OUT! Superb athleticism by Rahul Chahar in the deep. Chahar was losing balance as he caught that one near the backward square leg fence and showed great awareness to throw it back in, come back in and then collect it cleanly. Bhuvneshwar with the breakthrough for India as the dangerous Avishka departs. Avishka Fernando c Rahul Chahar b Bhuvneshwar 11(13)
After 2 overs,Sri Lanka 10/0 ( Avishka Fernando 10 , Minod Bhanuka (W) 0)
Chetan Sakariya sharing the new ball with Bhuvi here. He’s known for varying his pace well. So this surface should suit his style of bowling. Let’s see how he fares. Not the start he would have liked as concedes nine off it, including two consecutive fours from Avishka’s blade.
FOUR! Two in two! And now Avishka creams it through the covers. All class!
FOUR! Angling into the pads and way too easy for Avishka, who tickles it towards fine leg for the first boundary of Sri Lanka’s innings.
After 1 over,Sri Lanka 1/0 ( Avishka Fernando 1 , Minod Bhanuka (W) 0)
So Bhuvneshwar asking questions right from the word go. Hint of movement as he gets the ball to move away from the the right-handed Avishka, who opens Sri Lanka’s account by getting off the mark off the penultimate delivery. A dot to end the over. Just one run off the first, good start for India.
Right, Lankan openers Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka are out in the middle to begin the chase. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will take the new ball for India. Here we go!
Sri Lanka have done well to restrict India to 132/5. This is the second time in a row they have bowled well on a slow and sluggish track. The bowlers concentrated on taking the pace off the ball and majorly bowled short of length deliveries. The Indian debutants failed to make the most of the chances. The batsmen struggled and never got the momentum going. The Sri Lankan spinners were accurate, disciplined and purchased turn off the wicket. It might still end up being a tough chase given that India are playing six bowlers including 3 spinners. Nitish Rana can also bowl.
After 20 overs,India 132/5 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 13 , Navdeep Saini 1)
India post 132/5. Brilliant final over from Chameera. Short, slower, slower short – Chameera bowled a good mix as he kept the batsmen guessing. After just two singles from the first three balls, Chameera got Rana off the slower ball and then gave away just two singles off the final two balls. Just four runs off the final over of the innings!
OUT! The slower one does the trick. Chameera bowls the cutter as Rana charges down the track. He drifts it wide too, Rana reaches out for it and is done in by the slowness of the delivery. Ends up spooning it to extra cover.
Chameera will bowl the final over.
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After 19 overs,India 128/4 ( Nitish Rana 8 , Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12)
Finally, a good over for India! Bhuvneshwar swings at a couple of them but mistimes them, he scampers through for a couple of quick twos. He again goes for a swing but gets an inside edge off the googly which whizzes past the leg stump, the fielder does well to save one run as they run through for three. Hasaranga then bowls one down the leg side as Rana shapes up for a reverse sweep and concedes FIVE WIDES. Rana then goes for a pull but hits it straight to the fielder at deep square leg. 14 off the over.
FIVE WIDES! Rana shapes up for a reverse sweep way before, Hasaranga drags it way down the leg side. Rana misses and the keeper too, it runs away to the fine leg fence. To add insult to injury, the umpire calls it a WIDE!
Hasaranga comes on to bowl his final over
After 18 overs,India 114/4 ( Nitish Rana 6 , Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5)
India struggling to get those boundaries. Rana looked to force the pace in that over. Flicked one to the leg side for a couple and then upper cut one to third one for another two. Three more singles made it 7 off the over. Chameera bowled a mix of pacey and slower deliveries. Good stuff from him.
Chameers back into the attack….
After 17 overs,India 107/4 ( Nitish Rana 2 , Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3)
The spinners have done a splendid job so far. Dananjaya gives away just 7 runs. He altered his lengths nicely and produced turn as well. He got the wicket of Samson and then produced an outside edge off Bhuvneshwar off the first ball he faced but it went wide of the slips for a couple.
OUT! Brilliant from Dananjaya! He sees Samson charge down the track and shortens his length. Bowls it on middle and it spins away. Samson changes his mind at the last moment with the change in length. He looks to defend but misses, the ball hits his pads and trickles onto the stumps to dislodge the bails.
After 16 overs,India 100/3 ( Sanju Samson (W) 6 , Nitish Rana 1)
A very good over from Hasaranga again. He got hit for four off the reverse sweep off the second ball by Padikkal. But he bounced back hard to clean him up next ball. After giving away just a single off the next two, he finished the over with a beautiful leg spinner which beat Samson's outside edge after pitching on middle and leg. 6 runs and a wicket off the over.
Nitish Rana is the new batsman…
OUT! FOUR and OUT! Padikkal reverse sweeps one powerfully over point for a four. He then goes for the conventional slog sweep but misses as the ball turns back in sharply from outside off and rattles the timber. Padikkal was too early into his shot.
