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IND vs SL, First T20: Lankan pacers run riot, stun Team India

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Feb 9, 2016, 6:52 pm IST
Updated Feb 9, 2016, 11:07 pm IST
Visitors shock star-studded Men in Blue by five wickets in T20 opener.
Kasun Rajitha picked up three wickets, including two in his first over. (Photo: AP)
 Kasun Rajitha picked up three wickets, including two in his first over. (Photo: AP)

18th over: SL 105/5

Siriwardana hits the winning runs, levels the score with a six off Bumrah and follows it up with a boundary.

 

17th over: SL 92/5

What a stunner by Raina. The best catch of the season. Shanaka has to go. Brilliant presence of mind. Great over for India and Ashwin.

16th over: SL 90/4

Pandya back into the attack. He has been pretty impressive so far. But a victory looks inevitable for the Lankans now.

15th over: SL 84/4

Raina concedes a six and then, traps Chandimal for a run-a-ball 35. Shanaka is the new man in.

14th over: SL 76/3

Siriwardana, Chandimal looking to build another partnership here. But Sri Lanka look steady now to clinch the fixture.

 

13th over: SL 69/3

Raina brought into the attack, Dhoni is trying to experiment with his change bowlers now. Five runs off the over but still no wicket. Siriwardana is the new man in the middle.

12th over: SL: 64/3

Ashwin strikes, Kapugedara departs for 25 but has India left it late? A couple of wickets and a few good overs needed.

11th over: SL 60/2

Chandimal has moved to 22, Kapugedara on 23. Twelve runs off the over. Team India did not make much changes to the playing eleven that did well in Australia.

10th over: SL 48/2

 

Expensive over by Pandya, are the Lankans trying to finish it off as fast as possible. Nine runs off the over.

9th over: SL 39/2

Jadeja trying to keep things tight here. India need to break this partnership if they are to win this game. Will MS Dhoni come into the act as he was spotted rolling an arm at the nets?

IND vs SL, First T20: MS Dhoni likely to roll an arm

8th over: SL 36/2

Chandimal is dealing in singles, wise cricket from the Sri Lankan captain.

7th over: SL 31/2

Pandya introduced into the attack. Five runs off the over. The medium pacer from the other end could just be effective after a couple of overs with Jadeja on this side.

 

6th over: SL 28/2

Chandimal and Kapugedara are trying to take it easy here. Two runs off the over.

5th over: SL 26/2

Nehra pulls it back. Gunathilaka goes for 9, simple catch for Dhawan at mid-on. Sri Lanka need 76 off 88 balls.

4th over: SL 21/1

Bumrah is keeping Chandimal quiet. This looks like the turf for him. Since the total isn't much, what India need now is wickets.

3rd over: SL 17/1

Gunathilaka pulls Nehra for a six but the veteran comes back in style, concedes a run more and Sri Lanka back in spot. Not to forget, phenomenal wicketkeeping by MS Dhoni.

 

2nd over: SL 10/1

What a brilliant start by Bumrah. Gunathilaka has no clue and the crowd is loving it. Sheer pace. Maiden over by the youngster.

1st over: SL 10/1

Nehra picks up Dickewella in the third ball, Dhawan takes the catch at mid-on. Oh boy! Chandimal survives, the ball goes over Rahane at slips.

India innings

18.5: IND 101

Nehra mishits, a typical tail-ender's short and departs for 6. Oh boy! That's a terrible mix-up between Ashwin and Bumrah. India all out for 101.

 

17th over: IND 90/8

Ashwin and Nehra keep the scoreboard ticking but this is no Test match. India needs one huge over to post a decent total to defend. Well, they have touched the 100-run mark.

16th over: 88/8

Ashwin steals a boundary off the last ball. India looking to get to 100. Ashwin has moved to 24 off 18.

15th over: IND 84/8

Ashish Nehra is out in the middle. He is not known for his batting abilities but with Ashwin on the other side, he can at least rotate the strike.

14th over: IND 78/8

Senanayake picks up Jadeja for 6. The left-hander could have provided an edge to the hosts in the death overs.

 

13th over: IND 72/7

The green top is assisting the pacers and the spinners are also gaining out of it.

12th over: IND 64/7

Ashwin is looking for boundaries, he steals a couple off Shanka. Ravindra Jadeja is on the non-striker's end.

11th over: IND 58/7

Pandya has to depart, third for Shanaka as he traps the batsman leg-before. Is this the same Indian team that beat Australia Down Under?

10th over: IND 54/6

Sixth wicket goes for Team India. Chameera catches Yuvraj off his own bowling. The veteran goes for 10.

9th over: IND 51/5

 

MS Dhoni on the crease. Oh boy! He departs. Shanaka picks up his second and this is a big wicket for Sri Lanka. How bowls outside the off-stump and Dickwella makes no mistake behind the stumps.

8th over: IND 49/4

Raina gone. Shanaka strikes and cleans the left-hander. Who are these Sri Lankan bowlers? Where were they all these while is the question. Brilliant bowling.

7th over: IND: 43/3

Players looking to rotate the strike. Raina doing a good job with Yuvraj here but the pacers are causing problems for the Indians.

6th over: IND 40/2

 

Yuvraj Singh starts off with a bang, a six off Sachitra Senanayake. The southpaw will be keen to freeze his arms to take India to a big total.

5th over: IND 32/3

India lose Dhawan for 9, Rajitha picks up his third. In an otherwise good over, Sri Lanka strike in the end.

4th over: IND 19/2

Dhawan trying to look for gaps while the Sri Lanka bowlers are on a roll. It is a hard surface with a lot of grass and the pacers are generating extra bit of bounce.

 

3rd over: IND 10/2

Gunathilaka drops a sitter, this could have been the third wicket for Rajitha who is bowling a sensational spell upfront.

1st and 2nd over: IND 5/2

Rohit departs in the second ball, big wicket for Sri Lanka. Rahane gone in the second last ball, drea debut for Rajitha. Sri Lanka's inexperienced side is turning the heat on. Chameera and Chandimal take the respective catches.

 

Thisara Perera bowls a tight second over. Dhawan is not able to judge the bounce and pace. Sri Lanka looking good and well prepared. Maiden over from Perera.

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