Right-arm fast bowler Ashok Dinda took four wickets to give India a 39-run win against Sri Lanka in their one-off Twenty20 international match played at Pellekele today (7).
Chasing 156 runs for victory Sri Lanka were restricted to 116 with 12 deliveries to spare.
Earlier Virat Kohli hammered 68 off 48 balls to help India post 155-3 after being put in to bat first.
Kohli hit 11 boundaries and a six after India lost a quick wicket, as he added 74 runs for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane who made 21.
Right-arm fast bowler Shaminda Eranga who was brought in for today’s game impressed by capturing the wickets of opener Gautam Gambhir and Kohli after conceding 30 runs in his four overs.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene gave a flying start to Sri Lanka but the home team lost wickets at regular intervals before Angelo Mathews gave it some life.
However Dinda claimed 4 for 19 and Irfan Pathan took three wickets to trouble Sri Lanka’s progress and restricted them to 116 runs eventually.
India 155 for 3 wickets (20) (Ajinkya Rahane 21, Virat Kohli 68, MS Dhoni 16n.o., Suresh Raina 34n.o., Shaminda Eranga 2/30)
Sri Lanka 116 all out (18) (Mahela Jayawardene 26, Lahiru Thirimanne 20, Angelo Mathews 31, Ashok Dinda 4/19, Irfan Pathan 3/27)