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  1. India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Score, Ind vs SL 1st T20, Nidahas Trophy Updates: SL takes edge, beat Rohit Sharma’s Ind by 5 wickets

India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Score, Ind vs SL 1st T20, Nidahas Trophy Updates: SL takes edge, beat Rohit Sharma’s Ind by 5 wickets

India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Score 1st T20I, Nidahas Trophy: After a successful South African tour, a relatively inexperienced Indian cricket team led by Rohit Sharma will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st T20 of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2018 5:20 PM
India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Score 1st T20I, Nidahas Trophy: Rohit Sharma to lead India against Sri Lanka.

India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Score 1st T20I: The very first toss of Nidahas Trophy was won by Sri Lanka and Dinesh Chandimal opted to bowl first. Rohit Sharma is leading the young side of the tri-nation tournament. The match is being played in Colombo and Vijay Shankar has been given the maiden cap. Apart from Shankar, Axar Pant, Washington Sundar, Suresh Raina has also been included in the side. First thoughts on India’s squad is Shankar is too good to be batting at No. 8. It surely is a batting heavy team. India could have easily played an extra bowler. Interesting decision is to play two proper wicketkeepers. Hard decision again to leave out KL Rahul, who impressed when he last played in T20s. With 12 months left for the 2019 ICC ODI World, this will also be an important series for Suresh Raina.

On the other hand, injuries have taken the front seat for the hosts before the start of the series as Asela Gunaratne, Shehan Madushanka and Angelo Mathews were ruled out. The team will heavily depend on the experience of Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera to produce some high-quality cricket. The return of Kusal Perera, who missed Bangladesh T20Is due to injury, will also be an advantage for the hosts.

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Here are India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Cricket Score and Updates:

10:32 pm: Thakur to NLTC Perera, FOUR runs, backs away and pulls this short ball into the deep square leg boundary. Hugs, fist pumps and roar in the Sri Lankan camp. Premadasa goes wild, a strong crowd in excess of 20,000 have had their monies worth. What a game!

10:15 pm: Lots of thinking to do for Rohit. One from Shardul, two from Unadkat? Or will he look at Vijay for another over? Raina could be a left-field pick too……Okay, so it’s Unadkat to bowl the 18th

10:12 pm: Shankar to NLTC Perera, 1 run, toe-ends a slog down the round, umpire had to take evasive action. From the camera angle we’ve got, it looked like he’d absolutely smashed that, but no.

10:06 pm: Thakur to bowl his third over. Who would’ve thought after that horrific first over. Can he sustain this surge from India? Suddenly the pressure is on Sri Lanka. 38 off 30. Very much home team’s game still, you’d imagine. He’ll bowl from over the stumps.

10:02 pm: Chahal to Tharanga, OUT, right through as he misses the sweep. Chahal loops this in nicely, Tharanga looks to fetch this slog sweep from way outside off but is through with the stroke early and hears the ball rattle the stumps.

9:50 pm: Washington Sundar to MDKJ Perera, OUT, that’s the end of that. It’s the flight and dip that has done the trick for Kusal. Spun past the outside edge as he stepped out to go over the top and Karthik effects a smart stumping.

9:45 pm: Chahal to Tharanga, 1 run, googly this time, punched to cover where there’s a misfield to give away a single. Chahal is so frustrated that he snatches the cap from the umpire.

9:42 pm: Chahal to MDKJ Perera, FOUR runs, top-edges this sweep but there’s no one at short fine to come around. Poor hit-me delivery down leg and put away. That will release the hint of pressure there may have been.

9:38 pm: Why people used to judge players talent based on IPL performance only? Other leagues should also be considered to judge their talent. Keep in mind that IPL level and international cricket level is different even if you are not playing against the best nation.

9:35 pm: 

9:31 pm: Good tactics by Lankans to attack inexperienced Indian bowling. This is a good chance for India to verify their bench strength. India’s chance is now very much dependent on the “Chahal-Show”.

9:15 pm: This is how one plays T20 matches. Too much power hitting on a batting beauty has ended India’s chances under 5 overs. Pandey is surely not T20 material and Rahul should replace him. Pant should get a few more matches to prove it jus his bad luck. He needs to show more muscles in his hitting

8:52 pm: Pant. This is where I think Dhawan has a role to play, as the senior batsman to say calm down, just give me strike and chill for a bit.

