The solitary win in the last ODI looked like a confidence booster for Sri Lanka. But, after a dismal performance in the first T20I, Sri Lanka are in deep trouble. The only factor that has been going their way is the toss. Out of the four matches played this tour, Dasun Shanaka has won three and lost all of those. India were restricted to 164 after their bowler spirited effort in the last five overs.
In reply, Sri Lanka got a good start as they scored 46 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first six. Just like in the ODI series, they lost their way in the middle overs. The pressure of scoring runs was too much and in the last five overs, they lost six wickets and succumbed to 38-run loss. There were some significant records broken or set, here are few of those:
A horrific debut
On the back of strong performances in the IPL, Prithvi Shaw was destined to make his debut in the shortest format. However, the debut turned out to be a horrendous one. Shaw was packed off for a golden duck on his debut. More to his agony, he became the second batsman overall in T20Is to be dismissed on the first ball of the match. Tariq Aziz of Portugal in 2019 is the other batsman to suffer this fate. KL Rahul also suffered a first ball duck on his debut, but it was in the second innings.
Suryakumar Yadav on top after three matches
Suryakumar Yadav in IPL had shown glimpses of his consistency. Even after his call-up in the internationals, he has been displaying it. In his first three innings, Surya has two 50+ scores and has scored 139 runs. No other Indian has scored as much as Surya in the first three T20I innings. Gautam Gambhir had scored 109 runs in his first three. In addition, Surya and Gambhir are the only two players to score 100+ runs in the first three innings of both ODIs and T20Is.
Most sixes on debut against India
Charith Asalanka had a good ODI series scoring 127 runs. Making his debut in the first T20I, Asalanka was the only threat for India. He had scored 44 runs off 26 balls and was the only Sri Lankan batsman who scored at strike rate of over 150. He had hit three sixes, which is the most for a batsman on debut against India.
Varun Chakravarthy bamboozles Shanaka
A debut that was destined a year ago was delayed majorly because of his injuries and his fitness. But, finally, Chakravarthy made his T20 debut in the first T20I. In his first T20i itself, Varun in the record books in a first of a kind way. When Shanaka was stumped in the 18th over, Chakravarthy became the first Indian to bag his maiden wicket through stumping on debut. Suresh Raina against JP Duminy in 2009 and Virat Kohli against Kevin Pietersen in 2011 also picked up their maiden wicket through stumping. But, none of them were on debut.
Most bowlers bagging wickets
India used six bowlers in the first T20I and each of them bagged a wicket. Pacers had bagged seven wickets and spinners with the rest three. This was the fourth instance of six different bowlers bagging wickets for India in an innings. The first was against South Africa in Durban in 2011 and the recent was in Lauderhill against West Indies in 2019.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s second 4+wicket haul
On a night that handed India a win on the back of a collective performance from their bowlers, the senior most bowler led the way. Bhuvneshwar bagged four wickets out of which three came during the death overs. In his last 10 T20 matches this was only the second innings in which he had bagged a wicket during the death overs. Certainly, this was a much-needed performance for the specialist with the T20 marquee even coming up in October. He also joined an elite list of three others to bag 4+ wicket hauls multiple times. Among the four, he is the only fast bowler.
Sri Lanka’s worst nemesis
The Island team has struggled to make an impact against India in both the limited over format. To their agony, even in the conditions they are well known to, Sri Lanka have barely won a match against India. In six T20Is played against India in Sri Lanka, they have won only one and they have a win percentage of 16.7 percent. Against no other country have they lost five matches in their backyard. To add salt to the wound, in the last 11 T20I Sri Lanka have played overall, they have won only once.