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Chahal puts Sri Lanka in a spin as India record biggest T20 win

192   //    20 Dec 2017, 23:37 IST
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India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal

India's dominance over Sri Lanka successfully transitioned into the Twenty20 arena as Yuzvendra Chahal ripped through the tourists batting line-up to help secure a 93-run win in the series opener.

Having won the Test and ODI series, India started their quest for a clean-sweep of the formats by recording their biggest T20I victory on Wednesday.

KL Rahul contributed an innings-high 61, while MS Dhoni (39 off 22) and Manish Pandey (32 off 18) contributed late in the innings to help India to 180-3.

It proved more than enough for victory, as Sri Lanka wilted in reply – Chahal (4-23) the tormentor in chief as India dismissed the tourists for a measly 87 to go one up in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka initially made a promising start in their reply with Upul Tharanga launching Hardik Pandya and Chahal overs the ropes.

It quickly unravelled, though, with Dhoni taking a superb catch down the leg side to remove Tharanga (23) off Chahal.

Angelo Mathews faced just seven balls before giving Chahal an easy catch off his own bowling, before Dhoni just about managed to stump Asela Gunaratne (4), who was outdone by a leg-side wide from the spinner.

The same combination accounted for Thisara Perera (3), before Pandya (3-29) swept up Sri Lanka's tail and brought an end to a miserable innings.

Chahal's heroics came on the back of excellent work from Rahul, who stepped up in the absence of rested captain Virat Kohli.

Rahul enjoyed a 63-run stand with Shreyas Iyer (24) after stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma had departed for 17, the opener contributing 37 in the partnership en route to recording a second T20I fifty.

Dhoni and Pandey helped to boost India's tally from 112-3 in just 33 balls, with the former closing the innings in style with a huge heave over deep square leg, although their efforts were ultimately more than enough.

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