Skipper Shikhar Dhawan led by example and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan impressed in his one-day debut to stable a entire seven-wicket win for India against Sri Lanka in the first match on the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.
Kishan eminent his 23rd birthday with a breezy 59, while Dhawan remained no longer out on 86 as India chased down the 263-bustle victory aim with 13.2 overs to spare.
Earlier electing to bat, Sri Lanka struggled for momentum nonetheless light managed 262-9 largely due to number eight batsman Chamika Karunaratne’s unbeaten 43.
The hosts got off to a every single day originate sooner than Yuzvendra Chahal disregarded Avishka Fernando (33) alongside with his first supply.
Charith Asalanka (38) and captain Dasun Sanaka (39) had been the opposite Sri Lanka batsmen who got decent starts nonetheless may perhaps well perhaps no longer convert them into great knocks, which hurt them in the finish.
Chahal and fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed two wickets apiece and stemmed bustle float sooner than Karunaratne’s unhurried counter-attack took Sri Lanka past the 250-imprint.
In incompatibility, India got off to a blistering originate and two of their top-explain batsmen notched up fifties which made the entire difference in the competition.
Prithvi Shaw led India’s tough acknowledge with 43 off 24 balls as India breached the 50-imprint in the fifth over.
After Shaw’s exit, Kishan continued the assault bringing up his fifty in 33 balls.
He smashed two sixes and eight boundaries sooner than falling to spinner Lakshan Sandakan.
Dhawan, who turned into as soon as articulate material rotating the strike except then, batted sensibly and stayed set except the aim turned into as soon as done.
With usual captain Virat Kohli and several other frontline avid gamers in England for a 5-take a look at sequence against Joe Root’s men, Dhawan is leading a second-string India squad in Sri Lanka.
His counterpart Sanaka, having begun his captaincy tenure with a loss, would be hoping to leap again in the three-match sequence when the groups return to the venue for the second ODI on Tuesday.