Under the captaincy of new captain Shikhar Dhawan, Team India started the ODI series against Sri Lanka. India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first ODI, thanks to the smoked innings of the team’s top-order batsmen. Notably, the team scored 263 from Sri Lanka in the 37th over. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 86 while Ishaan Kishan (59) and Prithvi Shah (43) played fast innings. With this, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Former Pakistan cricketer Rameez Raja has made a big statement after watching the match between the two teams.
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He said on his YouTube channel, ‘This match between India and Sri Lanka is supposed to be a match between the university team and the school team. There was a huge difference in the ability, the ability to execute the strategy, the talent and the understanding of the game. This is a very challenging situation for Sri Lanka cricket as they are playing at home. He pitched flat for the first ODI and can still score average.
Regarding Sri Lanka’s batting, he said, ‘The way Sri Lanka played against the spin, it seems they don’t know the spin. In the past, Sri Lankan batsmen have played spinners well, but they don’t look like the current players. He was confused after the start.
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Dhawan played 86 unbeaten innings for India, but his opening partner Prithvi also bagged the man of the match award for his 43 runs. He received the title during this period as he hit a strike rate of 180, which gave the team a good start, benefiting the latter batsmen. Shah scored 43 runs in his four innings with 36 fours.