1st T20I (N), Cuttack, Dec 20 2017, Sri Lanka tour of India
(16/20 ov, target 181)
India won by 93 runs
Player Of The Match
SL Innings
Full commentary
end of over 162 runs • 2 wicket
SL: 87/10CRR: 5.43 • RRR: 23.50 • Need 94 runs from 24b
Nuwan Pradeep0 (0)
Hardik Pandya4-0-29-3
Jasprit Bumrah2-0-10-0

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Yuzvendra Chahal is Man of the Match. "When we started bowling, I was confused. But you need a little luck, I got Tharanga out down leg and it started working form there. I was mixing up the googly and the legspinner, and varying my pace to the left-handers. You need to have variations. We've practiced with wet balls, and the wicket was turning, so we just bowled accordingly. I enjoy Kuldeep's bowling and he enjoys mine. But we had a good total on the board and we can flight the ball and attack the batsmen"

"I said at the toss, it won't make much of difference because right from ball one there was dew. We expected it to be there for the whole 40 overs. Nothing changed. It wasn't easier to bat later on. It wasn't difficult to bat initially," Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain says. "It was a great move, for KL to start with at the top, was not part of the ODI squad,

but he came here and showed he belonged. Batted magnificently. And great finish to our innings by MS and Pandey. Pandey hasn't had much game time in the middle, so to come out and bat like that is good. And MSD, he's just class. No. 4 really paid off. He's played so many games for us, won so many games for us and moving forward, we feel making him bat at No. 4 is ideal. That allows Manish and Dinesh to finish games off. For a long period of time, MS has been finishing games off, but we want him to bat freely now, without that pressure. We were not sure what the ideal score would be, with dew and the wicket playing weirdly. So I thought 180 was a great effort. Chahal and Kuldeep have always been our wicket-taking options in the middle. They understand what the team expects and they come out and deliver. No words can describe how good they have been for us. The fast bowlers as well, Jaydev playing his first game after a long time, taking an early wicket. Bumrah and Pandya keeping things tight. Conditions weren't easy and they did very very well"

Samaresh: "Rohit Sharma only forgot to mention Shreyas Iyer's name in the presentation !"

"In these conditions, we wanted to bowl first, but India batted really well. And we have to give their bowlers credit, two spinners bowling really well in dewy conditions," Thisara Perera, the Sri Lanka captain says. "We could have had a shot at 160-170 here. But I think, 180, in these conditions, we could have chased if we had got a good start. But our batting line-up didn't click. Really disappointed. We are working hard at practice, to handle the wristspinners. These are the best 15 we have so we have to stand up and do the job next match"

10.15 pm Sri Lanka's innings included only four fours and two sixes, when the asking rate was nine runs an over. This after they had won the toss and had set themselves to chase in the dew. But India's wristspinners Yuzvendra Chahal (4 for 23) and Kuldeep Yadav (2 for 18) belied those conditions. It was a spellbinding display from two bowlers. Their control of line and length, their skill to deceive batsmen with the wrong 'un, their temperament when they are placed under attack are all outstanding.

But Sri Lanka... They were 46 for 2 in the eighth over. And then 87 all out in the 16th. There was no fight. As a measure of that, they scored the fewest boundaries in a T20I where they have faced 10 overs or more.

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"Spent two games padded up waiting to bat without going in. So I was waiting to bat," says Manish Pandey. "Every game I play, I have to get runs, I have to contribute however I can and it felt good today to do so. The last innings I played against Sri Lanka was a good one, so I just wanted to have a steady base at the crease, watch the ball and hit. That's all. Dhoni was telling me to move across a little bit so I have more chances to hit those wide yorkers they were bowling. Good to start well, and if you're playing well, we need to continue with the same form."

Purvesh: "With this early finish, India ensure that the captain isn't penalized for slow over rate. Woeful performance by SL, need a far better performance in the next 2 games."

