Match to go on despite national emergency

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The BCCI on Tuesday said the Tri-nation T20 series in Sri Lanka, also involving the Indian cricket team, will continue despite the country plunging into a state of emergency following communal violence.

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon, executive director of the Centre for Human Rights Sri Lanka, condemned the "unfathomable police inefficiency" that he said led to the violence.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday chose to declare a 10-day state of Emergency after communal clashes erupted in Kandy district. Tension has been growing between the two communities over the past year, and it took the violent turn on Monday.

It was largely thanks to a Kusal explosion in the third over that Sri Lanka outdid India so prodigiously during this period.

The situation, however, remained tense in part of Kandy, home to famous tea plantations and Buddhist relics, after charred remains of a Muslim man was recovered today from a burnt building.

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Team India's bench would be put to test as all the rising talents who've been knocking on the selectors' doors, have their prayers answered.

India will be without numerous key players like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Hardik Pandya.

1 - First limited-overs worldwide played by India in Sri Lanka without MS Dhoni since his debut in 2004. Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda is one of the players selected in the squad and he had recently said that he is hopeful he will get to play atleast one match.

India lost the wicket of skipper Rohit Sharma early in the game, he was dismissed for a duck. Sri Lanka will face a home crowd buoyed by their recent tour of Bangladesh where they thrashed the hosts in all three formats. The final is scheduled to be played on March 18. Dinesh Chandimal had won the toss and chose to bowl first and Rohit Sharma feels that the wicket will play true right through the game. Dushmantha Chameera gave India a big jolt in the first over itself when he had Rohit caught by Jeevan Mendis who took a breath-taking diving catch while running back from mid-off.

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