Dasun Shanaka got rid of KL Rahul in the second over off Maheesh Theekshana.
Theekshana bowled an inswinger, to which Rahul bought down his bat to flick but missed. The umpire gave the decision as out, to which the batter objected and took the DRS. There was a spike in the snicko when the ball passed the bat, but it was the bat touching the boot. As it was an inswinger, it looked that the ball may miss the stumps but that did not happen and Rahul made his way to the pavilion, scoring 6 runs off 7 balls.
Since it was a very close call, social media erupted as soon as the wicket fell. Here’s a few social media reactions to the wicket:
India finished the powerplay with 44 runs of board and two wickets down. Virat Kohli was also bowled for a duck in just the next over Dilshan Madushanka, reducing India to 13/2. However, incoming batter Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma counterattacked and score 29 runs in the next three overs.
Earlier in the game, Team India, made one change to the starting lineup. In an unexpected move, Ravichandran Ashwin came back in the team in place of Ravi Bishnoi. The batting lineup for SL is one of the primary reasons R Ashwin is back in the lineup. They don’t have many left-handed players, therefore the right-handed offspinner would match them better than Bishnoi would. Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, reiterated this justification after his team lost the toss.
This is a must win match for the Indian cricket team as losing the match would win that to qualify for the final, they would be dependent on other team’s results. India needs to win the game in order to maintain control over their path to the final. Sri Lanka still has some breathing room after a victory over Afghanistan, but their final game is against Pakistan.