Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
18 | 13 Runs | SL: 105/5 | RR: 5.83

  • TAM Siriwardana21 (14b)
  • S Prasanna3 (4b)
  • JJ Bumrah4-1-19-0
  • R Ashwin3-0-13-2

10.42pm Sri Lanka have gone 1-0 up, and that's set up this series perfectly. This young Sri Lankan side will be full of confidence now. And India, who were expected to win this series easily, now have to come from behind. An unusual sort of T20 game to begin the series, but a very watchable game. Do join us for the rest of the series, and keep your comments flowing in. Until next time, good night!

Kasun Rajitha is the Man of the Match, on his debut. Sanjay Manjrekar doesn't interview him, for some reason.

Dinesh Chandimal: "I'm over the moon. I thought toss was important. I saw some fresh grass on the pitch. Credit goes to bowlers, they did a really good job. It's a young team. Every time we tell them to back themselves and do what they are capable of. We miss a lot of senior players, the youngsters have put their hands up and grabbed the opportunity."

10.35pm Presentation time. MS Dhoni: "The wicket was completely different to what we have been playing in the last one month. It was more like an English wicket. There was spongy bounce, and variable pace. We played quite a few big shots. Maybe not the kind of shots we should be playing on a spongy wicket. This was a 135-140 kind of wicket because there was some help for the fast bowlers. It was more English conditions than Indian conditions. Our shot selection should have been better. Looking at the positives, everybody got a chance today, and we kept pressing hard."

DanielAlexander: "Sri Lanka regain the No. 1 T20I spot" -- Yup. India slip down to No. 3.

Dhanuka: "I can see Siriwardana is going to be the next captain,, mark my words.."

AB: "Sunil Gavaskar should be full from having had to eat his words relating to the pitch."

Shantanu: "So Ashwin, Nehra didn't finish their quota and Bumrah bowled an in consequential over at the end. While Raina and Pandya bowled too many. Dhoni really should have attacked more."

Wilson : "Partnerships, folks, in any form of the game...!"

10.30pm The Sri Lankan seam attack looked to have more depth - and looked a little more threatening - than India's on this green pitch. And Sri Lanka's top order played fewer silly shots than India's did. They knew what their target was, and got there reasonably easily even if there were a few nervy moments during their chase.

17.6
4
Bumrah to Siriwardana, FOUR runs, back of a length on off stump, and that's another interesting-looking short-arm whip/pull to win it for Sri Lanka. Opened up slightly and hit it firmly to the midwicket boundary
17.5
6
Bumrah to Siriwardana, SIX runs, short ball, and Siriwardana has just paddle-pulled it for six. Goes deep in his crease, maybe expecting the short ball, and just swivelled at it. Checked his shot a little, but he middled it and cleared the square leg boundary
17.4
1
Bumrah to Prasanna, 1 run, length ball, pushed gently into the mid-on region
17.3
0
Bumrah to Prasanna, no run, quick, skiddy short ball angling in from wide of the crease. Misses the pull and it goes over the top of the stumps to Dhoni, who appeals for the catch after diving to his left and pouching the ball. Bumrah didn't appeal. May have clipped a shirtsleeve
17.2
1
Bumrah to Siriwardana, 1 run, short, very wide, toe-ends it to third man as he reaches out to slash
17.1
1
Bumrah to Prasanna, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, dabbed gently towards backward point

Bumrah. Sri Lanka need 10 from three overs.

END OF OVER:
17 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 92/5 (10 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.41, RRR: 3.33)

  • TAM Siriwardana10 (11b)
  • S Prasanna1 (1b)
  • R Ashwin3-0-13-2
  • HH Pandya3-0-18-0
16.6
0
Ashwin to Siriwardana, no run, full on middle and leg, gets his front pad out of the way to drive back to the bowler
16.5
1
Ashwin to Prasanna, 1 run, back of a length, turning down leg, tucked away gently to the right of square leg
16.4
W
Ashwin to Shanaka, OUT, taken! What a catch from Raina! Jumps to his right from square leg to grab a full-blooded sweep with both hands. Wasn't too far from him, so he didn't throw himself at the ball, just jumped sideways and judged it perfectly

MD Shanaka c Raina b Ashwin 3 (6m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

16.3
0
Ashwin to Shanaka, no run, quicker carrom ball on off stump, poked back watchfully to the bowler

Not the lowest, at least

2

No. of lower all-out totals for India in T20Is than the 101 today - 74 vs Aus, MCG, 2008-09 and 92 vs SA, Cuttack, 2015-16.

Resistance by No.9

17*

Previous highest score for Ashwin in T20Is, vs Eng, Kolkata, 2011-12. Batting at No.9 in this match, he is the highest-scorer for India.

Collapse mid-way

2

No. of times India lost 6 wickets in their first 10 overs in T20Is, before this - vs NZ, Christchurch, 2008-09 and vs Aus, Bridgetown, 2010 World T20.

Youngsters doing the damage

2

No. of Sri Lanka bowlers who took 2 wickets in the first over of their T20I career today - Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka.

50 up

2

No. of India players who have played 50 or more T20Is, including Suresh Raina who his playing his 50th match today. Dhoni has played 56 matches.

Worst start

0

No. of times India had lost teir first 2 wickets in the first over in T20Is, before today. Their earliest was in 7 balls, also vs SL, Colombo (RPS), 2008-09.