Dhawan, spinners deliver as India go 1-0 up
India 220-1 (Dhawan 132no) beat
Sri Lanka 216 (Dickwella 64) by nine wickets
First One-Day International in Dambulla
After the Indian spinners shared seven wickets between them to dismiss Sri Lanka for 216 runs, Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 132 run knock to complete the chase in 28.5 overs with nine wickets in hand in the first One-Day International in Dambulla.
India won the toss and decided to bowl first. Things did not go per plan for the visitors as the Sri Lankan openers, Niroshan Dickwella (64) and Danushka Gunathilaka (35) added a solid 55 runs in the first powerplay.
The runs continued to flow for Sri Lanka but the 74 run opening stand finally ended in the 14th over when Yuzvendra Chahal (2-60) accounted for Gunathilaka. Dickwella, who survived a run out chance completed his half-century in the 22nd over after Kusal Mendis (36) looked good as seen in the 20th over during which he struck three boundaries.
By the end of the 24th over, Sri Lanka were positioned 134 for one as a big target was looming for India. The introduction of Kedar Jadhav (2-26) changed the complexion of the game as he claimed Dickwella and Upul Tharanga (13) in quick succession while Axar Patel (3-34) removed Mendis.
The wickets continued to tumble for the home side as Chamara Kapugedara (1) was run out by a direct hit from Virat Kohli while Axar, Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah (2-22) cleaned the remaining five wickets with only Angelo Mathews (36 not out) showing some fight as Sri Lanka managed just 216 runs before they were bowled out in the 44th over.
Dhawan (132 not out) started the innings positively but an indecision in running costed Rohit Sharma's (4) wicket in the fifth over. India's innings gathered momentum as Dhawan and Kohli (82 nto out) scored boundaries at will against an attack, that looked demoralised.
India completed the chase in just 28.5 overs with nine wickets in hand. Dhawan's 90-ball knock had 20 boundaries and three sixes in it while Kohli scored at a strike rate of over just 100 as well.
The pair added unbeaten 197 runs for the second wicket and capitalised on sloppy Sri Lankan fielding and bowling to take a 1-0 lead in the five match series. Dhawan was named the player of the match.
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