The ongoing second T20I between Sri Lanka and India was always going to be a very intriguing watch for the viewers with so many youngsters featuring for Men in Blue. After the home side won the toss, they decided to put India to bat first. However, the most exciting part about the same was the fact that Shikhar Dhawan's side only featured 5 frontline batsmen since all the others had been ruled out due to COVID-19 protocols.
Although India got a steady start, there was a flurry of wickets that followed in the middle overs on a sluggish wicket in Colombo. Batting was getting more and more difficult and Sri Lanka's spinners were on top of Indian batsmen. Sanju Samson, who came in to bat at number 4, was trying to play cautiously since he was losing partners at the other end. However, he never looked comfortable at the crease on Wednesday.
Samson's struggles in Colombo end in a strange way
The wicketkeeper batsman is probably one of the best players of fast bowling. However, he isn't really the best in the business when it comes to facing spin bowling. A glimpse of the same was on display in Colombo when Sri Lanka's spin duo of Akila Dananjaya and Wanindu Hasaranga troubled him quite a lot on a wicket that was assisting them.
After quite a few hits and misses, Samson finally decided to let loose as he came down the track. The 26-year-old was completely beaten by the shortened length bowled by Akila Dananjaya as he decided to check his shot at the last moment. In an attempt to defend it, he completely lost the focus as the ball struck his pads and went on to hit the stumps, which looked like a slo-mo.
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While Samson made a valiant attempt to get back to the crease with a diving effort to prevent himself from getting stumped, he had no clue that he was in fact getting clean bowled. The 26-year-old could only manage to score 7 runs off 13 deliveries and failed to make an impact on a day when he could have made a difference on a difficult batting wicket. Samson's wicket in the 17th over meant that India could not add too many runs in the last over as they ended first innings on 132/5.