IND vs SL: Shikhar Dhawan heaps praise on the Indian team for putting up a good fight against Sri Lanka


IND vs SL: India white-ball team captain Shikhar Dhawan is proud of the Indian team for displaying a good fight against Sri Lanka despite facing a setback as they lost the second T20I on Wednesday.

With the key players of the Indian team in isolation after Krunal tested positive for COVID-19, India could score a total of 132 runs for 5 wickets down which the hosts chased easily with two balls to spare. “The surface had turned and it was stopping a bit. Of course, we knew one batsman was short and we knew we had to construct the innings smartly and we had to content ourselves at some point,” Dhawan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“But yeah, we were 10-15 runs short,” he admitted. “I am very proud of the boys because we gave a very good fight. That never-say-die attitude and taking the game to the last over while defending just 132, credit to both bowlers and batters,” Dhawan said.

The Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka also thanked the BCCI for standing by the Sri Lanka board & playing the T20I series even during these tough times. “I thought if we could contain them to a low total, we could chase it. We were not able to capitalize in the first six overs. But DDS and Wanindu Hasaranga bailed us out. I should thank the BCCI and SLC for this opportunity because this is a huge opportunity for young guys in these times,” Shanaka said.

Dhananjaya De Silva’s unbeaten knock of 40 runs followed by Chamika Karunaratne’s cameo of 12 runs helped Sri Lanka to beat India by four wickets in the chase of 132 runs in the second T20I of the three-match T20I series. India will lock horns with Sri Lanka in the third & the final T20I of the series on 30th July. Meanwhile, all the eight closed contacts of positive tested Krunal Pandya have tested negative for COVID-19 but still, they are not eligible to take the field for the remaining two matches due to precautionary measures set in place by the higher authorities.

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