new Delhi. Team India has started with a win in the T20 series against Sri Lanka. In the first match (IND vs SL), India defeated the guest Sri Lanka by 2 runs in an exciting way. Shivam Mavi, Deepak Hooda and Umran Malik performed well under the leadership of Hardik Pandya. With this, India has taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The second match will be played in Pune on Thursday, January 5. In the match, Team India scored 162 runs while playing first. In response, the Sri Lankan team returned to the pavilion after scoring 160 runs on the last ball.
Sri Lanka also gave a chance to Chamika Karunaratne in the match. This all-rounder had held the breath of Team India till the end. It may be known that Karunaratne was banned for one year in November last year. Although this ban was suspended. That is, he was eligible to play during this time. A fine of about Rs 4 lakh was also imposed on him by the Sri Lanka Board. He was accused of violating the provisions of the Player Agreement during the T20 World Cup held in Australia recently. Although he had accepted his mistake.
Suryakumar’s big wicket blow
26-year-old fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne took one wicket for 22 runs in 3 overs while bowling first. This included the big wicket of Suryakumar Yadav. He is currently the number-1 batsman of T20. He was dismissed after scoring 7 runs off 10 balls. While batting, Karunaratne remained unbeaten after scoring 23 runs off 16 balls. Hit 2 sixes. Sri Lanka had to score 13 runs in the last over of the innings and had 2 wickets remaining. Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel came to bowl the last over.
Akshar bowled the first ball wide. Then Kasun Rajita took a single on the first ball. Karunaratne could not score runs on the second ball. But on the next ball, he made the match exciting by hitting a six. No run scored on the fourth ball. Karunaratne did take a single on the 5th ball, but Rajita was run out. Now the Sri Lankan team had to score 4 runs in one ball to win. But Karunaratne could score only one run and Madhushanka was run out.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 04, 2023, 08:46 IST