The first match of the three-match T20 series between Team India and Sri Lanka was played at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. In this match, Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and decided to bowl first. Team India, batting first, scored 199 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 20 overs and gave Sri Lanka a target of 200 runs to win.
In response to the target of 200 runs to win, the visiting team scored 137 for 6 in 20 overs and lost by 62 runs. With this win, the Indian team took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. This was Rohit Sharma’s tenth consecutive win in T20 as a full-time Indian captain.
Team India’s batting, half-centuries of Ishaan and Shreyas:
Batting first after losing the toss, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan got Team India off to a great start. Both gave 98 runs in 10 overs. There was a partnership of 111 runs between the two in 11.5 overs. Lahiru Kumara broke this partnership by dismissing Rohit Sharma for 44 and gave the first blow to Team India.
Another blow came in the form of Ishaan Kishan. He was dismissed by Dasun Shanaka for 89 runs. Shreyas Iyer 57 and Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 3 runs.
Sri Lanka’s innings, Charith Aslanka’s half-century:
Sri Lanka’s first wicket in the second innings fell on the very first ball of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed opener batsman Pathum Nisanka for a golden duck. The team got the second blow in the third over. Bhuvneshwar sent Kamil Mishara to the pavilion for 13 runs.
Venkatesh Iyer gave Sri Lanka the third blow by dismissing Janith Lianage for 11 runs in the seventh over. In the 10th over, Ravindra Jadeja gave Sri Lanka the fourth blow by dismissing Dinesh Chandimal for 10 runs.
Yuzvendra Chahal gave the team the fifth blow by dismissing Dasun Shanaka for three runs. Chamika Karunaratne 21 for Venkatesh Iyer sent Sri Lanka to the sixth.
Aslanka remained unbeaten on 53 while Dushmantha Chamira remained unbeaten on 24. For India, Bhuvi and Iyer got two each while Chahal and Jadeja got one success each.
Team India’s playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal.
Sri Lanka’s playing XI:
Pathum Nisanka, Kamil Mishara, Charit Aslanka, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Zenith Lianage, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chamira, Lahiru Kumara.
Deepak Hooda made his debut:
For India, Deepak Hooda made his international T20 debut against Sri Lanka, while Sanju Samson was included in the Indian playing XI. Rohit Sharma gave the cap to Hooda. Ravindra Jadeja also returned to the team after November and became a part of the playing XI. Chahal was included in this team as a spinner and he was given preference over Ravi Bishnoi.
Rituraj Gaikwad did not get a place in the playing:
India’s stormy opener batsman Rituraj Gaikwad had complained of pain in his right wrist. This may affect his batting and because of this he was not available for selection in the first T20. The BCCI medical team examined him.