IND vs SL: Were really poor in all three departments, says Dasun Shanaka

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IND vs SL: Were really poor in all three departments, says Dasun Shanaka
IND vs SL: Were really poor in all three departments, says Dasun Shanaka

IND vs SL: Were really poor in all three departments, says Dasun Shanaka

IND vs SL: Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka expressed disappointment after his team was thrashed by India in the first T20I here on Thursday at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer hit fifties that helped India beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in the first T20I.

“We were really poor in all three departments. They batted beautifully, read the game and conditions really well. I could have bowled more. We are without two frontline spinners, Theekshana and Hasaranga,” said Dasun Shanaka in a post-match presentation.

“The replacements aren’t really experienced. Asalanka was a positive from this game. Chameera is bowling beautifully. He is our main strike bowler but the situations didn’t allow me to bowl him longer,” he added.

India grabbed a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka with this 62-run victory. Therefore, both teams will now face off in the second Twenty20 International 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.