Nidahas Trophy 2018: Sri Lanka DefeatsIndia By Five Wickets In Tri-Series Opener


New Delhi:  Sri Lanka has defeated India in the opening T20I of the Nidahas Trophy tri-series by five wickets at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. 

KusalPerera was in some mood as he smashed Indian bowlers all around the park with pacer Shardul Thakur bearing the brunt of his assault, leaking 27 runs in his first over of the night. 

The Sri Lankan struck him for three straight fours followed by a six over mid-off. Stunned by the hiding, Shardul ended up bowling a waist-high no-ball and then was creamed for two more fours. Sri Lanka sprinted to their fifty in 3.4 overs and by the time Powerplay was over, had scored 75/2.

Perera reached his half-century off 22 deliveries – his eighth in the format. By the time he was stumped, Sri Lanka needed just 48 runs from seven overs. YuzvendraChahal and Shardul then bowled some tight overs between them to make the chase interesting but ThisaraPerera (22*) and DasunShanaka (18*) wiped off the arrears comfortably to seal two points. 

Earlier, Dhawan hit 90 off 49 to guide India to a challenging total after they lost two wickets inside two overs. Captain Rohit Sharma (0) and Suresh Raina (1) fell cheaply after being sent in by Sri Lanka. Then Dhawan and Manish Pandey (37) got together to repair the early damage with a solid 95-run stand for the third wicket.

DushmanthaChameera gave India a big jolt in the first over itself when he had Rohit caught by JeevanMendis who took a breath-taking diving catch while running back from mid-off. Suresh Raina was then clean bowled off a full toss in the second over leaving India in a spot of bother at 9/2. 

However, Dhawan snatched back the momentum with a strokeful innings during which he hit six fours and six sixes. He reached his fifth T20I fifty off 30 deliveries and was looking set to record a maiden ton when he was caught at long-off in the 18th over. 

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