in the right area. Suresh Raina, at No. 3, counterattacked with a beautiful 15-ball 27 before regular breakthroughs dented the chase. KL Rahul became the first Indian to be dismissed hit-wicket in the format.

However, just like the last encounter, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik sealed the deal for visitors courtesy sensible batting. The duo added 68 off 46 balls, to secure a 6-wicket win with 9 balls to spare. Karthik and Pandey remnained unbeaten on 39 and 42 respectively.

Start of India vs Sri Lanka, 4th T20I was delayed due to rain. © AFP
Start of India vs Sri Lanka, 4th T20I was delayed due to rain. The match was converted into a 19-overs affair   © AFP
Kusal Mendis had a 62 run stand with Upul Tharanga taking Sri Lanka's innings to safety. He scored his 4th T20I fifty © AFP
Kusal Mendis had a 62 run stand with Upul Tharanga taking Sri Lanka’s innings to safety. He scored his 4th T20I fifty © AFP
Shardul Thakur claimed 2 wickets to shun Sri Lanka's increasing run-rate. His victims were Danushka Gunathilaka and Thisara Perera © Getty Images
Shardul Thakur claimed 4 wickets to shun Sri Lanka’s increasing run-rate. His victims were Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Pradeep © Getty Images
Washington Sundar picked up wickets of Kusal Perera and Jeevan Mendis. © AFP
Washington Sundar picked up wickets of Kusal Perera and Jeevan Mendis. © AFP

2nd Innings

Akila Dananjaya gets rid of Indian openers cheaply © AFP
Akila Dananjaya got rid of Indian openers cheaply © AFP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suresh Raina struck a fluent 15-ball 27 © AFP
Suresh Raina struck a fluent 15-ball 27 © AFP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KL Rahul became the first Indian to get out hit-wicket © AFP
KL Rahul became the first Indian to get out hit-wicket © AFP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik added 68 runs to secure a win © AFP
Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik added 68 runs to secure a win © AFP