India crushes Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 1st ODI

India crushes Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 1st ODI

India crushes Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 1st ODI

The next eight overs saw Sri Lanka lose two wickets and the run-rate dip from 5.85 to 4.35. Later, along with Kusal Mendis, Dickwella continued the pace and built up a 65-run stand for the second wicket.

For Sri Lanka, meanwhile, this series is more than just a matter of saving face after its heavy losses in the Test series.

Axar Patel yet again showcased how good a limited-overs bowler he is as he accelerated Sri Lanka's collapse by picking up three wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kedhar Jadhav had one wicket each in their name. While on the other hand Virat Kohli the Captain of Indian Cricket team.

As for the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, India captain Virat Kohli goes into the series as the world's top-ranked ODI batsman with 873 points and a chance to increase his 12-point lead over Australia's David Warner. Kohli finished on 82 not out off 70 balls after earlier winning the toss and asking Sri Lanka to bat.

The Indian skipper also assured that Pandey too will be backed by the team as he had a "bright future".

This was India's biggest victory in terms of balls to spare while chasing a target over 200.

The southpaw was awarded the "Man of the Match" for his brilliant century. The top three batsmen maintained a flawless run-rate till the halfway-mark of the allotted 50 overs. India made it possible in 28.5.

Tendulkar stressed upon the fact that the focus should be on playing the game with utmost dedication rather than worrying about the result. I have mental freedom and when you perform well, you have extra confidence.

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. I was just positive and was looking to score runs.

Opening about his support for the Indian team, Tendulkar said, "Our good wishes are always with the (Indian) team". He estimated that team India might require chasing a total score of 300 at least. "Once he starts going, it's very hard to stop him". No one thought that we would beat them.

Kohli conceded that Rahane has been shuffled in the batting order, which has been a tad unfair. Kohli reasoned: "We feel that KL is such a solid player and before injury he had done well in all three formats". The good thing is that he is capitalizing on his purple patch. Rohit dug his bat on the ground, dropped it and couldn't land his foot in the crease before the ball hit the stump.

They have played 17 ODIs here, stretching back to 2004, and won nine of those matches, including bilateral and triangular series (in 2005 and 2010 involving West Indies and New Zealand respectively), and two Asia Cups in 2004 and 2010.

The bottom four sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings will need to play a Qualifying event also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League. "You can't fault anyone within that changing room", Sri Lanka's Interim Coach Nic Pothas said in a press conference as the supporters made their frustration known.

Incoming batsman and skipper Kohli, along with Dhawan, then paced up the innings by thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. "We started well but we did not capitalise after that". Everyone hasn't been getting runs for us.

The home side find themselves in a very unenviable position right now, one not entirely of their making depending on how complicit one thinks Jayasuriya is with his questionable squad selections. "You get frustrated. Am I angry with the players?" We have to learn from the mistakes.

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