Nidahas Trophy: India win toss, elect to bowl in rain-delayed match

Teams push for place in Nidahas Trophy finals

Meanwhile, both India and Sri Lanka will aim to push for a place in the final of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 global (T20I) cricket tri-series.

An upbeat Indian side will take on a bruised Sri Lankan outfit in the fourth Twenty20 global (T20I) of the ongoing tri-series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Monday. Suresh Raina (27) and KL Rahul (18) repaired the early damages before being dismissed in quick succession.

Rahul's end came at a awful time for India and in a weird manner as the batsman trod on his stumps setting off for a run to gift Jeevan Mendis a wicket.

The Tigers' first global win since January however, came after a horrendous bowling display on a flat track which allowed the opposition to score 214 losing six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Suresh Raina made a creditable contribution of 27 but it was left to another standout performer, Dinesh Karthik (39 not out), to hit the winning run with nine balls to spare.

The tournament got wide open after every team in the ongoing T20 tri-series in the Nidahas Trophy managed one win each.

"Frankly there were some nerves but no pressure", Thakur added. "We just discussed how to execute our plans and it worked out for the better part of the game", Shardul said.

Pandey and Karthik then took over, largely shunning risks and playing with calculated aggression to get India over the line. Sri Lanka, a batsman short, will look to accommodate Dhananjaya De Silva who's in good nick in the longer format. "This was not a 152-run wicket".

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended from his side's next two Twenty20 internationals after being found guilty of a "serious over-rate offence" in the defeat to Bangladesh. Tharanga scored 22 off 24 deliveries while Mendis posted back-to-back half-centuries hitting 55 off 38 deliveries with three fours and three sixes.

Rohit Sharma (11) started the chase positively with a six and a four in the first over but the introduction of Akila Dananjaya (2-19) changed the complexion of the game.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar have been economical and have been repaying Rohit Sharma's faith by picking up crucial wickets as well.

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