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1st T20, PHOTOS: Chahal takes four as India thump Sri Lanka

December 20, 2017 23:23 IST

IMAGES from the 1st T20I played between India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday

Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Angelo Mathews

 

IMAGE: Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Angelo Mathews. Photograph: BCCI

India's Yuzvendra Chahal picked up four wickets in a brilliant display of leg-spin bowling to guide the hosts to a facile 93-run win against Sri Lanka in the opening Twenty20 international at Cuttack on Wednesday.

 

Lokesh Rahul bats during his innings of 61

IMAGE: Lokesh Rahul bats during his innings of 61. Photograph: BCCI

Opener Lokesh Rahul, who was not part of the side that beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in the one-day international series, hit 61 off 48 balls to build the platform for India's innings of 180-3 in 20 overs after Sri Lanka had won the toss and opted to field.

Kuldeep Yadav celebrates after dismissing Dasun Shanaka

IMAGE: Kuldeep Yadav celebrates after dismissing Dasun Shanaka. Photograph: BCCI

The tourists, who also lost the three-test series 1-0, were all out for 87, matching their second lowest total in the format and handing India their biggest victory margin by runs in T20s.

Coming in to bowl inside the batting powerplay, Chahal showed exemplary control with a slippery ball, owing to the dew on the ground, and finished with 4-23 in his four overs.

Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer celebrate the wicket of Dushmantha Chameera

IMAGE: Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer celebrate the wicket of Dushmantha Chameera. Photograph: BCCI

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav snubbed out the remaining chances of a Sri Lanka challenge with figures of 2-18. Seamer Hardik Pandya wrapped up the tail with 3-29 as Sri Lanka were bundled out in 16 overs.

KL Rahul grimaces as he gets hit on the groin, inducing a smile from Lanka keeper Niroshan Dickwella

IMAGE: KL Rahul grimaces as he gets hit on the groin, inducing a smile from Lanka keeper Niroshan Dickwella. Photograph: BCCI

India, resting their top players including newly-wed regular skipper Virat Kohli, lost stand-in captain Rohit Sharma (17) early but Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, who made 24, added 63 for the second wicket to give the home side a solid base.

MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey accelerated India's innings

IMAGE: MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey accelerated India's innings. Photograph: BCCI

Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manish Pandey provided the late flourish with a fourth-wicket stand of 68 as the duo added 61 in the last four overs of India's innings.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays his signature shot 

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays his signature shot. Photograph: BCCI

Dhoni remained unbeaten on 39 from 22 balls while Pandey made 32 off 18 deliveries.

Sri Lanka must now win the second match at Indore on Friday to keep alive their hopes of claiming at least one series across the formats on their tour.

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