Sundar shines on debut as India complete clean sweep of T20I series

Ashish Peter 24/12/2017
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Sunar put in an assured performance on his T20I debut.

India completed a 3-0 clean sweep of the three-match series with a victory over Sri Lanka in the final T20I in Mumbai.

The hosts made two changes to the side that won at Indore with Washington Sundar coming in place of Yuzvendra Chahal to make his T20I debut for India while Mohammed Siraj replaced Jasprit Bumrah.

Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first on his home ground and restricted the islanders to in their 20 overs. In reply, India survived some mid-game jitters to complete a five-wicket win.

Here, we look at the key talking points of the match.

WASHINGTON MAKES HISTORY FOR INDIA

The 18-year old Washington Sundar became the youngest debutant for India in the 20-over format. The young all-rounder beat the previous record set by Rishab Pant who made his debut as a 19-year-old.

Sundar made his maiden bow a one to remember after being handed the new ball responsibilities by Sharma. The off-spinner struck in his second over after Kusal Perera miscued a flick towards long-on to give a simple return catch to the bowler.

The youngster bowled a tight line and gave nothing away to return with excellent figures of 1-22 off his four overs.

JAYDEV UNADKAT MAKES HIS MARK

Unlike Sundar, Unadkat has worn the blue of India previously but has failed to hold on to his place in the side. Given another opportunity in the series, the bowler showed that he could be the answer to India’s lack of left-arm pace options.

The 26-year-old bowled at a good clip generating some prodigious swing while also making excellent use of the slower delivery.

Unadkat accounted for the opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella in his first spell and was miserly with his economy in the death overs.

He returned with sensational figures of 2-15 off his quota of overs.

SRI LANKA FIGHT HARD IN DEFENCE OF SUBPAR TOTAL

Sri Lanka have not had many moments to smile about in the entire tour be it the Tests, ODIs or T20Is. The islanders have lacked a little bit of fight as India have coasted to some comprehensive and comfortable wins.

Their bowlers just had 135 runs to defend at the Wankhede but they made sure that the hosts made a meal of the run chase.

At no stage were India allowed any breathing space by the Sri Lankans. Sharma and KL Rahul have made mockery of the bowling in previous matches but on Sunday they struggled for runs and were removed cheaply.

Dushmantha Chameera and Dasun Shanuka were the pick of the bowlers for the islanders.

Sri Lanka's bowlers gave a much better account of themselves on Sunday.

Sri Lanka’s bowlers gave a much better account of themselves on Sunday.

MS DHONI AND DINESH KARTHIK HELP INDIA END HOME SEASON ON HIGH

Sri Lanka’s bowlers had stifled the run-scoring along with picking up wickets at regular intervals. When India lost Manish Pandey, the game seemed to be balanced on a knife-edge with the hosts at 108-5 in the 17th over.

MS Dhoni, with all his valuable experience, ensured that India completed a clean sweep of the series along with Dinesh Karthik.

The unbeaten knocks of 16 and 18 from Dhoni and Karthik respectively took India home with four deliveries to spare at the Wankhede stadium in the hosts’ final home game before they undertake a string of away tours.

Dhoni, along with Karthik, saw India through safely in the end.

Dhoni, along with Karthik, saw India through safely in the end.

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Giles would have been tempted to send home England players for bad behaviour during Ashes

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Giles has heavily criticised the misbehaving English players.

Ashley Giles says he would have been tempted to send home some of England‘s players for bad behaviour during their Ashes tour of Australia.

England’s poor performances on the pitch, which have seen them lose the series ahead of the start of the fourth Test on Boxing Day, have been compounded by incidents off it.

Ben Duckett, who is not part of the full Ashes squad, was given a suspension and a maximum £1,500 fine by the England and Wales cricket Board for throwing a drink over vice-captain James Anderson, while Jonny Bairstow was previously involved in a headbutt incident during a night out in Perth.

Former spin bowler Giles, who played 54 Test matches for England and later worked as a selector, believes some of the current crop of players have lacked maturity.

“I think I would have been very tempted (to send some home),” the 44-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live‘s Sportsweek programme.

“There comes a time when there’s enough water gone under the bridge, a lot of it not very nice water, you have to make a stand and we’re probably past that point.

“The whole thing sheds a bad light on England cricket but I think what we have to remember is these guys are extremely talented cricketers and they’ve got a great gift in what they do.

Duckett was fined and suspended for his misdemeanour.

Duckett was fined and suspended for his misdemeanour.

“It doesn’t make them extremely mature individuals. And there’s work to do there.

“If the maturity isn’t there in the dressing room then they need quite strict guidelines and rules and whether that’s a sad state of affairs or not, and a lot’s been made of curfew, if people can’t be trusted or mature enough to make the right decisions, you’ve got two choices – you either put things in place that don’t give them so much freedom to make mistakes or you change the people.

“Over time, if you can’t trust people to make correct decisions off the field, how can you trust them to make them on the field?”.

England’s struggles Down Under have put the spotlight on captain Joe Root.

The Yorkshire batsman has been heavily criticised, including by former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who said he has been “soft” and “looks like a little boy”.

Giles believes those comments are harsh but admitted Root appears to have lost some of his enthusiasm.

“I don’t think he’s soft. He’s always looked like a little boy – he can’t help that,” Giles said. “He’s always played cricket like a man.

“I guess the fear for all of us when Joe got the captaincy was that it would affect his cricket.

“I think what we have seen – and it’s not surprising considering we’re 3-0 down – is someone who looks pretty fed up and has lost some of his effervescence if you like, his fizz.

“And that’s what Joe is. Joe plays his cricket with a sparkle and a smile, and that seeps right through everything he does, his fielding, his batting and it should feed through his captaincy as well.

“Unfortunately, we’re getting a battering at the moment, but the last thing Joe Root is is soft.”

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Stokes is likely to get the NOC to participate in the IPL auction.

Suspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to be given the go ahead from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to put his name in the IPL auctions next month.

The star-man has been handed an indefinite suspension from the national team following an incident at a Bristol night club on September 25.

The 26-year-old continues to be sidelined from the England squad as the board wait to see if Stokes will be charged by the police.

Stokes was given a No-Objection Certificate (NoC) to play for Canterbury in New Zealand, a stint which recently came to an end.

Asked whether Stokes getting a lucrative deal in the IPL while being suspended from international cricket would be harmful for the sport, ECB CEO Tom Harrison replied: “That is for Ben to decide.”

“Having given an NOC for New Zealand, it will be difficult for us to say on balance we would not apply the same thinking to other parts of the world.”

Stokes was the most expensive player in the last edition of the IPL fetching an enormous sum of £1.7million from the Rising Pune Super Giants.

He lived up to that tag in the tournament after being named the most valuable player of the season.

It will be no surprise to see the controversial star purchased for a more lucrative contract this time around when the auction takes place on January 27-28.

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