Virat Kohli cracked a half-century and Irfan Pathan bagged three key wickets to help India post an easy 39-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday.
In-form Kohli hit a 48-ball 68 for his maiden half-century in T20 internationals, while paceman Pathan finished with 3-27 as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 116 after scoring 155-3.
Man-of-the-match Pathan jol-ted Sri Lanka’s top order when he dismissed skipper Mahela Jayawardene (26), Tillakaratne Dilshan (0) and Upul Tharanga (5) in his opening three overs to reduce the hosts to 35-3.
Seamer Ashok Dinda finished with 4-19, including three wickets in an over, as Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for 20 runs. Angelo Mathews top-scored for Sri Lanka with 31.
Kohli earlier smashed one six and 11 fours before being caught by Lahiru Thirimanne at deep mid-wicket off debutant paceman Shaminda Eranga, who took 2-30 off four overs.
Kohli, who scored two centuries in the recent five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka, put on 74 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane (21) and 48 for the next with Suresh Raina, who made a 25-ball 34 not out.
Sri Lanka struck early after electing to field as Eranga bowled opener Gautam Gambhir (6) with his fourth delivery, but Kohli and Rahane propped up the innings.