Team India batsmen struggled to find their timing throughout their innings as the Sri Lanka side restricted them to 132/5 in their 20 overs in the second T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The visitors, who went in with five batters played cautiously and conservatively at the start.
However, the sluggish track meant the big overs never came and an attack was never launched as whenever Indian batsmen tried to hit a big shot, they lost their wicket and the new batter had to take a few balls to get his eyes in.
Both Sri Lankan spinners, Wanindu Hasaranga and Akila Dananjaya used the pitch to their advantage and bowled consistently accurate lines and lengths. It helped that the Indian batsmen played conservatively because of being one batsman short and the run rate never got too threatening for them.
Just when the visitors wanted to tee off, the Sri Lankan bowlers pegged them back and the score never looked challenging. Skipper Dasun Shanaka used eight bowlers including himself as the cutters and the change of pace worked very well on that sluggish Colombo pitch.
Dananjaya picked two wickets, while Hasaranga, Shanaka and Dushmantha Chameera all chipped in with one each. Somehow, India got to a score of 132.