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.
With scoreboard reading 34/2, Mendis and new batsman Upul Tharanga (22) joined hands and forged a 58-run partnership to stabilise the innings.
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The home side were off to a brilliant start but thanks to Thakur, India managed to pick quick wickets and restrict the Lankans to a modest total. But Manish Pandey (42) and Dinesh Karthik (39) played unbeaten knock to take India through the victory line with 9 balls to spare.
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"Frankly, there were some nerves, but I was under no pressure at all", Man of the Match Shardul said. It was a really good wicket but as a bowling unit, we did not execute well.
Captain Rohit Sharma was all praise for his bowlers after they restricted Sri Lanka to 152 for nine in the game reduced to 19-overs-a-side due to rain. The at-the-moment spin spearhead has had two decent outings this time around, and he will be intent on stamping his wrist-spinning dominance on Sri Lanka yet again.
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The experienced Karthik joined Pandey at 85-4.
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Sri Lanka's seamers bowled far too short and Karthik (39*) in particular would free his arms slapping Pradeep for successive fours before stroking the winning runs through point. Thisara Perera (15) announced his arrival with two sixes in the first two deliveries he faced while Mendis completed his third fifty in five games off 31 deliveries. Thakur was the pick of the Indian bowlers with a four-wicket haul while Sundar impressed with two wickets as well.
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