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1st T20 PIX: Surya, Bhuvi shine as India trounce Sri Lanka

Last updated on: July 26, 2021 00:01 IST
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Images from the first Twenty20 International between India and Sri Lanka, in Colombo, on Sunday.

India's players celebrate the wicket of Chamika Karunaratne

IMAGE: India's players celebrate the wicket of Chamika Karunaratne during the first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka, in Colombo, on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Suryakumar Yadav's golden run with the bat was beautifully complemented by the bowling unit, led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as India outclassed Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first T20 International, in Colombo, on Sunday.

 

If Yadav’s second T20 International half-century -- an attractive 50 off 34 balls -- ensured a decent total of 164 for 5, Yuzvendra Chahal (1/19 in 4 overs) oozed class while Deepak Chahar (2/24 in 3 overs) and Bhuvneshwar (4/22 in 3.3 overs) picked up wickets when it mattered most, to bowl out the hosts for 126 in 18.3 overs.

From 111 for 4 in the 16th over, Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for only 15 runs.

In what will be the final international audition before the T20 World Cup, Chahal gave his all in the presence of IPL star and debutant mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who, as per the grapevine could be the Indian team management's choice for the marquee event.

Chahal not only bowled 10 dots apart from the 'jaffa delivery' to dislodge Dhanajaya de Silva, but also bowled a superb 15th over that turned the course for India with only three runs conceded.

Krunal Pandya celebrates the wicket of Minod Bhanuka

IMAGE: Krunal Pandya celebrates the wicket of Minod Bhanuka. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

After a whirlwind start in the first two overs, Dhawan introduced Krunal Pandya (1/16 in 2 overs) and he quickly removed Minod Bhanuka.

Chahal arguably bowled the delivery of the match -- a flighted one -- foxing Dhananjaya de Silva (9) to play inside the line and get castled.

Last ODI hero Avishka Fernando (26) also paid the price for the slowness of the track as he tried to pull Bhuvneshwar.

However, debutant Charith Asalanka (44 off 26 balls) had other ideas as he launched into opposition rookie Chakravarthy (1/28 in 4 overs), smoking him for two sixes even as his partner Ashen Bandara (9 off 19 balls) struggled at the other end.

Bandara's misery was ended by slow off-break from Hardik Pandya (1/17 in 2 overs) but Asalanka kept Sri Lanka in contention with some big hits before being dismissed by Chahar.

Suryakumar Yadav

IMAGE: Suryakumar Yadav rallied India with an attacking 50 off 34 balls in the first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka, in Colombo, on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Earlier, Yadav continued his rich vein of form with another fine knock. His second T20I half-century was complemented by useful contributions from skipper Dhawan (46 off 38 balls) and Ishan Kishan (20 not out off 14 balls) at the back-end of the innings.

Dhawan added 62 runs with Yadav in eight overs to provide a solid launch-pad, but the latter's dismissal surely cost India at least 20 extra runs.

Looking at the partnership, it was evident that the junior partner was batting in a more assured manner, having already sealed his place in the T20 World Cup team while the skipper is still fighting for what looks like a losing battle to jostle inside that jam-packed top-order in the main squad.

There was a six over deep mid-wicket off Akila Dananjaya, but the innings did lack the punch despite four more boundaries.

Yadav’s five fours and a six that really helped Kishan and Hardik launch the final assault.

Shikhar Dhawan

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan's 46 off 38 balls was studded with 4 fours and a six. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

At the start, Prithvi Shaw had a forgettable T20 International debut as Dushmantha Chammera's (2/24 in 4 overs) out-swinger found the edge of his bat off the first delivery of the match.

Sanju Samson (27 off 20 balls) hit a six while batting like a millionaire before Wanindu Hasaranga (2/28 in 4 overs) trapped him with a googly.

Yadav, as usual, was his free-flowing self, hitting those whiplash on-drives, cover drives and ramp shots which is a sight to watch both against pacers and spinners.

However, what was exhilarating was how he picked all those back-of-the-hand slower deliveries from seamers Isuru Udana and Chamika Karunaratne.

Udana was dispatched with a conventional sweep shot for boundary while Karunaratne was slog-swept for a six.

When Hasaranga came for his last over, he went inside-out to loft him for a straight six to complete his fifty, but the leg-spinner had the last laugh. He was not afraid to flight once more and this time the inside-out chip shot did not have the required pace and height to soar over the ropes.

His dismissal did rob India a chance to score 175-plus.

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