Ishan Kishan was at his best during the first T20I match between India and Sri Lanka which was played on July 25 in Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. India won the match by 38 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
India had batted first after losing the toss and on a slow and low pitch, struggled to reach 164/5 in 20 overs. The score was mostly thanks to 50 from Suryakumar Yadav, 46 from captain Shikhar Dhawan, 27 from Sanju Samson, and the finishing touches from Ishan Kishan, who made 20* in 14 balls.
Ishan Kishan Affects A MS Dhoni Like Stumping To Give Varun Chakravarthy His Maiden T20I Wicket
Being asked to bat first proved to be a boon for Team India as they had the bowling to defend such a par total on a big ground like the Khettarama. Though Sri Lankan batsmen Avishka Fernando (26) and debutant Charith Asalanka (44) looked good, the Indian bowlers came out on top.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were impressed the most as Chahal picked 1/19 in his four overs, while the vice-captain returned figures of 4/22 in 3.3 overs. Apart from them, the Pandya brothers Krunal and Hardik also picked one wicket each.
One more wicket went to debutant Varun Chakravarthy, who gave away 28 runs in his 4 overs and he had Ishan Kishan to thank for his maiden T20I scalp, as the wicketkeeper showed great presence of mind to affect an MS Dhoni like stumping.
Chakravarthy got the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka, as Kishan showed great reflexes behind the stump. He waited for Shanaka’s back foot to lift up from the ground as he struggled for balance and in the split-second removed the bails and earned his team an important wicket.
Here is the video of Ishan Kishan’s brilliant stumping:
— Maqbool (@im_maqbool) July 25, 2021
Meanwhile, the second T20I match between India and Sri Lanka will take place in the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Tuesday (July 27). With Indian team looking for a 2-0 lead, the Men in Blue are not expected to make any changes in the playing XI and stick with the same group of players for the second game.