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Sri Lanka down India in T20 tri-series opener

Hosts Sri Lanka picked up a victory in the opening game of the T20 tri-series when they beat India by five wickets at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.

Chasing a target of 175, Kusal Perera, batting at number three, put Sri Lanka on track after he slammed 66 off just 37 balls.

Although Kusal received little support from the rest of the batting order, Thisara Perera was there at the end with an unbeaten 22 off 10 balls to see the home side over the line with nine balls to spare.

Washington Sundar (2-28) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-37) took two wickets each for India while left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat claimed a single scalp.

The visitors, who are missing several senior players who being rested after a gruelling tour to South Africa, got off a poor start after being put in to bat by home captain Dinesh Chandimal.

India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma was out in the first over for a duck while Suresh Raina (1) did not add much more to the total as the tourists found themselves 9/2 in the second over.

Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey (37) resurrected the innings however with a stand of 95 for the third wicket, with Dhawan going on to score 90 off 49 balls.

Rishabh Pant added a run a ball 23 and Dinesh Karthik 13 off six balls as India posted 174/5 in their 20 overs but that total was just not enough.

Seamer Dushmantha Chameera took 2-33 in four overs for Sri Lanka while Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka took a wicket each.

The second game of the tournament takes place at the same venue on Thursday when Bangladesh take on India.