After the historic 3-0 Test series win against host Sri Lanka, Indian team is all set to take on Lanka in the One-day global series. 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.
– 86 Innings taken by Shikhar Dhawan to score 11 hundreds in ODIs.
But Sri Lanka quickly slid from a solid 139-2 in the 25th over, losing its remaining eight wickets for 77 runs.
Acknowledging that change and taking the recent results in Sri Lanka into consideration, the hosts’ best bet would be to trust their batting line-up, hope the toss falls in their favour (it didn’t in the Test series) and chase down whatever they are asked to. Hopefully he stays in this happy zone and we’ll make sure he stays there, because he will win you games as long he’s in it.
The hosting nation’s bowlers looked hapless as the only wicket of Sharma came through a run out.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel (3/34), playing his first worldwide match since October a year ago, was the stand out bowler for India with a career-best figure.
The bottom four sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings will need to play a qualifying event, also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League.
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.
The ninth-ranked West Indies will be playing a one-off ODI against Ireland before competing in a 5-match ODI series against England from September 19 to 29.
Incoming batsman and skipper Kohli, along with Dhawan, then paced up the innings by thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. “If one goes, there is another player so we can afford those things”, said Dhawan.
India’s tour to Sri Lanka could not be more one-sided. The squad will be captained by Upul Tharanga, who had a awful Test series and the onus will be on soft spoken Tharanga to lead his troops. While the two have not really gone bonkers, they are doing a fine job to keep the Sri Lankan scorecard ticking. It is not about which opposition we are playing.
Dhawan was thrilled with his performance and said, “Things have been going well for me”.
With regards to the bowling combination for this first ODI, picking three spinners is not an option for the skipper. (It) Looks like a good wicket.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.