Power-packed innings from Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli guided India to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their first One Day International (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.
Dhawan slammed 132 runs in 90 balls while Kohli smashed 82 runs off 70 deliveries. Both players forged a 197-run partnership for the second wicket, the highest in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka.
It all went good for India in this match. After a little bit of punishment initially, their bowlers bounced back in style to restrict the hosts for 216 and then Dhawan and Kohli applied themselves perfectly to chase down the total with 21.1 overs (127 balls) remaining. This also helped them to record their biggest win, in terms of overs to spare, for a target of over 200.
Coming in to chase a relatively low total, openers Rohit Sharma and Dhawan started the innings on a steady note but Rohit failed to support the Delhi batsman for long as he was dismissed in the fifth over with barely 23 runs on the board.
Incoming batsman and skipper Kohli, along with Dhawan, then paced up the innings by thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. It was raining boundaries in the ground and stopped only after they reached the target. Dhawan slammed 20 boundaries and three sixes while Kohli hit 10 boundaries and one six.
Earlier, Sri Lanka wasted a good start to allow Indian spinners to bounce back in style and restrict the hosts to 216.
For Sri Lanka, openers Niroshan Dickwella (64) and Anjelo Mathews (36 not out) were the major contributors to the cause.
Unlike the Test series, which the hosts lost 0-3, Sri Lanka started the limited overs campaign on a good note as their top order stood up to the occasion. The top three batsmen maintained a perfect run-rate till the halfway-mark of the allotted 50 overs.
India’s ploy to use pacer Jasprit Bumrah as the first change also failed as all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was brought in for Bumrah, was smashed by the Sri Lankan batman. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also failed to click this time.
But soon, after 12 overs, when the spinners were introduced, it was India gaining the upper edge as the Sri Lankan batsman found it difficult to tackle them.
After Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat, Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka gave the perfect start to their team as both forged a 74-run partnership in 14 overs before the latter was sent back to the pavilion by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (74/1).
Unperturbed by the fall of Gunathilaka’s wicket, incoming batsman Kusal Mendis (36) along with Dickwella continued the pace and built up a 65-run stand for the second wicket. But just when things seemed good in the middle, Dickwella was adjudged leg before wicket off Kedar Jadhav in the 25th over (139/2).
It was just after Dickwella’s wicket that the Sri Lankans lost the plot and started losing their wickets at regular intervals. Apart from the top-three batsmen, no other player stood up to the Indian pressure and went back to the pavilion one by one.
Anjelo Mathews (36 not out) somehow managed to stick at the wicket but lack of support from the other end resulted in a low total for the hosts.
Mathews apart, other middle-order batsmen Upul Tharanga (13), Chamara Kapugedera (1) Wanidu Hasaranga (2) scored a total of 16 runs only.
Lower-order players Thisara Perera (0), Lakshan Sandakan (5) and Lasith Malinga (8) tried to make up for the middle-order collapse but failed and thus, after a perfect start, the Islanders were restricted to 216.
For India, left-arm spinner Axar Patel scalped three wickets while Bumrah, Chahal and Jadhav took two wickets each.
(With inputs from IANS)
08:35 PM IST | India wins the 1st ODI by 9 wickets with 21 overs to spare
Dhawan hits a boundary to bring up the winning runs fro the visitors. It has been an easy road to victory for India as Kohli and Dhawan both brilliantly led the attack on Lankan bowlers and ensured there was no chance for the hosts to make a comeback into the game.
08:32 PM IST | 28 overs bowled, India 214/1; Shikhar Dhawan 127(87), Virat Kohli 81(68)
Malinga’s final attempt to get a wicket here before India seals a victory but in vain as Captain Kohli stands affirm on the wickets. A last ball boundary by the Indian captain to end the over from Malinga. 3 more runs required for India to go one up in the ODI series. Kohli reaches 81, this has been easier than expected for the Indian batsmen.
08:28 PM IST | 27 overs bowled, India 206/1; Shikhar Dhawan 126(86), Virat Kohli 74(63)
2 fours and a six, Kohli joins the party. You cannot keep the Indian captain away from the boundaries for long. He hammers Sandakan getting 17 runs of his over. India are now just 11 runs far from winning their first game of the 5-match ODI series.
