India in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs India - 1st T20I

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Date & Time: 25 July 2021

Sri Lanka 126/10

RR: 6.81 | India beat Sri Lanka by 38 runs

commentary

Right then! That's all from the first T20I and it is India who take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series. Sri Lanka need to pull their socks up if they want to level the series. The second T20I will be played on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021 at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Do join us then. Cheers and take care.

Shikhar Dhawan says that he felt that they were 10 to 15 runs short but is pleased with the win. Adds that they played well after losing the first wicket and till the 13th over they batted well but then lost the momentum. Goes onto say that Suryakumar Yadav is a great player and they enjoy watching him bat. States that Sri Lanka were playing well and he knew that their spinners will turn the ball and Yuzi bowled really well and everyone stood up on the day. Adds that Varun Chakravarthy did really well. States that Shaw is playing really well and he is sure that Shaw will come back in the next game. Adds that it is not easy to play Varun and he bowled brilliantly.

Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan skipper, says that 164 was a chasable total. Adds that the bowlers were brilliant. Mentions that things went wrong when Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka got out. States that the bowlers did an amazing job on this wicket and hopes that the boys will come out all gun-blazing in the next game. Tells that he is proud of the boys with the way they played.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that victory is the most important thing for him. Adds that he took time to adjust and execution was important. Tells that it was a good batting wicket. States the spinners bowled well. Mentions that he enjoyed all the 4 wickets.

Earlier in the day, India posted 164 on the board but they should have got more the way started. Suryakumar Yadav was the star with a fine 50 and there were some useful contributions from Shikhar Dhawan and Sanju Samson but they did not get a quick finish. Sri Lanka were excellent at the death but they failed with the bat and they ended up losing the first game by 38 runs. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!

What about Sri Lanka? They started well with Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka playing some lovely shots but Minod Bhanuka fell. Fernando looked good but he was done in by Chahal. Apart from Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka looked comfortable and scored a fine 44 before departing and that was the end of Sri Lanka's chances. They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and that was it. Overall, a disappointing performance by the hosts.

India's bowling stepped up in the game! They were simply brilliant and that is what they needed. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar were expensive at the start but after Krunal Pandya got the wicket of Minod Bhanuka, things changed. Yuzvendra Chahal started brilliantly and then continued to deliver a wonderful spell. Varun Chakravarthy was decent on his debut. In the death overs, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were brilliant with the latter ending up with 4 wickets. In the end, India completed a fine victory.

A brilliant performance from India as they have managed to defend 164! India now have started the T20I series with a win and they will be pleased with their performance. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, bowled so well but they just could not cope up in the run chase and they have been defeated quite comfortably in the end. 

18.3
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dushmantha Chameera, OUT! CAUGHT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets his fourth! Length ball on off, Dushmantha Chameera pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. Krunal Pandya there settles under it and pouches it. INDIA WIN BY 38 RUNS
18.2
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Akila Dananjaya, On a length on middle, Akila Dananjaya works it towards long on for a single.

Akila Dananjaya is the last man in.

18.1
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Isuru Udana, OUT! TAKEN! India wrapping things up quickly! Length delivery on middle, Isuru Udana heaves it towards long on. Suryakumar Yadav completes the catch without any trouble. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bags his third.
17.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dushmantha Chameera, BEATEN! Flighted outside off, Chameera looks to defend but misses.
17.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dushmantha Chameera, Loopy ball on middle, Chameera sweeps it to deep square leg and picks up two. Wait a minute, it is a short run so only a run will be given.

Dushmantha Chameera is the next man out in the middle.

17.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dasun Shanaka, OUT! STUMPED! Varun Chakravarthy gets his first wicket in international cricket. What a moment for him. Tossed up nicely on off, Dasun Shanaka strides forward and looks to defend but misses. Brilliant work from Ishan Kishan behind the sticks. Dasun Shanaka loses his balance and Kishan waits for it and then whips the bails off. The umpire takes it upstairs and the replay shows that Dasun Shanaka's feet were up in the air.

An appeal for stumping taken upstairs. Ishan Kishan looks confident. Let's see what happens.

17.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, blocked out.
17.2
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Isuru Udana, Loopy ball on leg, Isuru Udana looks to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge. The ball rolls behind the keeper. Varun Chakravarthy appeals for an LBW but nothing from the umpire.
17.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dasun Shanaka, Tossed up on off, Shanaka lifts it towards long off for a single.

Isuru Udana is the next man in.

