Captain Thisara Perera, too, could not make an impact as he was dismissed for 15.
However, despite his unusual dismissal, India romped to a six-wicket win and avenged their five-wicket defeat in the first game against the hosts in the Nidahas Trophy.
Rohit Sharma was the first to depart in the Indian run chase, and was followed by the dismissals of Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina. A win against India onWednesday will boost their chances of entering the final of the tournament.
In came Suresh Raina (27) and made his intentions clear with a couple of fours and sixes to lift India. The only glitch in the team remains the form of Jaydev Unadkat, who has been expensive throughout the series, giving away 106 runs in 10 overs in the series with only 5 wickets at an average of 21.20 and an economy rate of 10.6. But if India fail to clinch the win, they will be dependent on the fixture between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for their future in the competition. There was a spell of about 20-odd balls where they couldn't score a boundary with Mehidy Hasan and Nazmul Islam bowling. A ball earlier, he was given benefit of doubt by the umpire for a run out appeal.India were in trouble with their top four batsmen back in pavilion with only 85 runs on the board.But Manish Pandey was unfazed by the little debacle.
For India, Thakur scalped four wickets while Washington Sundar took two wickets.
Although Shardul Thakur's resume is wafer-thin when it comes to actual worldwide appearances, he has been linked with the national side and has studied the bowling from close quarters, apart from his IPL experience, over the last two years.
Sundar then cleaned up in-form Kushal Perera (3) in the next over as the batsman went for an expansive reverse sweep.
Kusal Mendis (55 off 38 balls) struck a fine fifty, putting on 62 for the third wicket with Upal Tharanga (22) to see the home side well placed at 96-2 in the 11th over. Kusal Mendis carried on playing his shots, showing the world why he is rated so highly in his nation.
Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka and Dushmantha Chameera became his other three victims, earning him his maiden 4 wickets haul in an Indian jersey.