First One-day International


At Nagpur, December 1. India won by 19 runs. Toss: Sri Lanka. India's victory was built on a solid opening partnership of 133, after impressive seam bowling from the Sri Lankans had restricted Shastri and Sidhu to 67 from the first 25 overs. They almost doubled that score in the next five overs of spin, and Tendulkar enlivened proceedings with a 22-ball 36 (three fours and two sixes, both off Labrooy). As the innings closed Shastri reached his hundred, which had taken 147 balls and included twelve fours and a six.

Sri Lanka's run-chase centred around the brilliance of De Silva. After early setbacks, when three batsmen fell for 21 runs, his stand of 94 with Tillekeratne looked like putting the match in the balance. However, the rising run-rate proved too much for him, and he was out soon after completing his maiden century in one-day internationals, from 118 balls.

Man of the Match: R. J. Shastri.

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