Pandya to Fernando, OUT
tame, very tame as Fernando backs away from the seam bowler and flails at the ball only to send it straight to the hands of point. That's India's biggest victory in T20Is, in terms of runs
MVT Fernando c Unadkat b Pandya 2 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Kushansri: "With that twin 4s scored by chameera, sri lanka just passed their lowest ever t20 score.. incidently scored it against the same opposition. "

Pandya to Fernando, 2 runs
fuller delivery outside off, blocks it nearly all the way to the cover point boundary
Pandya to Chameera, OUT
caught at deep square leg! Chameera swings as hard as he can at a length ball outside off but finds the Rahul, who moves to his right and takes it comfortably
PVD Chameera c Rahul b Pandya 12 (14m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.71
Pandya to Chameera, no run
too quick for him as he is struck on the thigh pad by a shortish delivery angled into him
Pandya to Chameera, no run
swings at a back of a length ball outside off to no avail
Pandya to Chameera, no run
appeal for lbw, but the good length ball pings off the inside edge onto the pad actually no, the two sounds were ball hitting both pads. But it would have gone down leg anyway
end of over 159 runs
SL: 85/8CRR: 5.66 • RRR: 19.20 • Need 96 runs from 30b
Dushmantha Chameera12 (10)
Vishwa Fernando0 (0)
Jasprit Bumrah2-0-10-0
Hardik Pandya3-0-27-1
Bumrah to Chameera, 1 run
yorker on off stump, Chameera gets it towards midwicket
Bumrah to Chameera, FOUR runs
full toss outside off, squeezed away to the backward point boundary. Back-to-back fours. Customary joke about London buses.
Bumrah to Chameera, FOUR runs
smacks a length ball down the ground for the first boundary since the fifth over, and only the fifth of the innings
Bumrah to Chameera, no run
full and outside off, smears it down to mid-on
Bumrah to Chameera, no run
goes for the bouncer, Chameera tries to pull, but he can't get anything on it

Chaitu Reddy: "OMG! Only two 4s & two 6s in Lanka's Innings. Are these the least boundaries scored in a T20I???" --- I can't imagine an innings that has fared worse off.

Bumrah to Chameera, no run
back of a length and outside off, blocks
end of over 145 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 76/8CRR: 5.42 • RRR: 17.50 • Need 105 runs from 36b
Dushmantha Chameera3 (4)
Hardik Pandya3-0-27-1
Kuldeep Yadav4-0-18-2
Pandya to Dananjaya, OUT
length ball, hammered back down the ground, but Pandya's hands are there waiting! India can do no wrong today. There is no celebration. He just turns around, hands the ball back and walks off.
A Dananjaya c & b Pandya 7 (14m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Pandya to Dananjaya, 1 wide
bangs it in short, way too short. Even a perfectly vertical bat from Dananjaya can't reach it

Pankaj: "Boundries seemed to have dried up. When was the last one?" --- In the fifth over...

Pandya to Chameera, 1 run
fullish and outside off, defends and gets an inside edge to deep midwicket
Pandya to Chameera, 2 runs
good work with the wrists as Chameera sends a ball off his pads to deep square leg

Darshan Shah: "India has spin twin(Chahal and Yadav) and Yorker twin(Bumrah and Bhuvi). Now they need to find all-rounder at no. 6. So he can pair with Hardik Pandya at 7. Any suggestion?"

Pandya to Chameera, no run
back of a length, holds its line, Chameera looks to flick into the leg side and gets a leading edge

Two slips in

Pandya to Dananjaya, 1 run
backs away and cuts to deep point
Pandya to Dananjaya, no run
short of a length and outside off, flat bats it to long-off
end of over 133 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 71/7CRR: 5.46 • RRR: 15.71 • Need 110 runs from 42b
Dushmantha Chameera0 (1)
Akila Dananjaya6 (4)
Kuldeep Yadav4-0-18-2
Yuzvendra Chahal4-0-23-4

Dhaval: "The wickets may well show up in bowlers column, but most of them have MS Dhoni written on them if you see through. Can't imagine this team without him. "

Kuldeep Yadav to Chameera, no run
tosses it up outside off, defends

Slip, gully and leg slip now. Kuldeep seems to want one of those fielders at a different spot but Dhoni overrules it. "Haan, theek hain! Abhi Daalna. Abey , Abhi daalna!"

Kuldeep Yadav to Dananjaya, 1 run
flicks a good length legbreak to deep midwicket

Slip and leg slip in waiting

Kuldeep Yadav to MDKJ Perera, OUT
straight up and Dhoni is on hand to take another one. Lures the batsman out of his crease, but doesn't let him reach the pitch of the ball. Makes him swing right across the line, it's a big top edge and it's a soft wicket
MDKJ Perera c †Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 19 (59m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 67.85
Kuldeep Yadav to Dananjaya, 1 run
stays back and cuts the googly to deep point