Team India thrashed Sri Lanka by 62 runs in the first T20I of the ongoing three-match series at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday.
Chasing the humungous target of 200, the visitors never really looked like they were in any contest as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Apart from Charith Asalanka, who remained unbeaten on 53, no other batter stood out in front of the top-quality Indian bowling unit. Eventually, Sri Lanka only managed to reach 137/6 in 20 overs, losing the match by 62 runs.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/9) and Venkatesh Iyer (2/36) picked up two wickets each, while Yuzvendra Chahal (1/11) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/28) bagged one wicket apiece.
Earlier, Ishan Kishan sizzled with a blazing knock to roar back into form. Ishan demolished the Sri Lankan bowling attack from the word go to help the hosts post a massive 199/2 in their allotted 20 overs.
The explosive left-handed batter took the Lankan bowlers to the cleaners smashing 89 off 56 balls with the help of 13 boundaries, including three sixes.
Ishan and Rohit Sharma took the side to a flyer as the duo formed a dominating partnership of 111 runs for the opening wicket. Captain Rohit made 44 from 32 deliveries before Lahiru Kumara cleaned him up. Shreyas Iyer also chipped in with a valuable unbeaten 57 off 28 balls to take the home team to a big total.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
India win the 1st T20I by 62 runs.
The host take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
📝 Match Centre: https://t.co/YhFKv0i6ht#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/JD8ikvlmNI
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) February 24, 2022
It was always impossible for Lankan team to chase that total but the way they surrendered was a bit surprising. #cricketwitter #INDvSL
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) February 24, 2022
India men winning a T20I match by 50+ runs against each team:
5 times vs Sri Lanka
2 times vs ENG, IRE, NZ, WI
1 time vs AFG, AUS, ZIM#INDvSL
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) February 24, 2022
This is the Ishan Kishan we are used to seeing. He looked a little burdened against the West Indies, didn’t have any timing to his shots, but today he has been excellent.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 24, 2022
India take a 1-0 series lead 👏
They beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in the first T20I in Lucknow. #INDvSL | 📝 https://t.co/YXIT9WrBeI pic.twitter.com/zwSlaMUc7y
— ICC (@ICC) February 24, 2022
A TEN-SATIONAL EFFORT 🇮🇳
With 10 successive T20I wins, the #MenInBlue have set a new Indian record. 🔥🧡 #INDvSL #OrangeArmy #ReadyToRise pic.twitter.com/4ZCAdeJtKC
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) February 24, 2022
Form of Ishan Kishan & Shreyas ✅
Bhuvneshwar excelling with the new ball ✅
Performance of Jadeja & Chahal ✅
V Iyer & D Hooda getting a few overs ✅
Rohit Sharma’s captaincy ✅
India are ticking many boxes in T20Is
They’ve recorded 10th successive win in T20Is
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 24, 2022
INDIAAA WIN 💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 24, 2022
Drop catches. The only negative point for India. We saw a few v WI too.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) February 24, 2022
India takes 1-0 lead with win in the first T20I.
Scorecard: https://t.co/s11Ff0yhzQ#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/n2dlpDtO0P
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) February 24, 2022
Ishan Kishan deserved a century, well played 🇮🇳#INDvsSL #CricketTwitter
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) February 24, 2022
From 17(14) to 57(28). This is some acceleration from Shreyas Iyer.
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) February 24, 2022
This is the 15th win for Rohit Sharma as a captain from just 16 matches at home – equals with Morgan and Williamson – most wins as a captain in T20I at home.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 24, 2022
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