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Kohli’s 113 steers India to victory

Dasun’s maiden ton helps Lions crack 300:
Dasun Shanaka scored his second ODI century.
Dasun Shanaka scored his second ODI century.

Skipper Dasun Shanaka’s maiden knock of 108 was in vain as India won by 67 runs in the first ODI played at Guwahati yesterday.

This was a high-scoring game as both sides made 679 runs during 100 overs. India lead the three-match series 1-0.

Virat Kohli was the match-winner for India hitting his back-to-back hundred in the last two ODIs which makes it his 45th ODI century. Sri Lanka fought back strongly to reach 306 for 8 wickets in 50 overs and skipper Dasun Shanaka cracked his second ODI century.

The ninth wicket 100-run partnership between Dasun Shanaka and Kasun Rajitha was the highlight of the game while Rajitha played an excellent supporting role to get an unbeaten nine in 19 overs to pass the 300-run mark. Virat Kohli was named the Man of the Match but Shanaka’s knock of 108 in 88 balls with 12 fours and three sixes was highlighted.

Sri Lanka were 137/4 in 25 overs but Shanaka (108), opener Pathum Nissanka (72 in 88 balls with 11 fours) and Dhananjaya de Silva (47 in 40 balls with 7 fours) helped build up the innings.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first but their plan was not successful with openers skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill making a flying start adding a remarkable partnership of 143 in 19.3 overs.

In the first Power Play, (first six overs) Sharma and Gill both were going strongly adding 75 runs. The duo brought up their 50-run stand in 6.4 overs. In the 15th over, the pair reached the 100-run mark with a superb batting display. Sharma completed his fifty in 41 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes while Gill played a good supporting role to complete his fifty in 50 balls with 7 fours skipper Dasun Shanaka used six bowlers while he made the first breakthrough. Shubman Gill was out LBW scoring 70 in 60 balls with 11 fours.

Rohit Sharma scored 83 in 67 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes before he was clean-bowled in the 24th over which was bowled by Madushanka. He added a 30-run stand for the second wicket with Virat Kohli to increase the total with more confidence. Kohli once again came to the fore as he made his second ton which came in just 80 balls with 10 fours and six.

Kohli, who was rested for the T20 series, came back strong as he completed his 45th ODI century and shared 40 runs for the third wicket with Shreyas Iyer who scored 28 in 24 balls with 3 fours and six. He got bowled out in the 49th by Kasun Rajitha while wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis took the catch. Kohli's century included 12 fours and a six as India were at 364 for 7 wickets. During the last ten overs, the Sri Lankan bowlers conceded 79 runs and India's top six batsmen had a strike rate above 100 and they scored 373 with a 7.46-run rate per over. Paceman Kasun Rajitha was the only successful bowler taking 3 for 88 and debutant Dilshsn Madushanka was unfortunately injured as was able to bowl only six overs giving away 43 runs to take a wicket. Chamika Karunaratne, Dasun Shanaka and Dhananjaya de Silva also took a wicket each. Sri Lanka recalled young Dunith Wellalage as Theekshana's replacement but finished wicketless giving away 65 runs in his 8-over spell.

India, meanwhile, had no room for Suryakumar Yadav in their XI, despite his spectacular T20 form - he scored a century in the third T20I. KL Rahul, who kept wicket, and Shreyas Iyer, were in their middle order to strengthen the batting order.

The second ODI between the two teams will be held in Eden Garden, Kolkata, tomorrow (12).

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