Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 4 wickets at Cuttack    AFP
Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 4 wickets at Cuttack AFP

India walloped Sri Lanka yet again in the first T20I on Wednesday by 93 runs, their biggest margin of victory as well as Sri Lanka s biggest margin of defeat. Rohit Sharma, India s 6th T20I captain, recorded his first win in the format courtesy a combined team effort steered by likes of KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. On the other hand, Sri Lanka, for the umpteenth time this year, came short in their batting, which continues to let them down. With everything to play for at Indore, let us read which key battles must the Lankan Lions overwhelm to level series.

Yuzvendra Chahal vs Team Lanka: Chahal s mastery with ball drilled a gaping hole in the Sri Lankan batting line-up. He cleaned up the likes of Angelo Mathews (for the second time time this tour), Upul Tharanga, Asela Gunaratne and Thisara Perera. Apart from his spin, Chahal s main weapon has been his ever-calculative mind that always gives him a lethal edge. Sri Lanka s middle-order must learn to tackle Chahal or bid goodbye to the series.

Jaydev Unadkat vs Niroshan Dickwella: Picked in the national side after 550 days, Unadkat was welcomed with a thumping boundary by Niroshan. He responded immediately by claiming Niroshan s wicket in the same over. Niroshan has so far been aggressive against the Indians; knowing this, Unadkat topped his opponent with a slower delivery. It will be interesting to see who keeps his head high and who falls down at Indore.

MS Dhoni vs Thisara Perera: India finally listened to the calls of the fans and promoted Dhoni to No. 4. In no time Dhoni ransacked the bowling to bits at Cuttack. Thisara, who so far had been ineffective on this tour, halted his late surge. He dished out immaculate yorkers in the death overs to put a near-full stop in the flow of runs. Given the pattern, one can again witness an intimidating battle between these two at Indore.

KL Rahul vs Angelo Mathews: In his comeback match, Rahul picked up from where he had left things off. From the get-go, Rahul scythed through the Sri Lankan bowling with brute power and elegance. Mathews caught the perfect line and length at Cuttack to bowl, troubling Rahul quite a few times. With a series at stake, Mathews will want to disrupt balance in the Indian batting line by getting the better of Rahul at Indore.