Sri Lanka defeated India in opening match of Nidahas T20 Cup

Sri Lanka defeated India in opening match of Nidahas T20 Cup

Kusal Perera slammed a quick-fire fifty as Sri Lanka defeated India in the opening match of the Tri-Nation Nidahas T20 Cup in Colombo on Tuesday.

Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets but the hosts looked completely in control from the very beginning. Batting first, Shikhar Dhawan scored 90 while Manish Pandey and Rishabh Pant chipped in with crucial knocks to take India to a competitive total of 174/5 in 20 overs.

Dushmantha Chameera took two wickets after Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field. Follow highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Nidahas Trophy Tri-Nation Series 2018, here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)

23:06 hrs IST: That is all for today. Good night and good bye!

22:45 hrs IST: Kusal Perera is the man of the match for his brilliant innings. It was exactly what his team needed and that provided the hosts with a perfect platform for their run chase.

22:35 hrs IST: This was the highest chase by any team at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

22:27 hrs IST: That’s it! Sri Lanka have defeated India by 5 wickets and it was a special performance by their batsmen.

22:23 hrs IST: This is just too easy for the hosts as they keep taking doubles and they just need 4 runs more to win. SL 171/5

22:20 hrs IST: A straight six for Thisara Perera and it seems like Sri Lanka are almost home. They need 12 runs to win from 13 balls now.

22:17 hrs IST: Short from Unadkat and Dasun Shanaka slams it for a boundary. SL 155/5

22:15 hrs IST: 3 overs to go. Sri Lanka need 24 runs to win the match. SL 151/5

22:12 hrs IST: It is not going India’s way right now. Not a single ball is carrying to the fielders and Sri Lanka look primed to win this game. SL 150/5

22:10 hrs IST: Another misfire from Thisara Perera but the ball falls in no-man’s land. Sri Lanka need 32 runs from 22 balls. SL 143/5

22:07 hrs IST: 4 overs to go. Sri Lanka need 25 runs to win. This match is going down to the wire.

22:03 hrs IST: Thisara Perera is the new man and the run rate has taken a serious hit after the fall of Tharanga. Sri Lanka need 37 runs to win from 27 balls.

21:59 hrs IST: OUT! Yuzvendra Chahal strikes for India as he castles Upal Tharanga! Game on at the Premadasa Stadium! SL 136/5

21:55 hrs IST: The Indian bowling attack has not impressed today. Shardul Thakur lost his confidence pretty early and the spinners have also been quite average. SL 131/4

21:51 hrs IST: The dangerman is gone! Kusal Perera was beaten by Washington Sundar and Karthik completed the stumping to dismiss him on 66. SL 127/4

21:46 hrs IST: 49 runs from 48 balls. This is becoming too easy for the hosts as India search for wickets.

21:42 hrs IST: Upal Tharanga joins the party as he hits Chahal for a six over mid-wicket. Things are looking quite grim for the visitors. SL 113/3

21:38 hrs IST: 100 comes up for the hosts in the 10th over. SL 100/3 with Kusal Perera unbeaten on 52.

21:34 hrs IST: OUT! Chahal strikes, gets rid of Chandimal. Advantage India! A couple of more wickets would be more than enough for the visitors.

21:30 hrs IST: 12 overs left. Sri Lanka need 83 runs to win. India need wickets fast or else, it will be too late for Rohit Sharma’s men. SL 92/2

21:27 hrs IST: Fifty for Kusal Perera! This has been a special innings from the Sri Lankan and it can prove to be the match winner for the hosts. SL 90/2

21:24 hrs IST: Another six for Kusal Perera! Looks like there is no stopping him today as he rushes towards his fifty. SL 86/2

21:20 hrs IST: 6 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 75 for the loss of 2 wickets. Kusal Perera is still batting and India will be looking to dismiss him as quickly as possible.

21:15 hrs IST: Danushka Gunathilaka departs as Jaydev Unadkat dismisses him for 19. The hosts need 105 runs to win from 15 overs. SL 70/2

21:08 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are sitting quite comfortably and it’s another six for Danushka Gunathilaka. SL 56/1

21:04 hrs IST: Shardul Thakur is crumbling under the pressure and it is showing in his bowling. He has already conceded 23 runs in 4 balls this over. SL 42/1

21:03 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries for Kusal Perera. He is not letting the pressure get to him SL 31/1

21:01 hrs IST: Kusal Perera slog-swept that over deep backward square and it’s a six! SL 19/1

20:56 hrs IST: That is the end for Kusal Mendis as Washington Sundar dismisses him for 11. SL 12/1

20:53 hrs IST: Kusal Mendis steered it to first slip and the ball goes to the boundary. SL 6/0

20:50 hrs IST: Jaydev Unadkat to bowl the first over for India with Sri Lanka chasing a huge target of 175.

20:41 hrs IST: 174 is the highest successful run chase at Premadasa Stadium – by three sides (India twice and Pakistan once!)

20:38 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan scores a brilliant 90 as India reach 174/5 after 20 overs against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

20:35 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Dinesh Karthik as India are finishing on a good note. IND 169/4

20:31 hrs IST: Sri Lanka will not mind Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant taking singles as India look to finish around 170. IND 159/4

20:26 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan’s innings finally comes to an end. He mistimed the delivery from Danushka Gunathilaka and it was an easy catch for the fielder. IND 153/4 after 18 overs.

