India beat Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I and lead the three match T20I series by 1-0
Despite losing the ODI series to India, Sri Lanka gave a strong performance in the final ODI defeating India by 3 wickets. They also ended the long losing streak to India at Colombo Premadasa Stadium. Now, it’s time for the T20I series between the two sides. The performance in this T20 series will certainly determine which players will get an opportunity to be a part of the national squad for the T20I world cup.
Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka has won the toss and decided to bowl. There are two debutants from each side for this T20I match. Charith Asalanka and Chamika Karunaratne from Sri Lanka, Prithvi Shaw and Varun Chakravarthy from India.
Prithvi Shaw had a forgettable debut in his T20 career, as he was dismissed for a duck in the first ball of the innings by Dushmantha Chameera. The captain Shikhar Dhawan and Sanju Samson managed to get 51 runs partnership in the powerplay overs without losing any wicket. Just after the powerplay was over India lost the wicket of Sanju Samson who looked good for his 27.
Suryakumar Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan were building a good partnership for the 3 rd wicket. Suryakumar Yadav played an anchor role in that partnership scoring majority of runs at a quick pace. Just when the rain looked like interrupting the game Shikar Dhawan and Suryakumar decided to score as quickly as possible unfortunately lost their wicket.
Indian lost the momentum of scoring runs after those two wickets have fallen, Hardik was struggling with the bat. Ishan Kishan tried his best of scoring 20 runs off just 14 balls. Sri Lankan bowlers have done well in the death overs by restricting India to a total of 163.
Sri Lanka has to chase 164 runs in their allotted 20 overs. If Sri Lanka bat sensibly the target was attainable in this pitch. There was not a strong opening stand for Sri Lanka as their opener Minod Bhanuka was dismissed when the score was 23. Sri Lankan lost the wicket of Avishka Fernando and Dhananjaya de Silva in quick succession.
There was partnership building for the 4th wicket between Ashen Bandara and Charith Asalanka. Ashen Bandara was struggling to rotate strike whereas the debutant Charith Asalanka played a good knock and kept Sri Lanka in the hunt.
As the required rate started to increase the match was slipping from the hands of Sri Lanka. There were not many contributions from the lower middle-order batsman. India comprehensively won the match by 38 runs.