08:23 PM IST | 26 overs bowled, India 189/1; Shikhar Dhawan 125(85), Virat Kohli 58(58)
Dhawan dropped again, this time as Malinga drops the catch again. Dhawan was quick to capitalize on the mistake and smashes Malinga for a four towards the mid-wicket area. 8 runs from the over by Malinga. India needs 28 more runs to win.
08:20 PM IST | 25 overs bowled, India 181/1; Shikhar Dhawan 118(80), Virat Kohli 57(57)
A six and a four by Dhawan as the southpaw gets going after a century. India now just 36 runs short of the target. Sandakan being thrashed around as Dhawan plays him ruthlessly.
08:11 PM IST | HALF CENTURY! Virat Kohli 50(50)
Indian skipper brings up his fifty, 44th ODI half century for the captain. India cruising along here with absolutely no threat from the Sri Lankan bowlers.
08:08 PM IST | 22 overs bowled, India 155/1; CENTURY! Shikhar Dhawan 100(71)
Shikhar Dhawan brings up his century in 71 deliveries, that’s the fastest ODI century in Sri Lanka by an Indian player. 3 boundaries in that over by Hasaranga.
08:04 PM IST | 21 overs bowled, India 142/1; Shikhar Dhawan 88(66), Virat Kohli 48(47)
Another decent over from India with 7 runs coming of it. Fernando had a close chance of getting the breakthrough as Dhawan was dropped behind the wicket by Dickwella. Not the easiest of catches to take but that could have been the turning point in the game for Lanka.
08:00 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, India 135/1; Shikhar Dhawan 87(64), Virat Kohli 42(43)
Good over from Hasaranga, just 4 runs from it. No problems for the Indian pair playing the spinner they are taking him down slowly and easily. Kohli inching towards his fifty.
07:56 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, India 131/1; Shikhar Dhawan 86(63), Virat Kohli 39(38)
100 runs partnership for the duo of Kohli and Dhawan, 11 runs of the over as Sandakan is not spared by Dhawan this time around. Two boundaries from the over for Dhawan, he is keeping the majority of strike with Virat rotating it from the other end. Dhawan is on 86 now, very close to his first century in the 5 match ODI series.
07:50 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, India 120/1; Shikhar Dhawan 76(58), Virat Kohli 38(37)
Wanidu Hasaranga the lethal spinner brought into attack, but he did little to trouble Dhawan as the southpaw swept the very first ball away to the boundary line. The partnership is edging close to 100 runs.
07:50 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, India 113/1; Shikhar Dhawan 70(53), Virat Kohli 37(36)
Sadakan bowls his 3rd over of the day, just 4 runs of it. A good over for Sri Lanka as skipper Tharanga looks to break the partnership between Kohli and Dhawan.
07:44 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, India 109/1; Shikhar Dhawan 68(50), Virat Kohli 35(33)
Both Virat and Dhawan are firing on the pitch, they are playing sensible and are sending out the bad deliveries for treatment. The partnership is getting better with each passing over. 5 runs from the over but a good drill for the Indian duo.
07:40 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, India 104/1; Shikhar Dhawan 68(47), Virat Kohli 30(30)
Big over for India, as Dhawan clinches 2 more boundaries from the over. Sandakan thrashed by an unstoppable Dhawan.
07:37 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, India 94/1; Shikhar Dhawan 59(42), Virat Kohli 29(29)
One more six from Dhawan as he keeps the fire burning, it was a thick edge but that pace in the delivery from Maling took it over the boundary line. 8 runs of the over from Malinga.
07:33 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, India 86/1; Shikhar Dhawan 52(38), Virat Kohli 28(27)
Brilliant over for India as Dhawan clinches his fifty and manages 8 runs from the over. What form Dhawan has been in, he is in form of his life, absolutely wonderful.
07:31 PM IST |50 for Shikhar Dhawan (Half Century)
What a way to bring up the fifty, SIX towards the mid-wicket boundary and Dhawan waives his bat towards the crowd. 22nd ODI fifty for Dhawan.
