DAMBULLA – Shikhar Dhawan scored 132 not out and shared an unbroken 197-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli as India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 21 overs to spare in their first one-day international on Sunday.
Dhawan smashed 20 fours and three sixes in his 90-ball innings. Kohli finished on 82 not out off 70 balls after earlier winning the toss and asking Sri Lanka to bat.
The hosts failed to convert a good start into a big score and were dismissed for 216 in the 44th over. Niroshan Dickwella top scored with 64, and left arm spinner Axar Patel took 3-34 for India.
India lost Rohit Sharma to a run out with the score on 23, bringing Dhawan and Kohli together.
Sri Lanka : Upul Tharanga (captain), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedara, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga and Vishwa Fernando.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.-APP