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1st T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), Jul 25 2021, India tour of Sri Lanka
164/5
(18.3/20 ov, target 165)126
India won by 38 runs
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Bhuvneshwar, Chahar, Chahal help India defend below-par 164

Sri Lanka's batting let them down once more after their bowlers did well to restrict India

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Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
India164/5(20 overs)
Sri Lanka126/10(18.3 overs)

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.

18.3
W
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 KH Pandya b Kumar 1 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
18.2
1
Bhuvneshwar to Dananjaya, 1 run

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

18.1
W
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 • Need 40 from 12b
Dushmantha Chameera1 (2)
Isuru Udana1 (1)
Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-28-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-21-2
17.6
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. "

17.5
1
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

17.4
W
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
17.3
Varun to Shanaka, no run

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

17.2
1
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

17.1
1
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 from 18b
Dasun Shanaka15 (11)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-21-2
Deepak Chahar 3-0-24-2
16.6
W
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
16.5
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

16.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Shanaka, 1 run

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

16.3
6
Bhuvneshwar to Shanaka, SIX runs

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

16.2
1
Bhuvneshwar to C Karunaratne, 1 run

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

16.1
1
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

end of over 166 runs • 2 wickets
SL: 113/6CRR: 7.06 RRR: 13 • Need 52 from 24b
Chamika Karunaratne2 (1)
Dasun Shanaka7 (8)
Deepak Chahar 3-0-24-2
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-19-1
15.6
2
Chahar to C Karunaratne, 2 runs

length outside off, pushes at it and gets it towards third man from the outer half of the bat

Karunaratne now

15.5
W
Chahar to Hasaranga, OUT

bowled 'im. Fuller and straighter. Hasaranga makes some room and looks to go inside out. But he manages only an outside edge that deflects on to the off stump

Wanindu Hasaranga b Chahar 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
15.4
Chahar to Hasaranga, no run

a bouncer at the batter. Hasaranga was in to minds there and in the end leaves it alone

Hasaranga now

15.3
W
Chahar to Asalanka, OUT

Asalanka holes out. Fuller outside off, moves across and looks to clear deep midwicket once again but this time he finds Shaw. A pat on the head for Asalanka from the captain

Charith Asalanka c Shaw b Chahar 44 (47m 26b 3x4 3x6) SR: 169.23
15.3
1w
Chahar to Asalanka, 1 wide

fuller but way outside off, that's a wide

Best performances - batters
Suryakumar Yadav portrait
SA Yadav INDIA
50 runs (34)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control68%
Productive shot
cover drive
8 runs
1 four
0 six
1457611610
Shikhar Dhawan portrait
S Dhawan INDIA
46 runs (36)
4 fours
1 six
Control75%
Productive shot
flick
8 runs
0 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Bhuvneshwar Kumar portrait
B Kumar INDIA
O
3.3
M
0
R
22
W
4
ECO
6.28
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Dushmantha Chameera portrait
PVD Chameera SL
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
2
ECO
6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of Sri Lanka
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Series resultIndia led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 1204
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50-23.20
Match days25 July 2021 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Chamika Karunaratne
Chamika Karunaratne
Charith Asalanka
Charith Asalanka
Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw
Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy
Umpires
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
Sri Lanka Image
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle