1st ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Jul 18 2021, India tour of Sri Lanka
(36.4/50 ov)263/3
India won by 7 wickets (with 80 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
43 (24)

So India go 1-0 up in the three-match series in a dominant way. That's all from our side for tonight. See you on Tuesday for the next game.

Shikhar Dhawan: 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).

Dasun Shanaka: 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."

And it's Prithvi Shaw. "It's fine now, a bit of pain but it's okay," he says about the blow to the head. "Rahul sir didn't say anything when I went in. I went with my instinct and was looking for boundaries. As a batsman, I try to keep the scoreboard ticking. The pitch was good in the first innings and it got better in the second innings. And I like facing fast bowlers. I was disappointed with the shot when I got out. I lost a bit of focus after I was hit on the head."

Time for the presentation ceremony. Who is your Player of the Match?

10.10pm A cakewalk it proved to be in the end as India wrap up the game with 13.2 overs to spare. After Chamika Karunaratne's cameo lifted Sri Lanka to 262 for 9, it looked like India might have to work hard for the win. The pitch seemed to be on the slower side with the ball gripping and turning but Prithvi Shaw's 24-ball 43 made that total look paltry. Birthday boy Ishan Kishan continued in the similar vein and went on to score a fifty on ODI debut. The other Indian debutant, Suyrakumar Yadav, finished it off with an unbeaten 20-ball 31. All this while, Shikhar Dhawan played the anchor's role and finished unbeaten on 86 off 95 balls. He also brought up 6000 ODI runs during the course of his innings.

Sandakan to S Dhawan, 1 run

and that's it. Fuller around off, Dhawan comes forward and plays it towards cover with soft hands for a quick single

Sandakan to Yadav, 1 run

length ball on the stumps, punched towards long-on

Sandakan to Yadav, no run

length ball on the pads, misses the flick. Gets hit on the pads. An appeal for lbw but was going on

Sandakan to S Dhawan, 1 run

length ball outside off, stays back and pushes it towards cover

Just three required now. Here's Sandakan

end of over 364 runs
INDIA: 260/3CRR: 7.22 RRR: 0.21 • Need 3 runs from 14 overs
Suryakumar Yadav30 (18)
Shikhar Dhawan84 (93)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 9-1-45-0
Dhananjaya de Silva 5-0-49-2
Hasaranga de Silva to Yadav, no run

a googly outside off, goes back and nails the cut but fails to find the gap. Straight to backward point

Hasaranga de Silva to S Dhawan, 1 run

length ball on the stumps, stays back and punches it towards long-on

Hasaranga de Silva to Yadav, 1 run

looks to go inside out once again but it's too full on the pads, worked towards long-on

Hasaranga de Silva to Yadav, no run

short of length outside off, finds backward point with the cut

Hasaranga de Silva to S Dhawan, 1 run

fuller on the stumps, was looking to work it on the leg side but gets a leading edge towards mid-off. And they sneak in a singe even though the extra cover fielder picks it up and hits the stumps direct at the bowler's end

Hasaranga de Silva to Yadav, 1 run

short of length around off and spinning away, flicked towards long-on

end of over 3511 runs
INDIA: 256/3CRR: 7.31 RRR: 0.46 • Need 7 runs from 15 overs
Suryakumar Yadav28 (14)
Shikhar Dhawan82 (91)
Dhananjaya de Silva 5-0-49-2
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 8-1-41-0
Dhananjaya to Yadav, 1 run

length ball angling towards middle and off, stays back and drags it towards deep midwicket

Dhananjaya to Yadav, FOUR runs

down the ground, stays leg side of the ball and lofts it over mid-off. A bounce over the boundary line

Dhananjaya to S Dhawan, 1 run

length ball around off, comes forward and drops it square of the wicket on the off side for a quick single

Dhananjaya to S Dhawan, no run

fuller on the pads, misses the flick this time

Dhananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR runs

flatter around off and middle. Dhawan goes back and whips it towards the vacant deep midwicket region

Dhananjaya to Yadav, 1 run

flatter on the stumps, pushed towards long-on

Yadav has moved to 21 off ten. Dhananjaya, around the wicket

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