Shivam Mavi joins an elite club of bowlers with his dream debut vs SL in 1st T20I
For India, the star with the ball was debutant Shivam Mavi, who bowled exceptionally well in his first international game for India and finished with 4/22 in his four overs. He started his spell with two wickets in the power play.
Mavi dismissed Pathum Nissanka (1) in his first over and then dismissed Dhananjay de Silva (8) to start his debut game on a dream note. Then, he came out to bowl his second spell and dismissed dangerous Wanindu Hasaranga (21 off 10), who was looking good to take the game away from India.
In the end, he came out to bowl the 18th over and dismissed Maheesh Theekshana (1) to complete his four-wicket haul and give just two runs in that over. With this, the 24-year-old joins an elite list of Indian bowlers.
He became only the third Indian bowler to take four wickets on his T20I debut, after Barinder Sran and Pragyan Ojha. Sran holds the best debut figure by an Indian of 4/10 in T20Is, which came against Zimbabwe in June 2016 at Harare.
Pragyan Ojha had 4/21 against Bangladesh in June 2009 at Nottingham during the T20 World Cup. Speaking of the game, Sri Lanka was reduced to 5/68 in 10.4 overs during their chase. Then the skipper, Dasun Shanaka, played a brilliant cameo.
He scored 45 off 27 balls with three sixes and three fours to take his team close to the target. Later, Chamika Karunaratne (23 off 16) played well, but Sri Lanka fell short by just two runs.
Earlier, in India's batting, an unbeaten partnership of 68 runs off 35 balls between Axar Patel and Deepak Hooda for the sixth wicket helped India cross the 160-run mark. Axar remained unbeaten on 31 off 20 while Hooda made 23-ball 41 not out. Thus, Hooda won the "Man of the Match" award for his brilliant cameo.