In the series opener, Sri Lanka were yet again pretty decent with the ball, containing India to a modest 164-5 but their batters could not get the job done.
In the run chase, they completely lost momentum in the middle overs as debutant Varun Chakravarthy and experienced leggie Yuzvendra Chahal dominated before Bhuvneshwar Kumar demolished the islanders’ tail. Only debutant Charith Asalanka managed to enhance his position with a well-made 44 off just 26 balls but it wasn’t enough.
Earlier, the Lankan bowlers, especially Dushmantha Chameera and Chamika Karunaratne, were impressive. The pair were superb at the death and kept the flow of runs in check in the final few overs.
Suryakumar Yadav’s stock in ODIs is already quite high, and now he will grow in stature in T20Is, too, thanks to his 34-ball half century – the game’s only 50 – in the series opener.
What’s even more remarkable was that he looked in complete control of his knock up until he holed out in the 16th over. The man’s talent warrants that an eye be kept on him through the rest of the series.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named the player of the match but truth be told, three of his four victims were tail-enders. For some, Yadav deserved the award more.
A slight concern for the Men in Light Blue should be the recent form of Hardik Pandya, who has yet to play a decent knock on the ongoing tour.