IND vs SL: After 3 balls of Akshar Patel in the last over, the match seemed to be going in Sri Lanka’s account, but the last 2 balls were amazing.
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13 runs on 6…, 11 runs on 5…, 5 runs on 3 and then 4 runs on the last ball, in the first T20 match played between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede, the mercury of the last over rose like this. Sri Lanka also put their full force in the last over, but Akshar Patel did wonders. Changed the result of the match on the last ball. The victory was snatched from the mouth of Sri Lanka, but Hardik Pandya’s decision was also amazing.
In fact, while batting first, India had given a target of 163 runs to Sri Lanka. However, Sri Lanka’s start was very bad and half the team returned to the pavilion on 68 runs. Even after this, Sri Lanka’s wickets kept falling at regular intervals, but thanks to captain Dasun Shanaka’s 45 runs, Wanindu Hasaranga’s 21 runs and Chamika Karunaratne’s unbeaten 23 runs, Sri Lanka came back in the match.
Pandya’s risky decision
Sri Lanka needed 13 runs in the last over. The strategy was being re-formed in both the camps. The temperature of the stadium had also gone up. In such a situation, a decision by Hardik Pandya increased the temperature of the match. For the last over, he brought Akshar Patel into the attack. Whose third over was. He had looted a lot of runs in the first 2 overs. Despite this, Pandya expressed confidence in Patel. Patel threw the first ball wide and Ranjita took a single on the next ball. On the third ball of the over, Karunaratne increased India’s heart rate by hitting a six.
Long conversation between Pandya and Patel
After the sixes, there was a long conversation between Ishaan Kishan, Pandya and Patel and after this conversation the whole match turned upside down. After the last 3 balls of Patel’s over, Sri Lanka needed 5 runs to win. The fourth ball was a dot. Ranjita was run out on the 5th ball. After this wicket, Sri Lanka needed 4 runs on the last ball to win. Everyone’s eyes were on Patel. A boundary would have snatched the match from India’s hands. Karunaratne was present on strike and was ready to hit a big boundary.
Boundary not hit on the last ball
Akshar Patel did not give him a chance to hit the boundary on the last ball. He played the shot towards deep midwicket and ran for the run. Completed one run, but Dilshan Madhushanka was run out while trying for the second run and with this Sri Lanka’s entire innings got reduced to 160 runs.