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India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav among half-centurions as in Intra-Squad warm-up match

India and Sri Lanka are to lock horns in limited-overs contests from July 13. Meanwhile, the Indians took part in an Intra-Squad warm-up Twenty20 game in Colombo, producing a top show between Shikhar Dhawan XI and Bhuvneshwar Kumar XI.

India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav among half-centurions as in Intra-Squad warm-up match-ayh
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Colombo, First Published Jul 6, 2021, 2:21 PM IST
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With just a week to go before India locks horns with Sri Lanka in a three-match One-Day International series, the Indians have stepped up their preparations. Meanwhile, the 20-member squad and the five reserve players took part in an Intra-Squad warm-up Twenty20 game at the SSC ground in Colombo on Monday.

The match was held between Shikhar Dhawan XI and Bhuvneshwar Kumar XI, while the former batted first and posted 154/4, with Manish Pandey being the top scorer of 63 runs from 45 deliveries. While Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 30-plus, seamer Bhuvneshwar scalped 2/23 in his four overs.

During the chase, Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal contributed to a 60-run opening stand, as in came Suryakumar Yadav next, who smashed a 50-plus knock to hunt the total down within 17 overs. Despite the tour starting with the ODIs, the side gave priority to T20, keeping in mind the upcoming ICC World T20 in October-November to be played at the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Indian bowling coach Paras Mhambrey was delighted at the intensity shown by the players, despite the conditions being humid. "We decided we will revise the target and gave them a situation where they had to score 40 odd runs in four overs to win the match. We wanted to push them and get the best out of the situation," he told BCCI.tv.

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