India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in first ODI match


India on Sunday defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first One Day International of the series.

Batting first, Sri Lanka had posted a total of 262-9 in 50 overs. India achieved the target by losing just three wickets with 13.2 overs to spare. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan was the top scorer with an unbeaten knock of 86. Prithvi Shaw made a quickfire 24-ball 43 runs.

Shaw was named Man Of The Match.

Reacting to his side’s defeat, Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka said, “”We started well but the ball was hanging a bit, they bowled well. I am happy to take the responsibility of the captaincy. The Indians batted aggressively. We needed to vary the pace as the ball was coming on to the bat nicely. In the next game, we will have to improve on that.”

Dhawan, for his part said, “All our boys are very mature as well as aggressive. They way they played today was tremendous and I am very happy. The way our spinners bowled, they brought us back, all three spinners, Chahal, Kuldeep and Krunal. It was good to be on the other end and watch Prithvi and Ishan. I was telling them to take it easy actually. The way these young boys play in the IPL, they get lots of exposure and they just finished the game in the first 15 overs only. I thought about my hundred but there were not many runs left. (laughs). When Surya came out to bat, I thought I need to improve my skills (laughs).”

The second ODI between the two teams would be played on Tuesday.