The Indian cricket team completed a 9-0 clean sweep over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Wednesday night thanks to a blazing knock of 82 by captain Virat Kohli. With this, The Indian team also became the first side to complete a whitewash of a home team across the three formats.
The Indian cricket team completed a 9-0 clean sweep over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Wednesday night thanks to a blazing knock of 82 by captain Virat Kohli. With this, The Indian team also became the first side to complete a whitewash of a home team across the three formats. While the final T20I was full of some exciting performances, it wasn’t far away from controversy either. A video that has gone viral on social media platforms suggests that there was may have been a huge mistake at the time of toss, possibly due to miscommunication between match referee Andy Pycroft and official presenter Murali Kartik – the SL captain was at a loss, but he stayed mum.
The video posted by Sony on its YouTube account shows that when Upul Tharanga tossed the coin, Virat Kohli had called for heads. When the match referee Andy Pycroft checked the coin, he said tails, India. Now, if you find that baffling, well the drama didn’t end here. Murali Kartik turned towards Kohli, said heads and started having a conversation assuming that India had won the toss. For some reason, Pycroft who was still in the frame looked confused. There was clearly some misunderstanding.
Watch the incident here:
The Indian skipper opted to field first like most captains do in the shortest format of the game. Sri Lankan batsmen gave an improved performance to put up 170 runs on board. Dilshan Munaweera smashed his maiden half-century while debutant Ashan Priyanjan also played a useful hand. Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 43 from his four overs, while chinaman Kuldeep Yadav scalped two for 20.
In response, India got off to a poor start and lost Rohit Sharma for just 9. Virat Kohli then took charge with Manish Pandey and guided India to a 7 wicket win with 4 balls to go. With this knock, Kohli also became the fastest batsman to score 15000 international runs across formats in 333 innings, improving Hashim Amla’s record of 336 innings.