16.6
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, OUT! DRAGGED ON! Length delivery outside off, Chamika Karunaratne looks to drive it but is late on his shot. The ball goes off the inner half and rattles the stumps. Sri Lanka's hopes diminishing here. 43 needed in 18 balls.
16.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, Length ball on leg, Chamika Karunaratne moves across and looks to flick but misses.
16.4
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dasun Shanaka, Full and on off, eased down to long off for a single.
16.3
6
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dasun Shanaka, SIX! WHACKED! A juicy full toss on off, Dasun Shanaka muscles it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
16.2
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Chamika Karunaratne, Outside off, Chamika Karunaratne advances down the track and pushes it towards covers for a run.
16.1
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dasun Shanaka, Serves a length ball on off, Shanaka dabs it towards point for a run.
15.6
2
Deepak Chahar to Chamika Karunaratne, Length ball on off, Chamika Karunaratne pushes it past point for a couple of runs.

Chamika Karunaratne is the next man in.

15.5
0
Deepak Chahar to Wanindu Hasaranga, OUT! BOWLED! Deepak Chahar is pumped up! Good length delivery on middle and leg, Wanindu Hasaranga makes room for himself and moves on the leg side. He looks to lift it straight over the bowler's head but misses. The ball goes under his bat and shatters the stumps. This is India's game to lose now from here on.
15.4
0
Deepak Chahar to Wanindu Hasaranga, Short ball on middle, Wanindu Hasaranga sways away from it.
15.3
0
Deepak Chahar to Charith Asalanka, OUT! TAKEN! Asalanka was looking good but has to depart! That's the wicket India wanted. Slower delivery on off, Charith Asalanka pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. It lands just inside the ropes as Prithvi Shaw gobbles it up. Deepak Chahar gives a wicked look to him after the wicket. Half the side back in the hut for Sri Lanka. 54 needed in 27 balls.

Wanindu Hasaranga is the next man in.

15.3
0
Deepak Chahar to Charith Asalanka, WIDE! Way too outside off, Asalanka leaves it alone. Wide given.
15.2
1
Deepak Chahar to Dasun Shanaka, On a length on off, Shanaka taps it towards backward point for a single.
15.1
2
Deepak Chahar to Dasun Shanaka, Full and on the pads, Shanaka tucks it toward deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
14.6
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Dasun Shanaka, Loopy ball outside off, Shanaka drives it to cover and takes a quick run.
14.5
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Dasun Shanaka, Floated on off, Shanaka uses his feet and then defends it to cover.
14.4
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Dasun Shanaka, Flatter ball outside off, Shanaka looks to cut but misses.
14.3
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Tossed up on middle, Asalanka looks to sweep but it goes off the top edge and over the keeper for one.
14.2
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Exceptional piece of bowling! Googly around off, Asalanka looks to defend but misses.
14.1
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Dasun Shanaka, Floated on off, Shanaka sweeps it to short fine leg for one.
13.6
4
Varun Chakravarthy to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! This is excellent batting! Loopy ball on middle, Asalanka sweeps it to deep square leg for a boundary.
13.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, worked to the leg side for one.
13.4
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Charith Asalanka, Flatter ball on off, guided to short third man for one.
13.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dasun Shanaka, Full on middle, Shanaka nudges it down to long on for one.
13.2
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Charith Asalanka, Full toss on middle, Asalanka flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
13.1
6
Varun Chakravarthy to Charith Asalanka, SIX! Asalanka is playing a gem of a knock here! Tossed up on middle, Asalanka powers it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.

Dasun Shanaka is the new batsman in.

12.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Ashen Bandara, OUT! TIMBER! Bandara's struggle is over! He was not getting his timing right at all and Sri Lanka lose their 4th. Slower ball around middle, Bandara looks to pull but is early into the shot and he misses. The ball though does not and hits the top of middle stump.
12.5
1
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, Good length ball outside off, Asalanka guides it to short third man for one.
12.4
2
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, Back of a length ball on the pads, Asalanka clips it to the deep square leg region for two.
12.3
4
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! Good shot! Full on off, Asalanka leans and lifts it over extra cover for a boundary.
12.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Ashen Bandara, Good length ball on middle, Bandara plays it to long on for one.
12.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Ashen Bandara, Slower ball around middle, Bandara looks to swing it away but misses.

Hardik Pandya is back into the attack. Went for 9 in his first over.

