India 164 for 5 (Suryakumar 50, Dhawan 46, Chameera 2-24, Hasaranga 2-28) beat Sri Lanka 126 (Asalanka 44, Bhuvneshwar 4-22, Chahar 2-24) by 38 runs
On India tour of Sri Lanka 2021, India have made a winning start in the three-match T20 series after beating Sri Lanka by 38 runs on Sunday. They came into the game with a star-studded batting line-up, which included both the wicket-keeper batsmen Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan. However, the slowness of the surface and bigger boundaries denied the team post as many runs as they would have wanted in the first innings. A valuable 50-run knock by Suryakumar Yadav and decent cameos from Shikhar Dhawan and Sanju Samson helped them reach 164 runs in the first innings.
By the end of the first innings, the Indian bowling attack, however, got the idea of how and where to bowl on the surface. The attack led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t disappoint either as they bundled out Sri Lanka for just 126 runs in the second innings.
Yuvzendra Chahal was brilliant in the middle overs eventually ending with figures of 1-19 in his allotted 4 overs, while Varun Chakravarthy made a decent international debut taking 1-28 in 4 overs. After a long time, Bhuvneshwar Kumar got wickets in the death overs, as is his forte. The senior bowler ended with figures of 4-22 in 3.3 overs and was declared Player of the Match. Deepak Chahar also took 2-24 in his 3 overs.
Having said that, despite winning the game, India will have some areas to improve on. Here’s a look at three talking points from the game:
Suryakumar Yadav’s red hot form continues
Suryakumar Yadav yet again played a valuable knock for his team on Sunday. He began where he left off in the last game and hammered the opposition left, right and centre. The Mumbai Indian batsman struggled a bit today, especially against Chamika Karunaratne.