India demolished Sri Lanka in Rohit Sharma's maiden T20I as skipper in Cuttack    AFP
India demolished Sri Lanka in Rohit Sharma’s maiden T20I as skipper at Cuttack AFP

In defence of 180, India were expected to be given a tough fight against Sri Lanka amidst dew at Cuttack. Nonetheless, nothing of that sort happened. Sri Lankan batsmen continued to pose no threat in front of India’s spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Sri Lanka were dismantled for 87 in 16 overs, and conceded the match by 93 runs. By virtue of this victory, India registered their biggest win in terms of runs in the shortest format. The record for the biggest victory (by runs) is held by Sri Lanka, defeating Kenya by 172 runs in 2007 World T20I.

Talking about the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka, India were put into bat. Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera won a crucial toss, but Indian batsmen held their ends. Rohit Sharma attained 1,500 runs in the format, joining the only Indian before him Virat Kohli. Nonetheless, he fell for 17. KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer were involved in a fifty-run stand before Iyer was dismissed for 24. Rahul missed a slower one from Perera to get his stumps dislodged for 61. The rest of the innings was held by MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey. Their cameos propelled India to 180 for 3.

In reply, Sri Lanka were never in the chase. Their batsmen failed to apply themselves and threw their scalps. Once Yuzvendra Chahal was introduced into the attack, he foxed batsmen by inviting them down the track. Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya chipped in with regular breakthroughs. Jaydev Unadkat got a scalp as well.

India’s victory is the 15th biggest win (by runs) in the format. Pakistan feature in the top fifteen thrice, whereas Australia get a mention twice.

The next T20I between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Holkar Stadium, Indore on Friday (December 22).