Nidahas Trophy: India defeats Sri Lanka by six wickets

Bangladesh defeat Sri Lanka

Meanwhile, both India and Sri Lanka will aim to push for a place in the final of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) cricket tri-series.

India's response got off to a nervy start, as openers Rohit Sharma (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (8) both went down cheaply to Akila Dananjaya (2-19).

But KL Rahul who was included in the XI for the first time in the series along with Suresh Raina steadied the ship for India.

Mendis, who hit 57 and Perera, who top-scored with 74, put together a crucial 85-run stand for the second wicket to give the hosts an imposing total after being put into bat first.

The 26-year-old Thakur, playing his fifth T20 global, impressed with his pace and guile to help India dismiss the hosts for 152-9.

However, Sri Lanka could not manage any more success in the game with Pandey (42 not out) and Dinesh Karthik (39 not out) steering them to the target with nine deliveries to spare.

India wins the 3rd T20I match of the Nidahas T20I series by 6 wickets. Really happy to receive the award.

"Frankly there were some nerves but no pressure", Thakur added.

Speaking about his bowling plans, he said: "Nothing special, we just discussed how to execute our plans and it worked out for the better today".

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Sri Lanka continued with the strategy of going after the bowlers right from the start - a move which had paid dividends in the first two games.

Karthik showed intent from the moment he came out and with Pandey (42*) willing to innovate India soon took control again. Batting at number five, I felt I should be there till the end. India will next face Bangladesh on Wednesday, whereas Sri Lanka will face the same opponents later on Friday. "This was not a 152-run wicket". Thakur was the pick of the Indian bowlers with a four-wicket haul while Sundar impressed with two wickets as well. Sri Lanka began well after being asked to bat with Kusal Mendis leading from the front, scoring a fine 38-ball 55.

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