11.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Charith Asalanka, Flatter ball outside off, Asalanka looks to guide it to third man but fails to get any bat on it.
11.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Ashen Bandara, Flatter ball on middle, Bandara works it to mid-wicket for a single.
11.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Ashen Bandara, Flatter ball around off, Bandara looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads
11.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Charith Asalanka, Tossed up on off, Asalanka looks to flick but it goes off the leading edge to point for one.
11.2
6
Varun Chakravarthy to Charith Asalanka, SIX! Just over the fielder! Tossed up on the pads, Asalanka lifts it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
11.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Ashen Bandara, Flighted on off, Bandara hammers it to long off for one.
10.6
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ashen Bandara, Full on middle, Bandara sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
10.6
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ashen Bandara, WIDE! Floated way outside off, Bandara lets it go. Wided.
10.5
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Flatter ball on the pads, nudged to short fine leg for one.
10.4
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ashen Bandara, Tossed up on middle, Bandara sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
10.3
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ashen Bandara, Flatter ball outside off, Bandara pushes it to point.
10.2
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Flatter on middle, Charith works it to square leg for one.
10.1
4
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, FOUR! Valiant effort in the deep but in vain! Loopy ball on the pads, Asalanka sweeps it to backward square leg. Shaw comes across but fails to stop it. A boundary.
9.6
2
Hardik Pandya to Ashen Bandara, Back of a length on off, Bandara nudges it towards deep mid-wicket for a brace. Good comeback from Hardik Pandya after getting hit for a six of the first delivery. 9 runs coming from it. Sri Lanka are 64/3 at the halfway mark. 101 needed in 60 balls.
9.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Ashen Bandara, Slower and on off, Bandara taps it to backward point.
9.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Ashen Bandara, Length delivery on off, Bandara hops and works it on the leg side.
9.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Ashen Bandara, Short ball on middle, Ashen Bandara looks to pull but fails to connect anything to it.
9.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, On a length on middle, Asalanka works it off the inner half of his bat towards mid-wicket. A run taken.
9.1
6
Hardik Pandya to Charith Asalanka, SIX! CRUNCHED! Short of a length on middle, Charith Asalanka stands tall and deposits it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Welcome to the attack Hardik Pandya!

Hardik Pandya is into the attack now.

8.6
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ashen Bandara, Floated it up on off, Bandara pushes it towards covers.
8.5
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ashen Bandara, Tossed it up outside off, Ashen Bandara gets down on his knees and looks to sweep but misses.
8.4
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Slower through the air outside off, Asalanka drags it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
8.3
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ashen Bandara, Tossed up on off, Bandara pushes it towards covers for a run.
8.2
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Short and on middle, Asalanka pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.
8.1
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Flatter and quicker on off, Asalanka looks to cut but misses.
7.6
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ashen Bandara, JAFFA! Snorter of a delivery on off, came back sharply. Ashen Bandara looks to defend but gets beaten on the inside edge.
7.5
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Charith Asalanka, Outside off, Asalanka taps it to backward point for one.
7.4
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Charith Asalanka, Good length ball on off, Asalanka works it to mid off.
7.3
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ashen Bandara, Length ball on off, Bandara guides it to third man for a single.
7.2
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ashen Bandara, On a length on off, punched towards covers.

Ashen Bandara is the next man in.

7.1
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, OUT! CAUGHT! Wickets in quick succession for India! Length ball on middle, Avishka Fernando pulls it towards deep square leg. Sanju Samson is there to take the catch and holds onto it. Needless shot from Avishka Fernando. He threw his wicket away. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets a wicket in his new spell.
6.6
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Tossed up on leg, Charith Asalanka looks to flicks but misses. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ishan Kishan think it came off the bat and make an appeal. But nothing from the umpire.
6.5
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, Loopy ball on off, Asalanka blocks it out.
6.4
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Avishka Fernando, Slower through the air on off, Fernando pushes it towards covers for one.
6.3
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Charith Asalanka, On middle, nudged to mid-wicket for one.

Charith Asalanka comes out to bat now.

6.2
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Dhananjaya de Silva, OUT! Cleaned him up! Yuzvendra Chahal doesn't fail to impress! Bowls a tossed up delivery on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva is caught at the crease. No feet movement from him. He looks to flick but misses. The ball spins away and hits the top of the middle stump. Yuzvendra Chahal is delighted and Sri Lanka lose another. Dhananjaya de Silva walks back to the shed.
6.1
2
Yuzvendra Chahal to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva lifts it towards long on. The fielder there does well to make a stop. Two taken.

Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack.

5.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up on leg, Dhananjaya de Silva swings it towards deep square leg for a single. Excellent start from the mystery spinner on his international debut. Only 2 runs coming from the over. End of the Powerplay as well. Sri Lanka are 46/1.
5.5
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flighted delivery on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva defends it back to the bowler.
5.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Dhananjaya de Silva, That missed the leg stump by inches! Tossed up on leg, Dhananjaya de Silva moves across and looks to paddle scoop it but misses. Ishan Kishan does well behind the sticks to collect it.
5.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Floated it up on middle, Fernando clips it around the corner for one.
5.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Loopy ball on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
5.1
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up on off, Fernando pushes it back to the bowler.

Varun Chakravarthy is into the attack. Can he make an impact on his debut?

