Maiden T20I 50 for Virat Kohli and an easy win for Team India….!!!
Team India outclassed the Sri Lankan’s in all departments and pulled an easy victory over them in the one and only T20 match series in Pallekele stadium today.
With the dismissal of Gautam Gambhir in the 10th ball by S Eranga bought Virat Kohli on strike with the other opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane.Gambhir went back for just 6, keeping india at 7 for 1.
Virat’s start was very quick and he went on with it, smashing an awesome series of 4’s ,as per the need of such a 20 over game.
In the second over Virat slammed two consecutive boundaries bowled by A Mathews taking India 20 for 1.
A Rahane was keeping it to Virat so that he stays at the striker’s end seeing his ability to hit the ball in the right areas, most of which were leaving for four’s.
Virat didn’t gave S Eranga a chance to bowl an economic over ,hitting 3 four’s in the 3rd over.
Malinga was the bowler for the 5th over but even dis dangerous right-arm fast bowler cudn’t stop Virat from scoring boundaries and lastly,with a single in this over Virat reached 26(15).
Rahane also slowly contributed with his singles but smashed an awe-inspiring over boundary in the 8th over punishing one of T Perera’s delivery.
In the 6th over Virat reached his highest of T20I and also slammed 3 magnificent consecutive four’s.
In the mean time India’s scores reached a very quick 50 with just a single wicket down.
Virat reached his maiden T20I 50 in the 11th over flighting a Herath delivery ,outside off.
The contributing stand of 74 runs between Virat and Rahane came to an end when Rahane wsa caught and bowled in a soft dismissal by J Mendis.
Suresh Raina came in at number 4 replacing Rahane who went back for 21.
India reached 104 for 2 with V Kohli(63) and S Raina(7) on strike .
Virat hit some of his remaining four’s to score a stunning 68 runs before getting easily caught in the deep mid wicket by Thirimane.India then, was at 129-3 with 27 balls in hand.
The big wicket of Virat bought in another dangerman M S Dhoni, who has always proved himself as a great match finisher in all formats of this game.
Captain and Raina’s partnership lasted for the remaining overs where they took the Indian scores from 129-3 to 155-3.
M S Dhoni also didnt restricted himself to make the bowlers unlucky by smashing some breathtaking four’s and sixes in the 18th,19th & the final over.
Raina too kept his performance steady throughout and put up a decent 25 balls 34 and helped India putting up a target of 156 runs for the host team.
A Dinda,U Yadav,R Sharma,V Kohli,I Pathan & R Ashwin alltogether performed tremendously well in the bowling and fielding department which made SL start loosing important wickets from the very first over.I Pathan was the one to clean up Dilshan and consolidated Indian team towards a win.
The 3rd over too,witnessed the loss of U Tharanga with SL at just 14.
Virat, too showed his bowling skills by giving away 13 runs in 3 overs and also taking important wicket of D Chandimal in the 18th over.
At the end od the 13th over A Mathews was caught by MS Dhoni which limited him at 31 runs.This was another very big wicket for Sri Lanka and this was also a crucial one for India which took them a step further nearer towards the Micromax cup of the series.
SL kept on loosing wickets at regular intervals which took them away from their confidence point.
Sri Lanka were all out at the 18th over concluded by A Dinda pushing out Malinga for a duck.
Sri Lankan’s were 116 all out which gave Team India an easy win by 39 runs over the home side and a comfortable series win.
The Awards won:
Irfan Pathan was announced Man of the Match and A Dinda was given an award for his exceptional bowling.Virat Kohli-Ajinkya Rahane,Suresh Raina,Manoj Tiwary too received awards for a decent partnership,a good cameo and an awesome fielding respectively.Along with this V Kohli too received Man of the Series award.