After 15 overs,India 94/2 ( Devdutt Padikkal 25 , Sanju Samson (W) 5)
Another good over, this time from Dananjaya. After two singles off the first two balls, Padikkal looks to loft but ends up slicing it wide of long off for a couple. Dananjaya then beats Padikkal with a lovely off spinner. The last two balls yield just two singles. 6 off the over. India would look to up the ante now.
After 14 overs,India 88/2 ( Devdutt Padikkal 21 , Sanju Samson (W) 3)
The Sri Lankan spinners are getting turn. Hasaranga gave away three singles off the first four balls. He then had half an opportunity against Samson. The Indian wicket-keeper batsman looked to turn one to the leg side but got an inside edge onto the keeper's thigh. It was a very difficult chance, well maybe non-existent. Hasaranga then beat Samson with a lovely leg spinner. Just 3 singles off the over. The last three balls were dots.
After 13 overs,India 85/2 ( Devdutt Padikkal 19 , Sanju Samson (W) 2)
A successful over for the Lankans. dananjaya started off well with the wicket of Dhawan. He then bowled with discipline and mostly stump to stump and gave away just four singles off the next five balls. India need a partnership here because after this there is only one recognised batsman to come – Nitish Rana.
Sanju Samson is the new batsman…
OUT! Sound of the timber! Dhawan departs. Dananjaya comes from round the wicket and bowls a length delivery on middle. Dhawan gets down to hit the slow sweep but misses as it goes on with the angle and shatters the timber. Dhawan was looking a bit impatient at the wicket. He goes for 40 off 42.
Dananjaya back on!
After 12 overs,India 81/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan (C) 40 , Devdutt Padikkal 17)
Dhawan and Padikkal picking up the pace now. Dhawan shuffles and heaves one over backward square leg for a four, off the first ball. He then gives himself room but Shanaka cleverly bowls it a touch wide and slow outside off, Dhawan tries to reach out but misses. He then takes a single before Padikkal pulls one through mid-wicket for a well run two. Shanaka again bowls a clever slower one as he sees Padikkal charge down and track and beats him. Padikkal ends the over as he places it well wide of long on for a couple. 10 runs off the over.
After 11 overs,India 71/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan (C) 35 , Devdutt Padikkal 13)
A good over for India. They took four singles off the first five balls and then Padikkal finished it off well with a six over deep mid-wicket. De Silva concentrated on varying his pace in that over and it was proving to be a good one before Padikkal went for the slog sweep to ruin it.
FOUR! Nicely placed! Dhawan walks across and heaves it behind square leg off Shanaka.
SIX! First one of the innings! Padikkal gets down and heaves a full delivery off de Silva over deep mid-wicket.
After 10 overs,India 61/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan (C) 33 , Devdutt Padikkal 5)
An eventful over that. Dhawan is surely looking impatient and looking to release the pressure valve. He went for a reverse sweep but got himself into a tangle, it missed everything as it went between his legs to the keeper. Dhawan then finally connected one off the middle and thumped one to long off for a four. The Indian captain then again went for a reverse sweep off a very full ball but couldn't connect it well and got a bottom edge to the off side. A four and three singles made it 7 runs off the over.
Ramesh Mendis continues….
After 9 overs,India 54/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan (C) 28 , Devdutt Padikkal 3)
Sri Lanka getting a grip on things here. de Silva varied his pace well and didn't get too predictable. Dhawan looked a bit impatient, he dragged one from outside off and slog swept it for a single to deep mid-wicket and then off the last ball looked to get down the track and drive it powerfully but missed a very full ball. Just 3 singles off the over.
Dhananjaya de Silva into the attack now…
After 8 overs,India 51/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan (C) 27 , Devdutt Padikkal 1)
A very good start from Mendis. He was disciplined with his lines and even beat Padikkal with a cracker which turned sharply from middle and off. Just two singles off the over.
Devdutt Padikkal is the new batsma. Another debutant – Ramesh Mendis – into the attack
After 7 overs,India 49/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan (C) 26 , Devdutt Padikkal 0)
A successful over from Shanaka. He gets the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad in that over. Shanaka mixed them up well in that over. Off the first ball, Gaikwad charges down, Shanaka bowls it a tad slower and beats Gaikwad's outside edge as he looks to thump it to the off side. Shanaka then bangs it in short, Gaikwad mistimes his pull to deep mid-wicket for just a single. The captain then drifts it onto Dhawan's pads who flicks it behind square leg for a couple. Off the next ball, Dhawan too mistimes his pull to deep mid-wicket for a single. Shanaka then bowls the back of the hand delivery, Gaikwad stays back, looks to work it to the leg side but only manages to defend it back to the bowler. And then Shanaka surprises him with a quick bouncer and Gaikwad top edges it to the keeper.4 runs and a wicket off it.
OUT! Nicely done by Shanaka. He gets the first breakthrough. Bowls a slower one off the previous ball and then bangs it in short, Gaikwad goes for the pull but is late onto it, gets a top edge in the air and the keeper does the rest.
