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India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st T20I: Hits and misses

Tanya Rudra
ANALYST
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4.22K   //    20 Dec 2017, 22:52 IST

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India's stand-in skipper, Rohit Sharma, extended his dream run as the Men in Blue beat Sri Lanka by 93 runs to register their biggest T20I win while batting first and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at Cuttack on Wednesday.

Put in to bat, the hosts posted a handsome total of 180/3 in 20 overs but the tourists showed no resistance against India's wrist spinners and were bundled out for 87 in just 16 overs.

Sri Lanka's innings included only four fours and two sixes as they scored the fewest boundaries in a completed T20I encounter.

The second T20I will be played at Indore on Friday, December 22.

Now, let's have a look at the hits and misses from the 1st T20I.

Hit: KL Rahul

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Back with a bang

KL Rahul, who opened the Indian innings with Rohit Sharma in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, played a fine knock of 61 off 48 balls on a not-so-easy Cuttack wicket.

Rahul, survived a DRS review while he was batting on 23, and then went on to play an almost flawless inning otherwise and lit up the Barabati Stadium with his exquisite strokeplay.

Rahul, who has a T20I ton under his belt, brought up his second fifty in the shortest format of the game in just 34 balls.

His 63-run second-wicket partnership with Shreyas Iyer ensured that Rohit's departure didn’t hurt India too much as the duo added 47 runs between the sixth and the 10th overs.

With his innings consisting 7 fours and a six, Rahul top-scored for the hosts and helped India amass 180/3 in 20 overs.

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