1st T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), Jul 25 2021, India tour of Sri Lanka
(18.3/20 ov, target 165)126
India won by 38 runs
Player Of The Match

That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Shikhar Dhawan: I thought we were 10-15 runs short but we felt it was still a good total. We played quite well after losing a wicket on the first ball. Getting to 50 in the powerplay was good. I think only 5% scope of improvement. Surya is a great player and we enjoy watching him bat. He was taking pressure off me as well. Sri Lanka were playing well but we knew our spinners will get some turn. Yuzi and KP bowled really well. And even Varun, playing his first match. Prithvi is playing really well and I am sure he will bounce back in the next game. It's very hard to pick Varun, even I find it difficult when I am facing him in the nets.

Dasun Shanaka: I think 164 was chaseable on this wickets. I think their bowlers upfront started really well. And then there were not enough middle-order batters to finish the game. I think our bowlers did an amazing job. I hope we come out and do better than this in the next game.

Bhuvneshwar is the Player of the Match. "I played ODI after a couple of months, so you take some time get into the rhythm," he says. "It was a good batting wicket but there was some help for bowlers too."

Caradhras: "Should be Bhuvi, will be SKY."

Vinayak: "POTM: Chahal "

Nilesh Sinha: "SKY should be the MoM"

Who do you think should be the Player of the Match?

Vinay: "6 wickets for 15 runs. Sri Lanka's inexperience showing up.."

Arunabh : "The match was much closer than what scorecard suggests. "

"The last wicket was Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 200th T20 wicket," Sampath says. "He currently has 49 wickets from 49 T20I matches."

11.30pm So, a total that looked a bit under par at the halfway stage proved to be 38 too many for Sri Lanka. At 104 for 4 after 14 overs, they were in the game despite Bandara managing only 9 from 19 balls. But Chahal bowled a three-run 15th over and Chahar dismissed Asalanka and Hasaranga in the next to turn the game towards India. Incoming batters then couldn't nail the big hits and kept losing their wickets. In the end, Sri Lanka could last only 18.3 overs.

Bhuvneshwar finished with 4 for 22 from 3.3 overs, Chahar had 2 for 24 from his three and Chahal 1 for 19 from four.

Bhuvneshwar to Chameera, OUT

another wicket for Bhuvneshwar as India go 1-0 up. Fuller outside off and Chameera goes for a big hit. He makes the connection alright but it's a big ground. An easy catch for Krunal at deep midwicket

Dushmantha Chameera c Pandya b Kumar 1 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Bhuvneshwar to Dananjaya, 1 run

length ball around off and middle, hits it towards long-on

Bhuvneshwar to Udana, OUT

fuller outside off, Udana looks to go over long-on but doesn't get the distance. Was a slower one and away from him. Long-on takes an simple catch

Isuru Udana c Yadav b Kumar 1 (8m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

40 required from two overs

end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 125/8CRR: 6.94 RRR: 20.00 • Need 40 runs from 12b
Dushmantha Chameera1 (2)
Isuru Udana1 (1)
Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-28-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-21-2
Varun to Chameera, no run

length ball outside off, pushes at it and gets beaten

Rohit B: "I'd say that it was very brave to keep Varun for the 17th or 18th over. Would have been really difficult for him if Asalanka was still on the crease. It's worked though, Bhuvi and Chahar have got the wickets and now he can put pressure back on the batters. "

Varun to Chameera, 1 run

length ball around off, swiped towards deep square leg for a couple. Oh, Chameera ran one short there. So only one gets added to the total

Chameera with Sri Lanka needing 41 off 14

Varun to Shanaka, OUT

an appeal for stumping. A length ball outside off, Shanaka pushes at it and gets beaten by the carrom ball. Loses his balance and his front foot comes off the ground. Exactly at that moment, Kishan breaks the stumps. Don't think he actually waited for the foot to be in the air

Dasun Shanaka st †Ishan Kishan b Varun 16 (26m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 114.28
Varun to Shanaka, no run

length ball around off, defended on the off side towards covers

Varun to Udana, 1 run

length ball spinning in, goes for the flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal for lbw but ignored. The ball goes towards covers as the batters runs a single. Not sure if there was an inside edge but that's been given as a run

Varun to Shanaka, 1 run

fuller outside off, hits it aerially to the left of long-off

43 required from 18 balls. Varun to bowl

end of over 179 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 122/7CRR: 7.17 RRR: 14.33 • Need 43 runs from 18b
Dasun Shanaka15 (11)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-21-2
Deepak Chahar 3-0-24-2
Bhuvneshwar to C Karunaratne, OUT

played on. Length outside off, goes for the cut but ends gets an inside edge on to the stumps. Might have been a knuckleball from Bhuvi

Chamika Karunaratne b Kumar 3 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75
Bhuvneshwar to C Karunaratne, no run

moves across, exposing all three stumps and Bhuvneshwar bowls it down the leg side. No shot attempted and that's not a wide, says Dharmasena

Bhuvneshwar to Shanaka, 1 run

fuller outside off, chops it towards long-off. Didn't middle it

Bhuvneshwar to Shanaka, SIX runs

yorker gone wrong. A full toss around off and it has been smashed over long-on for a six

Bhuvneshwar to C Karunaratne, 1 run

length ball outside off, comes down the ground and chops it towards long-off

Bhuvneshwar to Shanaka, 1 run

length ball outside off, cuts it towards sweeper cover

52 required from last four. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will bowl two of those