Ashwin sends Sri Lanka to new low
VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP):
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian in Twenty20 Internationals to help his side beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets yesterday and clinch the series 2-1.
Ashwin ripped through the top order with 4-8, improving on his own best of 4-11 against Australia at the World Twenty20 two years ago as Sri Lanka were bowled out in only 18 overs for 82, their lowest T20 total.
In reply, India reached 84-1 in only 13.5, overs with opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring in the third and final match with an unbeaten 46.
Ashwin drew first blood with his third delivery as a vicious spinner beat left-handed opener Niroshan Dickwella (1) for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to complete an easy stumping. The spin bowler then trapped Tillakaratne Dilshan leg-before wicket off the last ball of the over to trigger a collapse.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal (8) fell to the first delivery of Ashwin's second over, caught on the off side while trying to clear the infield. Debutant Asela Gunaratne (4) was his fourth victim, caught at leg slip by Suresh Raina as Ashwin finished his three-over spell at 4-5 and the score at 20-4.
"I want to keep the batsmen guessing and (getting) wickets makes me a different bowler," Ashwin said. "I've the courage to go for runs. That's why I've the courage to flight the ball."