It was a perfect day for Rohit Sharma and his boys, as team India thrashed Sri Lanka by 93 runs in the first T20I in Cuttack.
KL Rahul, MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey played their part with the bat, but it was the spin duo of Chahal and Yadav who really won the match for India.
Chahal was magnificent, as he took four crucial wickets as his partner in crime Kuldeep got three wickets to rip the heart out of the Sri Lankan batting lineup.
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India put up a commendable 180/3 in their quota of overs. Thanks to KL Rahul’s stellar 61 and some lusty blows from MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey at the end of the innings, India put up a very score under the conditions.
Men in Blue defended the target quite successfully as they registered their biggest ever T20I victory as they beat Sri Lanka by 93 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match T20I series.
#1. Rohit Sharma (c) – 7.5/10
Didn’t have a great time at the crease but his captaincy turned out to be outstanding.
#2. Lokesh Rahul – 9/10
Rahul didn’t get enough games for quite a while but when he got a chance, he seized his opportunity and scored a superb 48-ball 61, which included 7 fours and a six.
#3. Shreyas Iyer – 5/10
Had a great time in the ODIs but could not carry forward that form in this match.
#4. MS Dhoni (wk) – 8.5/10
Came in out to bat at No.4, MS Dhoni made a real case for himself as a viable option to slot in at that position. His 22-ball 39 nicely finished off the innings.
#5. Manish Pandey – 8/10
Manish Pandey’s breezy 18-ball 32 with 2 fours and 2 sixes at the end proved to be one heck of a knock. The 68-run partnership he put alongside MS Dhoni proved to be a real game changer.
#6. Dinesh Karthik – 5/10
He did not get much of a chance to perform today.
#7. Hardik Pandya – 8/10
The all-rounder Pandya produced a good performance with the ball as he took 3 wickets.
#8. Jaydev Unadkat – 8/10
Unadkat was sensational with the ball. He used the conditions to good effect and picked up a wicket.
#9. Kuldeep Yadav – 8/10
The chinaman Kuldeep Yadav had everything in his armour to spun his web. He picked 2 wickets.
#10. Jasprit Bumrah – 4/10
Bumrah didn’t have the best of games today as he did not pick any wicket.
Chahal was the pick of the bowlers. He had a terrific game and it is one of those games that he will remember for a long time.