Kusal Perera hit a blazing half-century to power Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over India in the opening Twenty20 worldwide of the tri-nation tournament on Tuesday. Nidahas Trophy 2018 is playing among three nations; India Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Despite the crisis, fans of the Dinesh Chandimal-led team filled Premadasa Stadium hoping that this will be the day their favourite team will defeat rivals India, who had decimated the Sri Lankans both in Sri Lanka and in India a year ago. The sweep ended a Sri Lanka slump which saw them win just 14 of 57 matches in 2017.
WICKET! Googly by Chahal and Tharanga is bowled as he fails to pick it up during attempting a sweep shot.
DSPORT, a sports channel by Discovery Communications is telecasting the tournament. However, that has not disrupted the match in Colombo. ButThisara Perera (22 not out) and Dasun Shanaka (15 not out) took Sri Lanka to victory in the 19th over. Although there were a few boundaries that came early on, two of the first four boundaries for Dhawan, were mistimed hits. The team for this Nidahas tri-nation series will be led by Rohit Sharma and is missing many marquee players.
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Bangladesh are the third team in the competition and will play their first match against India tomorrow. Rishabh Pant (23) and Dinesh Karthik (13*) applied the finishing touches as India creamed 50 runs off their final five overs.
For this trophy, the senior bench of players including the regular skipper, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have all been rested. All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been handed his maiden global cap, in the absence of the regular all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
Rohit on the other hand said that he is not disappointed to lose the toss. Also, if you are looking for the Hindi commentary then you should check on Rishtey Cineplex and Cineplex HD will provide the match in Hindi commentary.
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