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Surya shines in India's win; Register 38 runs win in the First T20

11:58 PM Jul 25, 2021 | PTI

Colombo: India defeated Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first T20 International here on Sunday.

Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for India with 50 off 34 balls while skipper Shikhar Dhawan made 46 off 36 as India made 164 for five.

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In response, Sri Lanka were all out for 126 in 18.3 overs. Charith Asalanka was the top-scorer with 44 off 26 balls.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets and Deepak Chahar picked up a couple.

Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav continued his rich vein of form with an another attractive half-century but Sri Lanka bowled well to restrict India to 164 for five.

Surya's second T20I half-century was complemented by useful contributions from skipper Shikhar Dhawan (46 off 38 balls) along with Ishan Kishan (20 not out off 14 balls) at the back-end.

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

But 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 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.

It was Surya's five fours and a six that really helped Kishan and Hardik to launch the final assault.

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

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

Surya as usual was in 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 Surya 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 as he was not afraid to flight once more and this time the inside-out chip shot didn't have required wings to soar over the ropes.

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


Scoreboard

India

P Shaw c M Bhanuka b Chameera 0

S Dhawan c A Bandara b C Karunaratne 46

S Samson lbw b W Hasaranga 27

S Yadav c R Mendis b W Hasaranga 50

H Pandya c M Bhanuka b Chameera 10

I Kishan not out 20

K Pandya not out 3

Extras: (lb-2, w-6) 8

Total: (For 5) 164

FoW: 0-1, 51-2, 113-3, 127-4, 153-5.

Bowling: Dushmantha Chameera 4-0-24-2,Chamika Karunaratne 4-0-34-1, Akila Dananjaya 3-0-40-0,Isuru Udana 4-0-32-0, Wanindu Hasaranga 4-0-28-2,Dasun Shanaka 1-0-4-0.

Sri Lanka

A Fernando c Samson b Bhuvneshwar 26

M Bhanuka c S Yadav b K Pandya 10

D de Silva b Chahal 9

C Asalanka c P Shaw b D Chahar 44

A Bandara b H Pandya 9

D Shanaka st I Kishan b Chakravarthy 16

W Hasaranga b D Chahar 0

C Karunaratne b Bhuvneshwar 3

I Udana c S Yadav b Bhuvneshwar 1

D Chameera c K Pandya b Bhuvneshwar 1

A Dananjaya not out 1

Extras: (w-6) 6

Total (All out in 18.3 Overs) 126

FoW: 1-23, 2-48, 3-50, 4-90, 5-111, 6-111, 7-122, 8-124, 9-125

Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3.3-0-22-4, Deepak Chahar 3-0-24-2, Krunal Pandya 2-0-16-1, Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-28-1, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-19-1, Hardik Pandya 2-0-17-1.

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