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India vs Sri Lanka, First T20I in Cuttack, Highlights: Chahal and Rahul Steal Show
Follow all the live cricket action as India take on Sri Lanka in the first T20I at Cuttack.
News18.com | December 20, 2017, 22:19 IST
PREVIEW: The bench strength is expected to be tested but India are unlikely to lower the intensity when they take on Sri Lanka in a three-match Twenty20 series starting here on Wednesday, aiming to extend their dominance in the shortest format as well. The Test series in pocket, India, without inspirational skipper Virat Kohli, hardly broke a sweat to clinch the one-day series 2-1 and Rohit Sharma and Co. will look to polish off the T20I series on a perfect note.
Sri Lanka have been no match to India barring their one- off spectacular bowling effort in Dharmasala in the opening ODI. After India bounced back in Mohali, Sri Lanka had their best chance in Visakhapatnam but they collapsed from 136/1 to be bundled out for 215. A resilient India quickly got into the act after an inspirational stumping by MS Dhoni. This was followed by the spin twin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal running through the Lankan batting to claim three wickets each.
However, Twenty20 is a different ball game and India would look for a smooth transition to the shortest format, having endured a batting disaster in the first one-dayer. India do not have happy memories of the solitary T20I at the Barabati Stadium despite the fact that they lead Sri Lanka 7-4 on head-to-head count and are yet to lose against them in the last four outings. India had folded for 92 against South Africa in the lone T20I played here in 2015 as crowd trouble brought infamy to the venue and the hosts would look to give a better account of their batting on Wednesday.
This is India's biggest win in terms of margin of runs for India and biggest defeat for Sri Lanka in T20 internationals
Dec 20, 2017 22:18 (IST)
WICKET: That's it, Sri Lanka are all out for 87 and have lost the match by 93 runs, Hardik Pandya picks up his third of the night
Dec 20, 2017 22:14 (IST)
WICKET: Chameera goes for the big swing of the bat and finds the fielder in the deep, Pandya the beneficiary again and he now has two wickets in his kitty tonight
Dec 20, 2017 22:13 (IST)
Hardik Pandya going through the basics here, and waiting for the Sri Lankan lower order batsmen to commit a mistake. The match has long ceased to be a contest
Dec 20, 2017 22:08 (IST)
It is a matter of time now, not much happening in terms of action that warrants description as Sri Lanka have managed to not turn up with the bat tonight
Dec 20, 2017 22:07 (IST)
WICKET: Akila Dananjaya is the next Sri Lankan batsman to walk back, Hardik Pandya picks up a wicket
Dec 20, 2017 22:00 (IST)
WICKET: Kuldeep Yadav takes over from Chahal and continues the wicket taking spree, Kusal Perera's disappointing stay in the middle comes to an end as he goes for 19 off 28 deliveries while looking to hit a big one. He got a top edge and MS Dhoni did the rest
Dec 20, 2017 21:57 (IST)
Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 19 wickets in T20Is in 2017, highest by any bowler
Thrice he has taken 3 plus wickets in a match
Dec 20, 2017 21:57 (IST)
Yuzvendra Chahal take a bow, finishes with figures of 4/23 and has put India in a winning position here in Cuttack
Dec 20, 2017 21:54 (IST)
Yuzvendra Chahal will be looking to pick up his fifth wicket to make it a memorable performance
Dec 20, 2017 21:52 (IST)
WICKET: Chahal picks up his fourth wicket of the night, Thisara Perera goes for the big heave and is stumped by MS Dhoni. Sri Lanka have been reduced to 62/6
Dec 20, 2017 21:49 (IST)
Yuzvendra Chahal becomes the leading wicket taker in T20Is in 2017
Dec 20, 2017 21:47 (IST)
WICKET: Kuldeep Yadav strikes, Dasun Shanaka tries to loft that one and gets a leading edge, Pandya does the rest. Sri Lanka are 58/5 and India are looking to wrap this up pretty soon, thanks to brilliance of their wrist spin duo
Dec 20, 2017 21:45 (IST)
This is MS Dhoni’s 26th Stumping in T20Is.
The record is 32 by Kamran Akmal
Dec 20, 2017 21:45 (IST)
Yuzvendra Chahal is toying with teh Sri Lankan lower middle order now, foxing them with the googlies
Dec 20, 2017 21:42 (IST)
WICKET: Chahal fires one in outside the leg stump and Dhoni moves along, the ball hits his gloves and rebounds on to the stumps, Gunaratne was outside the crease and has to walk back. Luck is on Chahal side tonight
Dec 20, 2017 21:41 (IST)
India's biggest gain this year has been the two wrist spinners in Chahal and Kuldep Yadav who have taken their opportunities really well. Th efact that India has not even had to think of getting Ashwin and Jadeja back in limited overs matches says a lot about the kind of impact these two bowlers have had.
