Colombo: India extracted revenge against Sri Lanka on Monday as they beat the hosts in the 4th match of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series by six-wickets on Monday.
However, it was a day to forget for KL Rahul as he became the first Indian batsman to be dismissed by a hit-wicket dismissal in the T20s.
It was not easy as India witnessed a horrendous start to their chase, losing both the openers -- skipper Rohit Sharma (11) and in-form Shikhar Dhawan (8) early. However, Suresh Raina and KL Rahul steered the innings by building a crucial partnership before the latter was dismissed cheaply.
KL Rahul (18), who came in place of Rishabh Pant, looked in good touch during his short stay before being dismissed in a strange manner. After surviving a close run-out chance in the previous ball, Rahul got out hit wicket while trying to work a Jeevan Mendis delivery into the leg side.
In the process, he became the tenth batsman overall to fall victim to such a dismissal in the history of the shortest format.
But thereafter, Pandey and Karthik ensured there were no more hiccups as they stitched unbeaten 68 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home comfortably.
Earlier sent into bat, Kusal Mendis once again shone brightly for Sri Lanka scoring 55 off 38 balls with the help of three fours and as many sixes before Indian bowlers led by Thakur brought their side back into the game with wickets at regular intervals.
Thakur returned with impressive figures of 4/27, while young off-spinner Washinton Sundar (2/21) scalped two wickets as India made a strong fightback after leaking runs in the first 10 overs.