The 2018 Nidahas trophy begins with the hosts Sri Lanka’s victory over the Indian cricket team. Sri Lanka claimed a solid 5-wicket victory against the new looking Indian team in the opening encounter of the T20I tri-series.
Sri Lanka elected to field first after winning the toss. Indian stand-in skipper and opener Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck in the very first over of the match. The comeback man Suresh Raina also failed to utilise his chance as he scored only 1 run before getting bowled.
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Another opener Shikhar Dhawan played an important role to build up India’s innings. Along with Manish Pandey, Dhawan put 95-runs partnership for the third wicket which helped the team to put a good total on the board.
Dhawan completed his brilliant half-century in 30 balls. Just after Dhawan’s half-century, Pandey was sent back to the pavilion for 37 runs. After that dismissal, Dhawan put another important 49-runs partnership for the fourth wicket along with Rishabh Pant.
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Dhawan was just 10 runs short from his well-deserving century when he was caught out on 90 runs (49 balls). In his innings, Dhawan hit 6 fours and 6 sixes. While Dinesh Karthik was not out on 13 runs off 6 balls, Rishabh Pant was dismissed in the last ball of that innings after scoring 23 runs (23 balls). As a result, India put total 174/5 at the end of 20 overs.
Among the Sri Lankan bowlers, right-pacer Dushmantha Chameera (2/33) took two wickets while Nuwan Pradeep (1/38), Jeevan Mendis (1/21) and Danushka Gunathilaka (1/16) claimed a wicket each.
In reply, Sri Lanka began their innings with attacking mood. After losing their opener Kusal Mendis (11) cheaply, another opener Danushka Gunathilaka and no.3 batsman Kusal Perera put a firing 58-runs partnership in only 21 balls. While Sri Lanka managed to score 75 runs (75/2) at the end of the powerplay, that second-wicket partnership set the tone for the hosts which they chased down the target comfortably.
Kusal Perera scored 66 runs while the other batsmen contributed enough for the hosts to secure a fresh victory. Sri Lanka reached the target with 9 balls to spare after losing 5 wickets. Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera remained unbeaten on 15 and 22 runs respectively.
Washington Sundar (2/28) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/37) grabbed two wickets each while Jaydev Unadkat (1/35) was able to take a wicket.
Indian debutant player Vijay Shankar bowled just two overs where he conceded 15 runs without taking any wicket.
Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Perera received the Player of the Match award for his match-winning knock.
Now we will look at the some Twitter reactions of the match, where the Twitteries blaming India’s poor bowling
One can't really blame the young inexperienced bowling line-up.#MenInBlue definitely missing @BhuviOfficial & @Jaspritbumrah93 for death overs. Batting performance except @SDhawan25 fireworks was mediocre.@vijayshankar260, @RishabPant777 deserve more chances.#IndvsSL #T20I
— Mahim Bhandari (@MahimB_Goa) March 6, 2018
— Sriniwaas Manur 🇮🇳 (@ABODEofLAKSHMI) March 6, 2018
— Nachiket22 (@nachiketalonso) March 6, 2018
— Anurita (@senoritanu) March 6, 2018
— Gautam (@rokade_gautam) March 6, 2018
#Srilanka Beats #India by 5 wkts in 1st T20 match of #NidahasTrophy … Well Played Young Lads But Need some Perfection… Mark my Words Surely @BCCI will win this Trophy…Feeling Sad for #Dhawan #SLvIND #NidahasOnDSport
— Milton Royappa (@miltonroyappa) March 6, 2018
— Puneet Gupta (@impunner1998) March 6, 2018
Some praising for Shikhar Dhawan’s knock
Shikhar Dhawan 90 off 49. Everyone else 70 off 65 so far!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 6, 2018
When in form, Shikhar Dhawan can be brutal with bowlers. Described such exotic arcs with the bat, difficult to set field for him
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 6, 2018
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 6, 2018
Top knock jatt ji 👌👌 @SDhawan25 well done guys good luck for the next game 🇮🇳🤙👍
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) March 6, 2018
— Santhosh yadav (@SAM143y) March 6, 2018
— Xain (@imxain) March 6, 2018