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  • 10:19 PM IST

    That is it. India thrash Sri Lanka by 93 runs, their biggest T20I victory. Chahal takes 4 wickets. Dhoni takes 4 dismissal. Rohit wins in his maiden T20I as captain. All in all a good outing for the homeside.

  • 9:54 PM IST

    And MS Dhoni surpasses AB de Villiers to register most T20I dismissals. Perera walks back. Chahal gets his fourth wicket. Here’s a detail report.

  • 9:48 PM IST

    OUT! Kuldeep Yadav gets his first wicket. Sri Lanka lose half the side for 58 runs. They need 123 off 58. In comes captain Thisara Perera. Sri Lanka need him to use the long handle to devastating effect.

  • 9:42 PM IST
    MS Dhoni equals AB de Villiers (72) in most dismissals in T20Is, while no other wicketkeeper has over 60 dismissals. Easy stumping for Dhoni. Sri Lanka lose Gunaratne. Chahal gets his third wicket.
  • 9:35 PM IST

    MS Dhoni became India‘s third highest run-scorer in T20Is. During his unbeaten innings of 39 off 22 balls in the ongoing first T20I versus Sri Lanka, Dhoni surpassed Suresh Raina (1,307) to enter India’s top three run-getters’ in the shortest format. The first two are Virat Kohli (1,956) and Rohit Sharma (1,502). Dhoni’s current tally stands at 1,319 runs. In the ongoing T20I at Cuttack, India have amassed 180 for 3 amidst dew on a two-paced surface. Here’s a detailed report.

  • 9:34 PM IST
    OUT! Chahal makes Mathews his bunny once again. He had knocked Mathews over at Vizag. He has him caught and bowled this time. Sri Lanka in trouble. They need 134 off 75.
  • 9:20 PM IST

    And OUT! Soft dismissal. MS Dhoni does well to pouch it. Chahal removes in-form Tharanga.

  • 9:18 PM IST

    SIX! Tharanga dances down and slams it over long-on. Rohit Sharma nods his head. SL need 142 off 92.

  • 9:15 PM IST
    Jaydev Unadkat 2-0-7-2. Excellent bowling spell, this. He has brilliantly mixed up the pace, keeping Sri Lankans guessing. Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl the 5th over.
  • 9:07 PM IST

    SIX! In the slot and Tharanga hoiks it over deep mid-wicket. Pandya has to be mindful of his lengths.

  • 9:01 PM IST

    OUT! Unadkat takes the pace off the ball and makes Dickwella his maiden T20I wicket. It was getting predictable. India draw first blood.

  • 8:40 PM IST

    MS Dhoni ends the innings with a six. How many times has he done that? Lower full-toss and spanks it over the leg-side boundary. Sri Lanka 181 to win.

  • 8:34 PM IST

    Full toss. Not easy to grip the ball. Dhoni smashes it on the leg side. One bounce into the fence. Pradeep bowls a waist-high full toss. Umpire signals it No Ball. Pandey, however, has sent it over the boundary line. Six runs and a Free Hit. And FOUR! 21 runs off the over. India 168/3, 19 overs.

  • 8:27 PM IST

    MS Dhoni paddle-sweeps a pacer. Incredible skills! Two more overs and India are 147 for 3. Can they score past 175?

  • 8:21 PM IST
    19 runs off the over. India 138/3, 17 overs.

    Pandey 16*, Dhoni 16*
  • 8:20 PM IST
    FOUR! Pandey on fire. Clears his front leg and wallops it over cover.
  • 8:18 PM IST
    SIX! How big is that? How well did Pandey time that? Spectacular!
  • 8:17 PM IST
    FOUR! Dhoni shimmies down and whacks it over the infield. India 124/3, 16.1 overs.
  • 8:10 PM IST

    OUT! Thisara foxes Rahul with a slower ball. Excellent cricket. In comes Pandey. India 112/3, 14.4 overs.

  • 8:02 PM IST

    shreyas Iyer departs and there’s a loud roar in Cuttack. MS Dhoni walks in. Yes, MS Dhoni walks in. India 102/2, 13 overs.

  • 7:56 PM IST

    MS Dhoni is padded up. He is likely to bat at No. 4. But there are only 8 overs left. Dhoni will have to go all guns blazing. Rahul meanwhile is en route something special. India 98/1, 12 overs.

  • 7:49 PM IST

    50 for KL Rahul, his second in the format. He takes 34 balls, including 6 fours and a six. India 84/1, 10 overs.

  • 7:43 PM IST

    It hits where it hurts the most. KL Rahul is down. He is being nursed. Well, not what you think. He is up and ready to bat, so much so that he smashes the next ball for a six. That hit on the groin has fired up Rahul. India 75/1, 9 overs.

  • 7:29 PM IST

    Two consecutive boundaries for Iyer: one past point and the other one flicked through the leg side. Perfect start for the younster. India 50/1, 6 overs.

  • 7:23 PM IST
    Mathews into the attack and Rahul welcomes him with a boundary. Surface, however, is two-paced. And that takes Rohit down. Trying to heave it over the infield, he finds Chameera at mid-on. Mathews strikes. India 38/1, 5 overs.
  • 7:18 PM IST

    Full toss. Dananjaya has good control otherwise. Dew takes centre stage. An onslaught would put Sri Lanka in the back-foot. And Rohit does exactly the same. He punches past covers. Lovely timing. With that, Rohit joins Kohli in the 1,500-run club. Here’s a detailed report.

  • 7:14 PM IST

    Rahul gets under it and drives it over the off-side boundary. That was well-executed. 7 runs off the over. Good bowling by Sri Lanka nonetheless. India 20/0, 3 overs.

  • 7:09 PM IST

    Akila Dananjaya comes to bowl the second over, and the dew has already started to trouble him. Good ploy by Sri Lanka. Rohit’s vulnerability to play a wrong ‘un was established in the previous IPL. Only 3 runs off the over. India 13/0, 2 overs.

  • 7:05 PM IST

    Under the bat and Rohit eases it beautifully past covers. Panache, elegance: throw all the fancy adjectives you want, and Rohit will make you feel guilty for the lack of painting a picture with your limited vocabulary.

    With Rohit at the other end is KL Rahul. India 10/0, 1 over

  • 6:44 PM IST

    Rohit Sharma became the sixth Indian to lead in T20Is during the series opener of the three matches versus Sri Lanka at Cuttack. In the ongoing match, Rohit lost the toss and Team India have been asked to bat. Rohit becomes the sixth Indian skipper, joining the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag. Here’s a detailed report: Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 6th T20I captain

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Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. I, Kaustubh Mayekar, will bring all the intriguing statistics as well funny posts from the social media universe relating to the first match.

India won the ODI series 2-1 after Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead. It was Rohit Sharma who surged India’s hopes after smashing an unbeaten 208* during India’s win at Mohali. The T20I series will feature a lot of new names for both India and Sri Lanka.

Beginning with India, we will see the likes of Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Jaydev Undadkat and Mohammed Siraj take field. Sri Lanka too have roped in young blood with the inclusion of Janith Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando and Chaturanga de Silva.

Marquee players from both sides are missing, namely Virat Kohli and Lasith Malinga. Kohli is currently on his honeymoon, while Malinga was dropped from the national side.

It will be interesting to see how newcomers from both sides play under pressure situation and evolve into better players for times to come.