Captain Hardik Pandya gave the ball to Shivam Mavi, who had already picked up 3 wickets at this stage. Shivam Mavi took the wicket of Dasun Sanaka, keeping the captain’s faith. The Sri Lankan captain turned away from Chahal’s brilliant catch. It is remarkable that the Indian pacer Umran Malik bowled the ball at the speed of 155 kmph when Dasun Shanaka was dismissed.
After that Chamika Karunaratne sweated for a while (23 runs, 16 balls, 2 sixes). Hasaranga also played aggressively for a while (21 runs, 10 balls, 2 sixes, 1 four). Karunaratne sent a strong signal by hitting a six off the third ball in the last over when 12 runs were needed for victory. The equation becomes 5 in 3 balls. Under intense pressure, spinner Akshar Patel bowled the remaining 3 balls to give India victory.
Among the Indian bowlers, Shivam Mavi gave 22 runs in 4 overs and took 4 wickets. Umran Malik took 2 wickets and Harshal Patel took 2 wickets. Deepak Hooda (41 runs, 23 balls, 4 sixes, 1 four) was the player of the match after playing aggressively towards the end of the Indian innings and giving the team a respectable score.
Earlier, after losing the toss and batting first, the Indian team scored 162 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Sri Lanka lost wickets regularly as the bowlers threw the balls strictly. In the end, young batsmen Deepak Hooda (41 runs, 23 balls, 4 sixes, 1 four) and Akshar Patel (31 runs, 20 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) played aggressively and India got a respectable score.
Another young player who came as an opener, Ishan Kishan impressed with 37 runs (29 balls, 2 sixes, 3 fours). Captain Hardik Pandya scored 29 runs (off 27 balls, 4 fours). Suryakumar Yadav (7), Subhaman Gill (7), Sanju Samson (5) were dismissed for a low score.
Good signs ahead of the World Cup
Keeping in view the World Cup to be held in India this year, the Indian team management has given more opportunities to the youngsters for the series with Lanka. Two young players Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill made their debut in this match. It is remarkable that all the new guys are performing well keeping BCCI’s faith.
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