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Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, Nidahas Trophy 2018, 1st T20I at Colombo, Full Cricket Score: Kusal Perera powers hosts to win

Date: Tuesday, 06 March, 2018 23:07 IST Match Status: Yet to Start
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  • That's it from us in our coverage of the first match of the Nidahas Trophy, with the Sri Lankans extending a rough welcome to India by handing them a five-wicket defeat. Let's see how the Indians shape up in their next game, which is against Bangladesh in a couple of days' time. India have been brought down to earth after a high-flying run in the limited-overs leg of the South Africa tour, and it's time they got back to the drawing board if they were to regain their winning ways. The hosts, on the other hand, will draw immense confidence from this win, and could very well reflect in their performances in the next set of matches.  For now, it's time for us to bid you all good night! 

  • Rohit Sharma, Indian captain:  I think it was a par score, but we could have accelerated a little more towards th end. The start they got was amazing. Lot of credit to Sri Lanka team; I think they batted very well. The bowlers tried very hard, but these things happen. We have got enough experience in the bowling line-up. I had lot of confidence going into the match, and we hope to do well. We are blessed to have a squad that has depth and balance. Hoping to come back stronger.

  • Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lankan captain:  We are really happy as a team. This is a really good start in the tournament. As always, we are trying to play competitive cricket. Of course actually, this is all about confidence in each other. So it gives us good confidence going forward. You have to do right things so everyone have faith in you, and that's what we have done as a team. (On coach Hathurusingha) He is amazing We all know how good he is, and this result shows how good we are as a team. 

  • Kusal Perera, Man of the Match : It is the best innings. I played club matches as well, and backed myself as well. I really confident about myself, and went out there and expressed myself. Very good wicket to bat, and bowlers did a good job to restrict them to 175. 

  • Kusal Perera is the Man of the Match for his 37-ball 66! 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Sri Lanka today successfully chased a target of 175 runs: - Second highest for them in T20Is  - Second highest in Sri Lanka in T20Is

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Thisara Pereira is weak against bouncers but Jaydev Unadkat pitching the ball up and giving away crucial boundaries. Inexperienced bowling attack has bowled far too many wides and no-balls at crucial moments and eased off the pressure. Six wides and one no-ball are expensive in T20 cricket. Those 7 balls have made the difference in this Lankan 5-wicket win with 9 balls to spare.

  • After 18.3 overs,Sri Lanka 175/5 ( Dasun Shanaka 15 , Thisara Perera 22) Thakur starts the penultimate over of the innings off with a wide, before conceding a single off the next ball. Thisara pulls the ball towards deep midwicket off the second ball, and comes back for a second run. Thisara hooks a short ball from Thakur towards the backward square-leg, where the ball beats the fielder, to bring up a well-deserved five-wicket win for the hosts in the first game of the tri-series. Sri Lanka defeat India by five wickets in the opening match of the tournament! 

  • FOUR ! Thisara Perera hits the winning boundary with a hook that sends the ball towards the backward square-leg fence, as Sri Lanka win the opening game in the tri-series by five wickets to grab the first points! SL 175/5

  • Shardul Thakur brought back into the attack in the penultimate over.

  • After 18 overs,Sri Lanka 168/5 ( Dasun Shanaka 14 , Thisara Perera 16) Unadkat bowls the 18th over of the innings, and and ends up conceding 16 off it and potentially the match. Shanaka smacks a boundary off the second delivery of the over, guiding it towards extra-cover, before Thisara Perera collects a six and a four off the last two deliveries. Just eight needed off two overs now. 

  • FOUR ! Crucial runs for the Sri Lankans, as Perera lofts a full toss down the ground for a boundary! SL 167/5

  • SIX ! This one's whacked down the ground for a flat six by Thisara Perera! SL 163/5

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    The last boundary before the one scored in the 18th over came in the 11.2 nd over.

  • FOUR ! This one's carved over extra cover off the second delivery of the 18th over, and a welcome boundary indeed for the Sri Lankans! SL 155/5

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    It's all about handling pressure at this stage. Indian bowlers are inexperienced. But then Lanka are also under pressure. A wicket or two at this stage will tilt the balance. Just three overs left. Lanka 151 for 5.

  • Unadkat brought back into the attack for the 18th over. 

  • After 17 overs,Sri Lanka 151/5 ( Dasun Shanaka 10 , Thisara Perera 6) Thisara doesn't quite time his inside-out shot well, but luckily for him, the ball lands in no-man's land near deep extra-cover, allowing him a couple of runs. Wide conceded off the third delivery. Next ball's waist-high, with Shanaka guiding the full toss towards the leg side for a double, although the square leg umpire doesn't call it for height. Doubles collected off the next two deliveries, with the two batsmen exhibiting some quality running between the wickets, bringing up the 150 on the board. 11 off the over. Sri Lanka need 24 to win from three overs. 