8:45 pm: 

8:43 pm: India post a target of 175.

8:37 pm: 

8:30 pm: Shikhar Dhawan departs at 90.

8:25 pm: 

8:23 pm: So many UK origin players in the mainstream now. Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Unmukt Chand, Pawan Negi. Why there is no team from UK (Uttarakhand)? — BCCI fighting own battles. Ask Bihar cricketers, for example

8:18 pm: Pant is looking quite nervous to make an impression here. Dhawan should calm him down lest he give this opportunity away by playing a ‘brain fade’ shot.’

8:12 pm: Dananjaya to Pant, SIX runs.

8:07 pm: Rishabh Pant is in at No.5 . Just his third T20 game. Had an excellent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s domestic T20 competition. Here’s an opportunity.

8:05 pm: BMAJ Mendis to Pandey, OUT, he’s dragged this from way outside off to deep midwicket. No power behind the stroke from Pandey, who looked to go over long-on. The low-arm action meant the ball dipped on him just a touch. Pandey’s scratchy innings has come to an end, timed the ball well early on but struggled as the innings progressed.

7:57 pm: 

7:55 pm: Shikhar Dhawan scores his fifty.

7:49 pm: So I have this feeling all of Raina Pandey Karthik and Pant are auditioning for one spot No.5. If two of them so special form they may manage to take Rahane/Dhoni s place as well!

7:42 pm: BMAJ Mendis to Pandey, SIX runs, dangled up full on middle, Pandey gets underneath the length and smites it into the stands beyond midwicket. He stretched out and slog-swept it with great authority.

7:30 pm: SL used the short ball to good effect in Bangladesh too and it is something that the Indian players have struggled for a long time.

7:20 pm: The way Sri Lanka is playing they certainly don’t look the same team which played India last year. They seem to be much composed and hunger for victory.

7:17 pm: Sri Lanka has started quite strong, by sending the top two batsmen of India back to the pavillion cheaply.

7:15 pm: Fernando to Raina, OUT, bowled’im. Raina backs away a long way outside leg and exposes all three stumps. He swishes and misses. Pradeep doesn’t miss his target. He hits the middle stump with a full-toss. It looks very ugly when these shots don’t come off

7:10 pm: Chameera to Sharma, OUT, Jeevan Mendis tears back from mid-off and tracks down Rohit’s sliced hit. Sensational catch running back and across to his left from mid-off. He gets into an awkward side-on position, but makes the catch look a lot easier. He lands on his back but still hangs onto the ball. Sri Lanka huddle up while Rohit exits. This was fuller and outside off – in Rohit’s swinging arc – he aims to hoist it over the man inside the circle but winds up skewing it off the bottom part. Rohit gone for a duck. What a lift for Sri Lanka.

7:00 pmRohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan begin innings

6:57 pm: 

6:55 pm: And I can’t believe that I still don’t see a place in Playing XI for KL Rahul despite so many players missing. Always thought being an opener is the best in the business. Turns out, not always. Poor Rahul

6:52 pm: KL Rahul and Axar Patel went to South Africa. Now both don’t get into India’s team here after 7 players are rested. Really don’t understand the selection policy at times.

6:46 pm: Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first.

6:40 pm: Pitch report now: Plenty of dead grass right through the 22 yards. The ball will skid through. “As a batsman, you’ll be licking your lips on this flat pitch,” says Brett Lee. Enough said.

6:30 pm: As the toss nears I feel that India would find it hard to select their playing XI. Dinesh Karthik will tussle with Pant for the wicketkeeper’s spot. Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat are likely to return to the XI despite being left out for the third T20I in Cape Town. Sundar will compete with Hooda for the allrounder’s spot, while KL Rahul, who hasn’t played a T20I since December 2017, might get a game in the absence of key players.

6:20 pm: Form guide

Sri Lanka: WWLLL
India: WLWWW

6:13 pm:  Lot of intensity during practice on the eve of the 1st game of the Nidahas Trophy. An exciting contest awaits here in Colombo.

Here India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I squads:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kushal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Dasun Shanaka, NTLC Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep

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