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Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Last Update on: March 6th, 2018 at 10:50 pm

In the series opener of the Nidahas Trophy 2017-18 Tri-series, hosts Sri Lanka thrashed India by five wickets on Tuesday (March 6).

Earlier, Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and opted to field first at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Similarly, riding on the brilliant 90 from Shikhar Dhawan following the cameos India post 174 for five in 20 overs.

Meanwhile, here’s how we accessed how each player of Team India fared in the T20I opener of the Nidahas Trophy 2018:

Rohit Sharma: 2/10 –

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Rohit Sharma with his eyes shut. Photo Credit: AFP.

Struggling against Dushmanta Chameera, Team India’s interim skipper and opening batsman Rohit Sharma is at the receiving end.

Except the Port Elizabeth ODI against South Africa, Rohit had a torrid limited-over series in South Africa.

However, Rohit was looking forward to delivering in the tri-series opener. But he perished on the fourth delivery of very first over of Indian innings. Jeevan Mendis brilliantly caught Rohit on a duck after former’s intention was clear to take on Lankan bowlers.

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Getting the toe-end of the bat, the slice from Rohit saw much of the elevation than the distance. Mendis race from the mid-off to pouch the sensation catch.

Shikhar Dhawan: 9.5/10 –

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Shikhar Dhawan misses out his maiden T20 hundred. Photo Credit: AP.

Opening the batting with Rohit Sharma at the top, the left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been in a prolific perform. Interestingly, he played some delightful strokes to keep scoreboard ticking when India struggled early on.

Likewise, the aggressive batsman Dhawan for India dispatched half-a-dozen sixes in his splendid knock.

Significantly, known for his pyrotechnics Dhawan has hosts bowlers before being caught by Thisara Perera. While attempting the aerial root Dhawan mistimed the stroke on the bowling of Gunathilaka

However, Dhawan missed his three-figure mark after returning to the pavilion on 90 off just 49 balls.

Also, the enterprising innings saw him smashing six boundaries as well. He scored at the strike-rate of 183.67.

Suresh Raina: 2/10 –

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Suresh Raina bowled on a juicy full-toss. Photo Credit: AFP.

Banking on his decent performance in South Africa recently, Suresh Raina got it terribly wrong in Colombo. In the opener of the Nidahas Trophy 2018, the left-handed batsman was bowled on a full-toss.

On the final delivery of second over of India’s innings, Raina completely missed the full-toss. He was trying to guide the ball on the off-side. In addition, the ugly shot saw the ball crashed into the middle-stump.

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Then, Raina scored a run after facing three deliveries as Nuwan Pradeep claimed the wicket of the middle-order batter.

Manish Pandey: 5/10 –

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Manish Pandey knows how to build up the innings. Photo Credit: AP.

After India was reeling at nine for two in two overs, Manish Pandey came to team’s rescue. For the third wicket, he knit crucial 95 runs alongside opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.Pandey scored 35-ball 37 runs. His innings included three boundaries and a six.

More sort of tired-looking short, Pandey was caught by Danushka Gunathilaka on the bowling of leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis.

Rishabh Pant: 3.5/10 –

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Rishabh Pant came in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Photo Credit: AP.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been aggressive with the bat. He played a cameo to take his team’s total past 150-mark.

Equally, the 20-year-old southpaw featured in his third T20. He previously featured in Windies in July 2017.

However, he was caught on the final delivery of Indian innings when he was caught at the square leg by Nuwan Pradeep. He was dismissed by Chameera

Pant registered 22-ball 23 in which he smashed a six and boundary respectively to help India post decent target.

Dinesh Karthik: 6/10 –

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Dinesh Karthik smashed two boundaries while facing a couple of deliveries. Photo Credit: AP.

Dinesh Karthik faced six balls for his 13 runs. He smashed two boundaries at the fag end of the innings. The right-handed batsman registered crucial 21 runs for the sixth wicket alongside Pant.

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Washington Sundar: 5/10 –

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Washington Sundar claims a wicket in his very first over. Photo Credit: AP.

After missing to leave an impact with the bat, Washington Sundar was right up to the task in his first over.

In addition, the 18-year-old off-spinner Sundar was introduced in the very second over. He claimed the wicket of aggressive Kusal Mendis (11 off 6).

Vijay Shankar: 2/10 –

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Vijay Shankar was inducted into the playing XI. Photo Credit: BCCI.

The 27-year-old all-rounder Vijay Shankar was handed a maiden cap. However, he couldn’t bat after Shikhar Dhawan delivered at the top.

Identically, the medium-pacer was introduced with the ball in eighth over of Lankan innings. He went on to bowl decent first over in which he conceded four runs.

Yuzvendra Chahal: 6/10 –

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Yuzvendra Chahal always aims to keep things under control. Photo Credit: BCCI.

The impact player and aggressive leg-spinner Yuvzendra Chandal delivered yet again. Chahal bowled Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal (14 off 11).

In the first place, Chahal known for his impeccable line and length went on to deliver big. On the other side, Perera was going hammer and tongs.

Chahal went on to bowled Upul Tharanga to bring India right into the game.

Shardul Thakur 1/10 –

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Shardul Thakur went for 27 in his first over. Photo Credit: PTI.

Shardul Thakur conceded 27 runs in his very first over. Left-handed batsman Kusal Mendis took him to the cleaners.

Moreover, the right-arm bowler Thakur also bowled a waist-high no-ball after being blasted three boundaries and a six. He then went on to concede a boundary before bowling a dot delivery.

Jaydev Unadkat – 4/10

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Jaydev Unadkat started off the proceeding with the ball. Photo Credit: AP.

Furthermore, Jaydev Undakat conceded six runs in the first over, before claiming the wicket of dangerman Danushka Gunathilaka. Gunathilaka smashed 12-ball 19 when the Lions were going stronger. The left-handed opening batsman was caught by Rishabh Pant.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is the Editor-In-Chief at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He has been associated with the organisation since...