In the opening game of the three-match series versus Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium, the promising fast bowler Shivam Mavi grabbed 4-22 making him the third Indian male cricketer to capture four wickets on his T20I debut. India maintained composure to defeat Sri Lanka by two runs in the first T20I on Tuesday night in Mumbai, cruising on Mavi’s four-wicket haul.
The youngster made a strong beginning by taking two breakthroughs in the Powerplay, sending back Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva. India got off to a strong start with the ball thanks to Mavi and captain Hardik Pandya, limiting the visitors to only 35 runs in the opening six overs.
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Shivam Mavi Becomes 3rd Ever Indian Bowler To Pick 4-fer On T20I Debut
Returning to end a critical 40-run stand, the right-arm speedster dismissed Wanindu Hasaranga (21 off 10 balls) in the 15th over, leaving Dasun Shanaka with a hefty assignment. In his last over, he added a fourth victim, Maheesh Theekshana, making him one of just three Indian bowlers to debut in the men’s T20I with four wickets.
Mavi concluded with a record of 4-0-22-4, joining Pragyan Ojha and Barinder Sran as the only three men’s cricketers to take four wickets for India in their first T20I. Sravanthi Naidu also claimed four wickets in her first women’s T20I for India.
In the game, Shanaka’s late surge offered Sri Lanka a chance to chase down the mark, but India appeared to have gained the advantage when Umran Malik knocked him back with a 155 kph ball.
The visitors were re-engaged by Chamika Karunaratne’s late heroics, and they were left seeking 13 runs in the last over. Despite giving up a six, Axar Patel maintained composure as India prevailed by two runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match bilateral series.