T20I opener: Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets with two overs to spare


India and Sri Lanka are meeting in the opening match of their three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

Winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bowl first and they’ve made a sensational start by sending India’s two top order batsmen back to pavilion.

Here are the highlights:

  • Debutant Kasun Rajitha sends Rohit Sharma to pavillion on his second ball in international cricket
  • Sensational opening over from Kasun Rajitha! First Rohit, now Rahane
  • Suresh Raina dropped on the mid-on boundary off Rajitha in the third over
  • What a debut game Rajitha is having
  • He could have easily had three wickets in two overs
  • Huge six by Shikhar Dhawan off Perera in fourth over, India 16/2
  • Nice flick to boundary by Raina off the danger man Rajitha
  • Next ball, even better treatment, same direction but this time into the crowd. Raina looks in impeccable form
  • OUT, Dhawan departs off Rajitha’s last delivery of this third over. India 32/3 in 5 overs
  • Rajitha has picked all three wickets so far.
  • Yuvraj faces second ball of his innings, straight into the crowd. Big SIX, India 40/3 in 6 overs
  • Introduction of spinner have slowed down the run rate for India, India 47/3 in 8 overs
  • Raina DROPPED second time!
  • Raina OUT after being dropped on the previous ball, India 49/4 and we are in 9th over. Out to Dasun Shanaka
  • MS Dhoni has replaced Raina
  • MS Dhoni is out for 2, Shanaka’s 2nd wicket in his first over, India 51/5,And we are still in the 9th over
  • New bowler Chameera is quick, giving grief to Yuvraj Singh with his occasion short pitch deliveries
  • Phenomenal start for SL. Yuvraj gone after being deceived by Chameera’s bouncer on the previous ball. India 53/6 in 10th over
  • Shanaka gets his third, R Pandya back to dressing room. India 57/7 in 11
  • 12 gone, 64/7, India look in trouble.
  • R Jadeja LBW off Senanayake, India 72 for 8 in 14th over
  • India 78 for 8 after 14 overs
  • Sri Lanka in complete control of the game, India scored just 2 runs in the 15th over, 80/8
  • Indian tail-enders are holding on to their ground, but run rate has considerably slowed down, India 84/8 after 16
  • Nice square cut to 4 by R Ashwin bisecting the fielders
  • OUT, Nehra gone for 6 off Chameera,
  • RUN OUT, R Bumrah didn’t disturb the scorer. India all out for 101 in 19th over
  • R Ashwin remains not out as top scorer with 31

Sri Lanka Innings

  • OUT, Nehra gets Dickwella in the first over. Caught by Shikhar Dhawan, Sri Lanka 4/1
  • Ajinkya Rahane fails to take the catch in slip, FOUR, SL 10/1 after 1st over
  • Jaskrit Bumrah is bowling with impeccable accuracy, bowls maiden
  • OUT! Nehra gets his 2nd wicket, Gunathilaka pulls straight to Dhawan at mid-on. 23 for 2
  • Sri Lanka shaping their innings well, Not too much to chase. 28/2 in 6 overs
  • Sri Lanka’s 50 is up in little over 10 overs, need 48 runs to win the match
  • OUT, Ashwin strikes in his first over, gets Kapugedera LBW for 25
  • Sri Lank lose 4th wicket, Raina strikes, Chandimal goes for 35. Sri Lanka 84/4
  • Suresh Raina takes spectacular catch off Ashwin’s bowling, Shanaka goes for 3, Sri Lanka 91/5
  • Sri Lanka beat India  by 5 wickets with two overs to spare, Lead best of three series 1-0





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