Feb 9, 2016 22:49(IST)
Kasun Rajitha gets Man of the Match award on his international debut. 22:42(IST)
A brilliant win for this inexperienced Sri Lankan side. Their pacers played a huge part in helping them take a 1-0 lead. Rajitha started off with two wickets in first over and then there was a procession. Some good bowling and poor shot making meant that India could amass just 101, Ashwin was the top-scorer with 31. Chasing the target, Sri Lanka stuttered to start off but Chandimal played with maturity he along with Kapugedera steadied the ship and then Siriwardana played a handy knock to see them past finish line.
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Siriwardana finishes it off in style. He hammers a pull over deep square leg and then short arm jabs one over mid-wicket to hit the winning runs. He remains not out on 21 off 14 balls. Chandimal and Kapugedera too played a valuable knocks of 35 and 25 respectively.
Bumrah back on. 10 needed off 18 balls now. 22:29(IST) OUT! The bowling change has worked. Raina takes an excellent catch. M Shanaka c Raina b Ashwin 3 (8b 0x4 0x6)
Shanaka gets down for a sweep, hits it hard, Raina at square leg dives full length to his right and pouches a stunner.
Seekkuge Prasanna is the new batsman.
No pacers yet, Ashwin is brought back into the attack. Dhoni and his tactics........
22:27(IST) After 16 overs, Sri Lanka 90/4 (Siriwardana 9, Shanaka 3)
Pandya was a bit wayward in that over. He bowled a wide and was a tad short and wide outside off. 6 runs off the over. Just 12 needed off 24 now.
22:25(IST) 22:23(IST) After 15 overs, Sri Lanka 84/4 (Siriwardana 9, Shanaka 0)
Chandimal has played really sensibly and he is leading from the front. He had hit a six off the previous ball but then there was a small break which might have led to lapse in concentration and he departed next ball. 8 runs and a wicket off it. 18 needed off 30 balls now.
22:22(IST) OUT! Raina strikes. There is still life left in this match it seems. D Chandimal lbw b Raina 35 (35b 1x4 2x6)
A touch quicker on middle and off from Raina, Chandimal shuffles and looks to turn it to the leg side but misses and gets hit right in front. This is a huge wicket for India. But they need another couple quickly.
Shanaka is the new batsman.
22:16(IST) After 14 overs, Sri Lanka 76/3 (Chandimal 27, Siriwardana 9)
Ashwin bowls a rare bad delivery and Siriwardana punishes it with a pull through mid-wicket for a boundary. Ashwin had bowled a very good carrom ball the previous delivery off which Siriwardena got an inside edge just wide of the stumps. 7 runs off the over. 26 needed off 36 now.
22:12(IST) After 13 overs, Sri Lanka 69/3 (Chandimal 25, Siriwardana 4)
After three singles off the first five balls, Siriwardana charges and chips one over extra cover for a couple. 5 runs off the over.
Suresh Raina into the attack now.
22:11(IST) After 12 overs, Sri Lanka 64/3 (Chandimal 23, Siriwardana 1)
A successful over for India. Four runs and a wicket off it. The important things is that they broke the partnership and now they need another one quickly.
22:09(IST) OUT! Ashwin strikes. CK Kapugedera lbw b Ashwin 25 (26b 4x4 0x6)
Length delivery outside off, well flightes. Kapugedera comes forward and looks to turn it to the leg side but misses and gets hit on the pads. After a huge appeal, the umpire lifts his finger.
Milinda Siriwardana is the new batsman.
22:06(IST) After 11 overs, Sri Lanka 60/2 (Chandimal 22, Kapugedera 23)
The 50 comes up for Sri Lanka. They are now taking control. Kapugedera cuts one through backward point for a boundary and then Chandimal gets down and heaves it over deep mid-wicket for a six.
22:04(IST) After 10 overs, Sri Lanka 48/2 (Chandimal 15, Kapugedera 18)
After just 1 run off the first four balls, Kapugedera charges and absolutely smashes it straight back past Pandya for a boundary. Kapugedera then looks to pull a short delivery but gets a top edge over wicketkeeper for a streaky four. India need a wicket now.
