Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets as India enjoyed a comfortable 38-run win over Sri Lanka in their first Twenty20 game on Sunday.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka asked India to bat first and the visitors scored 164-5 with a 34-ball 50 from Suryakumar Yadav. India bowled Sri Lanka out for 126 in 18.3 overs.
Yadav’s half-century included two sixes and five boundaries. India captain Shikhar Dhawan made a well-compiled 46 in 36 deliveries, hitting six and four boundaries.
Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera had the best figures for Sri Lanka with 2-24 in four overs, while leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga finished with 2-28.
Newcomer Charith Asalanka kept Sri Lanka’s hopes up with 44 runs off 26 deliveries, including three sixes. But after he was dismissed in the 16th over, leaving his team at 111-5, Sri Lanka’s lower order succumbed to the pressure of a rising required run rate.
Kumar had figures of 4-22 in 3.3 overs, with fellow seamer Deepak Chahar picking up 2-24 in three overs. Krunal Pandya, Varun Chakravarthy, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya all picked up a wicket each.
After the game, Yuzvendra Chahal invited Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Chahal TV. The Indian pacer was not happy with Chahal for ignoring him for so long as it was his maiden appearance on Chahal TV.
“I am upset with Chahal, as this is my first time on his show. I kept making signs from the dressing room, requesting him to invite me on the show, but he never called me,” said Bhuvneshwar Kumar