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IND vs SL: 3 Sri Lankan Players Who Were Responsible For Their Loss In The 1st T20I.  Sri Lanka is touring India for a multi-format series. During IND vs SL 2023 series, an ODI and T20I series will be played. The T20I series comprises three matches. The ODI IND vs SL series will also witness three games.

The T20I series between IND vs SL will be played first followed by the ODI series. During IND vs SL 2023 series, the three T20I games will take place on January 3 (which India won by 2 runs), January 5, and January 7. The three ODI games are scheduled to take place on January 10, January 12, and January 15.

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Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Both teams have announced their squads for the series. Rohit Sharma is the captain of India in the ODI series. Hardik Pandya is the skipper of India in the T20I series. For Sri Lanka, Dasun Shanaka is the captain of the team in both the ODI and T20I series.

Dasun Shanaka with Asia Cup 2022
Dasun Shanaka with Asia Cup 2022 (Photo: Twitter)

India last played an ODI and Test series against Bangladesh in December 2022. During the away series, India played 3 ODIs and 2 Tests with Bangladesh. The Indian team lost the ODI series 1-2 but won the Test series 2-0.

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Meanwhile, In February 2022, Sri Lanka has already toured India. The Sri Lankan team played an all-format series against India in February-March 2022. The visitors got thrashed by the Indians in all formats of the game. India won the Test series 2-0 & T20I Series 3-0. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup 2022 in the T20I format but as far as ODIs are concerned, they won against Australia 3-2 but drew against Afghanistan 1-1 in bilateral series at home.

In the 1st IND vs SL T20I, India prevailed in a low-scoring thriller thanks to late runs from Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel, and exceptional seam bowling from an attack missing pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Shami. The Wankhede pitch was anything but the batting paradise it usually is in T20 cricket: there was grip for spinners, which Sri Lanka used well before the new ball seamed around for India’s quicks.

Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda. Pic Credits: Twitter.
Ishan Kishan got India off to a quick start before the spinners pulled them back. Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel then added 68 in 5.5 overs to take India to 162. On the same pitch, India found assistance for fast bowlers with Hardik Pandya joining debutant Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, and Harshal Patel in causing damage.
India vs Sri Lanka, IND vs SL,
India vs Sri Lanka, IND vs SL,(Credits: Twitter)

Sri Lanka had a brief recovery from 68 for 5 through captain Dasun Shanaka’s 45 off 27, but Axar Patel managed to defend 12 in a last-over gamble.

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1st T20I: India 162 for 5 (Hooda 41*, Axar 31*) beat Sri Lanka 160 (Shanaka 45, Mavi 4-22) by two runs

IND vs SL: 3 Sri Lankan Players Who Were Responsible For Their Loss In The 1st T20I

Kasun Rajitha

Kasun Rajitha
Kasun Rajitha (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kasun Rajitha was way too expensive in the 1st ODI against India, conceding as much as 47 runs in 4 overs at a steep economy of 11.8- the most by any Sri Lankan bowler in the match.

29-year-old Kasun Rajitha, a right-arm medium pacer now has only 13 scalps from 14 games averaging a high 38.38, and may be replaced by Pramod Madushan or Nuwan Thushara in the 2nd T20I as he was responsible for Sri Lanka’s loss in the 1st T20I.

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