Shikhar Dhawan's rich form continues, century helps India beat Sri Lanka

Monday, 21 Aug, 2017

After having whitewashed Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series, India raced to a 1-0 lead in the ODI series after registering a 9 wicket victory over Sri Lanka. Sharma ran for a run and his bat got stuck to the ground. While India is third in the ICC ODI rankings, Sri Lanka is at 8th position. While The Little Master took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, Kohli has taken just 102 innings to score 18 ODI tons while batting second.

Kohli, himself, played a superb knock to score his 44th ODI half-century off 50 balls, inclusive of six fours. Dhawan hit 20 boundaries and 3 sixes during his stay in the middle.

Earlier, a confident Upul Tharanga insisted Sri Lanka were in the mood to bat and that looked the case with Danushka Gunathilaka settled on 35 before an ugly reverse sweep was snapped up by an nearly confused KL Rahul at cover. Both players forged a 197-run partnership for the second wicket. "Once he starts going, it's very hard to stop him".

Not rating Dhoni as well as he didn't do much apart from a stumping that he affected to get rid of Lasith Malinga.

Incoming batsman and skipper Kohli, along with Dhawan, then paced up the innings by thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. Lanka still looked good to reach 280 at that stage, but the spinners strangled the runs and collapse came expectedly thereafter. Apart from Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka (35), Kusal Mendia (36) and Angelo Mathews (36 not out) scored valuable runs for the Islanders. Since the Sanath Jayasuriya-led selection committee took over in May previous year, Sri Lanka have fielded 40 players in ODIs - a figure the selectors have been widely panned for.

India opted to go in with left-arm spinner Patel and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as Kuldeep Yadav was surprisingly left out.

The Indian think-tank has made a lot of moves in this regard, and prima facie, the most important of them at present is the simple declaration that K.L. Rahul will bat at No. 4 throughout this five-match contest.

With the new ball not swinging at all, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's effectiveness was diminished as he gave away 33 runs in his 6 overs. Will hope for a better outing in the next match.

WICKET! Vishwa Fernando is clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. The main thing is someone has to get a big one. Virat along with his girlfriend Anushka and the Indian team's coach Ravi Shastri were spotted with the Sri Lankan fans and now, again, thanks to some fan clubs we saw the two together.