COLOMBO: Kusal Perera hit a bursting half century to lead Sri Lanka to a five-wicket prevail upon India in the opening Twenty20 worldwide of the tri-country competition on Tuesday. Pursuing 175 for victory, the hosts rode on Perera’s 37-ball 66 to accomplish their objective with nine balls to save at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.
The left-gave Perera, who hit 6 fours and 4 sixes, dominated Indian opener Shikar Dhawan’s vocation best 90 that saw the guests post 174-5 in the wake of being put into bat first.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar hurt Sri Lanka’s pursuit by getting two wickets each yet Perera’s searing begin ensured the hosts stand tall.
The islanders lost an early wicket however a 58-run second-wicket association between Perera, who indented up his eighth T20 fifty, and Danushka Gunathilaka set their innings back on track.
Perera, who hit paceman Shardul Thakur for 27 keeps running with 5 fours and a six in the third finished of the innings, removed the steam from the unpracticed Indian knocking down some pins assault.