India gave Sri Lanka a target of 181 in the first Twenty20 match of the series at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. India got 180 runs in the first wicket with three wickets in hand.
Sri Lanka, after winning the toss, decided to field first. India got off to a quick start in the first innings Skipper Rohit Sharma returned to the end after the fifth over. He scored 17 runs off 13 balls with two boundaries. Lokesh Rahul is playing in a moody mood.
With 63 runs for the second wicket with Rahul, Shreyas was dismissed for Nuwan Pradeep. He scored 24 runs in 20 balls. Rahul Dravid was dismissed for 61 runs in 48 balls. Dhoni scored 39 runs from 22 balls and Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 32 off 18 balls. India's innings ended at 180 runs.
Sri Lanka, after losing 18 wickets in the 181-run loss to only 87 runs in 16 overs, lost all their wickets. Sri Lanka won the match by 93 runs. Tharanga, who scored the highest score for Sri Lanka, scored 23 runs from 16 balls. Sri Lanka starts the T-20 series with a shameful rate after a series of Tests and one-day series against India.
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