1st ODI (D/N), Dambulla, August 20, 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
(28.5/50 ov, T:217) 220/1

India won by 9 wickets (with 127 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
132* (90)
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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.

Hasaranga de Silva to S Dhawan, FOUR runs

finishes with authority. Down the track, meets it on the pitch outside off, drives it past his partner

Hasaranga de Silva to S Dhawan, no run

wrong'un, full at middle stump. Looks to flick, leading edge back down the pitch

Hasaranga de Silva to Kohli, 1 run

back of a length at off stump, punched to sweeper cover off the back foot

Hasaranga de Silva to Kohli, no run

short ball outside off, punched hard but a find diving stop at extra cover from Kapugedera

Hasaranga de Silva to S Dhawan, 1 run

short ball at middle stump, back in the crease for a mistimed pull to deep square

end of over 288 runs
IND: 214/1CRR: 7.64 RRR: 0.13
Virat Kohli81 (68b 10x4 1x6)
Shikhar Dhawan127 (87b 19x4 3x6)
Lasith Malinga 8-0-52-0
Lakshan Sandakan 6-0-63-0
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

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

Malinga to Kohli, no run

yorker at off stump, dug out with a defensive shot

Malinga to S 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

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run

full toss outside off, punched to sweeper cover

Malinga to Kohli, no run

low full toss at off stump, check-drive straight to mid-off

end of over 2717 runs
IND: 206/1CRR: 7.62 RRR: 0.47
Virat Kohli74 (63b 9x4 1x6)
Shikhar Dhawan126 (86b 19x4 3x6)
Lakshan Sandakan 6-0-63-0
Lasith Malinga 7-0-44-0
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

Sandakan to S Dhawan, 1 run

good length at off stump, down the track to push it to long-off

Sandakan to Kohli, 1 run

good length at off stump, driven on the up to long-off

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

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

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 268 runs
IND: 189/1CRR: 7.26 RRR: 1.16
Shikhar Dhawan125 (85b 19x4 3x6)
Virat Kohli58 (58b 7x4)
Lasith Malinga 7-0-44-0
Lakshan Sandakan 5-0-46-0
Malinga to S 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

Malinga to S 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

Malinga to S 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