Suddenly, it was Sri Lanka teetering at 136/5 in 14.4 overs, needing 39 runs in 32 balls. Sumathipala was at pains to stress how this tournament would be the most watched in the history of all competitions staged by his board.
JioTV not only brings forth the Indian gamut of entertainment to its users but also opens up the world of worldwide events to Indians. While Kusal Perera played the anchor’s role, it was Thisara Perera’s late surge that led Sri Lanka to a comprehensive win over India.
Sri Lanka on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 10 days to check the spread of communal violence, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Kandy district. It never hurts to have an ally at the boardroom table, and favours done rarely go unencashed. Dhawan came into this series on the back of scores of 72, 24 and 47 in the T20Is he played in South Africa, and the manner in which he ensured that he made the most of a good run was an important lesson for the youngsters in the team.
Chandimal was thrilled to have won, and said: “Very happy as a team”. The game can change in a span of one over, it can slip away …
Enter the Rishabh Pants, Deepak Hoodas and the Mohammed Sirajs, who otherwise would have been cooling their heels back home and waiting for their respective IPL camps to start.
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“It’s always important to know your bench strength. We are playing seven batters and four bowlers”. Yes, they are new in the scene, but they’ve put in performances. A diving effort sent the Indian captain on his way. Really happy! Chandika Hathurusingha has been awesome.
Team India’s bench would be put to test as all the rising talents who’ve been knocking on the selectors’ doors, have their prayers answered. The last series gave us a lot of confidence, thanks to management they have been really helpful during the practice sessions.
India will now meet Bangladesh at the same venue on Thursday for the second game of the tournament.
“We can’t control their selection”. We knew good results will follow if we did that. They looked a completely different outfit in terms of confidence on the day and proved to be a better side. “It doesn’t mean that we are favourites”.
Dhawan’s Midas touch at the moment could help avert a disastrous start but India would want Rohit to join the party to provide a young middle-order with a compact platform. The tournament will see each team face each other twice.
India will play without captain Kohli, MS Dhoni.