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India beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 1st ODI as Dhawan, Kohli star in chase

While Shikhar Dhawan hit 11th ODI hundred, Kohli crossed fifty for 44th time

ANI  |  Dambulla (Sri Lanka) 

India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in first ODI
India's Shikhar Dhawan with skipper Virat Kohli after scoring century during the first ODI match against Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. Photo: PTI

The Indian Cricket Team achieved yet another comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the opening One Day International (ODI) of the five-match series at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Sunday.

After losing Rohit Sharma early, the unbeaten partnership between opener and skipper set up a nine-wicket victory for the Men in Blue over the Sri Lankan side.

hit his 11th ODI hundred for which he was awarded the 'Man of the Match' title. crossed fifty for 44th time in the format.

Having been put in to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to strong start, but after losing Niroshan Dickwella in the 25th over, wickets started to tumble for the hosts.

Lanka's last nine wickets fell down in the span of just 77 runs and the side was bundled out for mere 216 runs in just 43.2 overs.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped three wickets, giving away just 34 runs in his quota of 10 overs.

He was ably supported by Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kedar Jadhav as they all chipped in with two-two wickets each.

For the hosts, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella was the star performer with the bat as he played a prolific knock of 64 runs, which included eight boundaries. The other notable contributions came from Danushka Gunathilaka (35), Kusal Mendis (36) and Angelo Mathews (36).

First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 22:00 IST