Match Report and High Performances
India beat Sri Lanka easily with 7 wickets in the first One Day International game on Sunday evening at R. Premadasa Stadium. Tour captain Shikhar Dhawan led the Indian side with a non-out inning of 86 runs with 95 balls. Young opener Prithvi Shaw was named Man of the Game for his explosive inning of 43 runs in just 24 balls.
The living legend Rahul Dravid will remember this match. Dravid is the head coach of the Indian team for this tour. This will be the dream debut for “the Wall”, who is expected to take over the government following the resignation of current head coach Ravi Shastri.
This was a big and easy victory for the vastly changed Indian team referred to as the second violin team. The first team is in England preparing for the eagerly anticipated England test series. Shastri and Kohli-led team have their eyes fixed on this team. It is expected that many players will play on the main team after this series.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to International Cricket after a long-term injury. He missed the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand and England. But he is still considered to be the best swing bowler in India. He was unable to take a wicket on his return but is expected to return to the main team soon.
Sri Lanka vs Indian 1st ODI Match Report:
Indian captain Dhawan and head coach Rahul Dravid were the focus of the attention of the Indian fans. They were curious to see which starting XI would be preferred by the Indian management at the first ODI. Dhawan started with Shaw when Padikal and Ruturaj Gaikwad stayed on the bench. In the middle order, Manish Pandey, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav got a chance. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya were selected as all-rounders. In bowling, Bhuvi led the attack with Chahal, Yadav and Deepak Chahar in support.
The newly appointed Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka selects the expected starting XI. Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka started the inning for the lankers. All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva was promoted to the middle rank. In bowling, Wanindu Hasaranga led the attack with Udana, Chameera Karunaratne in support.
India starting XI: Dhawan (C), Shaw, Kishan (WK), M. Pandey, S. Yadav, H. Pandya, K. Pandya, D. Chahar, B. Kumar, Y. Chahal, K. Yadav.
Sri Lanka starting XI: A. Fernando, M. Bhanuka, B. Rahapaksa, D. de Silva, C. Asalanka, D. Shanaka, W. Hasaranga, C. Karunaratne, I. Udana, D. Chameera.
Summary of the game:
Sri Lanka won the throw and decided to hit first. Both opening games started well but couldn’t form a big partnership. Fernando was the hosts’ first wicket when Chahal made the first breakthrough for the Indian team. After that, another partnership looked solid for the second wicket, but Kuldeep Yadav brought Rajapaksa’s wicket to 85 runs on the scoreboard in the 17th. The Sri Lankan inning could not be built after that, as wickets were constantly being lost. In the end, Pacer Karunaratne showed his batting skills with 43 runs out of 35 runs to get a final result of 262/9 in 50 overs.
Chahar, Yadav and Chahal each chose 2 wickets. Indian management will be keen to make some changes and improvements in this department before the second game. Pandya brothers each chose a wicket and on his return Bhuvi went without a wicket but had a leaked wicket in his name.
Indian opening games started with a bang when Shaw was on fire from the first ball. He played a quick 43-run inning with 9 fours before folding. Ishan Kishan also started with a bang, playing a key inning of 59 runs in just 42 balls. After that, Dhawan and Pandey played steadily to get closer to the goal. Pandey was the third and final wicket for the hosts. Suryakumar Yadav and Dhawan easily pursued the target with 7 wickets and 14 overs remaining.
Sri Lanka is holding the second ODI at the same location shortly after 24 hours. The Indian team will try to give Sanju Samson and Gaikwad a chance in the middle class. In bowling we can expect that instead of Chahar there will be a change in shape from Saini or Sakariya.