India Skipper Shikhar Dhawan was proud of his team for putting up a good fight despite facing adverse circumstances in the low-scoring second T20 International against Sri Lanka, in Colombo.
With nine players unavailable after Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, India had no option but play with six specialist bowlers, including one pacer Navdeep Saini, who wasn’t even given a single over.
India could score just 132 for 5 on a slow track. Sri Lanka chased down the total with two balls to spare and won by four wickets. The teams are level 1-1 in the three-match series.
The surface had turn 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 post-match presentation ceremony.
“But, yeah, we were 10-15 runs short,” he conceded.
“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 added.
His Lankan counterpart Dasun Shanaka thanked the BCCI for standing by his board and agreeing to play the series in these tough times.
“I thought if we could contain them to a low total, we could chase it. We were not able to capitalise in the first six overs. But DDS (Dhananjaya de Silva) and Wanindu Hasaranga bailed us out. I should thank the BCCI and SLC (Sri Lanka board) for this opportunity because this is a huge opportunity for young guys in these times,” Shanaka said.