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India vs Sri Lanka 2023

Watch: Shreyas Iyer accepts he tried to bribe Jasprit Bumrah for an over

Shreyas Iyer

In the first T20 match against the visiting team Sri Lanka, India used seven bowlers on Thursday at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. India, who won that match by 62 runs, dominated Sri Lanka during the entire match.

Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan opened for India and built a 111-run partnership for the first wicket, which was capitalized by Shreyas Iyer. He scored a crucial 57-runs in 28 balls and build a 44-run partnership with Ishan Kishan to help India reach a mammoth total of 199-2 in 20 overs. He came at the number three position in place of Virat Kohli. 

In the post-match presentation, Shreyas Iyer revealed that he approached Rohit Sharma (Captain) putting his hand up for bowling an over. However, the Captain had already informed Jasprit Bumrah about the bowlers he wanted to use in the match. Later, Shreyas tried to bribe Jasprit Bumrah but it did not go in his favour.

Shreyas Iyer has the ability to bowl as he served as a sixth bowler in the two ODIs against South Africa last month.

In the second innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar started the innings in a great fashion for India by picking up a wicket on the first ball and dismissing Pathum Nissanka. He dismissed both openers by the end of the third over. Venkatesh Iyer joined Kumar and picked up two wickets in the middle overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja picked one wicket each. 

Overall, it was a great performance by the Indian bowlers. India plays the second T20I in Dharamsala on 26 February 2022.

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