Sri Lanka defeated India in the 2nd T20I to level the three-match series 1-1. Batting first at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Sri Lanka got off to a flying start as they did not lose a wicket till they put 80 runs on the board.
Sri Lanka were underwhelming in the middle overs, but skipper Dasun Shanaka rose to the occasion and played the innings of a lifetime.
Shanaka, who led Sri Lanka to Asia Cup glory last year, amassed 56(22), laced with two fours and six sixes. The 31-year-old became the fastest Sri Lankan to score a fifty in T20Is, in just twenty balls, surpassing Mahela Jayawardene’s record of 21 ball- fifty run innings against Kenya in 2007.
With his heroic efforts, Shanaka achieved a rare feat never scripted before in T20Is as he became the first-ever player to score multiple fifties in death overs.
It was Shanaka’s second fifty-plus score in death overs in T20I cricket, as the first came against Australia in early 2022.
Against the Aussies, Shanaka scored 50 runs in the last four overs, while in yesterday’s match, Shanaka amassed 52 in the final four overs.
Shanaka also contributed with the ball as he defended 21 runs off the last over and picked up two wickets. Dasun won the player of the match award for his performance.