Yet again the batting department displayed top-notch skills in the middle against Lasith Malinga-led Sri Lanka. The openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul scored brilliant half-centuries while Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey gave a perfect finish to the game.
Getting into the details, initially, it was Lasith Malinga, who won the toss, opted to bowl first. Accepting the challenge, the Indian openers went berserk in the middle to find the boundary fence more often than not. They both added 97 runs for the first wicket before Shikhar Dhawan being dismissed for 54 on the board.
Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul added 97 runs for the first wicket;
He was quickly followed by Sanju Samson and KL Rahul, which turned things for Sri Lanka. Shreyas Iyer also followed the duo to help further Sri Lanka to make a comeback into the game.
However, the skipper Virat Kohli came to the party for India, who smashed Sri Lanka to all corners of the park. His fantastic knock in the death overs helped India to finish the game on top with a massive tally on the board.
Just when things looked out of the hand got Sri Lanka, the run out of Virat Kohli helped Sri Lanka to stage a comeback into the game. The decent spell in the final overs helped India to restrict for a low score than what was expected earlier. The regular wickets in the middle overs helped Sri Lanka to stay on top of the game before Shardul Thakur showing his skills. In the end, all they managed was 201 on the board.
Once again, Shardul Thakur displayed his incredible batting skills to help India cross 200 runs on the board. For Sri Lanka, Sandakan Was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets.
Here are a few Tweets:
India's unusual approach has set it up for a very good match
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 10, 2020
Virat Kohli came at no 6. Gets run out when there were no two runs. Literally, he didn't want to bat today. #INDvsSL
— Sunil- the cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 10, 2020
Never seen Kohli run out by a mile. Have you? Was pushing for the second perhaps realising that if India would be vulnerable less than 190-odd they
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 10, 2020
— ICC (@ICC) January 10, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Shardul Thakur's bathwater to be sprinkled on Indian batsman.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 10, 2020
When the Indian middle order is weak but Shardul Thakur and Manish Pandey still take India to 200+ pic.twitter.com/lRYcA4dL1X
— Relatable Indian 🇮🇳 (@Relatable_India) January 10, 2020
— AzaadTau (@TauTumhare) January 10, 2020
🇮🇳 Finishes at 201/6 🔥🔥
Hold On! Take a Breath! That was Some Innings from Indians which we are not used to See! What aggression Man! Thakur's Inning at the End could turn out to be Game Changing!#INDvSL #INDvsSL #SLvIND #TeamIndia #T20 @OfficialSLC @BCCI #SanjuSamson
— Sportzride Cricket (@SportzrideCric) January 10, 2020
After 14 months, Dhawan scores a fifty in T20I.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 10, 2020
Gabbar scored 50 today. Thakur also scoring with the strike rate of 300. Last time Gabbar and Thakur were in the limelight together it was 1975.#INDvSL
— 𝕻𝖗𝖆𝖐𝖍𝖆𝖗 𝕬𝖗𝖞𝖆𝖓 🐲 (@imprakhararyan) January 10, 2020
— Kuntala Karkun (@KuntalaKarkun) January 10, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 10, 2020
A truly roller coaster of an innings #INDvSL
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) January 10, 2020