Nidahas Trophy: India defeats Sri Lanka by six wickets

Tyler Owen
March 16, 2018

However, it was Kusal Mendis' innings of 55 which took the hosts to a satisfactory total, despite the rest of the team failing to step up. "I am taking it as a challenge".

The win propelled India into contention for a place in the final of the tournament.

The 32-year-old also spoke of the Indian bowling line-up, in particular two seamers - Vijay Shankar and Shardul Thakur - who shared five wickets between them against Sri Lanka on Monday. "And I have done that successfully", he added exuding confidence.

The "knuckle ball" (a variation of slower delivery) is being used as a variation by a lot of Indian bowlers now including pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

"(Zaheer) did it actually, but I didn't watch much of his videos", Thakur informed. I have been practising it for a long time. "On a wicket like this where batting has come easy, damage control is the most important thing", Mahmudullah said on Tuesday (March 13). One of India's most successful white ball players in recent times, the talented Mumbaikar is waiting for that one big knock that will propel him back to form.

Although Shardul Thakur's resume is wafer-thin when it comes to actual global appearances, he has been linked with the national side and has studied the bowling from close quarters, apart from his IPL experience, over the last two years.

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Coming to Bangladesh, in their first meeting India did well to restrict them to 139 but in their very next match, the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim hammered the Sri Lankan attack into submission chasing down the highest-ever target on Sri Lankan soil. They will play with Bangladesh tomorrow and a victory in that game will secure them a place in Final which will be played on Sunday. The net run-rate will also be a factor.

Or ask the Sri Lanka World T20 side of 2014.

However, later India came to chase 152 runs against Sri Lanka.

Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik did well to avoid any damage in the middle overs.

Thakur returned with impressive figures of 4/27, while young off-spinner Washinton Sundar (2/21) scalped two wickets as India made a strong fightback after leaking runs in the first 10 overs.

In the middle-order, India will depend on Manish Pandey, who posted 37 and 27 not out in the two matches. He's bowled his full quota of four overs in all three matches and gone at only 6.00 runs per over, the lowest in the tournament. They (bowlers) have comeback really well after the first game.

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