India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Live: Pacers help Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets

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India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Live: Pacers help Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets
  • 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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  • 22:39 (IST)

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  • 22:36 (IST)

    That's it! Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets. They take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.

    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.

  • 22:30 (IST)

    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.

  • 22:28 (IST)

    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)

    Pandya continues.....

  • 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.

  • 22:11 (IST)

    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.

  • 21:52 (IST)

    Hardik Pandya into the attack now...

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    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. 

  • 21:50 (IST)

    Jadeja into the attack now.

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    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.

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    Bumrah continues.....

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    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.

  • 21:28 (IST)

    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.

  • 21:22 (IST)

    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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  • 21:09 (IST)

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  • 21:07 (IST)

    That's it! India all out for 101!

    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.

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    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)

    Prasanna continues...

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    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)

    Rajitha back on....

  • 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)

    Senanayake back on.

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.

India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Live: Pacers help Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets

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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.


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Updated Date: Feb 09, 2016 22:49:47 IST

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