Dhawan, spinners deliver as India go 1-0 up

Sri Lanka openers Gunathilaka and Niroshan played out the first five overs calmly, testing out the opening pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah (2/22).

But Sri Lanka quickly slid from a solid 139-2 in the 25th over, losing its remaining eight wickets for 77 runs. Even though the selectors chose to rest key players like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the Virat Kohli led team looks stronger on paper. At the same time I believe someone like Dinesh Karthik has been a massive loss for us because whenever he got an opportunity, he did well. "You get to learn a lot more from ups and downs", the 30-year-old said.

"He is in a good state of mind and we make sure we do everything to keep him in that zone because he is a match victor".

Clarke, who is in India for launch of Rocky and Mayur's new show "Offbeat Australia", said that Virat Kohli's men have been doing pretty well, both at home turf and away and, therefore, he is sure fans will get to watch some exciting and competitive cricket.

Kohli, himself, played a superb knock to score his 44th ODI half-century off 50 balls, inclusive of six fours.

The Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Men in Blue, though.

Shikhar Dhawan was on a rampage as he slammed his fastest ODI hundred, coupled with Virat Kohli's 70-ball 82 to guide Team India to their biggest ODI victory in terms of overs to spare.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel (3/34), playing his first global match since October a year ago, was the stand out bowler for India with a career-best figure.

16 - Runs accumulated by Sri Lanka's last six batsmen, their lowest ever against India.

Axar bowled Kusal Mendis (36) before Tharanga (13) wastefully lobbed one to Dhawan off Jadhav. "We started really well and after that we didn't capitalise".

On the batting front, Karnataka middle-order batsman Manish Pandey is expected to bat at No.5. "We have to work hard and play well", Tharanga said.

If we talk about their love life then they are very loving and caring celebrity couple who always take out some quality of time to spend together from their professional life. In the first Test at Galle, India registered a 304-run triumph, while in the second Test at Colombo, they won by an innings and 53 runs.

Though playing second in command to Virat Kohli is abviously an honour, Rohit wasn't amused to the reporters questions in Pallekele when asked if he ever felt he had underachieved in Tests, given his obvious talent.


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