Shikhar Dhawan says Sri Lanka's powerplay performance took game away from India

Shikhar Dhawan says Sri Lanka's powerplay performance took game away from India

Sri Lanka opening batsmen Kusal Perera scores 66 runs from 37 balls had provided the impetus that they needed in the 175 run chase.

Earlier, India's batting got off to a false start with the fall of stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina in the first two overs.

Cut down to South Africa and Dhawan was once again in stupendous touch, smacking 323 runs in the ODI leg - second only to Virat - at 64.60 whereas Rohit made a meagre 170 runs, buoyed by one knock of 115.

India seamer Shardul Thakur conceded 27 runs in the third over of the innings with Perera smashing five fours and a six in that over to wrest momentum for his side.

Towards the end, Dasun Shanaka (15 not out) and Thisara Perera (22 not out) played sensibly and helped their team clinch the match.

Later, Rishabh Pant struggled, scoring a run-a-ball 23 as he and Dinesh Karthik (13 n o) took India to a competitive total. After everything, Dhawan's highest score in a T20I went in vain, a shame given that pace of the entire game hinged on that 49-ball stint from the left-hand batsman. Sri Lanka will face a home crowd buoyed by their recent tour of Bangladesh where they thrashed the hosts in all three formats. Even in T20Is, the partnership averages between Kohli and each of these openers is much better than the 28.14 that Rohit and Dhawan boast of in each other's company. He just single-handedly destroyed the morale of the Indian attack took the game away from India during the powerplay overs. He failed to get off the mark and was sent back in the very first over courtesy a splendid catch by Jeevan Mendis. Kusal's dismissal, stumped off Washington, would've aided that belief, but India didn't back that feeling with precision with the ball.

India will be without numerous key players like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Hardik Pandya.

The tri-nation T20I Cricket series will go ahead in Sri Lanka as per the schedule despite state of emergency being imposed in the country, BCCI said on Tuesday.

Captain Rohit Sharma was quite frank in his assessment of the game. That said, we still had a decent score, but the kind of start Sri Lanka got was fantastic.