Sri Lanka defeated India comprehensively in the first T20 encounter in Colombo on Tuesday. Kusal Perera’s quick-fire 50 took the team to a smooth win. Y Chahal’s two wickets did help temporarily halt the progress but wasn’t enough.
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first. India walked in and lost two early wickets. Rohit Sharma went out for a duck. Suresh Raina out for one. Shikhar Dhawan played a valiant knock of 90 but unfortunately was not a match-winning innings. The fairly competitive total of 174 was not a problem at all for Sri Lanka. Nuwan Pradeep took two wickets. Chameera, Dananjaya, and Mendis took one each. Despite the regular falling of the wickets, Sri Lanka was well on the path to victory. Washington Sundar and Y Chahal took two wickets each. With a 2nd wkt Partnership: 53 off 19 balls between D Gunathilaka (14) and K Perera (37), there was no stopping the Lions this time.
It was a wonderful all-round performance by the home team. Lions do not forget in this scenario, evidently. They played hard and strong, and reached the target smoothly with nine deliveries to spare. Kusal Perera was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant innings. He gave the team exactly what it needed for this must-win match.
Where did India go wrong?
Rohit Sharma needs to lead by example. He has to get over his lack of runs. It is time he moves on. With all the ridiculous memes about him breaking the internet, being called No-Hit to the Rahul Gandhi of cricket, Rohit Sharma needs to step up and start hitting again.
Rohit added that while the total was not terrible (not that he had anything to do with it), the start that Sri Lanka got was enough to keep them going. 75 runs from the first 6 overs. Yes, we saw that.
He has promised to come back stronger.
Yes, we are hoping too.
Indian bowling came up a cropper. That is also true. The economy rate has to be kept an eye on. Despite taking two wickets, Chahal was expensive. 27 runs from one over of Shardul Thakur. What is up with that?
India faces Bangladesh tomorrow. Let’s hope the boys get it together by then. All of them.