Dhoni delighted with Dhawan and Bumrah


MS Dhoni hailed the performances of Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah after India levelled their Twenty20 international series with Sri Lanka courtesy of an emphatic triumph in Ranchi.

Three days on from being skittled for 101 in Pune, India posted an imposing total of 196-6 on their way to a 69-run win on Friday, having been given an excellent start by Dhawan's 25-ball 51.

The opener struck seven fours and two sixes in his maiden T20 half-century, but it was Dhawan's shot selection that particularly pleased the captain.

Speaking at a post-match news conference, Dhoni said: "I think what's important is he is playing proper shots. At the same time, he's not trying to over-hit.

"The good thing with him is he's able to get boundaries in the first couple of balls in an over, so then he doesn't need to take a lot of risks. This is something he has done brilliantly.

"At times in the shorter format, when you get boundaries you often try to be in the fifth gear, but what's important is to see how many runs is good enough. If you have already got 10-12 runs in an over and the ball is not there, you don't really need to manufacture a shot. I feel this is what he did really well."

Seamer Bumrah impressed on India's recent tour of Australia and again demonstrated his death-bowling skills on Friday, removing Sachithra Senanayake and Dushmantha Chameera with full deliveries in the 18th over of Sri Lanka's unsuccessful chase.

Dhoni added: "The good thing with Bumrah is he definitely has a bit of pace. He doesn't have a normal action, so it also takes batsmen time to get used to him and at the same time his execution of yorkers is very good.

"He has bowled very consistently, especially when he has been asked to bowl in the last three or four overs.

"He has somebody who has executed it very well - definitely a big positive for us."

India and Sri Lanka will meet in Visakhapatnam on Sunday to decide their three-match T20 series.