In the Ind VS SL 1st T20, India continued its winning streak in the T20 format as it mowed over a meek Sri Lankan side courtesy Ishan Kishan’s Rampage. Batting first, India scored a commendable 199 and only gave away 2 wickets to Sri Lankan bowlers.
In its response, Sri Lanka could only make 137 runs and was defeated by 62 runs. For Indian team, Ishan Kishan played an applause-worthy 89 –run inning which had 10 boundaries and 3 long sixes. For Sri Lankan, none of the players except Charith Asalanka made any impression. Charith played a fighting 53 run inning which had only five boundaries.
Sri Lankan batting unit’s inability to hit boundaries and maximums became its Achille’s heels. The Dasun Shanaka led team only hit 9 boundaries and hit 4 sixes. In comparison, Indian batting unit 19 boundaries and 6 big sixes.
The Facts of the Matter
India won its 9th consecutive T20 international on Thursday. The team locked horns with Sri Lanka at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. In the first T20 of the 3-match series, Indian opening unit reminded fans of its former glory with a hundred run partnership for the first wicket between captain Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan. After the first wicket, the assault against Sri Lankan bowlers continued and India posed a formidable target of 200 runs.
Ishan Kishan Makes Best of Opportunity
Sri Lanka won the toss first and that was its only consolation for the entire game. Bowling first, the team’s bowling unit received a massive batting assault by batter Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan. Interestingly, Kishan was the replacement for Ruturaj Gaikwad who was ruled out from the playing eleven due to his wrist injury.
Kishan made the best of his opportunity and gave India a blistering start. The 23-year-old batter formed a 111-run partnership with his team captain Rohit Sharma. It was the moment of truth for Kishan, who had only scored 71 runs in three matches with an underwhelming strike rate of 85.5.
Ishan Kishan & Rohit Sharma Gives India a Dreamy Start
Justifying the jaw-dropping price tag at the IPL 2020 Mega Auction, where he was grabbed by MI for a whopping Rs. 15.25 crores, Kishan grabbed a boundary in almost every over till he was set. His partnership with Rohit made sure India reached 100 runs in the 11th over.
While Rohit was soon dismissed for 44 off 32, Kishan continued on his rich vein of form. He put the ball through the boundary rope 10 times and cleared the ground thrice in his 89-run inning. His assault was put to an end by a sharp bouncer bowled by Sri Lankan captain Dasun.
Shreyas Iyer Goes After Sri Lankan Ballers, Ind – 199/2
This didn’t decelerate Indian inning as batter Shreyas Iyer went after the bowling unit of the Sri Lankan team. He ran between the wickets and rotated the strike when needed to, and hit five exceptional boundaries to score 57 runs off 26 deliveries. This helped India put a commendable total of 199 runs.
Sri Lanka Starts off Sluggishly
Chasing a mammoth of a total, Sri Lankan openers Pathum Nissanka & Kamil Mishara failed to give their team the start they needed. Patum fell prey to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s pace and was out for a golden duck on the very first ball of the Sri Lankan inning. Kamil Mishara on the other hand was sent packing by Kumar in the 2nd over of the inning.
India’s Tight Balling Restricts Sri Lankan Batters
Indian bowlers kept their balling tight and didn’t let Sri Lankan batters a chance to wiggle. Such was the balling of the unit that the guests could only score 60 runs till its 11th over and had already lost 5 wickets.
Charith Asalanka Prolongs the Inevitable
In the end it was Charith Asalanka and Dushmantha Chameera who tried to prolong the inevitable. With the run rate going above 36 runs in the last 3 overs, both Asalanka and Chameera tried to swing their bats and score as many as they can. Asalanka scored a wise knock of 53 of 47 while Chameera scored a quickfire 24 of 14.
In the end, Sri Lankan unit had to concede the defeat, having scored only 137 in its 20 overs.
That's that from the 1st T20I.#TeamIndia win by 62 runs and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2022