Yuzvendra-Chahal
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India’s Yuzvendra Chahal picked up four wickets in a brilliant display of leg-spin bowling to guide the hosts to a facile 93-run win against Sri Lanka in the opening Twenty20 international at Cuttack on Wednesday.

Opener Lokesh Rahul, who was not part of the side that beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in the one-day international series, hit 61 off 48 balls to build the platform for India’s innings of 180-3 in 20 overs after Sri Lanka had won the toss and opted to field.

The tourists, who also lost the three-test series 1-0, were all out for 87, matching their second lowest total in the format and handing India their biggest victory margin by runs in T20s.

Brief Scoreboard:

India 180 for 3 (Rahul 61, Dhoni 39*, Pandey 32*) | Sri Lanka 87 (Chahal 4-23, Pandya 3-29)

Toss: Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Result: India won by 93 runs

Series: India lead the three-match series 1-0

Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND) and CK Nandan (IND)

TV Umpire: Anil Chaudhary (IND)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

Teams:

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Dasun Shanaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Vishwa Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep.

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