- India won by 93 runs
- They made 180
- SL were dismissed for 87
- India lead the series 1-0
Another day another embarrassing loss for Sri Lanka. After successive defeat after defeat the Sri Lankan cricket administration has some tough decisions to take and some tough questions to answers. It’s not just the defeat that matters; it’s the way Sri Lanka are losing series. Going down without a fight and failing to show any kind of cricketing capability Sri Lankan cricket today is at an all time low. The same was witnessed when they took the field at Cuttack against India in the first match of the three match T20 series. After humbling defeats in the test and ODI series, Sri Lanka failed to learn any lesson from them as they destructed once again in the shortest format of the game. A batting collapse by them so them lose the match by 93 runs and hand India a 1-0 lead in the series.
Winning the toss and electing to field first, Sri Lanka came out looking to restore some lost pride by putting in a strong performance against an Indian side that has made mockery of them throughout the season. The match started off well for them as they picked up stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma cheaply and restricted India to a low score in the power-play overs. Things got astray for them from there on as Lokesh Rahul took command of the Indian innings. He scored brisk 61 and along with Iyer took Indian past the 100 run mark. With plenty of wickets in hand, Dhoni hit 39 off 22 balls and a late charge by Pandey saw India accelerate in the final five overs of the innings to take them to a strong total of 180 off their allocated 20 overs.
Sri Lanka couldn’t do any kind of justice to their run chase as they crumbled once again. The departure of inform batsman Mathews ended their run chase as they lost 7 wickets for 41 runs post his dismissal to be all out on 87. With it they handed India their biggest win by runs in T20s and a 1-0 lead in the series.