In reply, India lost both openers to Akila Dananjaya to put the cat among the pigeons but Suresh Raina's 15-ball 27 kept them afloat.
The experienced Karthik joined Pandey at 85-4. "So, looking forward to the next game", said Dinesh Chandimal at the post-match presentation. "We have not got too much of batting after numbers six and seven, so it was good for DK to stay with me and absorb the pressure".
"Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended from Sri Lanka's upcoming two Twenty20 Internationals in the three-nation series after being found guilty of a serious over-rate offence in Saturday's match against Bangladesh in Colombo", an International Cricket Council statement read. Rohit Sharma has been miserable in leading the team from the front rather has got out cheaply in all three matches and has left the team in trouble. Inform batsman Shikhar Dhawan is expected to continue his impressive run with the bat. 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.
Rahul's end came at a bad time for India and in a freaky manner as the batsman trod on his stumps setting off for a run to gift Jeevan Mendis a wicket.
IND vs SL: Sri Lanka set a target of 152 runs for visiting India
After 7 overs:India lost another wicket of Suresh Raina, scored 63 runs.
But thereafter, Manish and Karthik stitched an unbeaten 68-run partnership for the fifth wicket to guide India home comfortably.
Vijay Shankar (1/30), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/34) and Jaydev Unadkat (1/33) also accounted for a wicket each. Thisara Perera (15) announced his arrival with two sixes in the first two deliveries he faced while Mendis completed his third fifty in five games off 31 deliveries.
Thakur then dimissed Dasun Shanaka (19) and Dushmantha Chameera in consecutive balls in the 19th over to stand in with a chance to claim a hat-trick which didn't come.
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