In the inaugural Twenty20 match on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium, India defeated Sri Lanka by a score of two runs thanks to the combined efforts of young speed bowlers Umran Malik and Shivam Mavi.

Mavi, 24, was making his T20 debut, while Malik, 23, was taking part in his fourth T20 match. Mavi only had the opportunity to play because India’s first choice, Arshdeep Singh, wasn’t well. Mavi changed the game by taking wickets whenever they were required. To lead India to win, the UP pacer took four wickets for 22 runs, while Malik took two for 27 runs.

When he maintained his composure to defend 13 runs in the final over, left-arm spinner Axar Patel made sure the duo’s valiant efforts were not in vain.

The strain was on the home side as they had to defend only 162 runs on a flat wicket with small boundaries while also dealing with the dew issue. However, the youthful pacers were up to the challenge. Mavi, who was given the new ball along with the skipper Hardik Pandya, got off to a great start as he clean-bowled Pathum Nissanka in his first over. With a maiden spell of 2-0-17-2, he added another in his second over by getting Dhananjaya de Silva.

Yuzvendra Chahal’s huge over (17 runs), which put India under pressure, prompted Pandya to bring up Mavi for the 15th over. After 14.3 overs, he achieved the breakthrough by forcing Wanindu Hasaranga to make a false shot with a slower stroke, bringing Sri Lanka to 108/6. At that point, Mavi gave up only three runs for a final score of 3-0-20-3.

Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, was doing well at the opposite end, however. For the 17th over, the India captain resorted to Umran Malik with the match still in doubt. On his fourth delivery of the over, the fast bowler delivered a 155kph thunderbolt to have the batsman caught at cover after being smashed for a six by Shanaka (45 runs, 27 balls).

Mavi finished off a strong start by taking the wicket of Maheesh Theekshana in the 18th over and reducing Sri Lanka to 132/8 with only three runs conceded. Chamika Karunaratne had too much to get in the last two overs because of the two’s excellent efforts.