Shikhar Dhawan says that he is one person 'who loves to have fun in life' and believes that the 'younger players are ready to step up'. Cricket Betting Tips Well, India have an opportunity to translate those words into actions. On Thursday, against Bangladesh. Cricket Tips Free Same place, same time. Do remember to join us for that. A big thank you for sending in all those wily, witty comments. Until next time, this is Raju Peethala bidding goodbye on behalf of the entire team [Pratyush Sinha, Ramakrishnan, Sriram and Siva]. Night!!
Chandika Hathurusingha's appointment as Head coach is certainly working wonders for Sri Lanka. And he rightly gets a warm round of applause from the crowd. Amazing how one person's presence can lift the team and get them to play like they've been playing in the last couple of months. Overall, Sri Lankan cricket would be happy and proud for they have found ways to win games after a disastrous 18 months in international cricket. Cbtf Their next assignment will be against Bangladesh on Saturday, this weekend.
Before we sign off, here's Shirshendu Roy from Colombo writing about Sri Lanka's bumpy-sunny ride between the two Nidahas trophies
Key stats from the game below, courtesy Deepu Narayanan:
~ February 2016 was when Sri Lanka last beat India in a T20I. They lost seven successive games since, before breaking out of the streak today
~ 175 is the highest target chased down by Sri Lanka versus India in T20Is. It's also the highest target chased at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
~ Maiden loss for Rohit Sharma as India captain in five T20Is
~ 90 by Shikhar Dhawan is the third-highest score by an Indian in a losing cause, behind KL Rahul's 110* (vs WI at Lauderhill, 2016) and Rohit Sharma's 106 (vs South Africa at Dharamsala, 2015)
~ 27 by Shardul Thakur is the second-most number of runs conceded in an over by an Indian bowler in T20Is. Cbtf Tips 32 conceded by Stuart Binny against Windies at Lauderhill in 2016 sits at the top of the pile
Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka captain: We are very happy as a team. This is a very good start for the tournament. We will look to continue the momentum. Cbtf Cricket Really happy for the side. The last series gave us a lot of confidence, thanks to management they have been really helpful during the practice sessions. Cricket Betting Tips Credit goes to boys, they have done a great job. He (Hathurusingha) is doing an excellent job and we know how good we are as a team. Really happy.
Rohit Sharma, India captain: I think it was a par score, definitely something we could have defended. We could have accelerated a bit more towards the end. It was a decent wicket. The kind of start they got was amazing. Cricket Tips A lot of credit must go to Sri Lanka, to their whole batting group. I'm sure we will learn from our mistakes. Free Cricket Tips I felt we've got enough experience in our bowling line-up. Cricket Betting Tips Free They are very much new into the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before. We all know on a wicket like that you need your batting as strong as possible. Match Betting Tips Our squad is well equipped with plenty of all-rounders and that offers the balance to the side.
Kusal Perera, Man of the Match: Cbtf Cricket TipsThis is my best innings, but I had better innings as well. I backed myself and practiced hard to hit the ball cleanly. Bowlers did a good job by restricting India to 174. Credit must go to them as well.
22:27 local: Thakur started it and Thakur finished it. Jsk Cricket Tips Free Well, that line could be quite misleading, but that's Sri Lanka's chase in a nutshell. After conceding 27 runs in the third over of the innings, India needed quick wickets to stop Sri Lanka, but that didn't happen. Half of the target was devoured in 7 overs and that gave them the breathing space to nudge and nurdle around during the middle overs. Cricket Betting Tips Free India tried their best to take it deep, but the damage was done in the powerplay overs, thanks to Kusal Perera who ripped the bowling apart and eventually put paid to India's hopes. Much to Sri Lanka's delight, this is the highest T20I chase at RPS