The Men in Blue won a nail-bitter in the 1st T20I match against Sri Lanka. The hosts won the match by 2 runs and gave a heart attack to the mighty visitors. Shivam Mavi was the biggest positive of the match where he took 4 scalps and gave away 27 runs in his 4 overs.
The shrewd spinner Yuzvendra Chahal had a rare off day where he was taken to the cleaners. He gave away 26 runs in his 2 overs where he was seen bowling in the arc. Skipper Hardik Pandya has got a niggle as he didn’t bowl the last over where the gamble to give Axar the 20th over worked quite well.
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Deepak Hooda who has been amongst the squad, played a scintillating knock of 41 runs in 23 balls where he struck 1 four and 4 sixes. It won’t be wrong to say that it was his hitting prowess at the back of the innings which took India’s score to a challenging 162-5.
It was quite astounding to see that Hardik didn’t squeeze couple of overs from Hooda as in New Zealand he had provided crucial break-throughs. Skipper Hardik Pandya would have got clear idea that they cannot take Sri Lanka lightly as the visitors almost pulled off a heist.
I try my best- Deepak Hooda
During post match presentation, Deepak Hooda was asked about the match. “I try my best to practice according to the number I bat. We were discussing it is a matter of 2-3 hits and that we will get with some momentum.” said Deepak Hooda.
I want to contribute in every manner- Deepak Hooda
“I want to contribute in every manner. I am coming on the back of domestic cricket and know how to target the spinners.” he added.