Thisara Perera* 22(10); | Dasun Shanaka 15(10);
Shardul Thakur* 3.3-0-42-0; | Jaydev Unadkat 3-0-35-1
Henry Nicholls* 13(12); | Ross Taylor 181(12);
Tom Curran* 8.3-0-57-2; | Chris Woakes 8-2-42-1
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
Shardul Thakur [3.0-0-34-0] is back into the attack
Sri Lanka a couple of strokes away
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 [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack
35 needed from the last 4 overs. Vijay Shankar to bowl
38 needed from 30. Rohit's busy setting the fielders
Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Tharanga, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Yuzvendra Chahal [3.0-0-32-1] is back into the attack
43 from the last 6 overs
Highest scores for SL vs Ind in T20Is:78 K Sangakkara, Nagpur, 200977 K Perera, Indore, 201766 K Perera this match
Shardul Thakur [1.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack
Dasun Shanaka, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Washington Sundar to Kusal Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Washington Sundar [3.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack
Just 49 needed. India need wickets and plenty of 'em. Else, this will be over soon
Suresh Raina, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
This is India's time to crawl back into the game. Two good overs and you never know
Upul Tharanga, left handed bat, comes to the crease
A slip for the left-hander now
Chahal to Chandimal, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Fewest balls to 50 for SL in T20Is:21 M Jayawardene v Ken, Joburg, 200721 K Sangakkara v Ind, Nagpur, 200922 KUSAL PERERA in this match
Vijay Shankar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Kusal's wiping his face. He's readying for more. And what do I see.. a debutant getting the ball. Gee this will be fun.
STAT: 75 is the highest Powerplay score for Sri Lanka going past 73 against India in Mohali in 2009.
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Powerplay done. Sri Lanka need 100 runs in 84 balls
Dinesh Chandimal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Unadkat to Gunathilaka, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jaydev Unadkat [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
Most runs conceded in an over in T20Is (India):32 S Binny v WI, Lauderhill, 201627 S Thakur v SL, PUNE, 2018 *26 S Raina v SA, Joburg, 2012
Shardul Thakur, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Kusal Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Washington Sundar to Kusal Mendis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Washington Sundar, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
So not surprised at all with Sundar opening the bowling from the other end. Seen him do that for as many times as I've watched him play.
Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis are at the crease. Gunathilaka is on strike. Unadkat will open the attack