Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and invited India to bat first. India gave Sri Lanka a target of 165 runs, chasing the Sri Lankan team could not do much in front of the sharp bowling of fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar (4 for 22 runs) and Deepak Chahar (2 wickets for 24 runs). The hosts lost their last seven wickets for just 36 runs. Charith Asalanka scored 44 runs for the hosts.
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Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also took a wicket for 19 runs while bowling economical while debutant Varun Chakraborty took a wicket. All-rounder Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal Pandya also took a wicket each. In front of the fine bowling of Dushmanta Chamira (2 for 24) and Wanindu Hasaranga (2 for 28), India were also 164 for five despite the useful innings of Suryakumar (50) and captain Shikhar Dhawan (46). could make.
Suryakumar hit five fours and two sixes in his 34-ball knock. He also shared a 62-run partnership with Dhawan for the third wicket. Dhawan added 51 runs for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (27). The second T20 match will be played on July 27 at the R Premadasa Stadium itself.
Sri Lanka did not start well either. Hardik gave life to Minod Bhanuka off Chahar’s ball. This opener, however, got caught by Krunal in cover to Suryakumar. He scored 10 runs. Opener Avishka Fernando hit two fours on Chahar while Dhananjay de Silva also hit a four on Krunal. Sri Lanka scored 44 runs for one wicket in the power play.
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Shikhar Dhawan gave the ball to Chahal in the seventh over and this leg-spinner did not disappoint the captain and bowled de Silva on the second ball. He scored nine runs. Bhuvneshwar then got Fernando (26) caught by Samson at deep square leg, taking Sri Lanka’s score to 50 for three. Charith Asalanka hit Hardik for the first six of the innings and then also hit a six on Varun Chakraborty. Hardik gave India the fourth success by bowling Ashen Bandara (09).
Asalanka hit his third six on Chakraborty in the 14th over and then also hit a four. The century of the team’s runs was also completed in the same over. Sri Lanka needed 58 runs to win in the last five overs. Asalanka tried to play a big shot off Chahar’s ball and caught Prithvi at deep midwicket. He hit three sixes and as many fours while facing 26 balls. Chahar also bowled Wanindu Hasaranga (0) in the same over.
In the 17th over of the innings, Shanaka hit a six off Bhuvneshwar’s ball, but in the same over, Chamika Karunaratne (03) was shot for wickets. Sri Lanka needed 43 runs in the last over. Only three runs were scored in Chakraborty’s 18th over while Shanaka was stumped by Ishan Kishan. Shanaka scored 16 runs. Bhuvneshwar gave India victory by sending Isuru Udana (1) and Chamira (1) to the pavilion in the next over.
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Earlier, the Indian team was in a good position after scoring 113 for two in 14 overs but its batsmen failed to play big shots in the death overs and the team could only score 43 runs in the last five overs. Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bowl first and fast bowler Chamira caught debutant Prithvi at the hands of wicketkeeper Minod on the very first ball of the match.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 50 runs and hit 5 fours, 2 sixes in his innings. (AP)
Dhawan and Samson 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 Chamika Karunaratne and then also hit two fours on spinner Akila Dhananjaya. Samson also scored 16 runs in the sixth over with fours and sixes in Akila’s over. Leg-spinner Hasaranga lbw Samson to give Sri Lanka the second breakthrough. Samson faced 20 balls and hit two fours and a six.
Suryakumar once again looked in good rhythm. 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. Dhawan, however, was caught by Asheen Bandara at deep backward square leg while trying to play a big shot off Karunaratne’s delivery. He faced 36 balls and hit four fours and a six.
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Suryakumar completed his half-century in 33 balls with a six on Hasaranga but was caught on the boundary in an attempt to repeat the same shot on the next ball. Ishan Kishan (20 not out) and Hardik Pandya had trouble playing big shots. Hardik did not look in rhythm at all and after scoring 10 runs in 12 balls, he was caught by the wicketkeeper on Chamira’s ball. Indian batsmen could not hit any boundary in the last two overs. In this match, India made Prithvi and Varun Chakraborty while Sri Lanka gave Karunaratne and Charith Asalanka a chance to debut.
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