This series will be memorable for many reasons. First, any team was on the verge of winning the series but lost due to Corona. second, With the captaincy of Dhawan, 9 players made their debut in Team India. Third, for the first time, India fielded 19 players in ODIs and T20s, which is a record.
India Lost The T20 Series To Sri Lanka Due To Corona
For the first time in the history of Indian cricket, two teams of India were playing together in different countries. Team A or the senior team was playing a practice match in England before the 5 matches Test series under the leadership of Kohli. while on the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan, captaining Team India B for the first time, was taking on Sri Lanka’s A team in Sri Lanka with a very young team.
This young team first defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in the ODI series and defeated Lanka in the first T20 match. But before the second T20, everything went awry due to Krunal Pandya being found corona positive.
Due to contact with Krunal Pandya before the second match, Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Chahar, K Gowtham, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan, all were isolated. The top batsman and bowler of India’s B team are out of the field due to Corona.
India did not even have 5 batsmen who could take the field. However, even then the second match was a thorn in the side. But ‘victory went to Sri Lanka. and in the third match
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India vs Sri Lanka T20 Series Report
1st T20I – 25-05-2021 Venue – R Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
India – 164/5 (20 overs)
SL – 126/10(18.3 overs)
India beat SL by 38 runs
Top scorer- Suryakumar Yadav – 50 in 34 balls
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Man of the Match – Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 4/22
2nd T20I – 28-07-2021 Venue – R Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
India – 132/5 (20)
SL – 133/6 (18.4)
SL beat India by 4 wickets
Top scorer – Dhawan & Dhananjay – 40-40*
Man Of The Match – Dhananjay de Silva
Note – Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chetan Sakariya, & Nitish Rana got a chance to make their T20 International debut in the second T20 match.
3rd T20I – 29-07-2021- Venue – R Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
India- 81/8 (20)
SL won by 7 wickets
Man Of The Match – Wanindu Hasranga – 4-9 – 4
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Highest wicket-taker (India) – Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 5
Debut – Sandeep Warrior
India uses 19 players in this series (ODI + T20)