Player of the Match
Player of the Match

9 pm Right, that's it from today. The first match of the series and India have grabbed the advantage disdainfully. We'll see you in the next match. On behalf of Chandan and Alagappan - a good night to all of you.

Kohli: They got off to a really good start. We thought we would chase close to 300, it was a good pitch to bat on. The point of batting second was that it would come on later in the day. It came on like a dream. The last three months have been a great tome for Dhawan and he's cashing in on his purple patch. Hopefully he stays in this happy zone and we'll make sure he stays there, because he will win you games as long he's in it. Once he starts going, it's very difficult to stop him. Yes (we have our eyes set on 2019) . You have to prepare 24 months in advance. We're going to experiment and embrace that. You can [expect to] see a lot of changes [from now on]. All the guys have bought into it. it's all about what gives us more balance. Start of the series it's about getting the batting right. Axar brings something with the bat and he's a gun fielder. We felt one wristspinner was enough. In another match, we might bring in a pacer or play three spinners. It's all about getting the balance.

Tharanga: We started really well and after that we didn't capitalise. The middle order collapsed. One stage, we were thinking of 300. If you want to score 300 in an ODI, someone has to get a big score. We have to learn from the mistakes. The main thing is someone has to get a big one. The bowling also has to become more consistent.

Man of the Match, Dhawan: Things have been going well for me and I've just been focussing on my processes. I have mental freedom and when you perform well, you have extra confidence. By the grace of god, things are going my way. Just wanted to play positively and on the merit of the ball today.

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8.34 pm India record their biggest win, in terms of overs to spare, for a target of 200+. Brutal batting against the withering hosts. There are some wins that are clinical, but there was nothing fine about this. It was an annihilation. Dhawan continues his wondrous form this year. Twenty fours and three sixes - 98 out of his 132 in boundaries. That should tell the story. Kohli was more measured, which means a strike rate of only 117. Runs for him on his return to the place where it all began. The bowlers began this and the batsmen have ended it quickly. Perhaps to Sri Lanka's relief.

28.5
4
de Silva to Dhawan, FOUR runs, finishes with authority. Down the track, meets it on the pitch outside off, drives it past his partner
28.4
0
de Silva to Dhawan, no run, wrong'un, full at middle stump. Looks to flick, leading edge back down the pitch
28.3
1
de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length at off stump, punched to sweeper cover off the back foot
28.2
0
de Silva to Kohli, no run, short ball outside off, punched hard but a find diving stop at extra cover from Kapugedera
28.1
1
de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, short ball at middle stump, back in the crease for a mistimed pull to deep square

END OF OVER:
28 | 8 Runs | INDIA: 214/1 (3 runs required from 21.1 overs, RR: 7.64, RRR: 0.13)

  • V Kohli81 (68b)
  • S Dhawan127 (87b)
  • SL Malinga8-0-52-0
  • PADLR Sandakan6-0-63-0
27.6
4
Malinga to Kohli, FOUR runs, arrogant. Overpitched outside off, brings a firm bat down on this like - like a hammer on a nail. Whips it past Dhawan and follows through nonchalantly. Doesn't even look where it goes. Mid-on needs to, to bring the ball back
27.5
2
Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, full toss at middle stump, tails in slightly. Slogs across the line and gets it to deep square's left off the inside half of the bat
27.4
0
Malinga to Kohli, no run, yorker at off stump, dug out with a defensive shot
27.3
1
Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, back of a length and into him as he makes room. Stands put and runs this to fine leg with a ramp
27.2
1
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, full toss outside off, punched to sweeper cover
27.1
0
Malinga to Kohli, no run, low full toss at off stump, check-drive straight to mid-off

END OF OVER:
27 | 17 Runs | INDIA: 206/1 (11 runs required from 21.1 overs, RR: 7.62, RRR: 0.47)

