Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets

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Ahead of the opening game between India and hosts, the emergency declared by Sri Lanka was said to have put the match in a soup.

The tri-nation Nidahas Trophy series will be contested between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

For the record, this was India's first loss in Sri Lanka in any format since losing the Galle Test on August 15, 2015. Through January and February, Sri Lanka played a one-day worldwide tri-series (also featuring Zimbabwe), two Tests and two Twenty20 internationals in Bangladesh. We have played against Sri Lanka recently, so we know what challenges to expect from them. But statistics does not help in the field. And what a match it turned out to be as the host team beat the visitors by five wickets with nine balls remaining in the first T20I of the Nidahas Trophy.

The tournament is being held to mark the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence, and the matches will be played under lights at a single venue, namely, the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The Indian Cricket team has assured that it is safe for the team and agreed to play the Tri-Series match.

But all the work was done earlier, when Shardul Thakur conceded 27 runs in the third over of the innings. Of course, when you lose two wickets in the first two overs, then we have to see that we don't lose more wickets and score runs as well.

Dhawan slammed a brilliant 49-ball 90 and in the process notched up his highest Twenty20 worldwide score to propel India to 174 for the loss of five wickets. He didn't seem to have a "Plan B", or probably he did not have the bowlers, to implement his backup plans. Two spinners - Jeevan Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka - had taken a wicket apiece and kept the scoring in check through the latter half of the innings. They still needed 24 runs from 18 balls. Chasing a target of 175, Kusal Perera, batting at number three, put Sri Lanka on track after he slammed 66 off just 37 balls. He was assisted by a quick-fire contribution from former captain Thisara Parera (22) lower down the order to hand the Lankans a five-wicket victory.

In the first T20I, the viewers once again witnessed "hitman" Rohit Sharma failing again.

194 - Runs Rohit Sharma scored against Bangladesh in the five T20Is. Skipper Dinessh Chandimal was also sent back at the individual score of 14 runs off 11 balls.

Dhawan and Pandey began India's innings construction. Pandey was gone with 37 runs.