Team India began the Twenty20 International (T20I) series with an emphatic victory over Sri Lanka at the RPICS, Colombo on Sunday. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side won the match by an impressive margin of 38 runs.
Batting first, India posted a respectable total of 164/5 on the board despite losing flamboyant opener Prithvi Shaw on the first ball of the match. However, Dhawan (46) and Sanju Samson (27) played sensibly before Suryakumar Yadav played yet another outstanding knock of 50 runs off just 34 deliveries.
In reply, Sri Lanka bundled out for a mere 126 despite a good start from the openers. All the six bowling options that Dhawan had used, were able to tick the wickets column. Speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his 4-fer.
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhawan acknowledged that the Indian team fell a few runs short of the desired target. However, the southpaw leapt massive praises for Suryakumar Yadav’s batting performance in the game. He said:
“I thought we were 10-15 runs short. I feel we played quite well after losing early wickets. It was about one or two boundaries, we knew we could get going. He (SKY) is a great player and we enjoy watching him bat. He took the pressure from me and the way he plays calculated shots was amazing to watch.”
“Am very happy for Varun Chakravarthy”
Shikhar Dhawan went on to appreciate the bowling performance of his side. He stated that everyone did well during the maiden T20I of the three-match series. The Delhi cricketer also expressed his happiness over Varun Chakaravarthy’s debut match performance as the latter recorded a decent spell of 1/28 in his quota of four overs.
“They were playing well, we knew our spinners would do the job on that wicket. Bhuvi bowled well, so was KP. Everyone stood up and even Varun, playing his first match did well giving a few runs and got the wicket. Prithvi is playing well and he is going to bounce back stronger. He’s (Varun) difficult to pick, I am very happy for him,” the left-hander signed off.