Sri Lanka Beats India By Five Wickets in Tri-Nation Nidahas Trophy


Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera in full flow against India in Colombo yesterday.

Chahal and Sundar took two wickets apiece, while Unadkat claimed one.

The second T20I of the series will be played between India and Bangladesh on March 08. The captain believes the batting could have offered a bit more especially in the final overs despite calling India's total par for the wicket. Manish Pandey made 37. "That's because the wicket was a little on the slower side".

Kusal Janith Perera was adjudged player of the match.

"We had to attack in the first six overs". He said that 175 was not an easy target, and it needed an attacking innings at the top of the order to get across the line. All-rounder Vijay Shankar were handed his India cap by Ravi Shastri before the start of the game.

A defeat in the first match ensured that the Indians now have to go back to the drawing board. The unbeaten sixth-wicket 39-run stand between Thisara Perera (22) and Dasun Shanaka (15) sealed the win for the Sri Lankans. They said it loud and clear that they are still a competitive side, capable of beating any team on their day. "The general pattern is that my strike-rate has been quiet high", Dhawan said.

"If we didn't lose a wicket, we would have been more aggressive". But he soon fell short of his first T20I by 10 runs as Jeevan Mendis dismissed him.

Captain Rohit Sharma was quite frank in his assessment of the game.

Let's hope they will learn from their mistakes and will come out with a different gameplan on Thursday against Bangladesh as on that true Premadasa surface some serious skills-sets are required from the bowlers to tame the opposition batting unit. Our bowlers tried everything they could, but sometimes it doesn't come off the way you want it to.

Rohit is not expected to make many changes in the eleven but Axar Patel, who is the most experienced spinner in the squad, might get to bowl alongside Chahal. "They are very much new into the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before", the stand-in skipper added. "I played two club matches before this series and did well in those games, so I did have confidence", said Perera.

The US State Department said further violence was possible and advised visitors to monitor local media for updates. "This result shows how good we are as a team". The team management has done a wonderful job.