India wins comprehensively by 7 wickets in the first ODI against Sri Lanka
As Sri Lanka tour of India comprises of 3 ODI and 3 T20I’s. All the marches due to pandemics will be held in Colombo at Premadasa stadium. There is a downfall of the Sri Lankan standard of cricket in recent times. In contrast, the standard of Indian cricket has improved a lot under captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. Sri Lanka looks to have home advantage, but India starts as favorites in this series.
The pitch looks to be good for batting. Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and choose to bat first. Sri Lanka had a good opening stand in the powerplay. The pair put together 49 runs on the board. Yuzvendra Chahal dismisses Avishka Fernando in the first ball of his spell. Bhanuka Rajpaksa was looking good but was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav for a well-made 24. Sri Lanka loses another wicket of Minod Bhanuka in the same over.
The Indian bowlers were taking wickets at regular intervals, never let Sri Lanka settled in the game. There was a good partnership between Charith Asalanka and captain Dasun Shanaka. The pair put together 49 runs. Unfortunately, they couldn’t convert it into a big partnership as Charith Asalanka was dismissed by Deepak Chahar. Wanindu Hasaranga was dismissed cheaply by Deepak Chahar. Chamika Karunaratne scoring quick 43 runs helped Sri Lanka to post a respectable total of 262/9.
India started their chase in a very good manner. Prithvi Shaw gave India a flying start to the chase. Dhananjaya de Silva dismisses Prithvi Shaw who looked really impressive for his 43 runs. Ishan Kishan initially started to play aggressively to make good use of the powerplay. The Indian team had a very good powerplay scoring 91 runs just losing one wicket. Shikar Dhawan was making sure that the wickets were not falling at the other end.
Ishan Kishan with help of luck in his side scored a very good half-century in his debut. That put India in a very strong position. Sri Lanka never looked in the game even after the wicket of Shikar Dhawan. The partnership between Manish Pandey and Shikar Dhawan made sure India never lost unnecessary wickets. Just when India was getting close to the target, Manish Pandey looked aggressive and lost his wicket. In the end, India won by 7 wickets and 13.2 overs to spare. The match was looking mostly one-sided.