Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a magnificent century and India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first match of the five-match series by nine wickets to win by 9 wickets. India has dominated its one-day format from the Test series, and chasing more than 200 total to win its biggest win over the over. The explosion ended the target of 217 with 127 balls, in which Dhawan was the result of Sri Lanka’s attack with his innings of 132 runs, which was just 90 balls.
Dhawan punished the bowlers with 21 balls and three sixes in which the match was over for a moment. He scored his 11th ODI century on 71 balls and in 2009 after the attempt of 66 balls of Virender Sehwag in Rajkot, the Indian batsman scored the second fastest century against Sri Lanka.
Left arm batsman Virat Kohli joined the unbroken 197-run partnership for the second wicket with 82 runs in 70 balls.
After being invited to bat in Sri Lanka, their best start since India’s arrival, but batting collapsed to 216 in 43.2 overs, which resulted in 9 wickets in 77 runs.
Nirosho Dikewell (65) and Danusca Gunnilka (35) gave the hosts a good start with a 74-run lead but it went on to a self-destruct mode which was out of the score of a four by 139 in the 44th over. done.
Left-arm spinner Axel Patel has achieved the best three-wicket haul by scoring 34 runs for India. He was playing his first international match since October last year.
India were not the best start chasing 217, when Rohit Sharma (4) was run out in the fifth over when he lost to the bat and beat his feet behind the crease to beat Chamara Kapugedera’s throw Not given in.
He started slow and clearly rusted from sitting out of the first half of the tour.
But Dhawan batted, as he went in this tour and once again put Sri Lanka’s sword into the sword. For the company with Kohli, he scored 50 runs in the ninth over and after the first powerplay, the visitors kept one for 64 for one.
His 50-run partnership was only 38 balls. While Dhawan played some attacking strokes, Kohli was content with the stroke of the rotation. While on the crew, he never saw any problem, and in reality Sri Lanka did not look like breaking the partnership.
Dhawan completed his fifty in 36 balls with eight fours and a six. After this, they did not slow down after and in 100 balls in 78 balls they attacked Sri Lankan bowlers with their involvement.
In the 21st over, as the opener, Silver Dickwell left his life in the 21st over, got life on 88, but he could not reach his left hand but was unable to touch the edge.
On the other hand, Kohli made his 44th fifty with 50 fours and six sixes. After this, the Indian skipper bowled fast, scoring 32 runs in the next 20 balls with the other four fours and a six with 32 runs.
Dhawan was again out of Lasith Malinga in the 26th over as he dropped the shoulders of Sri Lanka. The hosts were soon expelled from their misery because India won with 21.1 overs.
Earlier, Sri Lankan fans made the place in hopes of a better performance than the humble surrender in the pre-Test series but they were disappointed.
India decided to play with Left-arm spinner Patel and leg-spinner Yuswendra Chahal because Kuldeep Yadav was left wondering.
Sri Lankan openers Gunatilka and Niroshan played the first five overs calmly, tested the opening duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Boomara (2/22). Dickwell later played some attacking shot as Sri Lanka were 55 without loss in the first ten overs.
Their 50 partnerships were made up of 53 balls, and they looked good for the long posture on the crease as India did not have to break their stand to dismiss their ideas. Dickwell completed his 5th half-century on 65 balls.
But things started when the spinner, especially Kedar Jadhav (2/26), came to bowl. In the 14th over, Dickwell ran out with a diver, but at the same time, playing an unknowingly reverse sweep from Gunnilalak Chahal (2/60).
Kusa Mendis (36) again played some exciting strokes and scored 65 runs from Dikewell because they used to try to attack the Indian spinner.
Jadhav, however, did not save the batsmen from the review of the DRS in the 25th over as they tried to trap the opener LBD. The big blow came when Patel bowled Mendis against making an unbeaten run in the 28th over, with the scorecard having 150/3 points in that stadium.
Sri Lanka was still performing well to score 280 runs at this level, but the spinners had hoped after the thunder and fall of runs.
First, captain Upul Tharanga (13) was out in the 33rd over with a bad toss from Jadhav and was caught for a long time. In the next over, Kohli picked Chamara Kapugedera (1) straight from the extra cover with a hit.
In the same drama of the play, Boomara cleared Thesara Pereira (0) with a beautiful yorker and Lanka was expecting a challenging total, but disappeared.
Patel dismissed any kind of withdrawal from the lower order for Vandida Harsanga (2) and Laxman Sandankan (5). It was his best effort in ODI cricket, against South Africa at 3/39 in Indore (2015).
Lasith Malinga (8) shared a 22-run partnership with Angelo Mathews (not out 36) for the ninth wicket as he scored a score of 200 for Sri Lanka.
But before being attacked from East, Sri Lanka’s innings crossed 40 overs due to a run out due to a wide delivery from Chahal.
Despite Mathews’s best efforts, he did not last long, Boomara showed another edge on the other end in the 44th over for the cleaning of World Fernando (0).