20:22 hrs IST: It is raining sixes right now and Shikhar Dhawan is just 11 runs away from a special century. IND 150/3

20:19 hrs IST: New bowler but same result. Dushmantha Chameera bowls it outside the leg stump and Shikhar Dhawan guides it for another six over fine leg. IND 140/3

20:17 hrs IST: Danushka Gunathilaka concedes his second six of the over as Shikhar Dhawan moves into the 70s. IND 134/3

20:14 hrs IST: Rishabh Pant joins the party as he steps down the field and scores his first six over long-off. IND 123/3

20:12 hrs IST: Brilliant batting by Shikhar Dhawan. He slams the ball over the mid wicket boundary for his third six of the innings. IND 116/3

20:10 hrs IST: 6 overs remaining in the innings. India will be looking for 160-180 at least but that will require a special innings from one of their batsmen. IND 109/3

20:06 hrs IST: Sri Lanka break the 95-run stand, as Manish Pandey holed out in the deep for 37.

20:03 hrs IST: Big wicket for India. Manish Pandey is caught in the deep for 37 and the partnership is finally broken! IND 104/3

20:00 hrs IST: 100 comes up for India in the 12th over. Manish Pandey 34*, Shikhar Dhawan 56*.

19:57 hrs IST: Stand and deliver! The short ball was easily dealt with by Manish Pandey as he gets another boundary. IND 99/2

19:54 hrs IST: Fifth T20 half century for Shikhar Dhawan as India are 90/2 after 11 overs in Colombo.

19:51 hrs IST: First 3 overs India 10-2. Next 6 overs 61-0. This has been a brilliant turnaround for the visitors.

19:48 hrs IST: 9 overs gone. India are 71 for the loss of 2 wickets with Shikhar Dhawan eyeing his 5th T20 fifty.

19:45 hrs IST: Another six! This time, it is over fine leg and Shikhar Dhawan is batting on 41*. IND 70/2

19:44 hrs IST: Top edge from Shikhar Dhawan but the ball goes over the wicketkeeper for a six! Looks like luck is in the Indian opener’s favour. IND 64/2

19:41 hrs IST: 50 comes up for India in the 8th over and Manish Pandey followed it up with a huge six. IND 56/2

19:40 hrs IST: A tense couple of minutes for Shikhar Dhawan as Sri Lanka appealed for a LBW decision. But, he is safe as the ball pitched outside the leg stump. IND 49/2

19:33 hrs IST: Manish Pandey has been at the centre of a lot of discussion due to his inconsistent form in the last few matches but today, he has been quite impressive till now. IND 44/2

19:30 hrs IST: End of the powerplay overs. India lost two wickets quite early but Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey have steadied the innings. IND 40/2

19:27 hrs IST: A couple of run out chances were not taken by Sri Lanka and Manish Pandey makes them pay with a brilliant boundary. IND 35/2

19:23 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan is in form and he is not sparing any Sri Lanka bowler. Back to back boundaries for the opener as India fightback from a disadvantageous position. IND 27/2

19:19 hrs IST: A loose delivery for Akila Dananjaya and Shikhar Dhawan dispatches it for a much-needed boundary. IND 15/1

19:16 hrs IST: End of the third over. India are struggling at 10/2 with Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey at the crease.

19:12 hrs IST: OUT! This is a horrible start for India as Suresh Raina is clean bowled by Nuwan Pradeep. IND 9/2

19:09 hrs IST: Suresh Raina is the new batsman and this partnership will be crucial for India. Shikhar Dhawan is batting well on the other end as he hits the first four of the match. IND 8/1

19:04 hrs IST: Big blow for India as Rohit Sharma departs for a duck! He went for the big one, but was caught in the deep by Jeevan Mendis. IND 1/1

19:02 hrs IST: Cautious start by Rohit Sharma as the pitch looks quite solid from the beginning. The bounce is quite decent and it should be a high scoring game. IND 0/0

18:59 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will start proceedings for India. For the hosts, Dushmantha Chameera will bowl the first over.

18:50 hrs IST: The teams are out in the middle and it is time for the national anthems.

18:43 hrs IST: Sri Lanka (Playing XI) – Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(w/c), Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep.

18:40 hrs IST: It is an extremely new-look India side which will take the field today and it will be interesting to see how they perform without the stalwarts.

18:38 hrs IST: India (Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik(w), Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal.

18:33 hrs IST: Sri Lanka opt to field against India in first T20 in Colombo.

18:27 hrs IST: Vijay Shankar is all set to make his debut for the Indian cricket team.

18:20 hrs IST: A cultural program is taking place at the Premadasa Stadium ahead of the encounter. This tournament is being hosted to celebrate 70 years of Sri Lanka’s independence.

18:17 hrs IST: In other news, ICC announced a six-month suspension on Maharashtra Cricket Association’s pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar following its investigations over alleged charges of corruption made by India Today in October 2017.

18:07 hrs IST: The build-up to the game was marred by tension with the Sri Lankan government imposing a 10-day emergency following communal clashes in Kandy.

18:00 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Sri Lanka vs India – the first match of the Nidahas Trophy – from Colombo.

However, for a bunch of youngsters, who will get to wear the India blues with as many as six top players being rested, would consider this a God-sent opportunity.

In the familiar territory of Premadasa Stadium, Rohit will love to come out all guns blazing in the company of Shikhar Dhawan.

Suresh Raina is slowly getting back into the groove at No 3. The Lankan pitches and the pace trio Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Dasun Shanaka are not expected to pose too many problems to the stylish left-hander, who was out of the side for a year owing to fitness and form-related issues.

The extremely talented KL Rahul may have to miss out if he is not allowed to open by the team management. With Raina back in the team, Rahul can only bat at No.4, where Manish Pandey has been staking claim for quite some time now.

Dinesh Karthik is expected to bat at No.5 and don the big gloves which would leave Deepak Hooda and Rishabh Pant fighting out for specialist batsman’s place at No.6.

Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal are the two spin bowling options at the floodlit Premadasa, where the wicket gets slower as the night progresses.

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