07:26 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, India 78/1; Shikhar Dhawan 44(32), Virat Kohli 28(27)
50 partnership up for Dhawan and Kohli as Malinga bowls his 5th over of the day. 78 runs on board for India.
07:22 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, India 71/1; Shikhar Dhawan 42(30), Virat Kohli 24(23)
Boundaries flowing in for India as Mathews comes back to bowl his second over of the day. Kohli thrashes the first ball towards the mid-wicket area for a four. Seven runs of the 11th over from Mathews. India continues the assault without any trouble.
07:18 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, India 64/1; Shikhar Dhawan 41(28), Virat Kohli 18(19)
Kohli and Dhawan playing there classic shots dispatching the Lankan bowlers into the boundaries. 13 runs with 3 boundaries from the over of Perera. Dhawan has been brilliant in his approach so far, some really fearless cricket from the southpaw.
07:13 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, India 51/1; Shikhar Dhawan 33(26), Virat Kohli 13(15)
Angelo Mathews into the attack for Lanka as captain Tharanga tries his first bowling experiment. That initially paid well with just two runs conceded from the over. Not much runs from that one but no trouble either for the Indian batsmen.
07:09 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, India 49/1; Shikhar Dhawan 32(24), Virat Kohli 12(11)
Virat hits two back to back boundaries of the 7th over from Fernando. Kohli draws 8 runs of that over taking India’ score to 49 at loss of one wicket after 8 overs. The two shots from the Indian skipper reflected his classy stance, It’s delighting to see him play the ball so comfortably.
07:05 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, India 36/1; Shikhar Dhawan 27(21), Virat Kohli 4(8)
Dhawan punches Malinga away from mid-wicket. There seem to be no stopping for the Indian opener, he is in absolute touch since the successful stint at the Champions Trophy in England. brilliant batting from the southpaw, he is unaffected by Rohit’s early dismissal.
07:00 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, India 30/1; Shikhar Dhawan 22(19), Virat Kohli 3(4)
Virat Kohli struggles but earns 3 runs of the 4th ball he played. Dhawan continues his strike on the other end with a boundary towards the covers. 7 runs from the overs for India.
06:55 PM IST | WICKET! Rohit Sharma 4(13) run out ( 4.5 overs)
That was close Sharma fell short after fumbling close to the crease, he dropped his bat while running and couldn’t dive forward resulting in a poor dismissal. There was a slight hesitation while running but it was highly unlucky for Rohit as his foot was well inside but in air, resulting in his departure. Virat Kohli comes in to bat.
06:48 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, India 21/0; Rohit Sharma 3(8), Shikhar Dhawan 17(16)
3 runs from that tight over of Fernanado. He kept it very accurate and intact. Dhawan pulled a very good short towards fine leg but the ball was fielded well earning him a couple of runs. Overall a very good over from Fernando.
06:44 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, India 18/0; Rohit Sharma 2(5), Shikhar Dhawan 15(13)
What a shot there from Dhawan he drives the ball from Malinga on the on side clinching his second boundary of the innings. Another boundary of the last ball, once again he has played beautifully towards the covers.
06:39 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, India 9/0; Rohit Sharma 1(4), Shikhar Dhawan 7(8)
Good 2nd over for Sri Lanka, as Fernando comes into attack from the other end. 5 runs from the over with the first boundary of the innings from Dhawan’s bat. The southpaw played all 6 balls to get an idea of Fernando’s pace and line.
06:35 PM IST | 1 over bowled, India 4/0; Rohit Sharma 1(4), Shikhar Dhawan 3(2)
Decent first over by Malinga, 4 runs from the over as Indian openers play the pacer sensibly
06: 30 PM IST | India comes in to bat, Rohit Sharma opens with Shikhar Dhawan
We are back in action here at Dambula Stadium. Malinga to open the bowling attack for Sri Lanka with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in pads for India.
