Gunathilaka hits fifty to rally Sri Lanka
June 08, 2017  20:43


SL 108-1 (20 ovs) vs India 321-6 | Scorecard

Bumrah has struggled to make an impression so far as compared to Pandya from the other end, who has created quite a few chances.

Gunathilaka smashes a length delivery from Bumrah straight down the ground for a four as he continues to grow in confidence.

Gunathilaka slashes at a wide delivery from Pandya as he gets a thick outside edge which goes through the vacant slip region for a four. He turns the next ball off his pads on the leg side for a couple and Mendis pulls the last ball for another couple as Pandya goes for 11 runs.

Spin introduced as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack in place of Bumrah, who bowled a lacklustre first spell of three overs. He makes a tidy start, giving away just three runs in his first over.

Gunathilaka continues to blossom in confidence as he pulls Pandya off the front for a six over midwicket to bring up fifty in some style, from 47 balls.

In the next over, Mendis lofts Jadeja over the leg side a Yuvraj runs across from long-on but he doesn't go for the catch and also ends up giving away a four following a clumsy effort on the field.

Mendis survives a shout for leg before wicket before he pulls the last ball over midwicket for the second four of the over.

Sri Lanka are firmly in the contest as they reach 108 for one in 20 overs, needing 214 from 30 overs for victory.

Gunathilaka is batting beautifully on 54 from 50 balls and Mendis looking solid on 39 from 52 balls.
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