India beat Sri Lanka by 93 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball scalping 4 wickets. Earlier MS Dhoni (39*), KL Rahul (61) and Manish Pandey (32*) played pivotal roles with the bat.
After beating Sri Lanka (2-1) in the recently concluded ODI series, Team India is ready to take on their neighbours in the shortest format. The first of the three T20Is will be held at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. This match could be a big opportunity for Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat and Deepak Hooda if they get a game.
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The pitch is expected to be a batting paradise and a lot of fours and sixes are expected.
Virat Kohli is still at rest hence Rohit Sharma will continue to lead the team in his absence. The last time Team India played a T20I in Cuttack, they were bowled out for 92 by South Africa. That is the only T20I India have ever played on this ground.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 19, 2017
For Sri Lanka, it is about time they perform for their fans and take something back home from this dismal series. For the visitors, the onus will be on Tharanga and their most experienced player Angelo Matthews.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 19, 2017
What are the squads of India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I?
India: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat
Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera(c), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando