Hat-trick a pleasant surprise for Thisara


Thisara Perera claimed he did not realise he had taken a hat-trick in Sri Lanka's 69-run Twenty20 defeat to India on Friday.

Sri Lanka were well beaten in Ranchi as the hosts racked up 196-6 on their way to a comprehensive victory that set up a series decider in Visakhapatnam.

However, there was a notable consolation for all-rounder Thisara, who became only the fourth player - after Brett Lee, Jacob Oram and Tim Southee - to claim a hat-trick in a T20 international.

Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh all holed out off low full-tosses in the 19th over as India aimed to finish their innings with a flourish.

Yet in a post-match news conference, a smiling Thisara said: "Actually I didn't know [it was] a hat-trick, because at that time I was concentrating on my death bowling."

He added with a chuckle: "My team-mates told me I got a hat-trick, then I said 'yeah, that's very good for me'."

Sri Lanka never threatened to overhaul India's imposing total and finished well short on 127-9 in reply, with Ravichandran Ashwin returning 3-14.

"The pitch looked like glass for the first 10 overs [of India's innings], then after that, it was a litle bit slow," said Thisara, who acknowledged Sri Lanka started poorly with the ball as Shikhar Dhawan raced to 51 from 25 balls.

"I think in the second innings it was really slow. Ashwin bowled really well."