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India defeated Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the first ODI and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. In this match, India scored 373 runs while batting first. In response, the Sri Lankan team was able to score only 306 runs. Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century for India. At the same time, Captain Rohit also scored 83 runs. Captain Dasun Shanaka scored an unbeaten 108 for Sri Lanka, but could not win his team.
This series is very important for India in terms of preparations for the ODI World Cup to be held this year and India has started well by getting a big win in the very first match. The return of big players like Rohit and Virat to form is a good sign for India.
Rohit and Gill gave a great startElecting to bat first after losing the toss, the Indian team got off to a great start. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill added 75 runs in the powerplay. Even after this, both remained frozen and shared a 143-run partnership for the first wicket. Shubman Gill got out after scoring 70 runs. After this Rohit Sharma also got out after scoring 83 runs. Virat, who came in at number three, handled one end, but wickets kept falling at the other end. Shreyas Iyer 28, Lokesh Rahul 39 and Hardik Pandya were dismissed after scoring 14 runs. Akshar Patel, who did wonders with the bat in T20, was also dismissed after scoring nine runs.
Virat’s brilliant centuryVirat Kohli, who came to bat in the 20th over, batted brilliantly in this match and scored 113 runs in 87 balls. 12 fours and a six came out of his bat. When Kohli came to bat, India’s score was 143 runs. At the same time, when Kohli went to the pavilion, the Indian team had scored 364 runs. Kohli completed the 45th century of his ODI career in this match. This was his second consecutive century in ODIs. Earlier, he had also scored a century against Bangladesh.
India missed out on scoring 400 runsIndia had made a great start in this match and at one point it seemed that Team India would score more than 400. India had scored 329 runs for four wickets in 44 overs. Virat and Hardik were at the crease. In such a situation, the score of 400 was not very difficult for India, but Hardik, Akshar and finally Virat also got out at the wrong time. Shami and Siraj played the last 10 balls of the match. For this reason, the Indian team could not score 400.
All Sri Lankan bowlers proved to be ineffective in this match. Kasoon Rajita definitely got three wickets, but he gave away 88 runs in 10 overs. Apart from him, Madushanka, Karunaratne, Shanaka and Dhananjay D’Silva got one wicket each, but the economy rate of all Sri Lankan bowlers was more than six.
Bad start for Sri LankaChasing a mammoth target of 374, Sri Lanka got off to a terrible start. The team’s first wicket fell on the score of 19 runs and two important batsmen had returned to the pavilion on the score of 23 runs. Pathum Nishanka did play an inning of 72 runs in 80 balls, but at the other end, Avishka Fernando was dismissed for five, Kushal Mendis zero, Charith Asalanka 23 and Dhananjay D’Silva scored 47 runs.
Half of the Sri Lankan team had returned to the pavilion after scoring 161 runs. At this time Dasun Shanaka came to bat and batted at one end. However, Shanaka also did not get any support at the other end. Wanindu Hasaranga 16, Dunith Velalge zero, Chamika Karunaratne got out after scoring 14 runs. Shanaka was stuck at one end and he played an innings of 108 runs in 88 balls, but could not win his team.
Umran Malik took the maximum three wickets for India. Mohammad Siraj got two wickets. Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal took one wicket each.
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