Prithvi Shaw registered a golden duck on his debut in the first T20I on Sunday but skipper Shikhar Dhawan feels the opening batsman will bounce back in the next game against Sri Lanka.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked four while Deepak Chahar scalped two wickets as India defeated Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first T20I.
Prithvi Shaw Is Playing Really Well And He Will Bounce Back: Shikhar Dhawan
The Indian opener Prithvi Shaw has made the most of his form, since being dropped following the first Test in the Australia tour, and was in blazing touch versus the Lankans. His 24-ball 43 in the series-opening ODI and a run-a-ball 49 in the third and final ODI were a treat to watch for all. But he was dismissed in the very first ball of the match on his T20I debut off Dushmantha Chameera.
“Prithvi is playing really well and I am sure he will bounce back in the next game. It’s very hard to pick Varun, even I find it difficult when I am facing him in the nets,” said Dhawan after the win.
Indian bowlers got the job done without any trouble as the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. India bundled out Sri Lanka for 126 in the 19th over.
“Sri Lanka were playing well but we knew our spinners will get some turn. Yuzi and KP bowled really well. And even Varun, playing his first match,” said Dhawan.
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga had picked two wickets to help Sri Lanka restrict India to 164/5 despite Suryakumar Yadav’s fifty. India handed debuts to Prithvi Shaw and Varun Chakravarthy for this match.
The home side came into this match high on confidence after winning 3rd ODI and also gave debuts to two players in Charith Asalanka and Chamika Karunaratne. Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and chose to field first keeping in mind the dampness of the pitch and the faint grass covering as well.
After making an impressive debut in the ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this week, Prithvi Shaw recorded an unfortunate golden duck in the T20I series opener in Colombo on Sunday.
Prithvi Shaw was outfoxed by the away swinger from Dushmantha Chameera as the youngster registered the unwanted score in his first appearance in the format. He became the second Indian batsman to register the figure after KL Rahul had recorded the same in his debut appearance against Zimbabwe in Harare back in 2016.
Shikhar Dhawan: India Was 10-15 Runs Short But It Was Still A Good Total
The Indian skipper felt the visitors were 10-15 runs short of the par score. Shikhar Dhawan himself scored 46 and Suryakumar Yadav scored 50 while Sanju Samson was looking good but was dismissed for 27. Hardik Pandya failed once again while Ishan Kishan failed to increase the run rate much.
” I thought we were 10-15 runs short but we felt it was still a good total. We played quite well after losing a wicket on the first ball. Getting to 50 in the powerplay was good,” said Dhawan.
“I think only 5% scope of improvement. Surya is a great player and we enjoy watching him bat. He was taking pressure off me as well,” he added.
India and Sri Lanka will next lock horns in the second T20I on Tuesday. India may try to change the opening combination as they have uncapped openers RCB’s Devdutt Paddikkal and CSK’s Ruturaj Gaikwad on the bench waiting for their chances.