Hardik Pandya, Umran Malik
Hardik Pandya, Umran Malik. (Photo: Twitter)

Indian Cricket Team won a nervy 1st T20I match against Sri Lanka by 2 runs at Wankhede Stadium. The Men in Blue showed never to say die attitude when skipper Hardik Pandya made shrewd decisions. The speedster Umran Malik played a vital role as he took 2 key wickets of Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka & gave away 27 runs in 4 overs.

Sri Lanka on the other side would be in a state of shock as chasing 163 runs is not a mammoth score in modern cricket. They need someone who can hold one end at the top of the order as every-time Dasun Shanaka won’t rescue the team from a precarious position the batter scored 45 runs in 27 balls where he smashed 3 fours and 3 sixes.

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Dasun Shanka
Dasun Shanaka. Pic Credits: Twitter

Gautam Gambhir On Umran Malik

Gautam Gambhir was having an interaction with Star Sports and was asked about Umran Malik.

“There will be matches where Umran Malik will bowl amazingly well and there will be matches where he will prove expensive. Will you still persist with him? Will the bowling coach still encourage him to bowl fast because in T20, once you prove expensive a few times, you are asked to develop slower ones or cutters. You don’t want to see that from Umran Malik,” said Gautam Gambhir.

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Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. (Photo: Twitter)

“Either you have the pace or you don’t, either you can bowl fast or you can’t. The management’s role becomes extremely important here. He will keep getting better the more he plays. You learn yourselves at times while playing international cricket,” he added.

Wake-up Call For India

The rare failure of Suryakumar Yadav has raised question marks over India’s batting lineup.  Sanju Samson would be utterly disappointed with his performance as he managed to score 5 runs in 6 balls where the batter looked scratchy.

Shivam Mavi
Shivam Mavi (PC-Getty Images)

There are doubts over Hardik Pandya’s availability for the 2nd T20I as the all-rounder didn’t bowl the 20th over citing cramps. Shivam Mavi made a dream debut where the pacer took 4 wickets and gave away 22 runs in his 4 overs. He used variations quite smartly. It would be interesting to see how Sri Lanka bounce back after this defeat as they would be eager to square the series at Pune.

Also Read: IND vs SL: “It’s Gonna Be Difficult For Someone Like Hardik Pandya To Replace Rohit Sharna As Captain Because Judging Him By Just One ICC Tournament” – Gautam Gambhir

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