Sri Lanka defeated India by seven wickets in the third and final T20I on Thursday to seal the series two-1. In what was a total domination by the hosts, the bowlers did the job for the Islanders as they restricted India to a paltry total of 82.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga recorded his profession-greatest figures (four/9) and guided his side to victory. It was Sri Lanka’s very first-ever series win more than India in T20Is.
Immediately after India’s series loss, former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria could not himself from blaming India captain Shikhar Dhawan for the defeat. He termed Dhawan’s choice to bat very first in the series decider as a incorrect move.
“When you have Bhuvneshwar Kumar batting at No.six, why didn’t you win the toss and opt to bowl very first? The wicket at Premadasa assists spinners and you could have attempted to bowl very first and restrict Sri Lanka to beneath a hundred,” he mentioned on his Youtube channel.
“When you have such a lengthy bowling line-up, there is an benefit if you bowl very first and restrict the opposition. It was poor captaincy from Dhawan,” Kaneria added additional.
Indian batsmen are regarded a single of the greatest players of spin, but against the likes of Hasaranga and Akila Dananjaya, Dhawan & Co. struggled to score runs.
The cricketer-turned-analyst felt that Indian batters gifted their wickets to Hasaranga.
“Hasaranga was brilliant, but the Indian batsmen played a lot of awkward shots. Hasaranga demolished the Indian batting. He proved why he is the No.two ranked T20I bowler. But I assume the batsmen gifted wickets to him. If they would have played him meticulously and knocked him about for singles if they would have scored 130-140 with the type of bowlers they had, they could have been much more competitive,” Kaneria signed off.