Indian middle-order batsmen came to the fore on Monday as the duo of Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik helped India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the fourth T20I of the ongoing Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series. The match was reduced to 19-overs-a-side affair after an hour was lost due to rain. India skipper Rohit Sharma yet again failed to score runs as he was dismissed for 11 runs by Akila Dananjaya in the second over.
His partner Shikhar Dhawan soon followed suit as he was dismissed for 8 runs in the 4th over by Dananjaya. Next batsmen, Lokesh Rahul and Suresh Raina, were on course in reaching the 153-run target with some clever stroke plays in the middle. However, Rahul was dismissed hit-wicket in the 10th over becoming the first Indian to be out hit-wicket in T20Is. After surviving a close run-out chance in the previous ball, Rahul got out hit wicket while trying to work a Jeevan Mendis delivery into the leg side.