Perera powers Sri Lanka to win over India in T20 opener


Sri Lanka however brushed aside the unsavoury events and not only won the tournament opener against India, the number one side in the world, by five wickets but upheld the spirit of the game despite all the negativity of the past 24 hours. India and Bangladesh are the visiting teams. This is Suvajit Mustafi and I will bring you the live updates of the first match between India and Sri Lanka at Colombo.

India lost skipper Rohit Sharma (0 off 4) in the first over itself, while Suresh Raina (1 off 3), came in at No 3, also failed to do any good for the team. "It's just that Kusal Perera played an incredible knock and he just took the game away from us very quickly", Dhawan said in the post-match press conference. Tension has been growing between the two communities over the year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalizing Buddhist archaeological sites. From the 11.2 overs to the 17.4 overs, Sri Lanka did not hit a single boundary. The situation is, however, said to be bad in Kandy and not Colombo, where each of the seven games will be contested. "After talking to concerned security", BCCI was quoted as saying by the ANI.

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The visitors, who are missing several senior players who being rested after a gruelling tour to South Africa, got off a poor start after being put in to bat by home captain Dinesh Chandimal. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav. Replacing them woud be rookie pacers Mohamed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, all-rounder Vijay Shankar and Washington Sundar.

Then Dhawan and Pandey began India's innings construction. The tournament will see each team face each other twice. This means, all the three teams will be playing the two teams twice and the top two teams will meet in the final on March 18.

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Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (w/c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Nuwan Pradeep, Amila Aponso, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera.

His biggest challenge would be the encourage youngsters like Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, Vijay Shankar and others to do well at the global level.

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