Team India beat Sri Lanka by 2 runs in the first T20
Lack of faith in Sri Lankan team: Aakash Chopra
Debuting Shivam Mavi took 4 wickets
new Delhi: Team India got a close win by 2 runs in the first T20 match against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, under the leadership of Dashun Shanaka, won the toss and decided to bowl first. The Indian team gave them a target of 163 runs, but the Sri Lankan team could only score 160 runs. After the victory of Team India, Akash Chopra spoke big on the performance of the Sri Lankan team.
Talking on his YouTube channel, Akash Chopra said, “Sri Lankan team is good, but they lack confidence. Asia Cup confidence was not seen in this match. Neither was seen in the World Cup. When you hit Akshar Patel and Chahal, the match was tilted in your favor. Dashun was playing Shanaka. Then Harshal Patel takes a wicket and then Umran Malik succeeds. Wickets kept falling.
He further said, “Sri Lanka had lost a lot of wickets, but Karunaratne was present on the field. He needed 13 runs in the last over. When Hardik gave the ball to Akshar, we thought why Akshar?? It was not right, but there was no other option. Hardik was injured. Yuzvendra Chahal was killed. In such a situation, Akshar Patel was the only option.
Karunaratne made a mistake: Akash
Akash said that Karunaratne had changed the game by hitting a six, but he later lost 2 balls towards mistakes. Had he stayed in his place, he could have hit the ball, but he could not do so.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 04, 2023, 17:40 IST