Kusal Perera's 66 powers Sri Lanka's thumping victory in opening T20I

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After winning the toss, Chandimal said, "We are bowling first".

WICKET! Jeevan Mendis holds on to a stunner and Rohit Sharma has to walk back without opening his account. "At the end of six overs we were maybe 10 runs short of what we usually achieve". Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/37) and Washington Sundar (2/28) provided the crucial breakthroughs to control the run flow. Coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who oversaw Kusal's re-entry into the national side, and has seemingly begun to coax the player back to his best, said a clear head was responsible for his return to the runs. Kusal smashed five fours and a six in that over to wrest momentum for his side. The on-song left-hander made a decision to even take on India's form bowler - Chahal - to put Rohit in a fix regarding his bowling options for the death overs.

Perera and Gunathilaka powered SL to 70 before the latter was dismissed by Unadkat.

Dhawan took more risks than virtually all his partners, and usually got enough bat on ball to survive the mis-hits. Sundar deceives him by bowling it wide and Kusal is far behind as Karthik whips of the bails. By the end of 16th over, Sri Lanka needed 35 off 24 balls. The captain believes the batting could have offered a bit more especially in the final overs despite calling India's total par for the wicket. Sri Lanka sprinted to their fifty in 3.4 overs and by the time Powerplay was over, had scored 75/2.

Two southpaws. Both top-order batsmen.

Thisara Perera and Dasun Shanaka played important cameos to steer the hosts to the finish line and shock the tournament favourites.

However, the next over - the third of the innings - bowled by Shardul Thakur, turned out to be the turning point of this game. Vijay Shankar went for 11 runs, taking the equation down to 24 off the last three overs.

Shikhar Dhawan leaps into the air as he tries to take a catch during the match. The two understood the need to calm the nerves in the dressing-room and put together a partnership, staying together for 95 invaluable runs.

But for a batsman of his calibre, Dhawan, hitherto, never found a purple patch in this format - even if he's played only 22 T20Is for India. And he failed to deliver. During his innings, Shikhar hit six maximum and six boundaries. It is also involved in charitable, educational, religious, and social welfare activities in Qatar and Sri Lanka.

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