Result
1st T20I (N), Pune, Feb 9 2016, Sri Lanka tour of India and Bangladesh
(18/20 ov, target 102)
105/5
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
1:08
1y
• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka seamers topple India on green track

Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera and Dasun Shanaka - Sri Lanka's lanky seam-bowling labour force - came upon a thoroughly surprising green Pune deck, and wound up delivering their team a surprisingly thorough victory

Match centre 
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
India101(18.5 overs)
Sri Lanka105/5(18 overs)
end of over 1813 runs
SL: 105/5CRR: 5.83 
Milinda Siriwardana21 (14)
Seekkuge Prasanna3 (4)
Jasprit Bumrah4-1-19-0
Ravichandran 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
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 172 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 92/5CRR: 5.41 • RRR: 3.33 • Need 10 from 18b
Milinda Siriwardana10 (11)
Seekkuge Prasanna1 (1)
Ravichandran Ashwin3-0-13-2
Hardik Pandya3-0-18-0
16.6
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
Ashwin to Shanaka, no run
quicker carrom ball on off stump, poked back watchfully to the bowler
16.2
Ashwin to Shanaka, no run
tossed up slow outside off and it drops well short of Shanaka as he looks to slog-sweep, hits him on the chest
16.1
1
Ashwin to Siriwardana, 1 run
tossed up wide of off, driven to sweeper cover

Ashwin comes back into the attack. You'd think Dhoni would bring on Nehra or Bumrah now

end of over 166 runs
SL: 90/4CRR: 5.62 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 12 from 24b
Milinda Siriwardana9 (9)
Dasun Shanaka3 (5)
Hardik Pandya3-0-18-0
Suresh Raina2-0-13-1
15.6
1lb
Pandya to Siriwardana, 1 leg bye
back of a length, angling in. Hurries on a bit as he shuffles across to flick, and it hits him on the thigh pad
15.5
1
Pandya to Shanaka, 1 run
back of a length outside off, dabbed to third man
15.4
Pandya to Shanaka, no run
back of a length on off and middle, defended into the covers
15.3
2
Pandya to Shanaka, 2 runs
short and wide, and this time it's within his reach. Plays a good-looking steer out to the left of Yuvraj at deep point
15.3
1w
Pandya to Shanaka, 1 wide
short and very wide. Reaches out to cut, can't connect
15.2
Pandya to Shanaka, no run
back of a length outside off, dabbed to backward point
Best performances - batsmen
LD Chandimal
35 runs (35)
1 fours
2 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
defended
10 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
50345648
R Ashwin
31 runs (24)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
cut shot
12 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
105150136
Best performances - bowlers
MD Shanaka
O
3
M
0
R
16
W
3
Eco
5.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
CAK Rajitha
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
3
Eco
7.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of India and Bangladesh
Player Of The Match
Kasun Rajitha
Series resultSri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 496
Season2015/16
Hours of play (local time)19:30 start First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40
Match days9 February 2016 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Niroshan Dickwella
Kasun Rajitha
Umpires
Vineet Kulkarni
Nandan
TV Umpire
Anil Chaudhary
Reserve Umpire
Virender Sharma
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe