India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja shone with the
ball on his return to the Indian team as he picked up the important wicket of
Dinesh Chandimal whiling giving away 28 runs in four overs. After taking the
wicket, the Indian cricketer imitated actor Allu Arjun’s popular dance move
from the hit movie ‘Pushpa’ in the first T20I of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at
Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday.

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Jadeja missed the South Africa series due to an
injury and recovered at National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The left-handed
spinner got the scalp of Sri Lankan middle-order batter Dinesh Chandimal in the
10th over of the visitors’ innings on Thursday. Jadeja went on to celebrate the wicket with
a popular dance move popularised by Allu Arjun from the ‘Srivalli’ song in the
movie Pushpa. The video of Jadeja’s move went viral on social media and former
India cricketer Murali Kartik, who was in the commentary box at the time Jadeja
imitated Arjun, even termed the move as ‘Ravindra Pushpa’.

As Jadeja took the wicket India restricted Sri Lanka
to 137/6 to take a 1-0 lead in the series, winning the match by 62 runs. India
posted 199/2 after being put in to bat.

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Earlier in the day, Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan
smashed 56-ball 89, while Kolkata Knight Riders’ newly appointed captain
Shreyas Iyer provided the late charge with an unbeaten 57 as India racked up a
massive 199 for 2.

Kishan, who failed to capitalise on his starts in
the previous white-ball series against West Indies, finally lived up to his
multi-million dollar IPL tag with a whirlwind innings laced with 10 boundaries
to the fence and three sixes.

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The Indian bowlers, led by Bhuveshwar Kumar (2/9 in
2 overs) and Venkatesh Iyer (2/36), then provided the finishing touch, limiting
Sri Lanka to 137 for 6 in 20 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal (1/11) and Ravindra Jadeja
(1/28) also claimed one wicket each.

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This was, meanwhile, India’s 10th successive victory
in T20I cricket.