STORY: Kusal Perera struck a belligerent 66 off 37 balls to set up a five-wicket victory for hosts Sri Lanka against India in the Twenty20 Tri-Series opener at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday (March 06).
Chasing 175 for a win in the first match of the tournament, which also features Bangladesh, Sri Lanka lost their way in the middle overs but ultimately reached their target with nine balls to spare.
Perera said the hosts would not get over confident after getting off to a good start in the tournament, which also features Bangladesh.
Put in to bat first, India got off to a wobbly start but recovered through a fine 90 from opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan to post a challenging 174 for five in their 20 overs.
Dhawan said though Perera took the game away from them, the visitors were unperturbed by their poor start to the tournament.
The second match of the tournament will be played between Bangladesh and India at the same venue on Thursday (March 08).