The tournament opener of the match Nidahas Trophy saw host Sri Lanka locking horns against India in a cracking thriller at R. Premadasa Stadium. After losing the toss, Sri Lanka put India into bat first.
The visitors put up a competitive total of 174 in front of the hosts backed by the 90-run knock by opener Shikhar Dhawan. That said, the Lankan bowlers, crawled their way back into the match with their respective spells at the death.
After an early flurry from Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka was well on course to chase down the required total. However, the Indian bowlers chipped in wickets to make the match an exciting contest before the other Perera in the side, Thisara, finished the job for his captain.
Best knock of my career, says Kusal
Man of the match, Kusal Perera, during the post-match presentation, termed the knock as his best ever. Coming back from an injury, the southpaw mentioned that he had to practice hard to make his way back into the Sri Lankan team
“This is my best innings, but I had better innings as well. I backed myself and practised hard to hit the ball cleanly. Bowlers did a good job by restricting India to 174. Credit must go to them as well,” commented Kusal Perera.