#INDvsSL, T20I: Rohit Sharma says THIS after India wins by 62 runs

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Lucknow: Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer hit half-centuries before a combined bowling performance helped India beat Sri Lanka in the first T20I at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.

“I have known Ishaan for a long time. I know his mindset. I know his ability too. It was about getting the kind of game he has today. It was such a pleasure to watch from the other end. The way he built the innings was great, which is usually a challenge for him. We were talking about finding gaps in the middle,” Rohit Sharma said in his post-match presentation.

Very happy with the return of Jadeja. We want more than him so we asked him to bat higher. You will see that this is happening more and more in the games played for India. I want him to bat more down the order. He is a much better batsman, so we will try and see if we can promote him going forward.”

“We are very clear about what we want to achieve with him in white-ball cricket. I love playing on big grounds because that’s when you will be tested as a batsman. Here you have to use some batting as well. In Kolkata you just needed to time the ball. This is happening continuously. We are dropping easy catches. Our fielding coach has some work to do. Come Australia, we want to be a great fielding side,” he said.

With this 62-run win over Sri Lanka, India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Both the teams will now face each other in the second T20 match on Saturday. Chasing 200 runs, Sri Lanka had the worst start and the team took two wickets in three overs. Bhuvneshwar dismissed both the openers Pathum Nisanka and Kamil Mishra as Sri Lanka chased down.

Sri Lanka crossed the 50-run mark in the tenth over but lost two more wickets. Charith Aslanka scored a half-century for the visitors, but the asking rate was too high as Sri Lanka lost momentum.

First published:February 24, 2022, 10:59 pm

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