Mid-day – India opener Shikhar Dhawan celebrates after reaching his century in the first ODI against Sri Lanka  at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Summary

  • India opener Shikhar Dhawan celebrates after reaching his century in the first ODI against Sri Lanka  at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium yesterday.
  • Pics/PTIOpener 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 ODI of the five-match series yesterday.
  • The dominant hosts overhauled the 217-run target with 127 balls to spare with Dhawan annihilating the Lankan attack with his brutal 132-run knock which came off just 90 balls.
  • He brought up his 11th ODI hundred off only 71 balls and it was the second quickest hundred against Sri Lanka by an Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag’s 66-ball effort at Rajkot in 2009.
  • Earlier, after being invited to bat, Sri Lanka 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.


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