Sri Lanka suffered their first ever ODI series whitewash on home soil at the hands of India. A dual, which has already transformed into a substantial mismatch, moves towards the only T20 which is set to take stage at RPS on midweek. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers between Sri Lanka and India in the shortest format.
Sri Lanka and India faced each other in a T20 for the first time in 2009 at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Sri Lankans, led by TM Dilshan, made 171/4. India, who were reeling at 115/7 in the 16th over, made a stunning comeback to win by 3 wickets in the last over. Pathan brothers, Irfan and Yusuf annihilated the bowlers, scoring 33 (16) and 22 (10) respectively
Sri Lanka’s first win against India came later that year at Nagpur when they won by 29 runs. Inspired by skipper Kumar Sangakkara’s 78 off 37 balls, Sri Lanka amassed 215/5. India were subdued at 186/9.
Sri Lanka vs India head to head T20 record –
- Played – 10
- Sri Lanka – 4
- India – 6
Following Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2009, the two sides met again during the T20 World Cup in West Indies 2010 where at Gros Islet, Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.
In 2012, during India’s tour of Sri Lanka, the tourists won the only T20 at Pallekele by 39 runs.
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The next meeting came two years later, during the T20 World Cup final 2014 at Dhaka, where Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.
During Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2016, the hosts won the 3 match series, 2-1 before the sides last met during the Asia Cup at Dhaka where India won by 5 wickets.
In the Lion’s Den
Since 2009, the two sides have met twice in Sri Lanka and the hosts are yet to beat India in a T20 at home.
Sri Lanka’s T20 track record at RPS is not at its best. In 13 T20s played at the venue, Sri Lanka has won only 2, losing 11 including a World Cup final. By defeating Bangladesh in April, the Lions broke a 5 year hoodoo, registering a T20 win at the RPS.
- Highest team total – 215/5 (Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2009)
- Highest team total for India – 211/4 (at Mohali, 2009)
- Lowest team total – 82 all out (Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam, 2016)
- Lowest team total for India – 101 all out (at Pune, 2016)
- Most runs – Suresh Raina (237 runs in 8 innings) (Avg. 33.85)
- Most runs (for SL) – Kumar Sangakkara (235 runs in 4 innings) (Avg. 78.33)
- Most runs in Sri Lanka – Suresh Raina (69 runs in 2 innings) (Avg. 69.00)
- Most runs for Sri Lanka (in SL) – TM Dilshan (61 runs in 2 innings) (Avg. 30.50)
- Highest individual score – Kumar Sangakkara (78 at Nagpur, 2009)
- Highest individual score for India – Virat Kohli (77 at Dhaka, 2014)
- Highest individual score in Sri Lanka – Virat Kohli (68 at Pallekele, 2012)
- Highest individual score for Sri Lanka (in SL) – TM Dilshan (61 at RPS, 2009)
- Most wickets – Ravichandran Ashwin (13 wickets in 6 innings) (Avg. 8.61)
- Most wickets for Sri Lanka – Dushmantha Chameera (5 wickets in 4 innings) (Avg. 18.60)
- Most wickets in Sri Lanka – Ashok Dinda (4 wickets in 1 innings) (Avg. 4.75)
- Most wickets in Sri Lanka (for SL) – Malinga Bandara (3 wickets in 1 innings) (Avg. 10.66)
- Best bowling – Ravichandran Ashwin (4 for 8 at Visakhapatnam, 2016)
- Best bowling – Dasun Shanaka (3 for 16 at Pune, 2016)