Captain Rohit Sharma, however, backed the young guns to deliver against Bangladesh. Later, Pant joined with Dhawan and they added nearly 50 runs when Dhawan was gone with his 90 runs innings. He scored just one boundary.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field against India in the opening match of the Nidahas T20 Trophy here today.
Kusal along with Danushka Gunathilaka (19) for the second wicket added useful 58 run partnership. He took Thakur to the cleaners: Four. The left-handed batsman hammered 37-ball 66 (with six fours and four sixes) to guide his side to a comfortable win.
All matches are slated to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, with the final on March 18.
It was a breakthrough series for Kusal, because T20 had been a format that had previously confounded him.
Perera and Gunathilaka powered SL to 70 before the latter was dismissed by Unadkat.
Got out for just 1 and in a very irresponsible manner.
Rohit is not expected to make many changes in the eleven but Axar Patel, who is the most experienced spinner in the squad, might get to bowl alongside Chahal.
Chahal and Sundar took two wickets apiece, while Unadkat claimed one. Bowlers did a good job by restricting India to 174. At the crease now were Dasun Shanaka and Thisera Perera.
The return of Kusal Perera, who missed Bangladesh T20Is due to injury, will also be an advantage of the hosts.
90 by Shikhar Dhawan, his career-best. He conceded 15 runs from his 2 overs.
How each team fared in the first six overs of their innings was instrumental to the eventual result in the Nidahas Trophy opener. With SL needing only eight runs off 12 balls, the pressure was now only on India. The pitch condition is good for fast bowlers and there expects a thunderstorm in the evening.
“There have been reports of curfew and an emergency being called in Sri Lanka. Yes, the execution wasn’t upto the mark but we can learn from our mistakes”, he said after Sri Lanka reached the target with nine balls and five wickets to spare.