new Delhi. In the first match of the T20 series played at the Wankhede Stadium, the Indian team, captained by Hardik Pandya, won by two runs after a close encounter. Batting first, Team India scored 162 runs at the loss of six wickets. While defending the target, India got the victory on the last ball. With this, we have started the new year with a win. India has taken a 1-0 lead in the series. Let us tell you about the five important turning points of India’s victory in this match.
The magic of Ishan Kishan: Ishaan Kishan, who came to open, started aggressive batting from the very first ball. He hit 16 runs in the first over. After the fall of three wickets in quick succession, there was some restriction on the pace of runs but Ishaan continued his aggressive batting. He hit 37 runs in 29 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes in the match. Even during India’s fielding, Ishaan took the catch of Charit Aslanka and made him walk.
Deepak Hooda handled the innings: The Indian team had lost four wickets for 77 runs in the match. Deepak Hooda came for batting and in the beginning, along with captain Hardik Pandya, he did a steady batting. Hardik got out after scoring 29 runs. After this, Deepak Hooda stood firm till the end. He hit an unbeaten 41 off 23 balls.
Akshar-Deepak partnership: Akshar Patel also did a great batting during the match. Akshar also remained unbeaten on the lines of Deepak. He scored an unbeaten 31 off 20 balls. A partnership of 68 runs was formed between the two. It was only on the basis of this partnership that India was able to score a respectable score in the match.
Amazing on Shivam Mavi’s debut: In the absence of Arshdeep Singh, Shivam Mavi got a chance to debut for India. Mavi grabbed this opportunity and made the four-wicket haul his name. He gave 22 runs in his four overs. Mavi made Pathun Nissanka, Dhananjay de Silva, Vanindu Hasaranga and Mahesh Theekshana walk.
Umran-Harshal showed their strength: Shivam Mavi may have taken maximum wickets but the contribution of Umran Malik and Harshal Patel was also very important in the match. Umran made Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka 45 (27) the highest run scorer. Dangerous batsmen like Kusal Mendis and Bhanuka Rajapaksa became the victim of Harshal. Both got two wickets each.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 03, 2023, 23:08 IST