India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: Dasun Shanaka takes catch of the series to dismiss Nitish Rana; Watch video – Sri Lanka skipper Sasun Shanaka took a stunning catch to dismiss India’s middle-order batsman Nitish Rana in the third and final T20I of the series here at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday. The series is level at 1-1 as India won the opener while Sri Lanka claimed the 2nd game.
The Lankan captain takes a brilliant return catch to send back India’s last recognized batsman ☝🏽
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 29, 2021
Dasun Shanaka was bowling the 9th over of the innings. India had already lost four wickets so Rana was batting cautiously. On the last ball of the over Rana tried to nudge the ball to long-on for a single but ended up pushing in in air towards Shanaka. The right-arm pacer in his follow-through dived to his left and took a stunning one-handed catch to remove Rana on 6 runs.
Earlier, India captain Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the very first over of the innings and the Indian middle-order was expected to take the team’s total forward. However, as soon as the Sri Lankan spinners came on to bowl, Indian batters were under pressure. India’s number 3 in this match Devdutt Padikkal was removed in the fourth over by R Mendis. In the next over, Wanindu Hasaranga, who is ranked number 2 in ICC T20I bowlers ranking, picked two crucial wickets of Sanju Samson and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
India playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier
Sri Lanka playing XI: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera