IND vs SL ODI series: After registering a 3-0 whitewash against West Indies, India continues their winning momentum in the first T20I of the three-match series against Sri Lanka on Thursday. India won the first T20I by 62 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and asked India to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan gave the team a stellar start with the bat. Both the batsmen played with aggressive intent and managed to put on 111 runs for the opening wicket.
Rohit Sharma was the first one to depart. He got out after scoring 44 runs in 32 deliveries. However, his partner Ishan Kishan continued his fireworks in the middle. He went on to score 89 runs in just 56 deliveries. Once he got out in the 17th over, Shreyas Iyer changed gears and took the team to a formidable score of 199 runs in 20 overs. Iyer remained unbeaten on 58 runs in just 28 deliveries.
On a pitch that was slow and staying low, India posted 20 runs more than what was needed on that surface. All the Sri Lanka bowlers, who bowled at least 3 overs went for more than 8 runs an over.
In response to the score, Sri Lanka made the worst possible start. Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent Pathum Nissanka back into the hut on the very first ball of the second innings. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals after that as Sri Lanka failed to inject any momentum into the innings. Charith Asalanka, though, held firm and went on to play an unbeaten knock of 53 runs in 47 deliveries. However, he didn’t receive a lot of support from the other batsmen.
Sri Lanka, in the end, managed to score 137 runs in the second innings and, thereby, fell 62 runs short of the target. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed 2 wickets for 9 runs in 2 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal (1 for 11 in 3 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 28 in 4 overs) also made great returns.
IND vs SL Brief Scores: India 199 for 2 (Kishan 89, Shreyas 57*, Shanaka 1-19) beat Sri Lanka 137 for 6 (Asalanka 53*, Bhuvneshwar 2-9, V Iyer 2-36) by 62 runs