21:58(IST) After 9 overs, Sri Lanka 39/2 (Chandimal 14, Kapugedera 10)
A good over from Jadeja. Things are slowly beginning to calm down for Sri Lanka. Jadeja got one to zip away and beat Kapugedera's outside edge. Dhoni whipped the bails off in flash but Kapugedera had he backfoot down on ground in time. 3 runs off the over.
21:56(IST) After 8 overs, Sri Lanka 36/2 (Chandimal 13, Kapugedera 8)
Kapugedera releseases some pressure as he slashes one over point for a four. But off the next ball, he gets a leading edge which falls short of the backward point fielder. He looks to dab the final ball but misses. Good over from Pandya.
Hardik Pandya into the attack now...
21:51(IST) After 7 overs, Sri Lanka 31/2 (Chandimal 12, Kapugedera 4)
A decent over from Jadeja. Just three singles off it. He didn't get much turn or zip.
Jadeja into the attack now.
21:50(IST) After 6 overs, Sri Lanka 28/2 (Chandimal 10, Kapugedera 3)
Chandimal gets a lifeline in that over. After just one run off five balls, Kapugedera chops one to backward point and they scamper through for a quick single. The fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. Had that hit, Chandimal was a goner. Another very good over from Bumrah. He is cramping the batsmen for room and that is increasing the frustration.
21:47(IST) After 5 overs, Sri Lanka 26/2 (Chandimal 9, Kapugedera 0)
Another successful over for India. 5 runs and a wicket off it. The swipes and aerial shots have started again and it has cost Sri Lanka. Chandimal has looked to be sensible. Kapugedara has started off with a couple of singles. They need to calm down rather than go all out.
21:44(IST) OUT! Gunathilaka throws it away. M Gunathilaka c Dhawan b Nehra 9 (18b 0x4 1x6)
It's short outside off, Gunathilaka looks to pull but ends up mistiming it to mid on where Dhawan takes a good leaping catch. Gunathilaka had missed his slash off the previous delivery and he threw it away next ball.
Chamara Kapugedera is the new batsman.
21:39(IST) After 4 overs, Sri Lanka 20/1 (Gunathilaka 7, Chandimal 7)
That's good from Sri Lanka. Played the over without any rash shots and they found out that it wasn't unplayable. They need to calm down and stabilise. Three runs off the over.
21:36(IST) 21:35(IST) 21:35(IST) After 3 overs, Sri Lanka 17/1 (Gunathilaka 6, Chandimal 5)
Gunathilaka looking to be aggressive. After one run off the first three balls, he pulls a short delivery from way outside off, gets a top edge but still clears the deep square leg fence. He again goes for a powerful pull off the last ball but misses. 7 runs off the over.
21:31(IST) After 2 overs, Sri Lanka 10/1 (Gunathilaka 0, Chandimal 4)
A very good over from Bumrah. The ball is doing everything. He beats Gunathilaka three times with inswingers, there is a huge appeal on the third one which is turned down. He beat Gunathilaka's outside edge with an outswinger too. A maiden over. This is brilliant stuff. After a long time, it's the bowlers who are ruling the roost.
Jasprit Bumrah will bowl from the other end.
21:28(IST) After 1 over, Sri Lanka 10/1 (Gunathilaka 0, Chandimal 4)
An eventful first over. An eventful first over. India could have had two wickets, just like Sri Lanka. Nehra got dickwella and then Chandimal slashed at one, he got an outside edge and it went through Rahane's hands at first slip, may be he was unsighted by Dhoni moving to his left.
21:24(IST) OUT! Nehra strikes in the first over. N Dickwella c Dhawan b Nehra 4 (3b 1x4 0x6)
Just the start India wanted. Short outside off, Dickwell stays rooted to his crease and looks to pull but gets a top edge to mid on where Dhawan makes no mistake.
Dinesh Chandimal is the new batsman.
Right! The Sri Lanka openers - Gunathilaka and Dickwella have made their way out to the middle. Nehra will start off proceedings.
