Young guns Ishan Kishan and Prithvi Shaw had a good outing with the bat in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, and the management of the Indian team would now expect clinical performances from them as the team managed by Shikhar Dhawan is looking to take an unassailable lead in Tuesday’s three-game series. Kishan scored 59 while Shaw played a 43-shot to help India get off to a good start in the first ODI, and on the back of Shikhar Dhawan’s calm 86-point shot, the visitors scripted a win of seven. counters. Pursuing 263, the outfit led by Dhawan was clinical and there is no area that needs a major overhaul. Suryakumar Yadav, coming in at bat at number five, scored 31 of 20 balls using five limits and he and Dhawan ensured India came home with 80 balls to spare.
If you want to look at the hitting gaps, it was probably Manish Pandey, who didn’t look fluid as he scored 26 of 40 balls.
The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have played a game together for the first time since the 2019 World Cup match against England.
Both spinners took two wickets each during the middle phase and looked like their old selves, and that bodes well for the team if they are able to regain their confidence.
Bowling of death remains a concern for this Indian team, however, and it is something that coach Rahul Dravid would like his wards to address.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was unable to execute his Yorkers at the end of the innings and as a result he conceded runs and the Sri Lankan hookers took the team’s score past the bar. 260 points.
Bhuvneshwar conceded 63 points from his nine overs. Since returning from injury, Bhuvneshwar has looked like himself and is hopeful that he can slowly regain his form in the remaining matches of the tour.
Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya also had a good outing with the ball. The two took a wicket each.
The Hardik bowling alley was a nice sign as it remains a vital cog in the T20 World Cup schedule.
Hardik may have only played five overs, but it is a positive sign that he has started playing in the 50 over format.
Krunal completed his 10-overs quota and conceded just 26 points.
For Sri Lanka, it will be a matter of hitting the restart button and starting over as there wasn’t much to say about the hosts’ performance in the series opener.
The lack of experience was clearly visible as the young Indian outfit looked in total control.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Sanju Samson, Krishnitedurajainp Gowham Gaikwad, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Devdutt Padikkal.
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Pathum Nissanka, Akila Dananhanjaya, Fernitha, Ishanu Ishan Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Lahiru Udara, Shiran Fernando.
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