06:10 PM IST | It should be an easy chase for India from here, the total on the board is not a difficult one to achieve. Virat Kohli and boys would want to seal their first win of the series and not leave any loopholes for the hosts to exploit. The bowlers have already made their mark with strict line and length and now its up to the batsmen to romp home the first victory. Well we can expect some changes in the batting order with Rohit Sharma in the side, he might open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan, the pair was immensely successful for the team in their Champions Trophy run. If Sharma opens we might get to see KL Rahul coming one down and Virat Kohli 2nd or maybe MS Dhoni promoting himself a bit up the order.
05: 35 PM IST | WICKET! Vishwa Fernando 0(5) b Bumrah ( 41.3 overs) Sri Lanka- 216 (All-out)
Fernando cleaned up by Bumrah, no chance of a no-ball there as the third-umpire reviews. Seems like Bumrah has put a lot into his no ball problem. So India will look forward to chase down a moderate 217 when they take the field and come out to bat.
05: 43 PM IST | 43 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 216/9; Angelo Mathews 36(50), Vishwa Fernando 0(4)
Bhuvneshwar brought back from the other end in the quest of that last Lankan wicket, he is troubling Mathews with his accurate line. A close miss there as the ball skids away from Dhoni after getting a slight edge from the bat of Mathews.
05: 35 PM IST | WICKET! Malinga 8(6) st Dhoni, b Chahal ( 41.3 overs)
Dhoni swipes off Malinga who was looking to clear the skies again as he stepped forward to lift that delivery from Chahal out of the park. The spinner already anticipated the movement form Malinga and kept it wide his reach with Dhoni making no mistakes behind the wicket. That’s the 9th wicket down for the Lankans with 250 a distant dream now. Vishwa Fernando is the new man in
05: 32 PM IST | 41 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 205/8; Angelo Mathews 27(42), Malinga 8(6)
Axar Patel is being taken on here by Malinga now, who seem to be in no mood to spare, a huge blow from the Lankan pacer as the Indian fielders see it going out of the park. the crowd erupts with the shot.
05: 29 PM IST | 40 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 196/8; Angelo Mathews 25(40), Sandakan 1(2)
A huge six from Mathews as Chahal comes back to bowl, the Lankan all-rounder freed his arms just about the time Malinga dropped in, he knows its no where close to 250 or 300 from here if there is no fire power. A six right into the crowd, Chahal’s bad delivery has been brutally punished by Mathews. A boundary after 14 overs.
05: 25 PM IST | WICKET! Sandakan 5(8) lbw b Axar ( 38.5 overs)
Sandakan deceived by that delivery from Axar Patel, the ball it his pads directly and got him going. Bad defense there from Sandakan who could have done little more to at least edge the ball and save the dismissal. Mathews now needs to be there for another 7-8 overs to ensure a good total on board for the Lankans. Malinga is the new man in.
05: 17 PM IST | 37 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 179/7; Angelo Mathews 7(15), Sandakan 0(1)
India are well into it with some superb bowling performances from the spinners, Mathews is the only hope left there for Lanka. Mathews will have to up the ante from here and carry the Lankan innings forward from here.
05: 12 PM IST | WICKET! Thisara Perera 0(5) b Bumrah ( 35.5 overs)
What a ball that from Bumrah, strikes into the stumps of Perera who was absolutely outplayed by the pace in that delivery. Bumrah comes back bowls 5 dot balls and a yorker to send Perera back to the pavilion. Indian fans are celebrating already the game is in India’s pocket right now.
05: 05 PM IST | WICKET!Wanidu Hasaranga 2(5) c Kedar Jadhav b Axar (34.2 overs)
Hasaranga comes in leaves as Kedhar Jadhav pulls off an absolute blinder of a catch. The right-hander lofted it in the air it was a very difficult one to judge but Jadhav who has been brilliant today adds one more credit to his account. That’s the second wicket for Axar.
04: 57 PM IST | WICKET!Chamara Kapugedera 1(2) run-out (Kohli) (33.2 overs)
Sri Lanka losing wickets in panic, Kapugedra responded to the call from Mathews but couldn’t beat the pace of Indian skipper Kohli who throws the ball into the wickets keeping the Sri Lankan short of crease. Trouble mounting for Lankans as they keep on loosing wickets at regular intervals.
