13’s Year Old Record Of MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan Has Been Broken By Hooda And Axar In the First Match Against Sri-Lanka

India won the first match in a thriller encounter by two runs of the three T20I match series on Tuesday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Earlier, the Sri Lankan captain won the toss and elected to bat first. The start of men in blue wasn’t so good, and they lost their five wickets on 94 runs. But the partnership between all-rounder Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel for the sixth wicket of 68 runs helped India to put a fighting total on the board of 162/5 in 20 overs.

In the chase, the visitors showed an impressive batting performance. Most of the moment, they seemed to get the total easily because of the blistering knock of their skipper Dasun Shanaka’s 45 runs off 27 balls, but Axar’s impressive last over helped them to restrict on just 160 runs in 20 overs.

Debutant Indian pacer Shivam Mavi bowled brilliantly in this match, grabbed four wickets in his first match, and added glory to his name. However, the pace master Umran Malik and veteran pacer Harshal Patel also took 2-2 wickets each.

Batting first, Indian team seemed to be struggling on the pitch, but the crucial partnership between Hooda, who scored 41 runs off 23 balls, with Axar Patel, who scored 31 runs off 20 balls of 68 runs, helped the Indian team to set the total of 162 runs on the board. This partnership surpassed the partnership of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan against England in 2009 for the sixth wicket for India in T20Is. Now, the partnership between Hooda and Axar is in the second spot after Virat and Hardik’s 70 runs partnership against England in 2021.

The last over bowled by Axar Patel was fantastic in which he managed to restrict the Sri Lankan side by scoring 13 runs, giving only 10 runs, and securing the win for the nation.

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