  • Vijay Shankar returns to the attack in the 17th over of the innings. 

  • After 16 overs,Sri Lanka 140/5 ( Dasun Shanaka 3 , Thisara Perera 3) Another good over from Thakur, giving away just three singles in such a crucial stage of the game, with both Shanaka and Thisara struggling at the centre right now. Sri Lanka need 35 off the last four overs, with pressure starting to rise now. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Yuzvendra Chahal's last four matches in T20Is: 4/52 against Sri Lanka at Indore in 2017 1/39 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2018 0/64 against South Africa at Centurion in 2018 2/37 against Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS) in 2018

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Chahal strikes. But has he left it for too late. Lanka need 39 runs from 32 balls  with 5 wickets in hand. Still a tight game. Into home stretch of the match. Last 5 overs.

  • After 15 overs,Sri Lanka 137/5 ( Dasun Shanaka 2 , Thisara Perera 1) Chahal brought back into the attack in the 15th over, and he delivers in his final over of the evening by castling Tharanga, who misses the ball completely and gets his off-stump rattled off the fourth delivery to depart for 17. Five runs and a wicket off the over, as Chahal finishes with figures of 2/37. Sri Lanka need 38 off 30 with five wickets in hand. 

  • BOWLED EM ! Superb work from Chahal, as the ball straightens just about enough to clip the outside of off, with Tharanga failing to connect on the occasion. SL 136/5 Tharanga b Chahal 17(18)

  • Yuzvendra Chahal brought back into the attack for his final over of the evening. Sri Lanka need another 43 to win from 36 balls. 

  • After 14 overs,Sri Lanka 132/4 ( Upul Tharanga 14 , Dasun Shanaka 1) Thakur's brought back into the attack after a nightmarish first over, and he nearly makes up for it with a wicket off the penultimate delivery of the over, when Tharanga pulls towards midwicket, where Pant gets the tips of his fingers onto the ball, but nothing more. Five off the over. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    That's a lifeline for India.  Perera superbly deceived by that delivery from Washington Sundar. Floated away from the advancing batsman. Good stumping by Dinesh Karthik. Sundar mixed up his line well in the over. A timely wicket for India. Adds some excitement into the match.

  • Shardul Thakur brought back into the attack after THAT nightmarish over! 

  • After 13 overs,Sri Lanka 127/4 ( Upul Tharanga 11 , Dasun Shanaka 0) Sundar returns to the attack, and gets rid of Perera in what turns out to be a huge wicket for the Indians, as the batsman loses patience after getting beaten for the first two deliveries, and ends up missing the ball completely while looking for a loft down the ground. Superb over from Sundar, with just a run coming off it along with Perera's wicket. 

  • OUT !  HUGE WICKET  for the Indians as Perera is out stumped! The destructive southpaw steps forward, and is beaten while looking to hit the ball down the ground. Loses his balance, and Karthik whips the bails off in a flash.  SL 127/4 Kusal Perera st Karthik b Sundar 66(37)

  • Sundar brought back into the attack in the 13th over. 

  • After 12 overs,Sri Lanka 126/3 ( Kusal Perera 66 , Upul Tharanga 11) Perera goes for a switch hit off the second delivery of the over, smacking the ball over third man to collect his fourth six. Single collected off each of the remaining deliveries of the over except the last, off which Tharanga collects a double. 12 off the over. SL need 49 to win off 48. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Chahal being roughed up by the Lankan batsmen. Expensive three overs, giving away 32 runs for the lone wicket. He is India's wicket-taker and they badly need him to step up and delivery a couple of overs.

  • SIX ! This is sensational from Perera, as he switches to a right-handed stance, and gets enough power on his reverse-paddle to send the ball flying over third man! SL 121/3

  • After 11 overs,Sri Lanka 114/3 ( Kusal Perera 58 , Upul Tharanga 7) Chahal into his third over. Perera gets down on one knee, and gets a thick top-edge off the third delivery that sends the ball running away to the fine-leg fence for a four. Two balls later, it is Tharanga who helps himself to a six, getting down on one knee and depositing the ball into the stands beyond midwicket. 13 off the over. 

  • SIX ! Tharanga gets down on one knee, and smacks the ball towards deep midwicket for a maximum! SL 113/3

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    The ball  would be getting softer as the innings progresses into the last few overs. But getting Perera soon is the key for India. The first half of the chase has been all Lanka. They have 101 for 3 in the 10 overs.

