Getting back to the playing eleven after a spell uninvolved with a physical issue, Group India pacer Arshdeep Singh didn’t have an optimal beginning to his spell in the second match of the continuous three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka at Maharashtra Cricket Affiliation Arena in Pune on Thursday. Arshdeep violated multiple times in succession in the second over of the innings, turning into the primary Indian bowler to bowl a full go-around of no-balls in T20Is. The umpire governed the seamer’s last wad of the over was a no-ball. The speedster made the record for bowling the most number of no-balls in a T20I match by an Indian bowler. Arshdeep took his count of no-balls in T20I cricket to 14.
By bowling 5 no-balls he has now become second bowler from a full part country of ICC, after Hamish Rutherford, to bowl 5 no-balls in a T20I. Exacerbating the situation, Sri Lankan opener Kusal Mendis exploited the free hits, hitting a four and a six. Arshdeep bowled just 2 overs, yielding 37 runs as Sri Lanka retaliated to place 206 on the board in the principal innings.
Captain Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka and Kusal Mendis showed coarseness and assurance with the bat to assist Sri Lanka with retaliating against India to post 206/6 in the second T20I of the three-match series here at the Maharashtra Cricket Affiliation Arena on Thursday.
Shanaka was the most elevated run-scorer for Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 56 off 22 balls while Asalanka and Mendis played coarse thumps of 37 and 52 separately. India conveyed seven no-balls in the game. Eventually, India could oversee 190/8 out of 20 overs and lost by 16 runs.