Really disappointed with the way we finished, it was a game we should have won. At Wankhede, the batters need to cross the line easily when you are chasing 163. We used the match-ups well to restrict India. This bunch of youngsters is a very good bunch of players, they will come back strongly.
[on being addressed as India captain] Now I have got used to it. It was just cramped, I am alright. it was a rough night, I was unwell and I had my fluids down. If I am smiling, everything is fine. [On Axar bowling the final over] We might lose a game here and there but it’s alright. It’s the young guys who got us back into the game. I have seen him [Shivam Mavi] bowling well in the IPL and I just told him to simply bowl. I told him, ‘I am backing you. Even if you get hit, it’s fine.’ If the same situation is there, I will take the new ball. I have been bowling in the nets with the new ball since I returned to the IPL. I have learned how to swing it back.
Deepak Hooda is the Player of the Match:
I try to practice for every position and try to give my best at every position. We knew if get the momentum on our side, we will reach 160. I recently played domestic cricket, so I am aware of the game situation even though I don’t practice range-hitting.
I was waiting for this moment for the last six years. Had injuries in between and it felt my dream will never come true. Nerves were 3-4 on a scale of ten because you know what to expect when you have played the IPL. The first wicket was my favorite.
Pitch and weather: Because of its smaller boundaries, the Wankhede has always been a high-scoring venue and has favored chasing teams, who have won 24 of the 41 T20s played here in the last two years. Expect more of the same on Tuesday as well. It should be a pleasant evening with clear skies and the temperature hovering around 20°C.
India vs Sri Lanka Highlights today. 1st T20I (N), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Tuesday 3-1-2023, Sri Lanka tour of India 2023.
Toss: Sri Lanka chose to field.
Dasun Shanaka expecting dew in the second innings. “We have been doing really well in T20Is except for the World Cup,” he says. “We have got the same batting line-up as our last game.”
“We were going to bat first, to be honest,” Hardik says. “I want our team to be challenged. We have two debutants today – Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill. Arshdeep wasn’t available, so Mavi comes in his place.”
India team: 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Sanju Samson (wk), 5 Hardik Pandya (capt), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Shivam Mavi, 10 Umran Malik, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka team: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Mendis (wk), 3 Dhananjaya de Silva, 4 Charith Asalanka, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Dilshan Madushanka, 11 Kasun Rajitha
Head to Head In Test’s: 26
India Won: 17
Sri Lanka Won: 8
India Test Rankings: 1st
Sri Lanka Test Rankings: 8th
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka LWLLW
Match Timings: 1:30 PM GMT | 7:00 PM Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, KN Ananthapadmanabhan
TV Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Rohan Pandit
Match number – T20I no. 1984
Highlights will be Available Shortly.