In the first match of the three-match ODI series, Team India took Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 86 while Ishaan Kishan (59) and Prithvi Shah (43) played fast innings. After his first victory as captain, Dhawan got bored with the team’s game and praised Prithvi Shah and Ishaan Kishan. “Both batsmen finished the match in the opening 15 overs,” Gabbar said. Dhawan praised the spin trio of Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
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“Of course, all our players have played before and they are mature and aggressive,” Dhawan said after the match. The way he performed today is amazing. I am very happy with their efforts. We knew there was a slight turn on the wicket, but the way our spinners bowled from the 10th over, they got us back into the game and took wickets. The three spin bowlers bowled wonderfully and in the end our fast bowler also did a great job. Kuldeep, Krunal and Chahal took five wickets together and all three proved very economical.
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While praising Ishaan and Shah’s batting, Dhawan said, “When we were batting, it was wonderful to see Prithvi Shah standing on the other end for the first seven overs and then Ishaan coming to the crease and making his first ODI career. I was telling him to play comfortably. Ishaan became the second fastest batsman to score a half-century in his ODI debut for India, scoring 59 off 42 balls and scoring 43 off 24 balls with the help of 9 fours.