In the first match of the three-match ODI series, Team India took Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 263 in 36.4 overs losing just three wickets. Shikhar Dhawan scored a magnificent batting score of 86 runs while Ishan Kishan scored 59 runs. Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka decided to bat first after winning the toss, but the batting order of the team looked breathtaking in front of India’s spin bowlers and the team managed to score only 263 in their 50 overs for a loss of 9 wickets. For India, Kuldeep Yadav and Deepak Chahar each took two wickets.
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Chasing a 263-run target, Prithvi Shah started off a stormy start for India, playing a stormy innings of 43 runs off just 24 balls. Shah hit 9 boundaries during his innings and his innings was ended by Dhananjay De Silva. Ishaan Kishan, who came to the crease after Shah’s dismissal, also took an aggressive approach to the Sri Lankan bowlers, scoring 59 off 42 balls. Ishaan was sacked by Sandakan. Skipper Dhawan slipped one spot to fourth while Manish Pandey (26) added 73 for the third wicket. Dasun Shanaka caught Manish from Dhananjay’s delivery in an attempt to hit a big shot. Suryakumar Yadav (Naut 31) batted in the end and gave the team victory. Dhawan remains unbeaten on 86. He has completed 6000 runs in ODI cricket.
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Sri Lanka got off to a good start by winning the toss and opting to bat first, with Avishka Fernando and Minoda Bhanuka sharing 49 runs for the first wicket. Yuvvendra Chahal fell victim to Avishka after scoring 33 runs. Bhanuka Rajapakse, who was making his debut for the side afterwards, hit some good shots, but Kuldeep Yadav failed to read his delivery by 24 runs and lost the wicket. This was followed by Minoda’s 27 runs. Even Dhananjay De Silva (14) showed nothing special with the bat. Captain Dasun Shanaka (38) and Asanka (39) took 49 for the fifth wicket, while Deepak Chahar sent Sri Lanka’s batsmen to the pavilion in two overs. In the last over, Chamira Karunaratne (43 not out) took some quick shots and led the team to a respectable score.