IND vs SL: Watch - Deepak Hooda loses his cool and abuses umpire over wide-ball decision in 1st T20I
Hardik Pandya-led Indian team went one on one against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 3rd January, Tuesday. Having a look at the game, Dasun Shanaka, the captain of the visiting side won the toss and invited the hosts to bat.
Batting first, India posted a competitive total of 162 runs on the board. Ishan Kishan gave a good start to the innings and scored 37 runs before returning to the dressing room.
With the other batters flopping in the middle, Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel took the responsibility in the end as they remained unbeaten on 41 and 31 runs respectively.
Chasing the target, Sri Lanka didn't get the expected start as they lost two of their three top-order batters for cheap scores. After Kusal Mendis' 28, skipper Dasun Shanaka played a crucial knock of 45 runs from 27 balls and got stuck into the spell of the Indian pacer Umran Malik.
I want to contribute in every manner: Deepak Hooda
Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne tried their best but failed to get their side over the victory line. In the end, Hardik Pandya and his men defeated the Sri Lankan side by a margin of 2 runs.
After defeating the visitors in a close encounter, Deepak Hooda was named Player of the Match for his unbeaten 41 runs off 23 balls with the help of a boundary and four sixes.
He shared a few words in the post-match presentation, saying, "I try my best to practice according to the number I bat. We were discussing it is a matter of 2-3 hits and that we will get with some momentum.
I want to contribute in every manner. I am coming on the back of domestic cricket and know how to target the spinners," was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. However, during the game, Deepak Hooda was seen abusing the umpire for not giving a wide ball for a delivery he played.
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