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Sri Lanka vs India - 1st Match

Series: India and Bangladesh in Sri Lanka T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: 06 March 2018

Sri Lanka 175/5 (18.3 Ovs) CRR: 9.46 | Sri Lanka won by 5 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Danushka Gunathilaka c Pant & b Unadkatc Pant & b Unadkat191212
Kusal Mendis c Dhawan & b Washington Sundarc Dhawan & b Washington Sundar11620
Kusal Perera stumped Washington Sundarstumped Washington Sundar663764
Dinesh Chandimal bowled Chahalbowled Chahal141110
Upul Tharanga bowled Chahalbowled Chahal171801
Dasun Shanaka Not OutNot Out151810
Thisara Perera Not OutNot Out221021
Jeevan Mendis dnbdnb0000
Akila Dananjaya dnbdnb0000
Dushmantha Chameera dnbdnb0000
Nuwan Pradeep dnbdnb0000
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 4, w 6, nb 1)
Total 175 (5 Wkts, 18.3 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jaydev Unadkat3 0 35 1 11.67
Washington Sundar4 0 28 2 7
Shardul Thakur3.3 0 42 0 14
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 37 2 9.25
Vijay Shankar2 0 15 0 7.5
Suresh Raina2 0 14 0 7
Rohit Sharma0 0 0 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Karthik0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant0 0 0 0 0


Shikhar Dhawan says that he is one person 'who loves to have fun in life' and believes that the 'younger players are ready to step up'. Well, India have an opportunity to translate those words into actions. On Thursday, against Bangladesh. Same place, same time. Do remember to join us for that. A big thank you for sending in all those wily, witty comments. Until next time, this is Raju Peethala bidding goodbye on behalf of the entire team [Pratyush Sinha, Ramakrishnan, Sriram and Siva]. Night!!

Chandika Hathurusingha's appointment as Head coach is certainly working wonders for Sri Lanka. And he rightly gets a warm round of applause from the crowd. Amazing how one person's presence can lift the team and get them to play like they've been playing in the last couple of months. Overall, Sri Lankan cricket would be happy and proud for they have found ways to win games after a disastrous 18 months in international cricket. Their next assignment will be against Bangladesh on Saturday, this weekend.

Key stats from the game below, courtesy Deepu Narayanan:

~ February 2016 was when Sri Lanka last beat India in a T20I. They lost seven successive games since, before breaking out of the streak today
~ 175 is the highest target chased down by Sri Lanka versus India in T20Is. It's also the highest target chased at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
~ Maiden loss for Rohit Sharma as India captain in five T20Is
~ 90 by Shikhar Dhawan is the third-highest score by an Indian in a losing cause, behind KL Rahul's 110* (vs WI at Lauderhill, 2016) and Rohit Sharma's 106 (vs South Africa at Dharamsala, 2015)
~ 27 by Shardul Thakur is the second-most number of runs conceded in an over by an Indian bowler in T20Is. 32 conceded by Stuart Binny against Windies at Lauderhill in 2016 sits at the top of the pile

Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka captain: We are very happy as a team. This is a very good start for the tournament. We will look to continue the momentum. Really happy for the side. The last series gave us a lot of confidence, thanks to management they have been really helpful during the practice sessions. Credit goes to boys, they have done a great job. He (Hathurusingha) is doing an excellent job and we know how good we are as a team. Really happy.

Rohit Sharma, India captain: I think it was a par score, definitely something we could have defended. We could have accelerated a bit more towards the end. It was a decent wicket. The kind of start they got was amazing. A lot of credit must go to Sri Lanka, to their whole batting group. I'm sure we will learn from our mistakes. I felt we've got enough experience in our bowling line-up. They are very much new into the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before. We all know on a wicket like that you need your batting as strong as possible. Our squad is well equipped with plenty of all-rounders and that offers the balance to the side.

Kusal Perera, Man of the Match: This is my best innings, but I had better innings as well. I backed myself and practiced hard to hit the ball cleanly. Bowlers did a good job by restricting India to 174. Credit must go to them as well.

22:27 local: Thakur started it and Thakur finished it. Well, that line could be quite misleading, but that's Sri Lanka's chase in a nutshell. After conceding 27 runs in the third over of the innings, India needed quick wickets to stop Sri Lanka, but that didn't happen. Half of the target was devoured in 7 overs and that gave them the breathing space to nudge and nurdle around during the middle overs. India tried their best to take it deep, but the damage was done in the powerplay overs, thanks to Kusal Perera who ripped the bowling apart and eventually put paid to India's hopes. Much to Sri Lanka's delight, this is the highest T20I chase at PUNE

