Hardik Pandya IND vs NZ 1st T20I
The Kiwis scored 176 after being asked to bat first in Ranchi on Friday, January 27.

Sri Lanka won the second T20I by 16 runs to level the series 1-1. The Men in Blue were given hope by sensational hitting from Axar Patel 65), Suryakumar Yadav (51) and Shivam Mavi (26) but 5 early wickets proved costly for the hosts.

Earlier, Sri Lanka amassed 206/6 in 20 overs. Arshdeep Singh bowled a lot of no balls which allowed the Lankans to break free. Captain Hardik Pandya was unhappy with him for conceding extra runs.

“We didn’t do the basics right. I am not putting all the blame on Arshdeep Singh but bowling no-balls is a crime. The bowling and batting powerplays didn’t go our way. We have to look forward and work on things which are in our control. Anyone can have a bad or good day but you can’t move away from the basics,” said Hardik Pandya.

For the record, Arshdeep bowled five no-balls, including three in a row. Umran Malik and Shivam Mavi delivered one no-ball each, respectively.

Dasun Shanaka and Kusal Mendis smashed fifties for the Lankans.

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