India were clearly the dominant side and they proved it yet again. The men is blue won the third T20 in Pune by an emphatic 78 runs to clinch the three match T20 series 2-0. The first match at Guwahati was abandoned due to rain.
Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga won the toss and elected to field first . And India set up a daunting total of 201 / 6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Openers K L Rahul and Shikar Dhawan set the momentum with a superb opening stand of 97 in quick time . Rahul was fluent in in 54 off 36 balls with five fours and one six. Dhawan battling poor form blasted his way back to form with a timely half century. 52 off 36 balls . Studded with 7 fours and one six. Sanju Samson took the field in place of Rishabh Pant. Skipper Virat Kohli (26) Manish Pandey unbeaten on 31 and a cameo 22 by Shardul Thakur 22 off 8 saw India reach a competitive total .
The lankans were expensive with the ball. Skipper Malinga was rusty with a spell of 0/ 40 (4 overs),Angelo Mathews 0/ 38 (3 overs), Lahiru Kumara 1 / 46 (4 0vers), Wanindu Hasaranga 1/27 ( 4 overs), Lakshan Sandakan was the most successful with 3/35 (4 overs)
The Sri Lankan’s while chasing made a mess of the big total. They simply caved in without a fight and were bowled out for a mere 123 in 15.5 overs. Angelo Mathews ( 31) and Dhananjaya de Silva ( 57 ) were the only batsmen to reach double figures. The rest failed to rise to challenge.
For India the star was Navdeep Saini with fine figures of 3/28 (3.5 overs), Washington Sundar 2/ 37 ( 4 overs), Shardul Thakur 2/ 19 ( 3 overs), Jasprit Bumrah 1/ 5 ( 2 overs) completed the rout.
Navdeep Saini bagged the Man of the Series while Shardul Thakur the Man of The Match.