Kohli, Pandey steer India to T20 win over Sri Lanka

India's Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka during their only Twenty20 cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Captain Virat Kohli scored 82 off 54 balls and Manish Pandey struck an unbeaten maiden half-century to propel India to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their only Twenty20 international on Wednesday.

Asked to bat first, Sri Lanka made 170-7 in its 20 overs. India reached 174-3 after Kohli shared 119 runs for the third wicket with Pandey, who hit a boundary to get the winning runs and his half-century with four deliveries to spare.

The victory gave India a clean sweep of all formats on the tour, after winning the test series 3-0 and one-day international series 5-0.

“It was a competitive score,” Sri Lanka coach Nick Pothas said of his team’s effort. “If we looked at how we played we were probably 15 short.

“We probably had few too many little cameos, could have dragged a little bit longer. 170 is competitive, but when you play a team with such quality, we’ve got to be very, very good in the field and with the ball.”

Kohli and Pandey came together when India was two wickets down for 42 runs.

Rohit Sharma (9) was out first, miscuing a hit for a catch to Thisara Perera after being frustrated by some dot balls from fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

Dasun Shanaka brilliantly caught Lokesh Rahul (24) off leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna.

Sensing an advantage, Sri Lanka’s bowlers turned the pressure on Kohli and Pandey with some tight bowling and fielding. However, the two batsmen stood firm before going on to score freely and lead India to victory.

Kohli hit seven boundaries and a six before being out caught in the deep with 10 runs needed for victory. Pandey was unbeaten on 51 in 36 deliveries, including four boundaries and a six.

Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga (5) was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the score on 22. Niroshan Dickwella made 17 before being bowled by paceman Jasprit Bumrah.

Dilshan Munaweera made a maiden Twenty20 half-century and was out for 53 off 29 deliveries. He hit five boundaries and four sixes before losing the grip of his bat and being bowled by spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Yadav bowled four economical overs and conceded only 20 runs for two wickets and was named player of the match for his effort.

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets for 43 runs.