Most important thing about these two bowlers has been their ability to get wickets
Dec 20, 2017 21:36 (IST)
Chahal bowls a great over, gives away four runs and picks a wicket. Sri Lanka 49/3 after 8 overs and India taking a vice-like grip of this match now
Dec 20, 2017 21:34 (IST)
The busy Asela Gunaratne comes into bat, but the man of the moment is Yuzvendra Chahal, who has picked up two wickets in two overs
Dec 20, 2017 21:33 (IST)
WICKET: Chahal sends back the struggling Angelo Mathews, it was flight up and the former Lankan skipper got a leading egde that went straight to the bowler, India in a commanding position now
Dec 20, 2017 21:30 (IST)
Kuldeep starts with a five-run over and that pegs Sri Lanka back further, the visitors are now 45/2 after 7 overs
Dec 20, 2017 21:29 (IST)
Angelo Mathews has opened his account on the sixth delivery he has faced and that shows how good the Indian bowlers have been in the last two overs
Dec 20, 2017 21:28 (IST)
Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack now and he has started well so far, showed good control
Dec 20, 2017 21:27 (IST)
India were 50/1 with 7 boundaries.
Sri Lanka are 40/2 with 4 boundaries.
Dec 20, 2017 21:25 (IST)
Jasprit Bumrah bowls a great first over and after the powerplays, Sri Lanka are 40 for 2, the run rate has come plummetting down
Dec 20, 2017 21:25 (IST)
7 times Upul tharanga has scored 20 plus score and has failed to convert it into fifty. This has happened thrice in last four innings.
Dec 20, 2017 21:24 (IST)
Jasprit Bumrah hitting the deck hard and getting the ball in the uncomfortable region for the batsmen almost immediately
Dec 20, 2017 21:23 (IST)
Jasprit Bumrah bowls the customary 6th over, which is the last over of the powerplay and most teams look to target this over
Dec 20, 2017 21:22 (IST)
Sri Lanka has lost two wickets but their run rate is right up there, and with players like Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews in the middle, anything is possible
Dec 20, 2017 21:20 (IST)
WICKET: Chahal bowls a poor delivery but gets a wicket, that was fired in on the leg stump and Tharanga went for the jugular again. The southpaw got a faint edge and Dhoni's big gloves did the rest
India's Yuzvendra Chahal, second right, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews during their first Twenty20 international cricket match in Cuttack, India, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
India's batting will heavily rely on skipper Sharma, who will have KL Rahul for company at the top. Having lost his first match as captain, Sharma's record double hundred led a 141-run rout in Mohali and he will look to continue that form in the shortest format. A good start will be crucial for India to minimise the workload on the middle and lower order, which will be steered by Dhoni whose ability was doubted in the series against New Zealand.
Saurashtra left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who last played in a T20I against Zimbabwe in June last year, has been recalled and India have three first-timers in Washington Sundar, Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda. Baroda all-rounder Hooda had scored the fourth fastest Twenty20 century (108) by an Indian during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in February. It remains to be seen, however, if he's handed his debut cap with India already having two finishers in Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.
In the pace department, death bowling specialist Jasprit Bumrah will shoulder the responsibility after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was rested. Kerala pacer Thampi has shown his ability to bowl yorkers
with consistency during his Gujarat Lions stint in the IPL. While India will have a bit of concern in the pace department, Yadav and Chahal are expected to deliver. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have lost five T20Is on the trot, starting from the match against Bangladesh in April.
For the visitors, Upul Tharanga was in imperious form during his 95 in the third ODI and he would be the key for Sri Lanka. Former skipper Angelo Mathews, who scored a century in the second ODI, would be the vital cog in Sri Lankan wheel. The islanders would also hope that Niroshan Dickwella strikes form to give some stability to the middle order. Their otherwise ordinary bowling looked exceptional in Dharmasala where they bundled out India for 112 but since then, they have managed to take six wickets in two matches as they have to buck up in all the departments of the game.
"We had a good chance to beat India in India, but we couldn't execute with our middle order. We have to think about the T20Is, everything is past, we have to think about the present," Sri Lanka captain Perera has said in Visakhapatnam.
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports from 7 pm.
Squads: India: Rohit Sharma (C), K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat.
Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera(C), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando and Dusmantha Chameera.
Match starts: 1900 IST.