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KL Rahul fifty powers India to big win over Sri Lanka in Cuttack T20

KL Rahul slammed his second T20 International half-century as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 93 runs at Cuttack to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 20, 2017 23:53 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Cuttack
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KL Rahul plays a shot en route to his second T20 fifty in the first T20 match between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on December 20, 2017. (AFP)

KL Rahul got to his second T20 International half-century, making the most of a rare opportunity cauzed by Shikhar Dhawan’s absence for the Indian cricket team from this series against Sri Lanka. He got to the landmark off 34 balls with six fours and a six. The hosts crushed Sri Lanka by 93 runs to go 1-0 up. (IND v SL HIGHLIGHTS)

The only time he looked in trouble on a wicket where the bounce didn’t look true but the dew seemed to be a factor from early in the evening was when Angelo Mathews rapped him on the pads with the first ball of the seventh over. The review judged that the ball would have missed leg-stump. Rahul was on 23 then. (IND v SL live scorecard)

On either side of that Rahul made the most of the Sri Lankan cricket team attack that looked ordinary barring Akila Dananjaya and Mathews.

With Rohit Sharma, he added 38 before Mathews got the India skipper with one that hit him high on the bat and at Dushmantha Chameera took a good catch at mind-on standing on the rim and diving in front.

Rahul went over the top on the off-side when Chameera gave him the latitude and wasn’t afraid to pull when Thisara Perera dropped it short. Rahul gave Mathews the same treatment when he tried some chin music and this time it went for six, taking him to 43 off 29 balls and India to 74/1 after 8.5 overs.

Earlier, he had helped himself to an easy boundary when Dananjaya bowled a full toss on the leg-side.

Rahul’s strike rate of 149 is the highest among all the players here on Wednesday night and without really trying too hard, he did his reputation no harm on Wednesday night. Rahul, however, was bowled by Thisara Perera when he tried to slog a slower ball, but misread the delivery.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 20:11 IST