IND vs SL: Was just looking to watch ball closely and playing my shots, says Shreyas Iyer

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IND vs SL: Was just looking to watch ball closely and playing my shots, says Shreyas Iyer
IND vs SL: Was just looking to watch ball closely and playing my shots, says Shreyas Iyer

IND vs SL: Was just looking to watch ball closely and playing my shots, says Shreyas Iyer

IND vs SL: Shreyas Iyer expressed his happiness after his knock helped Team India overcome Sri Lanka in the opening T20I here on Thursday at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer both hit fifties before a collective bowling performance helped India beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in the opening T20I.

“Once I got going, I wanted to play my shots and keep the intent going, just wanted to play my shots. He (Ishan Kishan) wasn’t able to time (in the middle overs), was losing patience. I just told him to take his time, look for twos and threes. Our plan was to hit the pockets, initially, that’s what we did, and things came out pretty well for us. Coming from Kolkata, this ground had different dimensions,” said Shreyas Iyer in a post-match presentation.

“I wasn’t thinking a lot, thought 180 was a good total, was just looking to watch the ball closely and then played my shots. I had already put my hand up (for a bowl). Around the 16th over when he (Rohit) went it he had already told Bumrah these are the bowlers who need to bowl. I tried to bribe Bumrah but it didn’t work for me (laughs),” he added.

India grabbed a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka with this 62-run victory. Both teams will now face off in the second T20I on Saturday.

Sri Lanka, chasing 200 runs, got off to the worst possible start, losing two wickets in three overs. As Sri Lanka battled in the chase, Bhuvneshwar dismissed both openers Pathum Nissanka and Kamil Mishara.

In the tenth over, Sri Lanka reached 50 runs, but they lost two more wickets. For the visitors, Charith Asalanka scored a fifty, but the asking rate was too high and Sri Lanka lost momentum.

Sri Lanka needed 102 runs in the final four overs to win the first T20I. However they were completely outplayed and lost by a large margin.