Surya (50) & the bowlers’ power India to a 1-0 lead in T20I series
A fluent 50 from Suryakumar Yadav and some fine bowling by India’s frontline bowlers were good enough to secure a convincing 38 win over Srilanka in the 1st T20I.
Sri Lanka put India into bat, a decision fraught with danger in view of Sri Lanka’s fragile batting lineup. However, Dushmanta Chameera gave the home side a great start by getting the dangerous Prithvi Shaw edging a perfect outswinger to the keeper and India were 0/1 on the very first ball.
However, Sanju Samson (27) came in and batted with poise, playing the ball on its merits while Dhawan looked in good nick and together they added 51 runs before Sanju was lbw to a straight ball from Hassaranga and therefore unable to cash in on his start. Surya (50) & the bowlers’ power India to a 1-0 lead in T20I series .
This followed the most productive partnership of the innings of 62 runs between Dhawan and a sublime Surya Kumar Yadav who was playing with effortless ease. Dhawan (46) got out in the 15th over but Surya kept his innings going.
Hardik Pandya (10) scratched around before Chameera dismissed him caught behind. Finally, Surya perished for a superb 50 off 34 balls and continued his rich vein of form. Ishan Kishan’s unbeaten 20 run cameo took India to 164/5.
For Srilanka, Hassaranga (2/28) bowled superbly in the middle overs and Chameera(2/24) looked all quality, moving the ball at pace.
Sti Lanka was tentative right through their chase. Their best batter in the earler ODIs, Avishka Fernando (26) could not repeat his success and pulled Bhuvneshwar straight to deep midwicket’s throat. Earlier Bhanuka (10) and Dhananjaya D Silva (9) went cheaply, the latter to a fine straighter one from Yuzi Chahal who was bowling in good rhythm and was baffling the Srilankan middle order.
After Srilanka reached 50/3 in 7 overs, Charith Asalanka came in and started striking the ball handsomely. He hit 44 off only 26 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes and looked ominous for India. However, his partner Bandara (9 off 19 balls) was all at sea and unable to force the pace which increased the asking rate despite Asalaka’s single-handed fightback.
Bandara’s dismissal at 90/3 changed the complexion of the game and once Asalanka was taken care of by Deepak Chahar, Sri Lanka batting lost it’s way and only Shanaka (16) reached double figures in the lower order.
Srilanka finally slumped to 126 allout from 90/3 and thereby losing 7 wickets for just 36 runs. Yazuvendra Chahal was the outstanding bowler of the day for India getting 1/19 in 4 overs while Varun Chakravarthy on his debut took 2/28 after an uncertain start. Later Bhuvneshwar (4/22) ran through the lower order wickets and Sri Lanka lost by 38 runs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his 4/22 was adjudged the man of the match.
India won by 38 runs
IND 164/5 (20 Ovs)
Suryakumar Yadav 50(34)
SL 126/10 (18.3 Ovs)
Avishka Fernando 26(23)