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Nehra goes for a wild swing but gets a top edge to backward point and then a huge mix-up means that Bumrah is run out off the next ball. Rajitha - the debutant - finished with 3 wickets, Shanaka too bagged 3 wickets. Chameera scalped 2. It was a brilliant performance from Sri Lankan pacers. The Indians never looked to settle down and went for their shots which brought about their downfall. 21:01(IST) 21:00(IST) After 18 overs, 97/8 (Ashwin 29, Nehra 6)
Ashwin is playing a crucial innings. After just two runs off the first four balls, Ashwin cuts one very late through backward point for a boundary. A single off the last ball makes it 7 runs off the over and also he gets the strike.
20:56(IST) 20:56(IST) After 17 overs, 90/8 (Ashwin 24, Nehra 5)
Rajitha finishes off with figures of 4-0-29-3. A brilliant spell from him. After two singles off the first five balls, which included a couple of plays and a miss and a sharp bouncer to Nehra, Ashwin upper cuts the last ball to third man for a boundary.
20:54(IST) 20:53(IST) After 16 overs, 84/8 (Ashwin 19, Nehra 4)
Things have calmed down now. Nehra is playing sensibly. He is defending and looking for singles. His singles are being cheered, also his defenses and left alones. 4 singles off Prasanna's first over. Ashwin's role is crucial now.
20:51(IST) After 15 overs, 80/8 (Ashwin 17, Nehra 2)
Would you believe it, defense and left alones are been cheered. Perera bowls another fast over. Just two runs off it. The crowd seems to be enjoying this innings from Nehra. He is 2 from 7 balls.
20:48(IST) After 14 overs, 78/8 (Ashwin 16, Nehra 1)
Another successful over for Sri Lanka. 6 runs and a wicket off it. Senanayake got Jadeja off the first ball. Ashwin then went for a slash but got an outside edge over the short third man fielder for a streaky boundary.
20:45(IST) OUT! Senanayake strikes now. This is shambles for India. R Jadeja lbw b Senanayake 6 (9b 0x4 0x6)
It's a length delivery on off, Jadeja is playing for the off spin but it goes straight on. Jadeja misses and is trapped in front. The umpire raises his finger.
Ashish Nehra is the new batsman.
20:43(IST) 20:43(IST) After 13 overs, 72/7 (Jadeja 6, Ashwin 11)
Ashwin gets a lifeline in that over. He gets an inside edge on his pads and the ball rolls over to the off side, they set off for a risky single. But there is miscommunication in between, Ashwin doesn't want but his is forced to run. He sets off late, the fielder misses his shy and Ashwin had given up. He had hit a four off the first ball of the over as he trickled one to fine leg for four.
20:38(IST) 20:37(IST) After 12 overs, 64/7 (Jadeja 4, Ashwin 5)
Ashwin releases the pressure valve as he flicks a low full toss through mid-wicket for a boundary. A couple of singles more makes it 6 runs from the Chameera over.
20:35(IST) After 11 overs, 58/7 (Jadeja 3, Ashwin 0)
The Sri Lankan pacers are bowling superbly. Shanaka beat Pandya with a beautiful outswinger off the penultimate ball and then had him trapped with one that seamed back in. Four runs and a wicket off the over.
20:33(IST) 20:32(IST) 20:32(IST) OUT! Shanaka gets his third wicket. Pandya is trapped LBW! HH Pandya lbw b Shanaka 2 (6b 0x4 0x6)
Length delivery outside off, shaping back in sharply. Pandya comes on the front foot and looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. They all go up in a big appeal and the umpire lifts his finger. This is brilliant bowling from the Sri Lanka pacers.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman.
20:29(IST) 20:29(IST) 20:28(IST) After 10 overs, 54/6 (Pandya 1, Jadeja 1)
Another brilliant over for Sri Lanka. Just three runs and a wicket off the Chameera over.
20:27(IST) OUT! Another one bites the dust. Yuvraj back in the hut now. Yuvraj Singh c & b Chameera 10 (14b 0x4 1x6)
It's short on off, Yuvraj looks to pull from inside the crease but it gets big on him and he ends up getting a top edge, Chameera, himself settles under it and accepts a simple catch. This is a bizarre approach from the Indian batsmen.
Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman.
20:24(IST) 20:23(IST) After 9 overs, 51/5 (Yuvraj 9, Pandya 0)
A brilliant over from Shanaka. He too got the ball to skid off the surface and ramped up good pace. Just four runs and two wickets off it.
20:21(IST) OUT! Dhoni departs now. India in huge trouble. MS Dhoni c Dickwella b Shanaka 2 (2b 0x4 0x6)
Shanaka darts in a quick bouncer, it's sharp and skids off the surface. Dhoni goes for a pull but ends up getting a thin edge to the keeper.
Hardik Pandya strides out to the middle.
20:19(IST) OUT! Shanaka uproots Raina's leg stump. S Raina b Shanaka 20 (20b 1x4 1x6)
Raina had got a lifeline off the previous ball where he was dropped at deep mid-wicket. This one is a length ball, it comes back in sharply and cramps Raina for room, he looks to turn it to the leg side but misses and finds his leg stump cartwheeling.
MS Dhoni strides out to the middle.
20:17(IST) After 8 overs, 47/3 (Raina 18, Yuvraj 9)
Senenayake too bowling it quicker and hurrying up the batsmen. Just four runs off it.
20:12(IST) After 7 overs, 43/3 (Raina 16, Yuvraj 8)
Chameera ramped up good pace, Yuvraj found it difficult because of the zip on the surface and played and missed three times as he looked to cut late. Just three runs off the over.
20:08(IST) After 6 overs, 40/3 (Raina 15, Yuvraj 7)
India taking a fearless approach. Yuvraj hits the second ball he faces straight back over Senanayake's head for a six. The off-spinner however bounces back to concede just two runs off the next four balls.
Senanayake into the attack now.
20:06(IST) After 5 overs, 32/3 (Raina 15, Yuvraj 0)
Another successful over for Rajitha. He had bowled a sharp bouncer which Raina had somehow managed to flick over short fine leg for a boundary. Raina then hammered the next one over deep mid-wicket for a six. Dhawan then goes for a big one off the last over but departs in process. 13 runs and a wicket off it.
20:04(IST) OUT! Rajitha gets his 3rd. Gunathilaka holds on to it this time. S Dhawan c Gunathilaka b Rajitha 9 (13b 0x4 1x6)
Raina had already got a four and a six in that over, Dhawan still goes for a wild heave across the line off the full ball but gets an outside edge to third man where Gunathilaka takes a very good catch.
Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman.
19:57(IST) After 4 overs, 19/2 (Dhawan 7, Raina 4)
Dhawan looks to open up. He smashes the first ball over deep mid-wicket for a huge six. No one saw that coming. Perera strikes back well to concede just three runs off the next five balls.
19:53(IST) After 3 overs, 10/2 (Dhawan 1, Raina 3)
Another brilliant over from Rajitha. He could have had Raina who charged down the track and looked to heave across the line but got an outside edge to third man where Gunathilaka dropped a sitter. Raina again went for an aggressive shot off the last ball but Rajitha cleverly drifted it wide and Raina missed it. 5 runs and a simple drop off the over.
19:51(IST) After 2 overs, 5/2 (Dhawan 0, Raina 0)
Perera too getting good swing. There is a huge LBW shout turned down against Dhawan. It looked to be going down leg. Dhawan struggled to connect the ball.
19:47(IST) After 1 over, 5/2 (Dhawan 0, Raina 0)
A brilliant over from Rajitha. He got the wicket of Rohit then beat Rahane with a couple of brilliant outswingers and then got his man off the last ball off the over after Rahane had steered him to third man for a boundary.
19:42(IST) OUT! Rajitha strikes again in the over. A Rahane c Chandimal b Rajitha 4 (4b 1x4 0x6)
What a brilliant over. It's full on middle and leg, shaping away. Rahane looks to turn it to the leg side but is done in by the away movement. He gets a leading edge which pops to short cover, Chandimal dives forward and takes a brilliant catch.
Suresh Raina strides out to the middle.
