Prithvi Shah’s bat was fiercely talked about in the first ODI against Sri Lanka played at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium. Shah scored 43 off just 24 balls while batting. Thanks to the opener’s swashbuckling innings, India scored their 50 in just 5 overs. With Shah’s glowing start, Ishaan Kishan and captain Dhawan were able to play good innings without any pressure. The Mumbai batsman won the Man of the Match award for his quick innings. After the match, Shah was asked if he had received any specific advice from Koh Rahul Dravid before taking the field. On this, Shah denied that he was playing with his understanding and waiting for the bad balls.
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After the match, Prithvi Shah said, ‘Rahul sir didn’t say anything to me. I played with my understanding and waited for the bad balls. Apparently the scoreboard was trying to walk. Yes, the pitch was very good. The first innings was good, but I think it was better in the second innings. Speaking on his wicket, Shah said, “I enjoy playing fast bowling. Maybe I lost some focus after hitting my head.”
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Apart from Prithvi Shah, Ishaan Kishan also played a strong innings and scored 59 off 42 balls. Ishaan became the second batsman to score the fastest fifty in ODI cricket. He completed his fifty in just 33 balls. The Jharkhand batsman hit eight boundaries and two galactic sixes in his stormy innings. Shikhar Dhawan, who played captain’s innings, returned unbeaten on 86.