ColomboThe Indian team has started the T20 series with a bang. They beat hosts Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first match to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The team led by Shikhar Dhawan scored 164 runs for the loss of 5 wickets on the basis of Suryakumar Yadav’s half-century. In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 126 runs in 18.3 overs. Player of the match Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 4 wickets. In this way, the alleged IPL XI has once again worsened the condition of the Sri Lankan International team. Earlier, India had won the ODI series by a margin of 2-1.
Indian innings thrillIndia could manage only 164 for 5 despite the in-form Suryakumar Yadav’s half-century. Suryakumar scored 50 runs in 34 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes and also shared a 62-run partnership for the third wicket with skipper Shikhar Dhawan (46). Earlier, Dhawan added 51 runs for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (27). The Indian team was once in a good position at 113 for two in 14 overs but the batsmen failed to play big shots in the death overs in front of Dushmanta Chamira (2 for 24) and Wanindu Hasaranga (2 for 28). The team could only manage 43 runs in the last five overs.
Prithvi Shaw’s Golden DuckSri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bowl and pacer Chamira got the hosts off to a good start by getting debutant Prithvi Shaw caught by wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka on the very first ball of the match. Captain Dhawan and Sanju Samson (27) then took over the innings. Both took India’s score to 51 for one wicket in the power play. Dhawan hit the first four of the innings on debutant Chamika Karunaratne and then hit two fours on spinner Akila Dhananjay.
Samson and Shikhar frozenSamson also scored 16 runs in the sixth over with fours and sixes in Akila’s over. Leg-spinner Hasaranga gave Sri Lanka the second breakthrough by tumbling Samson. Samson faced 20 balls and hit two fours and a six. Suryakumar once again looked in good spirits. After hitting two fours on Hasaranga, he also saw the ball of Usuru Udana and Karunaratne for the boundary. Dhawan also showed his attitude in the 12th over with sixes and fours on Akila and took the team’s score beyond 100 runs.
Suryakumar’s Dhansu FiftyHowever, Dhawan, trying to play a big shot off Karunaratne, got caught at deep backward square leg to Ashen Bandara. He faced 36 balls and hit four fours and a six. Suryakumar completed his half-century in 33 balls with a six off Hasaranga but was caught at the boundary in an attempt to repeat the same shot on the next ball. He faced 34 balls and hit five fours and two sixes.
Hardik did not look in rhythmIshan Kishan (20 not out) and Hardik Pandya had trouble playing big shots. Hardik did not seem to be in rhythm at all. Ishan Kishan hit a six on Udana in the 18th over but he got life in Chamira’s next over. Hardik once again disappointed and after scoring 10 runs in 12 balls, he was caught by the wicketkeeper off Chamira. The Indian batsmen could not hit any boundaries in the last two overs.
Sri Lanka 50/3 after a good startBhanuka started well for Sri Lanka, but he could not convert it into a long innings. He was sent to the pavilion by Krunal Pandya caught by Suryakumar Yadav. Minod Bhanuka scored 10 runs in 7 balls. After this, Sri Lanka was a bit calm that Chahal gave India 3 successes for 50 runs while Chahal dismissed Dhananjay de Silva (9) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was looking in rhythm, Avishka Fernando (26).
Along with Aslanka, Sri Lankan hopes also brokeAfter this, Aslanka and Bandara shared a 40-run partnership of 35 balls for the fourth wicket to try to get Sri Lanka back. Hardik Pandya broke this partnership. He bowled Bandara on a personal score of 9 runs. However, Aslanka continued to bat explosively at the other end. He hit Varun Chakraborty for a four and a six, then captain Shikhar caught the ball to Deepak Chahar. Deepak also kept the captain’s trust by getting Aslanka (44 runs, 26 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) caught by Prithvi.
ya won the match like this
When Aslanka was dismissed, Sri Lanka needed 54 runs in 27 balls to win. After this the Sri Lankan batsmen would come and get out very easily and return to the pavilion. Soon the entire team was all out after scoring 126 runs in 18.3 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 4 for 22 in 3.3 overs, while Deepak Chahar took two wickets in his name. Krunal Pandya, debut star Varun Chakraborty, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya took one wicket each.
[Attribution to NBT]