A 93-run win in a T20 match. This is India’s biggest margin of the shortest form of the game. The match was exactly how the creators of the T20 version of the game envisioned. The reason why T20 came about in the first place. Short. Exciting. Thrilling.
As I said in my previous blog, the dew factor is nothing to worry about. In fact, it played a positive role. India made the most of it in both sessions. The batsmen scored a very good 181 and the spinners defended it fabulously. Wristspinning Y Chahal’s 4 for 23 scored a massive 65 on the Fantain Fantasy app as well. Dhoni and L Rahul are the other two who guided India to a flying start in the T20 series with a 93-run kickoff. 68 runs in the last five overs are bound to rattle the opponent - both the batsmen and the bowlers. End of the day, India’s domination over Sri Lanka continued with the first T20 match.
KL Rahul did very well to place him on the map. He is bound to be taken seriously if he continues this form. And not just as a backup because someone is getting married. With a valuable partnership between Dhoni and Pandey adding to the list, Sri Lanka really did not have a chance. Now, all India has to do is keep up with this rhythm. Chahal should continue with his little tricks. Mix it up with googlies and leg spinners. Vary the pace to confuse the batsmen. They should not know what hit them. That’s the trick. Sri Lanka’s batsmen let them down in the end. They did not have that they needed to get it going a good start. Wickets feel as did their morale. The massive difference between the two scoreboards will tell you everything you need to know.
The next match is tomorrow. While India is not likely to change this lineup, Sri Lanka will have to rethink their strategy. Especially between spinners and seamers. In the first match, Sri Lanka picked only one specialist spinner. Seam options made up the rest of the team. The second venue is Indore.
Sameera Samarawickrama and Danushka Gunathilaka were not there in the first T20. But considering the team’s performance, they might consider a new order.
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera(c), Vishwa Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Akila Dananjaya, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Nuwan Pradeep,
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