India vs Sri Lanka 2023 First T20: India defeated Sri Lanka by 2 runs in the first T20 match played between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today and took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.
India vs Sri Lanka 2023 First T20 Match Result
Today Sri Lanka won the toss and invited India to bat. India scored 162 runs losing 5 wickets in allotted 20 overs and set a target of 163 runs.
Chasing the target, Sri Lanka kept trying to win till the last ball of the match but fell behind by 2 runs.
Sri Lanka needed 13 runs in last 6 balls. Karunaratne was on the crease and he scored 8 runs in the first 3 balls. Now, Sri Lanka needs 5 runs off the last 3 ball but Axar Patel conceded only 2 runs and won the match by 2 runs.
Player Of The Match Award
Deepak Hooda was given the Player of the Match Award for his brilliant performance. Hooda hits 41 runs in 23 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 1 fours.
India vs Sri Lanka 2023 First T20 Match Highlights
India’s Innings Highlights
Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill, who came to open, scored 17 runs in the first over but from then on Sri Lanka made a good comeback.
Sri Lanka took India’s first wicket in the form of Shubman Gill in the third over. Shubman was out LBW off Chamika Karunaratne’s bowling towards square leg. Shubman was dismissed for 10 runs.
After Gill’s dismissal, Surya Kumar Yadav came on the field and as soon as he came, started playing shots.
But this time, due to the slow pitch, he was not able to time the ball properly and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was standing at short fine leg, took a simple catch while trying to play a scoop shot off Maheesh Theekshana.
After the dismissal of Suryakumar, Sanju Samson came to bat and he also played a wrong shot and got caught by Madhushanka at short third man. Sanju was dismissed by Dhananjay DeSilva.
Crucial partnership between Captain and Ishan
When India were in trouble after losing 4 wickets, captain Hardik Pandya came on the field and along with Ishaan Kishan started to push the team’s score. Hardik was soon set and started scoring runs at a brisk pace.
Ishaan Kishan standing on the other side was also giving good support to the captain. But in the 10th over, Ishan Kishan got trapped in the spin of Hasaranga and gave a simple catch to Dhananjay D’Silva standing at deep square leg in order to play a big shot.
Before getting dismissed, Ishan scored 37 and also shared a crucial 31-run partnership with skipper Hardik.
After the dismissal of Ishaan Kishan, Deepak Hooda came in and was beaten on the very first ball, but Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kushal Mendis tried to put pressure on him by stumping.
Sri Lanka was constantly troubling the Indian players with its good bowling, captain Hardik himself fell in the process of playing a ball of Theekshana.
Shortly after this, Hardik was also dismissed in the 15th over, Hardik was caught by the wicketkeeper on Madhushanka’s irregularly bounced ball.
The team’s total was only 94 for 5 in 15.1 overs at the time of captain Hardik’s dismissal, and the Indian team looked in dire straits.
Important partnership between Hooda and Axar
Often Patel came to the crease after 5 wickets fell and stayed till the last ball along with Deepak Hooda.
Deepak Hooda and Aksar Patel, both played shots freely all around the ground and brought the team’s score to 162 runs.
Deepak Hooda scored 41(23) with the help of 4 sixes and Aksar Patel scored 31(20) runs. Together they shared a quick and very important partnership of 68 runs in 35 balls.
All the bowlers from Sri Lanka except Kasun Rajitha get 1-1 wickets.
Sri Lanka Innings highlights
Chasing 163 runs, Sri Lanka’s start was also not good. Sri Lanka were playing under a lot of pressure in the very first over.
Captain Hardik’s ball was swinging a lot and would have got the first wicket in the first over itself, but Sanju Samson made a simple catch difficult due to wrong judgment and the ball was thrown from his elephant.
In 2nd over, Shivam Mavi playing his first international T20, clean bowled Pathum Nishanka in his very first over.
Shivam Mavi then takes a wicket again in 4th over, this time getting Dhananjay D’Silva caught out. Dhananjay does not understand Mavi’s inswing and gives a simple catch to Sanju Samson at mid-on.
After 2 wickets for 24 runs, Charit Aslanka comes to the ground and plays very carefully, taking the partnership forward with Kushal Mendis.
Asalanka gets out on a score of 57 runs, he scores 12 runs and gets caught by wicketkeeper Ishaan Kishan off the ball of Umran Malik.
Kushal Mendis, who came to open, also loses his temper under the pressure of runs and catches Sanju Samson off the ball of Harshal Patel.
After this, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who came on the field, is also unable to do much and he too gets caught by Harshal Patel off the bowling of Captain Hardik.
This is followed by a great partnership between skipper Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga, and both the players put on a fine display and rain fours and sixes all around the ground.
While playing both, it seemed that if both of them stay till the end then it will be difficult for India to win, but Shivam Mavi comes with his new bowling spell and breaks this pair which is becoming dangerous for India.
Shivam Mavi catches Hasaranga by the hands of captain Hardik and shows Hasaranga the way to the pavilion. Hasaranga gets out after scoring a crucial 21 runs in 10 balls before being dismissed.
But Captain Shanaka had made up his mind to win the match single-handedly, whatever bowler was coming in front, Shanaka was showing his batting prowess to everyone.
Finally, Shanaka is caught by Yuzvendra Chahal off the ball of Umran Malik, and contributes 45 runs in 27 balls with the help of 3 fours and 3 sixes before getting out.
After this Chamika Karunaratne takes the match till the last over. Sri Lanka needed 13 runs in the last over and Axar Patel is often brought in to bowl.
The excitement of last over
Chamika Karunaratne scores 8 runs in the first 3 balls and all the pressure often falls on Patel. Now Sri Lanka needed just 5 runs in 3 balls. But often Patel conceded only 2 runs in the next 3 balls and won the match by 2 runs.
Today’s Debut of Indian player
Today Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi made their debut in T20 by 2 players from India. Today’s match was not good for Shubman but Shivam Mavi’s debut became memorable for him.
Shivam Mavi took 4 important wickets in today’s match and played the most important role in winning the team. He dismissed Nissanka, Dhananjay de Silva, Hasaranga and Mahish Theekshana.
Here you can watch highlights of India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Highlights 2023