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Saini, Thakur help India cruise to T20 win over Sri Lanka

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Indore: Fast bowler Navdeep Saini led a disciplined Indian bowling overall performance to installation a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka within the second Twenty20 global in Indore on Tuesday.

Saini lower back brilliant figures of 2-18 while fellow paceman Shardul Thakur claimed 3 wickets to help restrict Sri Lanka to 142 for 9, a complete the hosts surpassed in 17.three overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-healthy series. The opening fit become rained off.

KL Rahul, who top-scored with 45, and Shikhar Dhawan, who made 32, on his return from injury, put on 71 runs for the outlet wicket to put the platform for India's cushty chase on a good batting pitch.

Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga despatched back the two openers as he bowled Rahul with a googly and then brushed off Dhawan lbw after a a hit Sri Lanka review.

Shreyas Iyer, who scored 34 before falling to paceman Lahiru Kumara, and skipper Virat Kohli, who made an unbeaten 30 and hit the triumphing six, put on a key 51-run stand for the 1/3 wicket.

But it became the Indian bowlers who set the platform for victory after Kohli received the toss and elected to subject first.

Sri Lanka kept dropping wickets at normal intervals regardless of a brisk start however it become wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav's two key strikes inclusive of Kusal Perera, for 28, that similarly positioned a lid at the islanders' scoring.

Saini, who bowled opener Danushka Gunathilaka for 20, claimed Bhanuka Rajapaksa caught in the back of for 9 as Sri Lanka slipped to 104 for five.

Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah also took a wicket on his go back from a four-month injury lay-off via bowling Dasun Shanaka with a slower ball.

Thakur lower back in his very last over and the team's 19th to rattle the lower-order with three strikes along with in successive deliveries.