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Top order falters as Sri Lanka go down by 2 runs in 1st T20I

Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023

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Despite a late charge by Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne with the bat, Sri Lanka suffered a narrow, 2-run loss in the 1st T20I against India at the Wankhede in Mumbai.

With dew expected to play a part in the game, it was almost a no-brainer for the captain winning the toss to chase and Dasun Shanaka accordingly put the hosts in.

Despite much speculation ahead of the game, Sri Lanka opted for the same batting line-up that featured in the T20 World Cup back in October/November, with the iffy middle order of Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shanaka given another opportunity to fire.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be once again as wickets fell at regular intervals, with only skipper Shanaka really threatening to take the game away from the hosts before falling to Umran Malik.

Shanaka was striking the ball well and brought Sri Lanka within striking distance of the Indian total but a stoppage in play when a caught behind was reviewed saw his concentration disrupted as he mistimed one to extra cover off the next delivery. The Sri Lankan skipper has had a dream run versus India in the recent past, his last 4 innings bringing him 199 runs in 102 deliveries.

Shanaka’s dismissal seemed to signal the end of Sri Lanka’s fight, but Karunaratne kept Sri Lanka’s hopes alive, dragging the tail along with him. With 13 required off the last over, Sri Lanka were still very much in the game, but despite hitting a six off the 3rd delivery of the over, the two deliveries that Karunaratne left, in the hope of them being called wides, ultimately cost Sri Lanka.

Debutant Shivam Mavi had a dream entry into international cricket, picking up 4 for 22.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka were brilliant with the ball, especially the spinners, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana and Dhananjaya de Silva, who collectively picked up 3 wickets for 57 runs in 9 overs.

A frantic 68-run partnership for the 6th wicket between Player of the Match Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel, helped India post 162 after Sri Lanka reduced them to 94/5 in 14.1 overs, which ultimately proved to be just beyond Sri Lanka’s reach.

The teams will now move to Pune for the 2nd T20I on the 5th of January.

Result


India
162/5 (20)

Sri Lanka
160/10 (20)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Ishan Kishan c Dhananjaya de Silva b Wanidu Hasaranga 37 29 3 2 127.59
Shubman Gill lbw b Maheesh Theekshana 7 5 1 0 140.00
Suryakumar Yadav c Bhanuka Rajapaksa b Chamika Karunaratne 7 10 1 0 70.00
Sanju Samson c Dilshan Madushanka b Dhananjaya de Silva 5 6 0 0 83.33
Hardik Pandya c Kusal Mendis b Dilshan Madushanka 29 27 4 0 107.41
Deepak Hooda  not out 41 23 1 4 178.26
Axar Patel not out 31 20 3 1 155.00


Extras 5 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 4, pen 0)
Total 162/5 (20 Overs, RR: 8.1)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kasun Rajitha 4 0 47 0 11.75
Dilshan Madushanka 4 0 35 1 8.75
Maheesh Theekshana 4 0 29 1 7.25
Chamika Karunaratne 3 0 22 1 7.33
Dhananjaya de Silva 1 0 6 1 6.00
Wanidu Hasaranga 4 0 22 1 5.50


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka b Shivam Mavi 1 3 0 0 33.33
Kusal Mendis c Sanju Samson b Harshal Patel 28 25 5 0 112.00
Dhananjaya de Silva c Sanju Samson b Shivam Mavi 8 6 2 0 133.33
Charith Asalanka c Ishan Kishan b Umran Malik 12 15 1 1 80.00
Bhanuka Rajapaksa c Hardik Pandya b Harshal Patel 10 11 1 0 90.91
Dasun Shanaka c Yuzvendra Chahal b Umran Malik 45 27 3 3 166.67
Wanidu Hasaranga c Hardik Pandya b Shivam Mavi 21 10 1 2 210.00
Chamika Karunaratne not out 23 16 0 2 143.75
Maheesh Theekshana c Suryakumar Yadav b Shivam Mavi 1 4 0 0 25.00
Kasun Rajitha run out (Deepak Hooda ) 5 4 0 0 125.00
Dilshan Madushanka run out (Deepak Hooda ) 0 0 0 0 0.00


Extras 6 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 4, pen 0)
Total 160/10 (20 Overs, RR: 8)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Hardik Pandya 3 0 12 0 4.00
Shivam Mavi 4 0 22 4 5.50
Umran Malik 4 0 27 2 6.75
Yuzvendra Chahal 2 0 26 0 13.00
Harshal Patel 4 0 41 2 10.25
Axar Patel 3 0 31 0 10.33