India came up with yet another dominant performance, thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal, at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 93 runs in the first T20 international of the three-match series. The Sri Lankans were outplayed both in the batting and the bowling departments away from home. Batting first, India put up a hefty total on board, riding on a composed half-century from Lokesh Rahul (61). Rahul’s inning was followed by some late onslaught from MS Dhoni and youngster Manish Pandey, who hammered the Sri Lankan bowlers till the end.
Chasing the Indian total of 180 runs, the visitors were bundled out for a mere score of 87 with no batsman being able to step up to the occasion. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up fours scalps to his name because of his mind-blowing spell, while Hardik Pandya chipped in with 3. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav also got 2 of his own and was brilliantly economical.
Chahal picked the Man of the Match award as expected for his tremendous display with the ball. Chahal gave away only 23 runs in his four designated overs at an economy of 5.75. Speaking about the same, Chahal said that he got his momentum with Upul Tharanga’s breakthrough. He also admitted that he was experimenting with the googlies and the leg spinners. Chahal praised his wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav and mentioned that they enjoy bowling with each other.
“When we started bowling, I was confused for the first few balls about my fielding and all. I got into good rhythm with Tharanga’s wicket off the third ball. I was mixing googlies and leg spinners to the left-handers. It was slow and bouncing, so I was just varying the pace according to that. When the wicket is turning, we bowled according to that. We both enjoy bowling with each other (about Kuldeep). We are used to bowling with the wet ball. And we had enough total on the board, thanks to Mahi bhai and MAnish, so we could flight the ball. And the wicket was turning too.” Chahal said.