  • FOUR ! Mendis goes for a sweep off a delivery that is going down leg, and gets a top edge that sends the ball running away to the fine-leg fence. SL 107/3

  • After 10 overs,Sri Lanka 101/3 ( Kusal Perera 53 , Upul Tharanga 0) Raina bowls the 10th over, with the 100 coming up for the Lankans off a leg-bye off the fourth ball of the over. Good over from Raina, with just three coming off it. The game in balance at the halfway mark in their innings, with the hosts needing another 74 to win from 60 balls with seven wickets in hand. 

  • Change of bowling — Suresh Raina brought into the attack for the first time from the Khettarama End. 

  • After 9 overs,Sri Lanka 98/3 ( Kusal Perera 51 , Upul Tharanga 0) Chandimal shuffles down the pitch off the third delivery of Chahal's second over, and smacks it down the ground to collect his first boundary. Chahal however, strikes back two balls later, as Chandimal gets his defence completely beaten to get castled. Six runs and a wicket off the over. India slowly starting to regain some control, though the presence of Kusal Perera will still be worrisome for them. 

  • BOWLED EM ! Chahal's finally struck after an expensive opening over, as he gets one to skid right through Chandimal's defence! SL 98/3 Chandimal b Chahal 14(11)

  • FOUR ! First boundary for the SL captain, as he shuffles down the pitch, and smacks the ball down the ground! SL 96/2

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Kushal Perera gets to his 50 in 22 balls. What a knock. Might turn out to be match-wining. He changed from being a right-handed batsman to a left-hander when in his teens just to emulate his hero Sanath Jayasuriya. Certainly Jayasuriya would be proud to have been an inspiration to such a terrific batsman.

  • After 8 overs,Sri Lanka 92/2 ( Kusal Perera 51 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) (W) 8) Debutant Vijay Shankar's brought into the attack in the eighth over, with Perera collecting a single off the first ball to bring up a fine half-century in just 22 deliveries! Good over though for the Indians, with just four coming off it. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Fastest 50s for Sri Lanka in T20Is:   21 - Kumar Sangakkara v India, Nagpur, 2009 21 - Mahela Jayawardene v Kenya, Johannesburg, 2006  22 - KUSAL PERERA v India, Colombo (RPS), 2018* 

  • FIFTY for Kusal Perera — his eighth in T20Is —  as the left-hander collects a single off the first ball of the eighth over to bring up the milestone in just 22 deliveries! What a destructive innings this has turned out to be so far, and unless he is contained right now, could very well turn out to be a match-winning one for the Lankans! SL 89/2

  • Debutant Vijay Shankar brought into the attack in the eighth over of the innings. India desperate for Kusal's wicket right now. 

  • After 7 overs,Sri Lanka 88/2 ( Kusal Perera 49 , Dinesh Chandimal (C) (W) 6) Chahal's introduced into the attack in the seventh over, but even he isn't spared from Perera's destruction as the latter shuffles down the track off the third delivery, and smacks the ball down the ground for a straight six! 13 off the over, with Perera on 49 at the end of the over. 

  • SIX ! Now Chahal gets some rought treatment from Perera, as the latter shuffles down the track and smacks the ball for a straight six! SL 83/2

Latest highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, Nidahas Trophy, 1st T20I: Thakur starts the penultimate over of the innings off with a wide, before conceding a single off the next ball. Thisara pulls the ball towards deep midwicket off the second ball, and comes back for a second run. Thisara hooks a short ball from Thakur towards the backward square-leg, where the ball beats the fielder, to bring up a well-deserved five-wicket win for the hosts in the first game of the tri-series.
Sri Lanka defeat India by five wickets in the opening match of the tournament!

Preview: After a successful and testing tour of South Africa, a new-look team India led by Rohit Sharma is all set to face Sri Lanka in the opening Twenty20 International match of the tri-nation series at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday.

The tri-nation Nidahas Trophy series will be contested between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

The decision of BCCI to rest some of the senior players like regular captain Virat Kohli and the veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya, gave the chance to some promising young players to make their mark.

Dinesh Chandimal and Rohit Sharma, captain of Sri Lanka and India respectively. Agencies

Dinesh Chandimal and Rohit Sharma, captain of Sri Lanka and India respectively. Agencies

Players like Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda and Mohammad Siraj were included in the squad, which could give a trouble times to both the team in the series.

So in the upcoming match, the young Indian team will look to get their team combination right.

On the other hand, injuries have taken the front seat for the hosts before the start of the series as Asela Gunaratne, Shehan Madushanka and Angelo Mathews were ruled out. Now it all depends on Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal to get the team going.

The return of Kusal Perera, who missed Bangladesh T20Is due to injury, will also be an advantage of the hosts.

So after a disastrous 2017, the Islanders will look to give some quality performances to shut down t heir critics.

Squad:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj and Rishabh Pant (wk).

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Mar 06, 2018





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1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
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2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
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