4.6
4
Krunal Pandya to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! Nicely played! Floated on middle, de Silva uses his feet and then lifts it over mid on for a boundary.
4.5
1
Krunal Pandya to Avishka Fernando, On middle, nudged to the leg side for a single.
4.4
2
Krunal Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Flatter ball on middle, Fernando tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
4.4
0
Krunal Pandya to Dhananjaya de Silva, TWO WIDES! Full down the leg side, de Silva looks to sweep but misses. Kishan fails to stop it and the batters take an extra run.
4.3
0
Krunal Pandya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Quicker ball outside off, de Silva looks to play it on the leg side but misses.
4.2
1
Krunal Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Tossed up on middle, Fernando works it to mid-wicket for a single.
4.1
1
Krunal Pandya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter on middle and leg, de Silva tucks it to deep mid-wicket for one.
3.6
0
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Full on the pads, Avishka nudges it to mid-wicket.
3.5
4
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Whacked! Full on off, Fernando smacks it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
3.4
0
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Full on middle, Fernando pushes it to mid on.
3.3
0
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, On middle, worked to mid-wicket.
3.2
4
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Terrific shot from Fernando! Good length ball outside off, Fernando cuts it over the point fielder for a boundary. Yadav did get a hand to it but it was a tough chance.
3.1
0
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Full on off, Fernando pushes it to cover.
2.6
1
Krunal Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Flatter on middle, Fernando punches it to deep mid-wicket for one.
2.5
1
Krunal Pandya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Floated on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva flicks it to deep square leg for one.
2.4
0
Krunal Pandya to Dhananjaya de Silva, Flatter ball on middle, de Silva pushes it back to the bowler.

Dhananjaya de Silva walks out to bat at No.3.

2.3
0
Krunal Pandya to Minod Bhanuka, OUT! CAUGHT! The move to bring Krunal Pandya on in the third over has worked wonders as he fetches a wicket in his first over. Krunal Pandya bowls a flatter ball on middle, Bhanuka makes room and then looks to go over cover but hits it straight to Suryakumar Yadav at cover. He takes it and India are pumped up.
2.2
1
Krunal Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Flatter on middle, AF works it to square leg for one.
2.1
2
Krunal Pandya to Avishka Fernando, Loopy ball outside off, Fernando lifts it over the cover fielder for a couple of runs.

Krunal Pandya comes into the attack. He replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

1.6
4
Deepak Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, FOUR! It is not going right for India at the moment! Full toss on the pads, Bhanuka flicks it to the deep square leg region. Krunal Pandya comes across, slides but fails to stop it. A boundary.
1.5
1
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, Full on off, Fernando pushes it to third man for one.

Review time! Avishka Fernando have taken a review for caught behind. Ultra Edge confirms there is a flat line as the ball passes the bat. Now, the third umpire checks for a possible LBW. The Ball Tracker shows wickets missing. The on-field decision has been reversed. 

1.4
0
Deepak Chahar to Avishka Fernando, NOT OUT! It has gone off the pads and Avishka Fernando survives. Brilliant delivery though from Deepak Chahar. Good length ball around off, Fernando looks to defend but seems to have gotten an edge. Deepak Chahar appeals and up goes the finger. Fernando takes the review immediately. The Ultra Edge rolls in and it shows that there is no bat and it has gone off the pads.
1.3
1
Deepak Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, DROPPED! Hardik Pandya is not having a good game! This should have been taken. Good length ball outside off, Bhanuka smacks it to cover. Hardik Pandya is stationed there but he fails to hold on. A single taken.
1.2
0
Deepak Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, Good length ball outside off, Bhanuka looks to cut but misses.
1.1
4
Deepak Chahar to Minod Bhanuka, FOUR! This is nicely played by Bhanuka! Good length ball outside off, Bhanuka shuffles across and paddles it to fine leg for a boundary.
0.6
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Full outside off, Bhanuka looks to drive but it goes off the outside edge to third man for one.

Deepak Chahar to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, WIDE! Good length ball down the leg side, Bhanuka looks to flick but misses. Wided.
0.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, On a length on middle, Bhanuka looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
0.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Minod Bhanuka, Good length ball outside off, Bhanuka looks to cut but fails to get any bat on it. Wided.
0.4
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, Good length ball outside off, Fernando guides it to third man for one.
0.3
2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, Good length ball on the pads, Fernando works it to deep square leg for a couple.
0.2
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, Good length ball on middle, Fernando defends it back to the bowler.
0.1
4
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Avishka Fernando, EDGED AND FOUR! Good start from Bhuvneshwar Kumar but is unlucky! Good length ball around off, Fernando looks to whack it but it goes off the outside edge and it flies over first slip for a boundary.