Sanju Samson, who was making his return to the Indian team on Tuesday, did not have the finest performance with the bat in the first Twenty20 International that was played against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium.
The batter was only able to score 5 runs off of 6 balls, and as a result, he missed his chance to make a positive impression on the management of the squad.
Even in the field, Samson confused many people by dropping a catch early in the game. Samson’s failure to take advantage of the opportunity presented itself as India’s captain, Hardik Pandya, was behind the bowling machine. Pandya wasn’t happy to see Samson miss the catch.
As the ball sailed up into the air towards Samson at mid-off, it appeared as though opening the bowling for India in the match had gotten the better of Sri Lanka’s opener Pathum Nissanka.
Before making his diving catch, the wicket-keeper for Kerala, who is largely responsible for covering ground on the field, did an excellent job of covering ground.
Samson was successful in making the catch, but as soon as his elbows made contact with the ground, the ball flew out of his grasp.
Hardik, who had an expression of bewilderment on his face, was naturally frustrated after discovering that the opportunity had been wasted. However, by the end of the match, the India captain had a sly grin on his face as he looked at Samson.
As for the game itself, India’s first-time fast bowler Shivam Mavi led an outstanding bowling performance with his four wickets on Tuesday, when they played Sri Lanka in the opening Twenty20 international of the season. As a result, India prevailed over Sri Lanka by two runs.
Mavi had a return of 4-22 to help the home team bowl Sri Lanka out for 160 runs while chasing a victory target of 163. As a result, the Indians took a 1-0 lead in the three-game series in Mumbai.
Mavi, who is only 24 years old, was ably helped by fellow fast bowlers Umran Malik and Harshal Patel, who each took two wickets.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel kept his cool during a tight last over when Sri Lanka needed 12 runs to win the game and Chamika Karunaratne gave India a fright with his unbeaten 23. Patel saved India from defeat.
After being put under pressure by the bowlers from Sri Lanka, Deepak Hooda (41) and Axar (31) put up an undefeated sixth-wicket stand of 68 runs that drove India to 162-5 and set the stage for victory.