  • V Kohli74 (63b)
  • S Dhawan126 (86b)
  • PADLR Sandakan6-0-63-0
  • SL Malinga7-0-44-0
26.6
1
Sandakan to Kohli, 1 run, length ball, wide outside off. Chases and plays well away from the body. Inside edge rolls past the stumps and straight to short fine
26.5
1
Sandakan to Dhawan, 1 run, good length at off stump, down the track to push it to long-off
26.4
1
Sandakan to Kohli, 1 run, good length at off stump, driven on the up to long-off
26.3
6
Sandakan to Kohli, SIX runs, wow. That defies normal cricket. It's a short ball at middle stump. He goes back in the crease and, on this slow pitch, clears the long-on boundary with a back foot punch
26.2
4
Sandakan to Kohli, FOUR runs, wrong'un, down leg side. Gets the front leg out of the way and scythes it with a sweep, long leg boundary
26.1
4
Sandakan to Kohli, FOUR runs, glorious. Tossed up at middle stump. Gets to the pitch and flicks this over midwicket with rapid wrists

END OF OVER:
26 | 8 Runs | INDIA: 189/1 (28 runs required from 21.1 overs, RR: 7.26, RRR: 1.16)

  • S Dhawan125 (85b)
  • V Kohli58 (58b)
  • SL Malinga7-0-44-0
  • PADLR Sandakan5-0-46-0
25.6
0
Malinga to Dhawan, no run, bouncer at his shoulder. He gets inside the line and looks to hook it fine. Beaten. Loud appeal from Dickwella is turned down
25.5
0
Malinga to Dhawan, no run, slower ball, back of a length and into him as he moves down the leg side. He nearly cuts this onto his stumps
25.4
4
Malinga to Dhawan, FOUR runs, short ball at middle stump. Locks and loads, brings the arc to meet it at the right time, pulls to the long leg boundary
25.3
1
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, overpitched outside off, creamed to sweeper cover with some poise, only one
25.2
1
Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, slower ball, length at leg stump, whipped to deep square leg's left
25.1
2
Malinga to Dhawan, 2 runs, he nearly gets Dhawan too but it is dropped by Tharanga at mid-on. Slower ball, good length at leg stump. Swipes across the line and gets it high and wide of mid-on. He has to run back a few yards and take a tumble. Has it for a moment, doesn't the next

END OF OVER:
25 | 13 Runs | INDIA: 181/1 (36 runs required from 21.1 overs, RR: 7.24, RRR: 1.44)

  • S Dhawan118 (80b)
  • V Kohli57 (57b)
  • PADLR Sandakan5-0-46-0
  • PWH de Silva4-0-29-0

Dhawan looks bored, wants to finish this quickly. Malinga is brought back to counter it.

24.6
1
Sandakan to Dhawan, 1 run, down the track and finally gets to the pitch of one. Drills it along the floor to long-off
24.5
6
Sandakan to Dhawan, SIX runs, another mishit but it's six. Steps out and makes too much. Has to reach out for this length ball outside off. Gets under it and shovels it over the long-off boundary

Dhawan's quickest

71

No. of balls in which Dhawan completed his century in this game, his fastest of the 11 ODI centuries. The previous quickest was in 73 balls v WI in Kanpur in 2013.

One to imrove

35.56

Kohli's average in ODIs in Sri Lanka before today's game - his worst in any country. He doesn't average less than 40 in any other nation.

Unlucky Country for Rohit

37

Runs scored by Rohit Sharma in Sri Lanka in his last 10 ODI innings. His scores read as: 4, 0, 11, 5, 5, 0, 0, 4, 4, 4.

Sri Lanka Collapse

6

Wickets lost by SL for 39 runs - Sri Lanka went from 139 for 1 to 178 for 7. Between overs 20 and 36 SL have scored just 61 runs.

Batting first at Dambulla

220

Average first innings score while batting first since Jan 2011. However in the last 2 games teams batting first have scored above 300.

20 years and waiting

1997

Last instance of Sri Lanka beating India in a bilateral ODI series. Since then they have played 9 times in which India have won 7 while 2 have been drawn.