Kohli fires India to 9-0 cleansweep

Kohli fires India to 9-0cleansweep
Indian cricketers pose for photographers after their victory in the Twenty20 international. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli marked his 50th T20 international with a match-winning 82 as his side cruised to another comfortable victory in the one-off T20 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, chasing down 171 in the final over of the game.

Chasing a competitive 171 for victory, Kohli led from the front with a fluent 82 off 54 deliveries while Manish Pandey played the second fiddle by remaining unbeaten on a career- best 51 to guide India to chase down their 171 target with four balls to spare.

Earlier, Dilshan Munaweera who was playing his 10th international T20, slammed a quick-fire 53 off 29 balls with the help of five boundaries and as many as four hits over the fence.

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Apart from Munaweera, debutant Ashan Priyanjan hit 40 to take the hosts to 170 after Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav wreaked havoc on the middle-order.

However, the visitors witnessed a bad start to their chase as Malinga sent back Rohit Sharma early while Rahul fell to Seekkuge Prasanna after a decent start. Kohli and Pandey then joined hands and led India to a comfortable victory.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 170/7 in 20 overs (Dilshan Munaweera 53, Ashan Priyanjan 40*; Yuzvendra Chahal 3-43, Kuldeep Yadav 2-20)

India 174/3 in 19.2 overs (Virat Kohli 82, Manish Pandey 51*)

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor,

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