Sri Lankan spinners restricted India to 162 for five
In front of Sri Lankan spinners, the Indian team was in trouble, losing five wickets for 94 runs, but Hooda scored an unbeaten 41 in 23 balls with one four and four sixes and Akshar made three fours and a six in his 20-ball unbeaten innings. Helped the team to a respectable score by scoring 31 runs.
Deepak Hooda and Akshar Patel scored an unbroken 38-ball 68-run partnership as India posted 162 for five in the first T20 International against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday. In front of Sri Lankan spinners, the Indian team was in trouble, losing five wickets for 94 runs, but Hooda scored an unbeaten 41 in 23 balls with one four and four sixes and Akshar made three fours and a six in his 20-ball unbeaten innings. Helped the team to a respectable score by scoring 31 runs.
Ishan Kishan (37 off 29 balls), who scored a double century in ODIs against Bangladesh last month, started the team’s attack with a six and two fours against Kasun Rajita in the first over itself. 17 runs came from this over. Shubman Gill (7 runs), making his debut in this match with Shivam Mavi, hit a four against Dilshan Madushanka in the first ball of his innings but was caught leg-before by Mahish Teekshana, who came to bowl in the next over.
Suryakumar Yadav, the highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals last year, did not bat in this match and he returned to the pavilion after scoring seven runs in 10 balls, caught by Chamika Karunaratne off Rajapaksa. The Indian team’s score in the powerplay was 41 runs for two wickets. In the next over, Sanju Samson (five) also walked on the ball of Dhananjay D’Silva. Captain Hardik Pandya hit two consecutive fours against Karunaratne as soon as he stepped on the crease.
From the other end, Kishan increased the run rate by hitting sixes and fours in consecutive balls against Rajita in the 10th over, but in the 11th over, he was caught by Dhananjay in an attempt to send Vanindu Hasaranga’s ball to the visitors. Pandya played some attractive shots but could not quite find the rhythm. Sri Lankan spinners put brakes on India’s run rate during this period. The team could score only 26 runs between the 10th to 15th over. Hooda, who came in to bat at number six, turned the match against Teekshana for two consecutive sixes. He also sent Hasaranga’s ball to the visitors in the next over. Hooda was supported brilliantly by Akshar from the other end. Madushanka, Teekshana, Karunaratne, Dhananjay and Hasaranga took one wicket each for Sri Lanka.
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