2. T20I: Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja help India knock down 184 vs Sri Lanka extend winning streak to 11 games

India made easy work of in the 2nd T20I on Friday in Dharamsala with a 184 run target as Shreyas Iyer posted his highest T20I result and led India’s successful chase. With the 7-wicket victory, India sealed an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series against the guests from Sri Lanka.

It was a strong batting performance from India, who took just 17.1 overs to shoot down 184. Shreyas Iyer (74/44), Ravindra Jadeja (45/18) and Sanju Samson (39/26) were the architects of India’s breathtaking chase that sealed another home series win on Friday.

India vs. Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: highlights

India also extended its winning streak in T20I cricket to 11 matches, a streak that began at last year’s T20 World Cup. Since then, India have won the T20I series 3-0 at home against New Zealand and the West Indies.

In the meantime, Also Rohit Sharma was the most successful T20I captain in home games, winning 16 in just 17 games while captaining the Indian team.

India were in trouble when Sri Lankan pacesetter Dushmantha Chameera took Rohit Sharma’s early wicket for 1 after captain Dasun Shanaka and Pathum Nissanka tumbled into the Indian attack in the death overs, amassing 72 runs in the last 4 overs to a competitive 183/5 to post on the board.

Sri Lanka shook India with pace on the power play as Chameera and Lahiru Kumara consistently hit speeds in excess of 140. Ishan Kishan struggled, and the left-handed opener fell for 16 of 15 balls after a serious dose of pace from Kumara.

IYER SHINES, SAMSON AND JADEJA FIRE BIG

India faltered at 44/2 but Shreyas Iyer countered with another exceptional shot, proving he’s as good a T20 player as he is in the longer formats of the game.

Iyer was big from the start and immediately put the Sri Lankan bowlers back under pressure. Iyer hit 4 sixes and 6 limits for his 44-ball 74, going undefeated and taking the team to the finish line.

Playing his first international game in 7 months, Sanju Samson needed time to get going but he changed the momentum of the chase with a 23 run over against Lahiru Kumara. Samson hit 3 well-timed sixes before folding in the same over (13′). Samson made 39 from just 26 balls and played a crucial role in middle order.

Then came Ravindra Jadeja, who stole the thunder with a stunning 18-ball 45 shot in which he hit a six and a 7 boundary. Jadeja, who has returned to the senior team after missing the Tour of South Africa and home series against the West Indies, volunteered for the finisher role, causing a healthy headache for the Indian team management.

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