Rediff – IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan celebrates on completing his century against Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI in Dambulla on Sunday.
- Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/ReutersOpener Shikhar Dhawan hit a fluent unbeaten century as India continued to embarrass Sri Lanka, cruising to an easy nine-wicket win over the struggling hosts in the opening one-dayer of the five-match ODI series, in Dambulla on Sunday.
- Sri Lanka after being invited to bat enjoyed its best starts since India’s arrival in the country but suffered a batting collapse to be all out for 216 in 43.2 overs, losing nine wickets for just 77 runs.
- Sri Lanka frittered away a promising start to be bundled out for 216, losing nine wickets for 77 runs in the first One-day International against India in Dambulla on Sunday.
- Niroshan Dickwella (65) and Danushka Gunathilaka (35) gave the hosts a solid start with a 74-run stand, but after the openers’ dismissal, Sri Lanka went in self-destruction mode to be all out in 44th over from a solid 139 for one.
- Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, playing his first international match since October last year, was the stand out bowler for India with career-best figures of three for 34 runs in 10 overs.