The young Indian team under Shikhar Dhawan will start the T20I series with the first T20I against Sri Lanka on Sunday, July 25th. India has already won the ODI series with a 2-1 result and wants a winning start in the T20I series.

The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will host the first T20I in the series on Sunday. So far India has played 12 T20Is at the venue. You managed to win 10 matches and only lose two games. India’s last game at this location was a memorable one for the team as it won the Nidahas Trophy in the final against Bangladesh.

Dinesh Karthik’s blitzkrieg after death helped India win the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

India’s last T20I game at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo took place on March 18, 2018. It was the last game of the Nidahas Trophy against a spirited team from Bangladesh. Hosts Sri Lanka were the tournament’s third team but failed to make it through to the finals.

The Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the litter and decided to hunt in the summit fight. Bangladesh opening players Tamim Iqbal (15) and Liton Das (11) got starts but quickly moved around to attack the weirdos. Sabbir Rahman (77) then played a reasonable stroke after finishing third. He anchored the innings perfectly, though the wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

Mahmudullah (21) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (19) briefly supported Sabbir Rehman in the death row when Bangladesh achieved a competition result of 166/8 in 20 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal (3/18) and Jaydev Unadkat (2/33) were the bowlers’ choice for India.

In response, Shakib Al Hasan scalped Shikhar Dhawan (10) in the third run and made for a good start for Bangladesh. Suresh Raina came in as number 3 and failed to leave the brand when he sent a stump line ball to the wicket keeper.

Skipper Rohit Sharma (56 in 42 balls) then played a responsible punch to keep India’s chase on course. He received ample support from KL Rahul (24) and Manish Pandey (28) in midfield. But the trio couldn’t extend their stay in the goal area to the end to end the game.

Vijay Shankar (17 of 19 balls) struggled with his timing and ended up using several balls in death overs. The pressure on India continued to mount and things were starting to look bleak to her as the required execution rate kept increasing. Dinesh Karthik arrived at the fold on the 18th after the departure of Manish Pandey. It took India an impressive 34 in the last two overs to claim the title.

Karthik went on to play the best punch of his international career to bring India home in a tense chase. He fought his way to 29 in just eight balls to give India a memorable win.

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