From the fast, bouncy South Africa to a sluggish track in Sri Lanka, India did not really adapt well in the 1st T20I of the Nidahas Trophy. Sri Lanka, for the first time since Galle 2015, won a game against India at their soil. With this five-wicket win that was architected by Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka top the points table.

Nidahas Trophy 2018: Kusal Perera powers Sri Lanka to win over India in 1st T20I
Nidahas Trophy 2018: Kusal Perera powers Sri Lanka to win over India in 1st T20I

Sent in to bat first, India managed 174 for 5, courtesy Shikhar Dhawan’s 90. India failed to accelerate as they would have liked to in the end overs. Sri Lanka blazed to 75 in the Powerplay and did not look behind.

Here’s the first T20I of the tri-nation tournament in pictures:

Rohit Sharma fell in the first over for a duck. His indifferent form continues since South Africa tour AFP

Suresh Raina fell to a full toss. He just got 1. India were in trouble after losing two wickets in first two overs AFP

Manish Pandey got the start he desired. This pull that bisected the deep midwicket and deep square-leg was the highlight of his knock. He added 95 for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan before perishing a 35-ball 37 in the 13th over AFP

Shikhar Dhawan encashed on his sublime form and continued to plunder runs at will. His 49-ball 90 steered India to a competitive total of 174 for 9. They did not get the ideal finish that they desired AFP

India started well with Washington Sundar dismissing Kusal Mendis in the second over of the innings AFP

From thereon, the ball kept flying over the fielders… AFP

Kusal Perera slammed Shardul Thakur for 27 in his first over as Sri Lanka were 75 for 2 after the Powerplay. Kusal Perera slammed a 37-ball 66 to keep Sri Lanka in the hunt AFP

Kusal Perera eventually fell stumped off Washington Sundar AFP

Yuzvendra Chahal cleaned up Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga to bring India back in the game but his efforts weren’t enough AFP

Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera added 39 off 23 balls to guide Sri Lanka home in the penultimate over. Thisara Perera slammed a 10-ball 22 not out AFP

The Rohit Sharma-led inexperienced Indian side will face Bangladesh in the second game of the tournament on Thursday.

Brief scores

India 174 for 5 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 90, Manish Pandey 37; Dusmantha Chameera 2 for 33) lost t0 Sri Lanka 175 for 5 in 18.3 overs (Kusal Perera 66, Thisara Perera 22* ; Washington Sundar 2 for 28) by 5 wickets.

Man of the Match: Kusal Perera

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