Sri Lanka give India a taste of South Africa

India innings (toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma caught Dickwella, bowled Lakmal 2 (13) 0 0 15.38
S Dhawan lbw Mathews 0 (6) 0 0 0.00
S Iyer bowled Pradeep 9 (27) 1 0 33.33
D Karthik lbw Lakmal 0 (18) 0 0 0.00
M Pandey caught Mathews, bowled Lakmal 2 (15) 0 0 13.33
MS Dhoni caught Gunathilaka, bowled Perera 65 (87) 10 2 74.71
H Pandya caught Mathews, bowled Pradeep 10 (10) 2 0 100.00
B Kumar caught Dickwella, bowled Lakmal 0 (5) 0 0 0.00
K Yadav stumped Dickwella, bowled Dananjaya 19 (25) 4 0 76.00
J Bumrah bowled Pathirana 0 (15) 0 0 0.00
Y Chahal not out 0 (9) 0 0 0.00
Extras: 5 (3 wides and 2 leg byes)
India’s total: 112/10 in 38.2 overs, at 2.92 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 0/1 (S Dhawan, 1.6), 2/2 (R Sharma, 4.1), 8/3 (D Karthik, 8.5), 16/4 (M Pandey, 12.5), 16/5 (S Iyer, 13.2), 28/6 (H Pandya, 15.2), 29/7 (B Kumar, 16.4), 70/8 (K Yadav, 25.3), 87/9 (J Bumrah, 34.3), 112/10 (MS Dhoni, 38.2)
Sri Lanka bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets  Economy
S Lakmal 10 4 13 4 1.30
A Mathews 5 2 8 1 1.60
N Pradeep 10 4 37 2 3.70
T Perera 4.2 0 29 1 6.69
A Dananjaya 5 2 7 1 1.40
S Pathirana 4 1 16 1 4.00
Sri Lanka innings (target: 113 runs in 50 overs, at 2.26 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
D Gunathilaka caught Dhoni, bowled Bumrah 1 (11) 0 0 9.09
U Tharanga caught Dhawan, bowled Pandya 49 (46) 10 0 106.52
L Thirimanne bowled Bhuvneshwar 0 (3) 0 0 0.00
A Mathews not out 25 (42) 5 0 59.52
N Dickwella not out 26 (24) 5 0 108.33
Batsmen who didn’t bat: A Gunaratne, T Perera, S Pathirana, S Lakmal, A Dananjaya, N Pradeep
Extras: 13 (10 wides, 2 no-balls, 1 leg bye)
SL’s total: 114/3 in 20.4 overs, at 5.51 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 7/1 (D Gunathilaka, 3.4), 19/2 (L Thirimanne, 6.1), 65/3 (U Tharanga, 12.3)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 8.4 1 42 1 4.84
J Bumrah 7 1 32 1 4.57
H Pandya 5 0 39 1 7.80

Man of the match: Suranga Lakmal, for 4/13 in 10 overs, a spell in which he bowled four maidens

Top scorer in the 1st ODI:

MS Dhoni [65 (87); 10×2 and 2×6]

Where was the 1st ODI won and lost?

In short, you can say that the home team lost this match in the first 17 overs, with their inability to occupy the crease when the ball swung and seamed around. Suranga Lakmal, in particular, made optimum use of the seamer-friendly conditions in Dharamsala and was the wrecker-in-chief from Sri Lanka’s perspective. Lakmal and Angelo Mathews opened the bowling for Sri Lanka and got the ball to move both ways, beating right and left-handers on the inside and outside, striking the pad, getting the batsmen to nick behind and affecting the kind of dismissals which you don’t, normally, see in India. And the Indian batsmen were taken aback by the appreciable movement generated by the Sri Lankan new-ball bowlers, who racked up as many as five maiden overs in the first powerplay.¬†Not only did they rack up so many maiden overs, but almost every other over produced a wicket.

The usual enforcer for India at the top of the order, Shikhar Dhawan, was trapped in front of his stumps for nought in the second over by Mathews. Then, a couple of overs later, Lakmal got into the act, removing Rohit Sharma for two. Again, the moving ball was creating the problem for even the most accomplished Indian batsmen. So, the debutant Shreyas Iyer, the on-a-trial Dinesh Karthik and the nervy Manish Pandey, who formed the Indian middle order, were always likely to struggle. And to be fair, the Sri Lankan bowlers were on song and relished the conditions they were operating in; not to forget the effect of two new balls in already difficult conditions for batting.

Iyer made nine before he chopped one from Nuwan Pradeep onto his stumps; Karthik was trapped in front for a duck after having stayed at the crease for 22 minutes and consumed 18 balls, and Pandey contributed just two runs before nicking behind to the slips. Hardik Pandya was also caught behind the wicket after he made 10, but his wicket was brought about by indecision than any other element. India found themselves in an embarrassing situation at 29/7, with Lakmal taking 4/13 in his 10-over spell, which included four maidens. India, needless to say, were in serious danger of being bowled out for less than their lowest score in ODI (54), which had also come against a much stronger Sri Lankan side back in 2000, in Sharjah. MS Dhoni and Kuldeep Yadav were at the crease and you feared for India. How strange that Sri Lanka, a team who had come into this ODI series without a win in their last 12 matches, were putting India to the sword?

A typical MS Dhoni innings (65 off 87 balls, 10×4 and 2×6), and Kuldeep Yadav’s 25-ball 19 (which was the second-highest score for India and one of the two other two-digit scores), took India past their lowest ODI score and past 100 too. But 113 was unlikely to be a winning score even with India’s bowling attack comprising two bowlers in their prime, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, and considering Sri Lanka’s suspect batting line-up. They did have a slight wobble at the start, losing Danush Gunathilaka and Lahiru Thirimanne in the first powerplay (1-10 overs) and with just 19 runs on the board. But Upul Tharanga played the one good knock (a 46-ball 49, 10×4) needed to overhaul this small target. Of course, the Indian bowlers couldn’t be blamed too, for the ease with which Sri Lanka chased down the target to win the 1st ODI and a take a 0-1 lead in this series.

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