04: 55 PM IST | Chamara Kapugedera, right handed batsman, comes to the crease, Sri Lanka 169/4; Angelo Mathews 10(18), Chamara Kapugedera 1(2)
Another good over from Jadhav with a wicket and just 4 runs conceded
04: 50 PM IST | WICKET! Upul Tharanga 13(23) c Dhawan b Kedar Jadhav (32.2 overs)
The Sri Lankan skipper fells prey to Kedhar Jadhav, a blinder full-toss from the spinner and Tharanga loops it into the safe hands of Dhawan at long-on. Disappointing shot selection from the batsman, he could not handle the hieght of the ball and gave away his wicket. Jadhav is playing the key here once again with an intent of proving why he has been selected ahead of Ajinkya Rahane.
04: 49 PM IST |32 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 165/3; Upul Tharanga 13 (22), Angelo Mathews 7(15)
Another good over from Axar Patel, just 4 runs conceded of that 6th over from the spinner. He has so far been hit for only 18 runs in his 6, cementing his chances of selection in the next game. Not to forget Axar can also be handy with the if needed.
04: 44 PM IST |31 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 161/3; Upul Tharanga 12 (21), Angelo Mathews 5(10)
Chahal keeping it very tight for the right-hand-left-hand pair of Mathews and Tharanga, absolutely no room for any mistake. Just 4 runs of that over form the RCB spinner.
04: 40 PM IST |29 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 156/3; Upul Tharanga 5 (8), Angelo Mathews 4(6)
4 runs of that 6th over from Chahal, Indian spinners are now steadily creating problems for the Lankans batsman. The two batsman on the crease are both new and unsettled this could be the time for India to hold the Lankan batting and stop them from a big total.
04: 33 PM IST | WICKET! Kusal Mendis 36(36) b Axar (27.1 overs)
Just when it looked like Mendis was getting settled, Axar Patel has struck as he rips into the stumps of the southpaw. The tight line and length has finally rewarded him back with a wicket. Mendis was there beaten by the pace of the ball as the ball slid in between the pads and bat to hit the stumps. That announces India back into the game. Angelo Mathews comes in to bat.
04: 32 PM IST |27 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 150/2; Kusal Mendis 36(36), Upul Tharanga 5 (8)
Kedhar Jadhav smoothly taking the Indian spin attack further, gives just 4 runs of that over. Indians are slowly getting back in the game here by tightening there grips on the Lankan Batsman. A wicket from here could really put the hosts in trouble.
04: 28 PM IST |26 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 146/2; Kusal Mendis 35(34), Upul Tharanga 2 (4)
Axar bowls his 3rd over of the day, just 5 runs coming of it with a boundary from the dangerous looking Mendis who continues the good work despite the departure of Dickwella. Upul Tharanga joins him on the supporting end. A huge day for the Lankan skipper to earn his team the first victory in the 5-match series.
04: 22 PM IST | OUT! Niroshan Dickwella 64(74) (24.3 overs)
Kedhar Jadhav does the trick for skipper Virat Kohli once again. Dickwella LBWd, he went for a review but there was no edge and the opener had to depart after playing a beautiful knock of 64 runs in 74 deliveries. Jadhav is at it yet again, the man with golden arm as they say once again has come to the rescue when the batsmen seemed to be dragging it away from the visitors.
04: 20 PM IST |24 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 134/1; Kusal Mendis 30(28), Niroshan Dickwella 60(72)
Axar Patel bowls the 24th, Right-hand- left hand spin combination in play for India as Kohli seeks to break the budding partnership before it could turn big. Just 2 runs of that over from Patel as Mendis tries to read his few balls.
04: 15 PM IST |23 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 132/1; Kusal Mendis 29(23), Niroshan Dickwella 59(70)
Two back to back boundaries by Dickwella in this Jadhav over as the opener keep on bettering with passing deliveries. Mendis and Dickwella both are in attack mode but the duo is also playing sensibly to avoid any more damage in the middle.
04: 11 PM IST | 50* Dickwella (Half Century for the Lankan opener)
5th ODI fifty for Dickwella. The southpaw carries his good form from the Test series into the first ODI here. Here he rises his bat towards the crowd and dug-out, captain Tharanga appreciating the effort.
