Cricket NewsSanju Samson will miss the T20I series between India and Sri Lanka...

    Sanju Samson will miss the T20I series between India and Sri Lanka because of a knee injury.


    Sanju Samson, the wicketkeeper-batsman for the Indian cricket team, will not play in the remaining two games of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. Samson damaged his left knee during the first T20I at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium while attempting to field a ball close to the boundary ropes. According to a BCCI statement, “He was transported for scans and an expert opinion this afternoon in Mumbai and has been advised rest and rehabilitation.”

    “Jitesh Sharma has been selected by the All-India Senior Selection Committee to replace Sanju Samson.” Rahul Tripathi might have a chance to make his debut as a result of Samson’s injury. Tripathi, a reliable IPL performer, has been traveling with the team for some time but has not yet received a game. India won the first game by a slim margin of two runs, giving them a 1-0 series lead.

    Shivam Mavi made his professional debut in the first T20I, and his persistent fast-bowling performance was the difference in India’s close two-run victory over Sri Lanka on Tuesday in Mumbai. Before Deepak Hooda (41*) and Axar Patel (31*) helped the hosts to 162 for five, Indian hitters struggled to get the Sri Lankan spinners out of the game. The Sri Lankans undoubtedly possessed the strength to chase down 163, but Mavi’s strikes at the beginning and end of the innings tipped the balance in their favor.

    The spinner Axar Patel was able to contain 13 runs in the final over as the contest came down to the wire. Mavi finished with impressive stats of 4 for 22 in 4 overs. Sri Lanka was dismissed for 160 runs in 20 overs, despite valiant efforts from Chamika Karunaratne (23 not out off 16) and captain Dasun Shanaka (45 off 27). At this stadium, India has never defended a lower total.


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