A clinical performance from the Indian team on a dry wicket at Ranchi levels the series at 1-1 as we go to the decider at Vizag. Shikhar Dhawan started the innings with an array of big shots, his blitzkrieg taking India to 70 for 0 after six overs. The Sri Lankan bowlers pulled back some of the early damage with a couple of quick wickets but a partnership between Suresh Raina and the blazing Hardik Pandya took India to a mammoth 196 for 6. In reply, the Sri Lankans could only manage 127 for 9, thanks to early wickets from Ashish Nehra and a tight attacking line bowled by the Indian spinners. Jaspreet Bumrah’s death bowling garnered many accolades as a one-sided encounter at Ranchi takes the series to a mouth-watering decider at Vizag in two days time.
Here are the Indian player ratings from the 2nd T20 match at Ranchi.
Rohit Sharma – 7/10
The Mumbai Indians captain played the anchor role amidst the pounding his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was giving to a hapless Sri Lankan bowling unit. Rohit compiled a 36-ball 43 to stabilize the innings after Shikhar’s dismissal.
Shikhar Dhawan – 9/10
Shikhar Dhawan provided a smashing start to the Indian innings, dispatching the loose deliveries with disdain on a pitch that offered little seam movement to the Lankan bowlers. A blazing 51 off 25 deliveries was the perfect platform for India to register a big score.
Ajinkya Rahane – 6/10
Failed to get going and match Dhawan’s hitting prowess, owing to his limited ability at slogging. But built a handy partnership with Rohit Sharma to set up the innings for the big hitters coming in afterwards.
Suresh Raina – 8/10
Some fantastic hitting from Suresh Raina gave the required impetus to the Indian innings and took India to a dominant position. Raina’s quick-fire 59-run partnership with Hardik Pandya was instrumental in the death overs.
Hardik Pandya – 8/10
What a player this man is! Sent to bat after Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal, Hardik Pandya hit 27 off just 12 balls and played the pinch-hitter role to perfection.
MS Dhoni – 8.5/10
Only got to bat for 5 deliveries in the final over, but his excellent reflexes in the stumping of Tillakaratne Dilshan and later Dinesh Chandimal meant that Sri Lanka were always playing catch up in the chase. Great work, skipper!
Yuvraj Singh – 5/10
Lazy shot to play under the circumstances to gift Thisara Perera a hattrick but redeemed himself with three tight overs and a catch. Needs to bat higher up the order.
Ravindra Jadeja – 8/10
Excellent bowling from the left-arm spinner, picking up the crucial wickets of Kapugedera and Chandimal, the architects of Sri Lanka’s chase in Pune.
Ravichandran Ashwin – 8.5/10
Provided the early breakthrough picking up Dilshan’s wicket and then dismissed the dangerous Dasun Shanaka who had already smashed three sixes. Deserves his three wickets on the night.
Jaspreet Bumrah – 8/10
One for the future, Jaspreet Bumrah bowled brilliantly in the death overs picking up two wickets. The pacer could prove to be an asset for MS Dhoni when it comes to the crunch games in the World T20.
Ashish Nehra – 8/10
Speaking with Harsha Bhogle at a post-match interview, Ashish Nehra mentioned that he is given the freedom by the captain to bowl an attacking line and to try and pickup wickets. He didn’t disappoint today, with the early wickets of Gunathilaka and Prasanna.