Shikhar Dhawan's rich form continues, century helps India beat Sri Lanka

Shikhar Dhawan's rich form continues, century helps India beat Sri Lanka

Shikhar Dhawan's rich form continues, century helps India beat Sri Lanka

Shikhar Dhawan scored 132 not out and shared an unbroken 197-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli as India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 21 overs to spare in their first one-day worldwide on Sunday.

"After winning the Test series 3-0, Team India play their first ODI against Sri Lanka on August 20. That's the most important thing", Tharanga said on the eve of the first ODI of the five-match series to be held in Dambulla. The only T20 match will be played in Colombo's Premdasa stadium on September 6.

The hosts collapsed from 139 for one and were bowled out for 216 runs, which India chased down with 21.1 overs to spare.

They were looking mighty impressive in the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this summer before coming undone against arch-rivals Pakistan in the final. Shikhar Dhawan additionally consolidated with Virat Kohli to raise the most astounding second-wicket association by any combine in Sri Lanka.1st ODI: Dhawan, Kohli enable India to beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets. Sri Lanka need at least two wins to assure themselves a berth in the 2019 World Cup and failure to do so will leave them hanging. Anushka Sharma, on the other hand, has taken a break from work and is enjoying some time with her boyfriend in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is now placed eighth with 88 points, 10 points more than the West Indies, which has an unenviable task in its aim of being among the seven top-ranked sides apart from host England to gain direct qualification. India will be led by Virat Kohli, and Sri Lanka by Upul Tharanga.

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3-34 - Axar Patel's figures in this match, his best in ODIs. In the last series as well, the team earned some good scores when they were batting. "But we should be ready to embrace challenges and ready to take risks. ready to even lose a few games while trying out something", Kohli said.

However, there is some good news for Sri Lanka, as their all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who was only playing as a specialist batsman for the last couple of months, will also roll his arm over. For them, this series was always supposed to be a training ground for budding talent and players with potential who are yet to make their impact on worldwide cricket.

The middle order squandered the solid foundation laid by openers Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka, as Indian spin trio - Akshar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kedar Jadhav - strangled the life out of them.

Kohli had recently surpassed Tendulkar's record with his 18th hundred in a run chase in the fifth ODI against West Indies in Jamaica in July.

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