Earlier, half-centuries from opener Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera powered Sri Lanka to 214 for six against Bangladesh in the third Twenty20 worldwide of the Nidahas tri-series in Colombo on Saturday. Indian team has bounced back in style by defeating Bangladesh and now would like to make amends against Sri Lanka today at Colombo. Also, Sri Lanka would be watching the game closely and they would ideally want India to win the match as the final league game will virtually become the semi-final then.
Pandey hit an unbeaten 42 from 31 balls and Karthik was 39 not out as India recovered from 4-85 to win by six wickets. The hosts started on a steady note but when the scoreboard was reading 25 in three overs, opener Danushka Gunathilaka (17) was dismissed by pacer Shardul Thakur.More news: Serena & Venus Williams Went Head-To-Head At Indian Wells & Fans Freaked Out
Pandey and Karthick kept the rotating the strike as India needed 30 runs from last four overs.The two remained undefeated as India crossed the mark in 18th over.
After 7 overs: India lost another wicket of Suresh Raina, scored 63 runs. Thakur was the pick of the Indian bowlers with a four-wicket haul while Sundar impressed with two wickets as well.More news: Honor 7C With Snapdragon 450 SoC and Android Oreo Goes Official
Kusal Mendis used the crease to great effect to hit most of his scoring shots on his favourite left side.
But India pulled Sri Lanka back again with three more quick wickets in the form of Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis and set Kusal Mendis.
In the next over, Sundar (2-21) castled the unsafe Kusal Perera (3) but Kusal Mendis (55) helped the innings get back on track scoring three boundaries and two sixes to take the home side to 94 for two at the halfway mark. Dasun Shanaka added 19 runs off 16 balls with a four and a six.More news: All the glamorous pics from inside Khloe Kardashian's pink baby shower
His dismissal and a decision to continue the onslaught without any caution paved way for a collapse and brought about Sri Lanka's downfall.