Axar Patel again showed his batting class in white-ball cricket. The left-handed batter slammed 65 off 31 balls, including 6 sixes 3 fours. However, Sri Lanka won the second T20I by 16 runs to level the ongoing three-match series with last game to go.

Chasing 207, India were 57/5 at one one stage but a 91-run partnership between Axar and Suryakumar Yadav brought the hosts back. SKY accumulated 51 off 36 balls, laced with 3 fours and as many sixes.

After his departure, Shivam Mavi went on a rampage, hitting 26 off 15 balls but the Men in Blue fell short.

Earlier, the visitors scored 206/6 with Dasun Shanaka clobbering an unbeaten 56 off 22 balls. His hit 6 sixes and 2 fours in the death overs.

For India, Umran Malik took 3 wickets and conceded 48 runs from his four overs.

Meanwhile, fans lauded Axar for his sensational hitting.

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