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'It was stopping a bit. Of course, we knew one batsman was short': Shikhar Dhawan after losing 2nd T20I to Sri Lanka

IND vs SL: India captain Shikhar Dhawan said that he was was proud of his team for putting up a good fight despite faced with adverse circumstances as they lost the low-scoring second T20 International.
Navdeep Saini holds his arm in pain as Shikhar Dhawan attends during their second Twenty20 cricket match with Sri Lanka in Colombo.(AP)
Updated on Jul 29, 2021 11:35 AM IST

Sri Lanka levelled the three-match T20I series against India after winning the second game in Colombo by four wickets on Wednesday. Despite scoring only 132 runs, Team India managed to take the match into the final over. The responsibility of defending eight runs in the last over fell to young Chetan Sakariya. The 23-year-old pacer tried his best but couldn't defend the target as Dhananjaya de Silva scored the winning runs for Sri Lanka.

India captain Shikhar Dhawan said that he was was proud of his team for putting up a good fight despite faced with adverse circumstances as they lost the low-scoring second T20 International.

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With most of the power-hitters in isolation after Krunal Pandya's COVID-19 positive case, India could manage only 132 for 5 on a slow track which Sri Lanka chased down with two balls to spare.

"The surface had turn and it was stopping a bit. Of course, we knew one batsman was short and we knew we had to construct the innings smartly and we had to content ourselves at some point," Dhawan said at post-match presentation ceremony.

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"But yeah, we were 10-15 runs short," he admitted.

"I am very proud of the boys because we gave a very good fight. That never-say-die attitude and taking the game to the last over while defending just 132, credit to both bowlers and batters," Dhawan said.

His Lankan counterpart Dasun Shanaka thanked the BCCI for standing by their board and agreeing to play the series in these tough times.

"I thought if we could contain them to a low total, we could chase it. We were not able to capitalise in the first six overs. But DDS and Wanindu Hasaranga bailed us out. I should thank the BCCI and SLC for this opportunity because this is a huge opportunity for young guys in these times," Shanaka said.

(with PTI inputs)

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