All-round performance helps India go 1-0 up against Sri Lanka at Indore
After KL Rahul set up the chase, Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli ensured that India did not have any further troubles in reaching the total and won the match by 7 wickets, to go 1-0 up in the series.
Sri Lanka 142-9 (20 Overs; Kusal Perera(wk)34(28), Avishka Fernando22(16); SN Thakur3/23, Navdeep Saini2/18)
India 144-3 (17.3 Over; Rahul45(32) Shreyas Iyer34(26); Hasaranga2/30, Lahiru Kumara1/30)
Result - India won by 7 wickets
India won the toss and decided to bowl first, given a batting beauty in the 2nd T20I at Indore.
Sri Lankan openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando started cautiously. India began to apply pressure right from the powerplay which meant that the Sri Lankan batsmen had to go for risky shots and hence give their wickets away.
Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Yadav were the main bowlers for India through the middle overs and picked up regular wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah, on comeback, bowled well but proved to be a bit expensive. Shardul Thakur was economical initially and landed a jackpot with 3 wickets in his last over.
The the score of 142 was never going to give India too much trouble on a good batting surface. As Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan came out to open the batting, there was another contest within a contest, of securing a place for themselves as the opening partner to Rohit Sharma.
Rahul played some glorious shots but became overambitious and was dismissed off leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who also dismissed Shikhar Dhawan a couple of overs later.
Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli then ensured that India did not have any further issues in reaching the total and won the match by 7 wickets to go 1-0 in the series.
India - Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka - Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga
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