Ashwin shines as India complete series win


Ravichandran Ashwin produced a devastating spell of bowling to help fire India to victory over Sri Lanka in their Twenty20 series decider on Sunday.

The spinner recorded record figures for an Indian bowler in T20 internationals of 4-8 from his four overs as Sri Lanka crumbled at the top of the order.

Five wickets inside the first six overs handed India complete control, with only Dasun Shanaka (19) and Thisara Perera (12) making it into double figures for the tourists.

Ashwin was ably assisted by India's others bowlers as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 82 - their lowest T20 score - and India made short work of their chase.

Shikhar Dhawan (46 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (22no) completed their nine-wicket victory with 37 balls to spare, giving India a 2-1 series win.

Ashwin's mesmerising spell began with two wickets in the opening over as openers Niroshan Dickwella (1) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) were both dismissed.

Dinesh Chandimal (8) and Asela Gunaratne (4) soon followed them as Sri Lanka were reduced to 20-4 by India's leading spinner.

Any hope that the middle-order could rescue the tourists quickly disappeared as wickets fell at regular intervals, with only some brief hitting from Shanaka - who hit two sixes and a four - causing India problems.

Ravindra Jadeja (1-11) ended his resistance just after the halfway mark and although Sri Lanka reached the 18th over, their scoring was still minimal. The unbeaten Dushmantha Chameera (9no) got them to 82 before Jasprit Bumrah (1-10) removed Dilhara Fernando (1) to bring the innings to a close.

Big hitting early on from Rohit Sharma (13) set the tone for India's response and even though Chameera (1-14) trapped him lbw, the hosts' victory was never in doubt.

Dhawan played with the freedom that chasing 83 brings and, along with Rahane, they raced towards their target as Sri Lanka's bowlers toiled.

Dhawan finished the match in style with his only six before cracking a boundary over cover as his run-a-ball innings proved decisive.