Axar, Surya almost pull off the impossible before Lanka level T20I series

After top order was blown away, all-rounder showcases batting credentials with stunning assault, but can't prevent 16-run loss.

Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka pats India's Axar Patel's chest after the latter was dismissed during the second T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Pune. ( AP Photo)

The world around Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav was a mad scramble. Fielders rattling endlessly in their sing-song tone; spectators screeching in frustration in the gallery, some hurriedly filing out; their colleagues, one after the other, losing their heads; the gazes from the dugout wandering aimlessly, as though the embers of hope were flickering out, as though each stride and step was taking them closer to the edge of the cliff.