The Indian team had a dismal start to Nidahas Trophy as they lost the first T20I against Sri Lanka by five wickets. The inexperienced Indian side, that has come into the tournament without some of the stalwarts like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, was challenged by the Lankan Tigers.
The Lankans did well to restrict India to 174 runs, and then chased down the target with utmost ease, courtesy Kusal Perera’s 66-run innings.
After losing the match convincingly, India skipper Rohit Sharma felt that the players will learn from their mistakes. Perera’s brilliant 66 off 37 balls and some crucial contributions from the middle-order helped Sri Lanka beat India.
After the Indian batsmen put up a decent target of 175, their bowlers failed to make a mark as the hosts hammered the bowlers all around the park. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/37) and Washington Sundar (2/28) provided the crucial breakthroughs to control the run flow.
Towards the end, Dasun Shanaka (15 not out) and Thisara Perera (22 not out) played sensibly and helped their team clinch the match.
Rohit said: “I felt we’ve got enough experience in our bowling line-up. They are very much new to the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before.”
India take on Bangladesh in their second match on Thursday at the same venue.