India take a 1-0 lead in 5 match series
India continue with their dominating run as they beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first ODI of the five-match series.
Shikhar Dhawan blasted a magnificent 132 while Virat Kohli chipped in with a brilliant 82* as their 197-run stand helped India crush Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the Dambulla ODI to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
Sri Lanka after being invited to bat first, started well only to suffer a batting collapse as they got allout for 216 runs in 43.2 overs. Srilanka lost 9 wickets for just 77 runs. India bowlers, especially the spinners, were disciplined in the ball and turned it India’s way in the middle overs. Axar Patel was pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/34 while Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal chipped inwith two wickets each. Niroshan Dickwella was the top scorer for Srilanka with a 74 ball 64 runs while Kushal Mendis and Angelo Mathews scored 36 runs each.
India carried its domination from the Test series into the One-day format and achieved its biggest ever win in terms of overs left while chasing a 200-plus total. India lost opener Rohit Sharma for just 5 runs but Shikhar Dhawan blasted 132 runs from just 90 balls to lead his team to victory. Skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 82 runs off 70 balls with 10 fours and a six.
Dhawan punished the bowlers with 21 boundaries, including three sixes, finishing the match in a jiffy. He brought up his 11th ODI hundred off only 71 balls and it was the second quickest hundred against Sri Lanka by an Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag's 66-ball effort at Rajkot in 2009.The left-hander raised an unbeaten 197-run partnership for the second wicket with skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 82 off 70 balls. None of the Srilankan bowlers looked impressive and the fielding was also below par.