Shikhar Dhawan    AFP
Shikhar Dhawan AFP

Shikhar Dhawan s career-best T20I knock of 90 had propelled India to score of 174 for 5 in Match 1 of Nidahas Trophy 2018. Dhawan has enjoyed great run in the shortest format in the South Africa series, scoring 72, 24 and 47 as India defeated South Africa 2-1. However, this time around his knock went in vain as Kusal Perera s blazing 66 snatched the game away, inflicting a 5-wicket defeat on India. Dhawan lauded Kusal s efforts. Dhawan in the post match conference also said he is enjoying his batting and progress in the shortest format.

On what went wrong for India: After the first six overs, Sri Lanka were 75 for 2 which was 25 runs too many. Kusal Perera played a great knock and it took the game away from us. However, we did bounce back in the middle overs but the Powerplay batting made the difference.

On India s low Powerplay score: Sri Lanka took two wickets in the first two overs and that caused some damage for us. When you lose two wickets at the start, one has to curb aggression. If we had not lost the two wickets, we could have been even more aggressive.

Dhawan enjoying his batting: I have been playing aggressively from the start. I know my game. I am very aggressive from the start. The general pattern is that my strike-rate has been quiet high.

India will play next against Bangladesh on March 8.