SL Win Toss, Opt to Bowl First

The Nidahas trophy, being played to commemorate 70 years of Sri Lanka's independence is being played after 20 years in 1998, the previous time to celebrate 50 years of the same.

Later, Rishabh Pant struggled, scoring a run-a-ball 23 as he and Dinesh Karthik (13 n o) took India to a competitive total.

Despite Dhawan's knock, it were Sri Lanka who took the game away from India.

Upul Tharanga (17) also failed to utilise the start he got and was bowled by Chahal. However, that has not disrupted the match in Colombo.

Thisara Perera, on 22, and Dasun Shanaka, on 15, then put on an unbeaten 39-run stand to keep up the spirits of a raucous home crowd.

Dhawan got into the act with back-to-back fours off Pradeep in the fifth over before top-edging him over the wicket-keeper and long leg for consecutive sixes in the ninth over. The team for this Nidahas tri-nation series will be led by Rohit Sharma and is missing many marquee players. "India has made a decision to rest their star players after the arduous South Africa tour and this gives an opportunity to some young players to show their mettle. and that they are ready for global cricket", former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wrote in the Times of India.

India have rested Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya, while Kuldeep Yadav is out injured. He happens to be most successful captain in the Indian Premier League and he would want to use all of that experience on this tour and win the series. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will also miss their skipper Angelo Mathews and Asela Gunaratne due to injury.

The opening T20I encounter between India and Sri Lanka was reportedly under threat after reports emerged that the emergency declared by the Sri Lankan government can affect the match.

Live telecast: The matches can be seen live on DSport (English commentary) and DD National (Hindi commentary). The Live streaming will be available on Jio TV.

Dushmantha Chameera gave India a big jolt in the first over itself when he had Rohit caught by Jeevan Mendis who took a breath-taking diving catch while running back from mid-off.

  • Joanne Flowers