Sri Lanka have won the toss and chosen to bowl against Rohit Sharma’s Indian side at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. KL Rahul hammered his second fifty on his comeback while MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey’s aggressive cameos helped India reach 180/3. India have a 6-4 win-loss record in T20 internationals this year and given their outstanding record in Tests and ODIs, the hosts look the most vulnerable in the shortest format. This is India’s biggest win in terms of margin of runs for India and biggest defeat for Sri Lanka in T20 internationals.
Vishwa Fernando starts off with a couple of looseners that Rohit Sharma puts away. Interestingly, the Indian captain seems to be taking a step forward against the left-armer. Rohit hasn’t had great success against this ilk of bowlers, and seems to be improvising. Ten come off the first over. Thisara Perera goes to Akila Dhananjaya in the second over, and understandably so, as dew already seems to be kicking in.Dhananjaya bowls his second, and does well until Rohit drives him brilliantly through extra cover. India aren’t running away here, but the odd boundaries are still coming.
Angelo Mathews has Rohit Sharma again. The Indian captain mistimed his attempt to go over mid-on, and Dushmanta Chameera takes a good, forward-diving catch.Shreyas Iyer has walked out and got two early fours, the second off a slower one which he read very well. That also brought up India’s half-century at the close of the batting powerplay.KL Rahul gets a move on… finally. Gets two fours off Thisara Perera at a time when India need a forward push.The opener has found some runs afterall. Good timing, considering he has to fly to South Africa in a week’s time. He needs these valuable runs. India 84 for 1 in 10 overs
India’s No.3’s short stay in the middle has ended. He looked to take on Dushmanta Chameera and made room, but ended up nicking his cut shot to the keeper. He goes with India on 101 for 2 in 12.4 overs.Another slower one from Thisara Perera! Rahul didn’t quite read it and looked to belt it away. He didn’t get anywhere close to the ball and it crashed onto the stumps. Rahul goes for 61, India 112 for 3 in 14.3 overs.A vital partnership from MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey has pushed India to 180 at the end of their 20 overs.India were in a good position, but they weren’t yet running away with the game. It was here that Sri Lanka’s bowling really lost control. Dhoni and Pandey added to the pressure on them by manufacturing boundaries out of nowhere. In the 18th over, Dhoni guessed correctly that Thisara would send down a slower offcutter, and he walked across his stumps, waited, and paddled him away to the right of short fine leg. Then, bowling what was meant to be the last ball of the 19th, Pradeep sent down a chest-high full-toss outside off stump. Pandey ramped it away for six over fine third-man, and put away the resultant free-hit as well – another full-toss – slapping it to the cover boundary. Sri Lanka had the chance to pull things back after KL Rahul’s exit but 66 runs came off the last five overs to take the control away from the visitors. The fast bowlers did well to restrict the two batters with wide yorkers, but there were still many freebies in the form of length deliveries and full tosses that they could smash away.
Maiden T20I wicket for Jaydev Unadkat! A well-disguised slower one has consumed the attacking left-hander, who failed to beat the packed infield on the offside. A simple catch to Rahul ended Dickwella’s stay. Sri Lanka 15/1 in 1.4 overs.Excellent catch by MS Dhoni down the legside! Yuzvendra Chahal strikes with a poor ball that Tharanga could only nick down the leg, where Dhoni was there to pouch the ball. Sri Lanka 39/2 in 4.5 overs.Angelo Mathews is gone! He has pushed at one with hard hands, and hit it straight back to Chahal. Sri Lanka 46 for 3 in 7.2 overs.They lost three wickets in quick succession! Chahal has four, Kuldeep has one and Sri Lanka have lost six for just 62 runs in 11.1 overs. It looks curtains for Sri Lanka!
then at the milestone of 70 Srilanka lose kisal parera at 12.4. in a little margin of about 6 runs guest team lose its 8th wicker at 13.6 Akila Dananjaya overs.then the men on crease manage to play some shots but at the end they lose 9th Dushmantha Chameera at 85 runs from 15.4 overs.
and at last ball of 16th over hardik pandya colleps the session at 87 in face of Vishwa Fernando.
and india win the match by 93 runs and get the lead of 1-0.
Thisara Perera – captain, Sri Lanka: “Yeah, in these conditions, bowling first was the right decision. Their batters did well and their spinners bowled really well in these conditions. Chasing 160-170 here (would have been easier). We can chase 180 if we get a good start. Really disappointed with our batting line-up. We worked really hard in the practice sessions, so we have to come with (the goods against India’s spinners). We have to choose from this squad of fifteen.”
Rohit Sharma – captain, India: “I said earlier that toss isn’t going to make much of a difference. Dew was there for forty overs. Conditions remained the same. I think KL Rahul at the top was a great move. He wasn’t part of the ODI squad but he came and showed that he belongs. He was hitting the ball well. Great finish to the batting innings by MS and Manish, who hasn’t got much batting time. We can’t talk much about MSD. He didn’t get much batting in the ODIs but class is permanent. He is someone who’s played and won so many games, so moving forward, in this format, we feel him batting at No.4 will be ideal. For a long time, MS has taken up the role of finishing and we feel it’s time for someone else to do the job. MS can play freely in the middle. 180 was a great effort by the batting unit. Those two guys (the spinners) have always been a wicket-taking option in the middle. It’s important to understand what the team expects them and they’ve delivered. They don’t fail to impress us. Also Unadkat, playing his first game in a while and he bowled well too. Overall, very happy with the bowling; the conditions weren’t so easy.”
Yuzvendra Chahal – Player of the Match: “When we started bowling, I was confused for the first few balls. I got into good rhythm with Tharanga’s wicket. I was mixing googlies and leg spinners. It was slow and bouncing, so I was just varying the pace. When the wicket is turning, we bowled according to that. We both enjoy bowling with each other (about Kuldeep). And we had enough total on the board, so we could flight the ball.”