Bangladesh defeat Sri Lanka

Bangladesh defeat Sri Lanka

However, it all boiled down to how the bowlers executed their plans after India won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat.

Earlier, half-centuries from opener Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera powered Sri Lanka to 214 for six against Bangladesh in the third Twenty20 global of the Nidahas tri-series in Colombo on Saturday. However, India rode on unbeaten knocks from Manish Pandey (42) and Dinesh Karthik (39) to overwhelm Sri Lanka's total with nine balls to spare, with southpaw Suresh Raina chipping in with a useful 27 runs of his own.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten, match-winning half-century inspired Bangladesh to return to winning ways in the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series.

Rohit Sharma led side looks far more settled as their victories so far in the series are convincing and most importantly different players have put their hands up every time. Even the game between India and Sri Lanka started 80 minutes late and it was a shortened game.

But it was not easy as India witnessed a horrendous start to its chase, losing skipper Rohit Sharma (11) and in-form Shikhar Dhawan (8) early.

While Raina fell while trying to up the ante, Rahul was out in a rather unusual fashion (hit-wicket) to leave India in trouble.

In response, India is now at 55 runs for the loss of 2 wickets, at the expense of 6 overs. Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat also accounted for a wicket each.

But India pulled things back bit with two wickets in back-to-back overs.

Kusal, meanwhile, brought up his fourth fifty in five innings in just 31 balls. The partnership surpassed the previous best of 71, between Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar, at the same venue when the Tigers toured Sri Lanka past year while the best powerplay - 76 - had come against New Zealand in 2013.

In the other camp, Sri Lanka will depend on Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis to score briskly at the top of the batting order. It didn't help matters that the first-ball single had four more added to it after a throw by the fielder deflected off the bat and went for a boundary.

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