Sanju Samson dropped a catch off the bowling of Hardik Pandya© SportsPix
Returning to the Indian team, Sanju Samson He did not get the best out with the bat in the first T20 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. This batsman missed the chance to impress the team management and scored 5 runs off just 6 balls. Even in the field, Samson surprised many with a drop catch early in the game. The opportunity came in the Indian captain’s bowling Hardik Pandya Samson, who was not happy to see him, left him to beg.
The Sri Lankan opener looked good as he started bowling for India in the match Pathum Nisanka At mid-off the ball ballooned in the air towards Samson. The Kerala cricketer, who is primarily a wicket-keeper, covered good ground before diving to complete the catch. Samson manages to take the catch but the ball comes out as soon as his elbow touches the ground.
Hardik was understandably miffed at the missed opportunity and had a surprised look on his face. But, looking at Samson, the India captain had a wry smile on his face.
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As for the match, the debuting fast bowler Shivam Mavi An inspired four-wicket lead led India to a two-run win over Sri Lanka in a thrilling opening Twenty20 international on Tuesday.
Mavi returned figures of 4-22 to bowl out hosts Sri Lanka for 160 in pursuit of a 163-run win and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in Mumbai.
Akshar PatelA left-arm spinner, held his nerve in the tense last over when Sri Lanka needed 12 runs to win and Chamika Karunaratne gave India a scare with his unbeaten 23.
Deepak Hooda (41) and Akshar (31) opened the scoring with an unbeaten 68-run sixth-wicket partnership that took India to 162-5 after testing the Sri Lankan bowlers.
With AFP input
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