Most Indian batsmen failed to adapt to the lively conditions; Yuvraj Singh (above) was only one of them. Image courtesy: AFP
Most Indian batsmen failed to adapt to the lively conditions; Yuvraj Singh (above) was only one of them. Image courtesy: AFP

It was not a talked-about match before it started, but it will be discussed the way it ended. India started disastrously by losing two wickets in the first over of the match and from there on they never recovered. Meanwhile, one should not forget to praise the Sri Lanka’s debut bowler Kasun Rajitha, who bowled excellently and scalped the first three Indian batsmen early in the match. Somehow India managed to put a total in three figures — 101 — that Sri Lanka comfortably chase down in the end. Either Indian loses or win, record books has to be updated and once again, Abhishek Kumar is back with his stat bag of 12 statistical facts from the 1st T20I at Pune. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st T20I at Pune

1.  First time India lost their first two wickets in the first over of a T20I.

2.  With wickets kept falling, India lost six batsmen in the first 10 overs of the game for the third time in the history of T20Is for India.

3.  Sri Lanka’s debutant Kasun Rajitha took two wickets in the first over of his career. He became the second player from the nation to do so after Kaushalya Weeraratne.

4.  Rajitha took 3 for 29 runs in 4 overs, the second-best spell by a debutant fast bowler from Sri Lanka and fourth-best overall.

5.  Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka took their first T20I wicket in their first overs. This was the first time two Sri Lankans did this in on debut in the same match.

6.  Sri Lanka’s squad was full of inexperienced players. Of the 11, only four players had played 10 or more matches before today. India, on the other hand, played with an experienced squad. Only two Indians who had played less than 10 T20Is before this match.

7.  India managed to score 101, which is now their third-lowest total in T20Is and second-lowest at home.

8.  India’s top-scorer was Ravichandran Ashwin with unbeaten 31. This is Ashwin’s highest score in T20Is.

9.  Ashwin and Ashish Nehra played crucial role in getting team’s total above 100. During this course, they put up a partnership of 28 runs, which is now India’s third-best partnership for the ninth wicket.

 10.  Suresh Raina became the second Indian to play 50 T20Is after MS Dhoni (56).

 11.  Yuvraj Singh scored 10 and fell 7 short 1,000 T20I runs. He would have become the fourth Indian batsman to do the same.

 12.  India registered their fourth consecutive defeat in T20Is at home, which is their worst streak so far.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)