Siraj delivers to Nissanka, and he’s caught by Jadeja! Gone! The mounting pressure finally takes its toll. A well-pitched length ball moves inwards, forcing Nissanka to make a play. He attempts a punch, angling the bat face slightly to guide it behind square, but Jadeja springs into action from backward point, diving to his right to secure a catch that’s standard for his exceptional skills. Sri Lanka loses both their openers.
Samarawickrama faces Siraj and is adjudged LBW! The usually in-form Samarawickrama departs without scoring. Siraj produces a magnificent inswinger, pitching it a tad fuller, which sharply nips in, resembling an off-cutter.
It skids through, catching Samarawickrama off guard as he plays the wrong line. Struck in front of middle, and the ball tracking confirms it would have hit the top of the leg stump. Sri Lanka loses another wicket, and their review is futile, as India asserts control over the game.
Asalanka faces Siraj and is caught by Ishan Kishan! It’s the third wicket of the over, and Siraj is on fire at RPS! A full delivery on the off-stump, perhaps deceiving Asalanka slightly, who was early on the drive. He chips it straight into the hands of Kishan at covers. The Sri Lankan lineup is in disarray as the hero against Pakistan departs without scoring.
Siraj bowls to Dhananjaya, and he’s caught by Rahul! Four wickets in a single over—a rare sight in an ODI! DDS exhibits casual batting, poking at a wide outswinger when he could have let it go. He manages only a faint edge, and Rahul completes the dismissal.
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Sri Lanka is grappling against some top-quality fast bowling. The advertisement break following the wicket lasts longer than expected, suggesting that Shanaka might not have been fully prepared to come out so early in the game.