Kuldeep Yadav (left) and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 6 wickets amongst them at Cuttack    AFP
Kuldeep Yadav (left) and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 6 wickets amongst them at Cuttack AFP

A chunk of India’s recent success in limited-overs go to their newfound spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The wrist spin twin impressed again in India’s win in the first T20I at Cuttack. Leg-spinner Chahal returned with figures of 4 for 23 in his 4 overs while Chinaman bowler Kuldeep bagged 2 wickets giving away just 18. Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma lauded the efforts of his spinners as India trampled Sri Lanka to register a massive 93-run win, their biggest in the shortest format: “Those two guys, if you look at their careers over the last few months, they have always been a wicket-taking option in the middle. It’s important to understand what the team expects of them and they’ve delivered. They don’t fail to impress us.”

Disappointed Thisara

Chasing 181, Sri Lanka showed little fight, collapsing to 87. Upul Tharanga top scored with 23 before perishing to Yuzvendra Chahal’s guile. Skipper Thisara Perera mentioned that his side is practicing hard to counter the wrist spinners.

MS Dhoni ideal at No. 4 for India, believes Rohit Sharma
MS Dhoni ideal at No. 4 for India, believes Rohit Sharma

“Our batting line-up didn’t click. Really disappointed. We are working hard at practice, to handle the wrist spinners. These are the best 15 (players) we have (in the squad) so we have to stand up and do the job in the next match,” said Thisara. The second T20I is scheduled for Friday in Indore.