Virat Kohli cracked a half-century and Irfan Pathan bagged three key wickets to help India post an easy 39-run win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday.
In-form Kohli hit a 48-ball 68 for his maiden half-century in T20 internationals while
paceman Pathan finished with 3-27 as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 116 after scoring 155-3.
Pathan jolted Sri Lanka's top order when he dismissed skipper Mahela Jayawardene (26), Tillakaratne Dilshan (0) and Upul Tharanga (5) in his opening three overs to reduce the hosts to 35-3. Seamer Ashok Dinda finished with 4-19, including three wickets in an over, as Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for 20 runs. Angelo Mathews top-scored for Sri Lanka with 31.
Kohli earlier smashed one six and 11 fours being caught by Lahiru Thirimanne at deep mid-wicket off debutant paceman Shaminda Eranga, who took 2-30 off four overs. Brief scores: India 155-3 in 20 overs (V Kohli 68, S Raina 34 not out); Sri Lanka 116 all out in 18 overs (A Mathews 31, I Pathan 3-27, A Dinda 4-19)
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