04: 10 PM IST |21 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 118/1; Kusal Mendis 26(20), Niroshan Dickwella 48(62)
Jadhav brought in, that’s an unexpected change from Kohli early in the innings but the unorthodox spinner could be handy and get a breakthrough he has done that in past for the skipper. Just one run of that over Jadhav already effective with the ball.
04: 05 PM IST |20 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 117/1; Kusal Mendis 26(20), Niroshan Dickwella 47(56)
Mendis gets going here, Chahal the victim as the right-hander hits two back to back boundaries of the spinner. One more a 5th ball boundary, that was cheeky from Mendis. With no slip in place the ball flew away to the boundary line.
03: 59 PM IST |19 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 103/1; Kusal Mendis 13(15), Niroshan Dickwella 46(55)
Pandya into the attack, Dickwella thrashed that away but not enough for the boundary line as Jadhav saves it just an inch before. Close again here as Mendis rushes on the danger end just seconds before Dhoni’s throw could land into stumps. 6 runs of that Pandya over.
03: 54 PM IST |18 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 97/1; Kusal Mendis 11(13), Niroshan Dickwella 43(51)
Chahal done with his 4th, 10 run of that over as Mendis and Dickwella hit a boundary each to get some groove going in the innings. They both are looking to taker the attack on the Indian bowlers now. Mendis is a great tackler pof spin and Chahal seem to easily readable here.
03: 49 PM IST |17 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 87/1; Kusal Mendis 5(9), Niroshan Dickwella 39(49)
Bumrah finishes the 17th over conceding just 3 runs of it. He is getting into the rhythm trying to create problems for the duo of Mendis and Dickwella . A few good length deliveries from the pacer has paused the scoring rate of the Lankans.
03: 42 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 81/1; Kusal Mendis 1(6), Niroshan Dickwella 37(46)
Chahal done with his 3rd over, stitching Lankan attack to slow down the scoring rate of the hosts. The boundary from Dickwella was the only positive for the Lankans in this strict over from the spinner.
03: 35 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 74/1 ; WICKET! Danushka Gunathilaka 35(41)
OUT! Gunathilaka 35 (44) The opener dashes it into the hands of Rahul at covers, that’s the first one down for the Lankans. India has finally got the reward of continuous strike, thanks to the balling changes by skipper Virat Kohli.
03: 31 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 73/0; Danushka Gunathilaka 35(41), Niroshan Dickwella 30(37)
After Bumrah’s tight over, Chahal continues on the other end. CHANCE! this was close, Dhoni looked confident but Dickwella was safely in before Dhoni took off the bails. No wicket yet for India.
03: 26 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 68/0; Danushka Gunathilaka 29(33), Niroshan Dickwella 32(27)
Bumrah brought into attack by Virat, India are on a continuous hunt for a wicket here at the Dambulla International Stadium, the Sri Lankan openers have settled down well and are playing comfortably.
03: 07 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 55/0; Danushka Gunathilaka 29(33), Niroshan Dickwella 22(27)
Virat needs to replace Pandya who is all over the place so far. Buvneshwar has picked up the game in last two overs.
Gunathilaka and Dickwella are taking calculated risks, both playing waiting game — thankfully Pandya has given a few dollies so far.
With the wind blowing into the batsman at the pavilion end, Jasprit Bumrah can be a crafty substitute for a couple of overs before Axar and Chahal pitch in.
Srilanka will be a happy side so far. With the debacle in the recently concluded test series, so far the openers have done a good job of setting up a platform for accelerating run rate in the middle overs.
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02: 51 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 21/0
A cautious start by both Dickwella 7(12) and Gunathilaka 13(18). Interestingly, Virat has used Hardik Pandya along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar inside first five overs. Hardik has the Captian’s backing, no surprises there.
Bhuvneshwar on the other-hand looks a little edgy and seems missing the accuracy that made him the leading wicket-taker in IPL.
02: 30 PM IST | Both the Srilankan openers, Dickwella and Gunathilaka are at the crease. Dickwella is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack for India
02: 00 PM IST | Indian Captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Sri Lanka in the first of the five ODI matches to be played between the two teams.
Team India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Team Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga