Nagpur: Kumar Sangakkara cracked a quickfire 37-ball 78 to lead Sri Lanka to a 29-run victory against India in the first Twenty20 International in Nagpur on Wednesday.
Sangakkara hit 78 from 37 deliveries, building sizable partnerships with Tillakaratne Dilshan (34) and Chamara Kapugedera (47) as Sri Lanka amassed 215 for five.
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Sangakkara smashed 17 runs in one over from left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and 15 more off debutant seamer Ashok Dinda in another.
Sri Lankan captain was ably supported by the big-hitting Chamara Kapugedera (47 in 20 balls) as the fourth wicket duo added 69 runs in 5.3 overs.
In reply, Gautam Gambhir made 55 off 26 deliveries but India suffered mid order collapse and the team finished on 186-9.
Indian fielding was pathetic as they dropped three easy catches and missed an easy run out chance.
Jayasuriya took 2-19 and Angelo Mathews 2-30.
The second match is on Saturday.