India vs Sri Lanka ODI: India vs England test series is starting from next month. Most of the regulars for the team India are in England. BCCI sent their second team to face Srilanka and also to test their bench strength.
India: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ishan Kishan (w.k), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Yajurvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar.
Srilanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (w.k), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan.
First innings Srilanka reached 262/9 in 50 overs.
It was a steady start from the Sri Lankan openers in the powerplay. They managed to score just over 50 runs but losing Avishka Fernando in the last over of the powerplay scoring 33 off 45 balls. Avishka tried to play over the covers but Manish Pandey caught him and Chahal picked up his first wicket. The run rate slowed a bit after the wicket. B Rajapaksa was striking the ball well. He tried to hit a loose ball but ended up being dismissed. Shikhar Dhawan caught a good catch running towards mid-on from short-extra-cover. Kuldeep Yadav struck again in the same over dismissing Minod Bhanuka. Prithvi Shaw caught him at slip. It was a classic off-spinner dismissal. Dhananjaya de Silva tried to gather the innings. But he was unable to play long innings. Krunal Pandya took his crucial wicket and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the catch at the long-off region. He scored only 14 runs from 27 balls.
Charith Asalanka was next to bat. He with Dasun Shanaka made a partnership of 49 runs. Before he too departed for well made 38 off 65 balls. He was caught behind in Deepak Chahar’s over. Hasaranga came and went only facing 8 deliveries and scoring 7 runs. It was Deepak Chahar’s 2nd wicket. Dasun Shanaka deserved a fifty but unfortunately fell before Chahal’s flighted delivery. His score was 39 runs facing 50 balls. But Chamika Karunaratne took the chance and made 43 runs from 35 balls. With a quick 13 from 7 balls, Dushmantha Chameera also added a vital contribution. Taking the Sri Lankan total to 262/9.
Deepak Chahar, Yuzvenrdra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav took 2 wickets each. While the Pandya brothers took 1 wicket each. Krunal Pandya was very economical also. Giving just 26 runs in his 10 overs.
Indian team’s batting showed a touch of class.
Prithvi Shaw, as we have seen in IPL, started the innings with aggression. He scored 2 successive boundaries in the 2nd and 3rd ball of the 1st over. With a total of 9 boundaries making 43 runs facing 24 deliveries. He left the pitch in the sixth over. Dhananjaya de Silva was the bowler with Avishka taking the catch. Dhawan was joined by Ishan Kishan. He took off where Prithvi Shaw left it. Runs were flowing from both sides. It was looking like a T20 game. Kishan lost his wicket in the 18th over when India was 143. Lakshan Sandakan took his needed wicket and Minod Bhanuka taking the catch.
Manish Pandey played well and tried to go until the end, but Dhananjaya struck again in the 31st over to ruin his plans. The most awaited batsman of this team was up next. Suryakumar Yadav showed why he is the contender for the Indian team. He scored not out 31 runs from 30 balls. The star of the show was the Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan scoring 86 runs with a strike rate of just over 90. He faced 95 balls with 6 fours and a six.
The Bowling unit showed a disappointing picture. Not only giving runs but also they were unable to break partnerships. Dhananjaya De Silva and Lakshan Sandakan took 2 and 1 wicket respectively. Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera were the two economical bowlers.