Monday, 19 March, 2018

Tri-series to go on in SL despite emergency

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Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 11:57

With the scoreboard reading 136/5, Dasun Shanaka (15 n o) and Thisara Perera (22 n o) played sensibly and helped their team clinch the issue with nine balls to spare.

The other members of the Indian squad include Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Siraj and Rishabh Pant.

Dhawan said losing two wickets early also made a difference.

In the same time frame, in T20Is, Dhawan and Rohit still remain India's most trusted pair and the second best in the world in terms of partnership runs with 788 runs in 28 matches at 28.14 with four stands of 50 or more. But Perera's innings of 66 off 37 balls with 6 fours and 4 maximums was so good at the top that the lower-middle took its time in the end to win the game. Yet in Bangladesh, confidence was writ across his innings, as he manufactured innovative leg-side boundaries, played the ramp shot towards third man with abandon, and swept with striking ferocity. The Rohit Sharma led fresh Indian team will be facing a daunting challenge in the T20 tri-series which will be contested between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. India has won the seven most-recent T20s between these sides, and are ranked third in the world, while Sri Lanka are eighth. "There have been reports of curfew and an emergency being called in Sri Lanka". Speaking to the media, Rohit has said that the T20 format is unpredictable and no team is a favorite.

India will be without numerous key players like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Hardik Pandya. As the dot-ball pressure built on from one end, Dhawan paid the price as he fell 10 short of a 100. Raina looks to go big and make room outside off, misses a full toss from Pradeep and is bowled. The ball drifted over mid-off and Jeevan Mendis ran it down with a dive to pull off a stunner.

When Pandey, frustrated with his timing by now, gave away his wicket to Mendis in the 13th over, Pant walked in.

Rohit Sharma, the India captain: I think it was a par score, definitely something we could have defended. That said, we still had a decent score, but the kind of start Sri Lanka got was unbelievable.