Shikhar Dhawan, India, Sri Lanka
India won by 38 runs [Image-Twitter]

India have won the first T20I against Sri Lanka by 38 runs thanks to a brilliant bowling performance by the duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar [4/22] and Deepak Chahar [2/24] who claimed six wickets between them to reduce Sri Lanka to 126 in 18.3 overs.

Twitter Reacts As India Win The 1st T20I Against Sri Lanka By 38 Runs
Bhuvi was the pick of the bowlers [Image-Twiter]
Sri Lanka, at one point, looked like nailing the run-chase, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar ran through their middle and lower order to inflict a 38-run defeat on the home side.

The pick of the batters for Sri Lanka was Charith Asalanka, who scored a 26-ball 44 and while opener Avishka Fernando did score 26, none of the other batters could post anything substantial, restuting in yet another defeat for the Lankans.

Earlier, Sri Lanka got off to a dream start as pacer Dushmanta Chameera knocked over debutant Prithvi Shaw with an unplayable delivery; a fullish inswinging delivery, one that took the edge of Shaw’s bat.

Samson was once again looking good during his 20-ball 27 before he played all around a Wanindu Hasaranga googly to get trapped plumb in front.

India, Hardik Pandya
Suryakumar Yadav smashes his second T20I fifty [Image-Twitter]
Suryakumar Yadav has since then enthralled the folklore with his 360-degree strokeplay against both spinners as well as pacers.

SKY and Dhawan accumulated 62 runs in the next 8 overs before the latter holed out at deep backward square leg for a 36-ball 46.

Surya, however, led the pack with a brilliant 50 but his untimely dismissal and the struggles of Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan at the end meant that India could only manage 164 in 20 overs.


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