Cuttack, Orissa: India on Wednesday registered there first T-20 International win in Cuttack after beating Sri Lanka by a massive margin of 93 runs. This was India’s highest margin of victory in the shortest format in terms of runs. The star performer of the game was KL Rahul (61 runs of 48 balls) , MS Dhoni ( 39 runs of 22 balls ) and two wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal ( 4/23 ) and Kuldeep Yadav ( 2/18 ) who took 6 Sri Lankan wickets in combine.
The newly appointed Captain of the India cricket team for the ongoing series, Rohit Sharma is more pleased with the performance of his team members in the first T-20 International match against Sri Lanka. He was also pleased with the performance of the former Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who scored blistering 39 runs of just 22 balls and hinted the he might be the permanent No. 4 batsman in the limited over format for the team.
At the Post match presentation Rohit said, “MSD (Dhoni), he’s just class. No. 4 really paid off. He’s played so many games for us, won so many games for us and moving forward, we feel making him bat at No. 4 is ideal.”
Rohit was also pleased with the performance of the opening batsman KL Rahul who registered his second T-20 International Fifty, scoring 61 of 48 balls.
“It was a great move, for KL (Rahul) to start at the top. He was not part of the ODI squad, but he came here and showed he belonged. He batted magnificently. And great finish to the innings by MS (Dhoni) and Pandey. Pandey hasn’t had much game time in the middle, so to come out and bat like that is good,” he said.
He further praised his bowlers especially the spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal (man of the match winner) and Kuldeep Yadav for taking wickets in combine.
He said, “Chahal and Kuldeep have always been our wicket- taking options in the middle. They understand what the team expects and they come out and deliver. No words can describe how good they have been for us.”
“The fast bowlers as well, Jaydev (Unadkat) playing his first game after a long time, taking an early wicket. (Jasprit) Bumrah and (Hardik) Pandya keeping things tight. Conditions weren’t easy and they did very very well,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera was disappointed with his team’s performance and believes that the batsmen let the team down in chasing this big score.
He said, “In these conditions, we wanted to bowl first, but India batted really well. And we have to give their bowlers credit, two spinners bowling really well in dewy conditions.”
“We could have had a shot at 160-170 here. But I think, 180, in these conditions, we could have chased if we had got a good start. But our batting line-up didn’t click. Really disappointed,” he added.