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by John Pennington Sunday 2 November 2014
India 363-5 (Dhawan 113, Rahane 111) beatSri Lanka 194 (Sharma 4-34) by 169 runsFirst One-Day International, CuttackScorecard
Centuries from openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane and then four wickets from Ishant Sharma helped India thrash Sri Lanka by 169 runs in the first One-Day International in Cuttack.
An outstanding all-round performance from the hosts began with the bat as Dhawan and Rahane put on 231 together after both were dropped by Kumar Sangakkara.
Suresh Raina, playing his 200th ODI, added a quickfire 52 as India closed on a ground record score of 363 for five.
Sri Lanka's opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 31 together but theirs ended up as the highest partnership the tourists could manage.
Pacers Sharma (4-34) and Umesh Yadav (2-24) along with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (1-52) and Akshar Patel (2-24) bowled superbly, preventing Sri Lanka from building partnerships.
Mahela Jayawardene top scored with 43 and even the loss of Varun Aaron with a thigh strain failed to put much of a dampener on India's day as they charged into a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
The second match is in Ahmedabad on Thursday (6th November).
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