1st ODI, India vs Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan Smashes 11th Ton

21 August, 2017, 06:16 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • DAMBULLA Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis is cleaned up by Indian spinner Axar Patel as wicket-keeper M.S. Dhoni looks on during the first One-day International at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.—AFP

Preview: Fresh from a 3-0 Test cricket series whitewash over Sri Lanka, India will aim to continue with their ruthless approach as the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series begins at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday.

The flurry of boundaries unleashed by Kohli and Dhawan while knocking off the last forty runs of the chase only underlined the complete dominance of India as they went 1-0 up in the five-match series.

The hosts collapsed from 139 for one and were bowled out for 216 runs, which India chased down with 21.1 overs to spare. Shikhar Dhawan additionally consolidated with Virat Kohli to raise the most astounding second-wicket association by any combine in Sri Lanka.1st ODI: Dhawan, Kohli enable India to beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets.

Team India are already preparing a roadmap for the 2019 World Cup. I told boys to forget the Test series said Upul Tharanga as a captain of the team Sri Lanka. Dhawan hit 16 fours and two sixes on his way to a brilliant century as Indian skipper Virat Kohli gave him good support from the other end.

Though playing second in command to Virat Kohli is abviously an honour, Rohit wasn't amused to the reporters questions in Pallekele when asked if he ever felt he had underachieved in Tests, given his obvious talent.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped three wickets, giving away just 34 runs in his quota of 10 overs.

As for the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, India captain Virat Kohli goes into the series as the world's top-ranked ODI batsman with 873 points and a chance to increase his 12-point lead over Australia's David Warner. Sri Lanka have recalled all-rounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana into the squad.

India to win the first ODI match.

With Tharanga and Dickwella at the top, followed by Mendis, Gunathilaka, Mathews, and Perera, the Sri Lankan batting lineup has tons of potential.

India has been played very good in the limited over format while Sri Lanka has been struggling for a good form.

Fans of the Sri Lankan team lined up in front of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) office and made their frustration known. Then it's up to the player to make the decision to make based on his strengths, his reading of the conditions, and his reading of the opposition.

While the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are not picked for ODIs and T20 against Sri Lakna, the presence of MS Dhoni and of comeback men Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey add solid firepower in the batting department. Two wickets each were taken by the Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Kedar Jadhav.


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