Captain Dasun Shanaka into the attack now
After 6 overs,India 45/0 ( Ruturaj Gaikwad 20 , Shikhar Dhawan (C) 23)
A decent over from Hasaranga. Gaikwad and Dhawan have been busy with their singles but in the last couple of overs there has been some hesitation as well. Off the first ball of this over, Gaikwad guides it to gully there is hesitation for a single but they finally complete it safely. Dhawan then turns one to the leg side for a single. Gaikwad then cuts one late wide of the short third man fielder for three. Two singles off the next two balls make it 7 off the over as Dhawan misses his flick off the last ball and plays out a dot. A decent powerplay for India, 45/0.
Hasaranga into the attack now…
After 5 overs,India 38/0 ( Ruturaj Gaikwad 15 , Shikhar Dhawan (C) 21)
The slower cutters have started. Udana starts off with that back of the hand slower ball, Gaikwad guides it to third man for a single. Dhawan then takes a quick run before Gaikwad goes for a sweep but mistimes it uppishly behind square leg off a full toss for a single. Dhawan then steps down the track and flicks one for four before again charging down the track and missing the slower one. Dhawan then flicked one to mid-wicket, Gaikwad set off for a single, there is a slight hesitation and Dhawan sends him back. The fielder misses his direct hit but Gaikwad might have just made it in. Good over for SL, 7 runs off it.
FOUR! Nicely done by Dhawan. uses his feet, converts it into a full toss from Udana and flicks it through mid-wicket.
Isuru Udana into the attack now..
After 4 overs,India 31/0 ( Ruturaj Gaikwad 13 , Shikhar Dhawan (C) 16)
Good comeback from Chameera in that over. He's not getting any assistance in the air and off the pitch though. He starts off pitching one wide, Dhawan pushes it to third man for a single. Gaikwad then times his drive well through point and they run through for three. Chameera, however, corrects his lines, bowls good length deliveries on the stumps and finishes with four dots in a row. He also sneaked in a leg cutter off the penultimate ball.
Change of ends for Chameera….
After 3 overs,India 27/0 ( Ruturaj Gaikwad 10 , Shikhar Dhawan (C) 15)
Good stuff from Dhawan and Gaikwad. They are getting the boundaries as well as running well between the wickets. Gaikwad started off with a four over extra cover. Then Dhawan stayed back and cut one late wide of short third man. There were two singles in the over as well before Gaikwad again tried to go over the top but miscued it over mid off for a couple of runs. 12 runs off over.
FOURS! Ruturaj Gaikwad straightaway taking on Dananjaya. Gives himself room way before and lofts it over extra cover for four. Then Dhawan joins the party as he cuts one very late wide of the short third man fielder, off the first ball he faces from Dananjaya.
India vs Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) 2nd T20I Live Cricket Score Updates: Chetan Sakariya sharing the new ball with Bhuvi here. He’s known for varying his pace well. So this surface should suit his style of bowling. Let’s see how he fares. Not the start he would have liked as concedes nine off it, including two consecutive fours from Avishka’s blade.
Preview: India take on Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I in Colombo.
It’s gone a bit chaotic on the tour again. Before the start of the T20I series, Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and team’s video analyst GT Niroshan had tested positive for COVID-19 which forced the rescheduling of the series. Now after the 1st T20, India all-rounder Krunal Pandya has tested positive and eight contacts have been isolated and can’t take the field despite testing negative as a precautionary measure. The second T20I was pushed back by a day and India might have to field a different side.
Sri Lanka will be looking to bounce back after a comprehensive loss in the first T20I. Their bowlers did well to restrict India to 164/5 but their batsmen faltered and they fell short by 38 runs.
A much better batting display is the need of the hour. Dot balls has been a constant problem for them, especially in the middle overs. They played out 46 dot balls in the first T20I, nearly 8 overs. The middle order needs to step up and deliver. The two batsmen that have looked confident out in the middle on this tour are Avishka Fernando and Charith Asalanka. The rest of them will need to provide a helping hand. Their bowlers did well to recognise the slowness of the pitch and bowled a lot of cutters. Still, there is more room for improvement.
India rode on Suryakumar Yadav’s half-century in the batting department. However, even their batsmen seemed to struggle with the slow pace of the pitch. Prithvi Shaw got out for a golden duck on his T20I debut. Sanju Samson again frittered away his start. The two will be looking to make the most of the chances with the T20 World Cup on the horizon.
Hardik Pandya too has struggled with ball and bat on this tour. He’s had scored of 0,19 and 10 so far and hasn’t had a major impact with the ball as well. Suryakumar has been in brilliant form and he will again be the biggest threat for the Lankans.
In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got into the groove with four wickets, while Chahal seems to have found his mojo back. The leg spinner will again be the biggest threat for the hosts as he looks to get back his permanent place in the side.
Varun Chakravarthy impressed in his first outing and would look to continue the momentum going into the second ODI.
With Sri Lanka looking to save the series, and India looking to wrap it up, we can expect another entertaining contest.