Riding high on confidence after 3-0 clean-sweep of the Test series, dominant India locks horns with Sri Lanka in first ODI of the five-match series at Dambulla. Team India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first. However, after a steady start, Indian spinners stunned the hosts.
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#India beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets
#Shikhar Dhawan scores a century, his 11th hundred in ODIs
#After 5 overs: Ind 23-1
set a target of 217 for in Dambulla.
#After 42 overs: SL 209-9
#After 16 overs: SL 81-1
# After 8 overs: SL 43-0
# Pandya to D Gunathilaka, FOUR, short length just outside off stump.
# Pandya to D Gunathilaka, FOUR, short length on middle stump.
# After 6 overs: SL 27-0
# H Pandya to N Dickwella, FOUR, short length going down leg.
# H Pandya to D Gunathilaka, no run, short length on middle stump.
# After 5 overs: SL 21-0
# One run off the last ball after 5 consecutive dots.
# Three dot balls in a row. Bhuvi comes back stronger after expensive last over.
# After 4 overs: SL 20-0
# Very tight over from Pandya, Just one run off the fourth year.
# After 3 overs: SL 19-0
# Good over for Sri Lanka, 10 runs off the over.
# B Kumar to D Gunathilaka, FOUR, good length outside off stump.
# B Kumar to N Dickwella, FOUR, good length just outside off stump.
# After two overs: SL 9-0
# H Pandya to D Gunathilaka, FOUR, 130.5 km/h full length on leg stump.
# Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
# After one over: SL 1-0
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a wonderful first over. Just one run off the first over. Good start.
# Dickwella and Gunathilaka are at the crease. Dickwella is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack.
# Team India Captain Virat Kohli along with his Sri Lanka counterpart unveil the ODI trophy
# Malinga is playing his 200th ODI. He is the third oldest player playing his 200th one0day international match.
# India have won the toss and decided to bowl first.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga(c), Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga
Virat Kohli and company will look to continue their juggernaut while Sri Lanka would be eager to register their first win of the India tour.
Losing 11 out of 16 ODIs played in 2017, Sri Lankan team’s performance has been very poor since the start of the year. They were whitewashed by South Africa, and Bangladesh too gave them a bitter taste and manages to draw the series. But it was Zimbabwe that gave Lankans a miserable feeling by registering their first ever series win against the hosts.
However, one positive for the team was their surprise victory against India in the ICC Champions Trophy and they would like to take that nly positive when they face off India at home.