The so-called India B Team has defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the first ODI. Shikhar Dhawan and his dominated the match especially while batting. Rahul Dravid, the coach will be happy for the performance of his team.
It was an all-round performance from India with the bowling unit restricting Sri Lanka to 262/9 in 50 overs. Chasing 263, the India top-order absolutely demolished Sri Lanka’s bowling attack to seal an important win.
Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI: Match Facts
Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat first at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The openers Bhanuka(27) and Abhishka(33) scored runs in the beginning. The middle-order struggled in front of Indian spinners. The SL skipper Shanka has scored 39 runs.
In the lower order, Karunaratne scored 43* runs and SL managed to put 262 runs in 50 overs. Kuldeep, Chahal, and Deepak got 2 wickets each. The Pandya brothers also got wickets. Hardik Pandya bowled 5 overs in this match.
In reply, Shaw and Dhawan started very well. Shaw has scored 43 runs in just 24 balls. The skipper Dhawan played a captains knock scoring 86*. Manish Pandey was average but young Ishan Kishan arises again. In his debut ODI, he managed to score 59 runs.
Surya Kumar Yadav has scored 31* runs in 20 balls. Sri Lankan bowlers were pretty ordinary. D. de silva got two wickets. India chased the target in 36.4 overs
What the players Say about the match
“Started well but they varied the pace well. Our batsmen couldn’t get the rhythm going. Way Indian players played, they’re very aggressive. We all know how good they are but our bowlers need to improve. Have to execute our plans well,” the Sri Lanka skipper said.
“All our boys, most of them have played earlier. They’re very matured. Very happy with the way they played. Knew that wicket has a bit of turn but the way our spinners bowled from 10th over, they got us back straightaway. All three spinners. When we batted, it was great to watch from the other end.” Dhawan said.
“Great strength to have them. The way the young boys play IPL, get so much exposure, their confidence level is very high. The way Prithvi and Ishan batted, they finished the game in first 15 overs. I thought about it (his hundred) but there were not many runs left. So the focus was on being not out. Even when Surya came in and batted, it looked so easy. I was like maybe I have to improve my skill, Dhawan added.