Ishan Kishan Varun Chakravarthy
India faced off Sri Lanka in the first T20I game of the 3-match T20I series at RPS Colombo. Meanwhile, India earned a victory in the 1st T20I match against Sri Lanka. India defeated Dasun Shanaka’s led side by 38 runs and won the game in a dominating style. Notably, India came to the T20I series with a 2-1 One Day International series victory against Sri Lanka.
India won the first two matches of the series eventually losing the 3rd match against Sri Lanka. Talking about the first T20I game, India posted 164 runs on the board while batting first. Adding to it Indian bowlers bowled out Sri Lanka at the score of just 126. However, during the match, Ishan Kishan pulled an MS Dhoni-like sensational stumping to dismiss the Lankan captain.
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The vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the main man in the bowling unit in the 1st T20I encounter. The deputy of Shikhar Dhawan managed to pick a four-wicket haul in the match. Also his partner Deepak Chahar picked two wickets. Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Varun Chakravarthy, bagged 1 wicket each.
India entered into the match with two debutants in the team; Prithvi Shaw and Varun Chakravarthy. Although Shaw had already represented India in Test and ODI, Varun was playing the first international match of his career. Varun went wicketless in the first three over however Dhawan bought him back for the fourth over and he picked a wicket. Chakravarthy was able to dismiss skipper Dasun Shanaka in the match.
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The explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan did an amazing stumping to help Varun pick his first international wicket. The stumping by Kishan reminded fans of Ms. Dhoni’s super fast stumpings.
While batting first Suryakumar Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan once again impressed everybody with their performance. Dhawan missed his half-century by just 4 runs, Meanwhile, Suryakumar scored a half-century for India. Surya smashed five boundaries and two maximums in his innings. However other batsmen failed to deliver amazing performances for India. Batsmen Hardik Pandya and Prithvi Shaw disappointed fans the most.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the chief architect behind India’s phenomenal bowling. The senior pacer picked up a four-wicket haul to demolish the Sri Lankan batting line-up. He was pretty well assisted by Deepak Chahar, who claimed a couple of scalps. Other bowlers, such as Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Varun Chakravarthy, also shined and managed to bag one wicket apiece.
Mystery spinner Chakravarthy made his debut for India and finished with impressive figures. He picked up his maiden wicket in the form of Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka. However, much of the credit goes to wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, who displayed amazing skills to stump the Lankan captain.
Dhawan was largely impressed by the whole bowling unit as he heaped praises on his bowlers after the match.
“I feel we played quite well after losing early wickets. It was about one or two boundaries; we knew we could get going. We knew our spinners would do the job on that wicket. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) bowled well, so was KP (Krunal Pandya). Everyone stood up, and even Varun, too, playing his first match, did well, giving a few runs and got the wicket,” said Dhawan at the post-match presentation.
However in the end India clinched the victory to lead the series by 1-0. Shikhar Dhawan led side will be looking to win the second match and cement the T20I series victory as well.
at last, we have some hope that the next captain cool can rise from Ishan Kishan.