19:38(IST) OUT! Rajitha takes wicket off his 2nd ball in international cricket. R Sharma c Chameera b Rajitha 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
What a start to the youngster's career. It's full outside off, Rohit drives it uppishly, it's timed pretty well but Chameera at mid off dives full length to his left and pouches a brilliant catch.
Ajinkya Rahane strides out to the middle.
Right! Openers Rohit & Dhawan have made their way out to the middle. Rajitha will start off proceedings.
SL XI: Gunathilaka, Dickwella, Chandimal, Prasanna, Siriwardana, Kapugedara, Perera, Shanaka, Senanayake, Rajitha, Chameera. 19:14(IST)
India XI: Rohit, Dhawan, Rahane, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Hardik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bumrah, Nehra. 19:09(IST)
One change for India as Rahane replaces the rested Virat Kohli. 19:07(IST)
TOSS - Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to field. 19:03(IST)
Pitch Report - Ther's a lot of grass on the track but Gavaskar reckons that it will hold the surface together and help the ball come onto the bat well. He says we can expect lots of fours and sixes on this surface. 18:49(IST) 18:40(IST)
Stat - The two teams have met in 6 T20Is and the record stands even at three wins each. 18:31(IST)
This will be the first time the two sides face each other in the shortest format since the final of the 2014 World Twenty20, which Sri Lanka won in April, 2014.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be without their regular T20 captain Lasith Malinga and Test skipper Angelo Mathews for the entire series as they are nursing a knee injury and a groin strain respectively. Experienced all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan has also been ruled out of the opening game due to a hand injury.
Also absent from the visitors' line-up are seasoned bowlers -- pacer Nuwan Kulasekara and spinner Rangana Herath -- to make the attack appear a bit thin on paper. 18:28(IST)
India will also look to win the T20 series to retain their number one position in the ICC T20I Championship table, which they achieved after sweeping aside Australia last week.
Boosted by their 3-0 clean sweep of Australia Down Under, a confident India would seek to continue their winning momentum as take on a depleted and new-look Sri Lanka in the first of three T20 Internationals.
Hello and welcome to the coverage of first T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Pune. Match starts at 7.30 PM IST. Follow this space for live scores and updates.
Pune: India will aim to hold on to their current form when they take on an injury-hit Sri Lanka in the opening game of their three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday.
The confidence of the home team is sky high following a 3-0 hammering of Australia Down Under and the T20I series against the Island nation will be ideal for preparations for the upcoming
Asia Cup in Bangladesh and World T20 in India in March-April.
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India, who vaulted seven places to first after sweeping aside Australia last week, need to win the series against Lanka to retain the coveted position in International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I rankings.
While Lanka will also aim to win the series, if they win it 2-1 they will gain the top spot and India will slip to third position
India’s star batsman Virat Kohli has been rested for the series ahead of the all important Asia Cup and World T20.
Despite Kohli's absence, the hosts need not worry much as openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been in good form of late.
The duo will aim to exploit the Lankan bowlers in batting friendly Indian pitches especially when pacer Lasith Malinga is not in the squad due to injury.
The return of experienced Suresh Raina and
Yuvraj Singh into the squad makes it more challenging for the opposition. Both the left-handers steered the team to victory in the final T20I match against Australia.
Fit-again Ajinkya Rahane, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and in-form Manish Pandey who scored a brilliant ton Down Under in the final One-Day International (ODI) match make the batting line-up even stronger.
In the bowling department, spinning duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja give the hosts an edge.
Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, young Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be raring to make an impact at home after a successful outing in Australia.
On the other hand, veteran fast bowler Dilhara Fernando was recalled in the Dinesh Chandimal-led weak Lankan side.
The 36-year-old Fernando last played for his national side way back in 2012 and played 40 Tests, 141 ODIs and 17 T20 internationals for them.
T20I captain Malinga misses out due to injury, along with all-rounder Angelo Mathews, seamer Nuwan Kulasekara, and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.
With the absence of experienced players from the visiting squad, the hosts will aim to make the best use of it to get their first win under their belt on Tuesday.