SN Thakur to Perera, FOUR, pulled away to the fine leg fence and that's it. Sri Lanka start their campaign with a confidence-boosting win against India. They win by 5 wickets. Thakur missed his mark, but Perera didn't, spots the slower short ball and posts it in the gap to mark the Sri Lanka's truimph
SN Thakur to Perera, 2 runs, slower short ball, Perera hammers the pull to deep mid-wicket and calls for two. A better throw at the striker's end would have had Perera in trouble
SN Thakur to Shanaka, 1 run, cue-ends the drive to extra cover and hustles for a quick single. Rohit aims and misses at the non-striker's end
SN Thakur to Shanaka, wide, ups his pace - 144ks - but loses radar, slips it down leg, wided

Shardul Thakur [3.0-0-34-0] is back into the attack

Sri Lanka a couple of strokes away

Unadkat to Perera, FOUR, sheer muscle power. Hasn't timed it that well, but he picked the safest spot to play the slog, nails this full toss (missed a attempted yorker of course) over his partner
Unadkat to Perera, SIX, he is a real bludgeoner of the cricket ball. Straight out of Justin Kemp's book. Clears his front leg, stays ready for a full ball and thrashes it straight back over the bowler's head
Unadkat to Perera, wide, fires a yorker, but dished it a little too far outside off, just past the tramline for the umpire to exercise his arms
Unadkat to Shanaka, leg byes, 1 run, angles this slower delivery into the body from round the wicket, smacks Shanaka on the hip and rolls into the off-side after he missed the hack
Unadkat to Shanaka, no run, offcutter closer to the stumps, Shanaka gave himself a bit of room and swung way too early. No dice
Unadkat to Shanaka, FOUR, width on offer and that's slapped over extra cover, Shanaka clears his front leg and picks his spot before laying into the stroke
Unadkat to Shanaka, no run, Unadkat seems to have exhumed some clay while into his delivery stride, dupes Shanaka with a slower delivery. A swing and a miss

Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack

Sri Lanka haven't hit a boundary since 11.2 informs my colleague Ramakrishnan. 24 needed from 18

Vijay Shankar to Shanaka, 1 run, 134ks, Shanaka drills it straight of long-off
Vijay Shankar to Shanaka, 2 runs, crouches and slices the square drive behind point
Vijay Shankar to Shanaka, 2 runs, cross-seam full delivery outside off, Shanaka chips the loft off the cue end over cover
Vijay Shankar to Shanaka, 2 runs, high full toss, over waist high is it? No, the umpire thinks otherwise. Shanaka is shattered. Gives a puzzling expression to umpire Ranmore Martinesz. It indeed was over waist high. Shanaka hacked this over backward square
Vijay Shankar to Shanaka, wide, gets carried away with the slower stuff and sprays it wide of tramline, needs to reload that
Vijay Shankar to Perera, 1 run, keeps bowling his variations, offering no pace whatsoever, Perera clears his front leg and powers it straight down the ground, long-off tidies up
Vijay Shankar to Perera, 2 runs, in the air and falls in no-man's land. Slower, fuller and wider from Vijay Shankar, Perera slices the lofted drive over extra cover, it drops in between three converging fielders from the deep

Vijay Shankar [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack

35 needed from the last 4 overs. Vijay Shankar to bowl

SN Thakur to Shanaka, no run, 136ks, short and wide, Shanaka has a big swish at it and misses. 8 runs off Thakur's last 2 overs after conceding 27 in his first. Brilliant!
SN Thakur to Perera, 1 run, slower ball outside off, Perera miscues the pull to mid-wicket
SN Thakur to Shanaka, 1 run, short ball outside off, Shanaka forehands the pull to long-on. The sort of stroke you'd generally witness in Tennis
SN Thakur to Shanaka, no run, 142ks once more, upright seam from Thakur, gets the ball to grip and nail Shanaka on the thigh pad after he missed the pull
SN Thakur to Shanaka, no run, 142ks, full around off, Shanaka pushes firmly to cover, was surprised by the pace on that I guess
SN Thakur to Perera, 1 run, sits on the back foot and pulls the knuckle ball through mid-wicket

38 needed from 30. Rohit's busy setting the fielders

Chahal to Perera, 1 run, dropped? Chahal's reaction suggests so. Short ball, smashed straight back at Chahal who stretched his right hand and only succeeded in parrying the ball to mid-off
Chahal to Perera, no run, floated full on middle and leg, flicked to mid-wicket

Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Chahal to Tharanga, out Bowled!! Off stump shattered. Very poor from Sri Lanka's most experienced player. Tharanga sets himself for a biggie and stoops to one knee to launch Chahal over mid-wicket, gets defeated by the drift and lack of pace, off pole takes the beating. Tharanga b Chahal 17(18) [6s-1]

Chahal to Tharanga, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Chahal to Shanaka, 1 run, pitches outside leg and spins in towards middle, Shanaka uses his wrists to nudge a single round the corner
Chahal to Tharanga, 1 run, stays low and muscles this legbreak over mid-wicket, fielder in the deep and he'll only manage a single
Chahal to Tharanga, 2 runs, googly dished wide of off-stump, Tharanga makes use of the width to steer that behind point for a couple of runs


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