First ODI: Birthday boy Ishan Kishan dazzles on debut, India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets


Ishan Kishan celebrated his twenty third birthday with a blinding half-century on debut whereas Shikhar Dhawan, in his first match as captain, anchored India to a walk-in-the-park seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka within the opening ODI right here on Sunday.

On a monitor that provided sluggish flip, the inexperienced Sri Lankan batters splurged like millionaires, throwing away one wicket after one other however nonetheless managed to get 262 for 9, which wasn’t going to be sufficient towards India’s batting may.

And it definitely didn’t, with the goal being achieved in simply 36.4 overs.

Prithvi Shaw, together with his new discovered swagger in 50-over cricket, butchered the Sri Lankan pacers throughout his temporary keep by hammering 9 boundaries in a 24-ball 43.

That set the tempo for Kishan to come back in and hit a six off the very first supply he confronted an adopted it up with a sq. pushed boundary. The quick Mumbai Indians man then determined to make use of his bat like a sledgehammer, scoring the second quickest ODI fifty on debut — off 33 balls — to kill the competition inside the primary 20 overs.

He did dwell dangerously getting reprieve twice however his 59 off 42 balls with eight fours and two sixes definitely makes him a powerful contender to make it to the ultimate checklist of 20 for the ICC T20 World Cup.

Veteran Dhawan, who very properly dropped anchor and let the younger weapons categorical themselves, then took over to complete off the match in knowledgeable method with an unbeaten 86 off 95 balls.

All these years of expertise did come in useful as he performed second fiddle to Shaw in a gap stand of 58 in 5.3 overs and through a second-wicket partnership of 85 with Kishan in solely 12.2 overs.

But as soon as Kishan was out and with Manish Pandey, (26 off 35 balls) enjoying to avoid wasting his worldwide profession, scratching round, Dhawan began enjoying his pictures to not let the momentum slip away at any stage, hitting six boundaries and a six.

Pandey’s egocentric strategy, attempting to attain his personal runs on the staff’s expense, didn’t yield him any nice outcomes as one other debutant, Suryakumar Yadav, confirmed his flamboyance, smashing a quickfire 31 off 20 balls.

Apart from Pandey, the opposite efficiency that caught out like a sore thumb was Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/63 in 9 overs), who didn’t look penetrative sufficient.

India’s bowlers have been disciplined for the higher half, with out being distinctive, as Kuldeep Yadav (2/48 in 9 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/52 in 10 overs) received their share of wickets attributable to Lankan profligacy.

And then Krunal Pandya’s (1/26 in 10 overs) nagging accuracy made run-scoring an arduous process within the middle-overs earlier than Karunaratne (43 no off 35 balls) performed a cameo to take the house staff previous 250 with two large sixes off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s (0/63 in 9 overs) bowling.

The Indian pacers additionally bowled numerous slower deliveries on the again finish as Deepak Chahar (2/37 in 7 overs) received a pair. It was heartening to see Hardik Pandya (1/33 in 5 overs) among the many wickets and bowl a couple of overs throughout two spells. Hardik although by no means seemed like bowling any effort deliveries and, as an alternative, tried to hit the onerous lengths.

The first recreation of the sequence, which might nicely be a make-or-break for Kuldeep, noticed him decide two fast wickets within the seventeenth over to impact a break in momentum and the house staff by no means actually picked up the tempo after that.

The better part was to witness the three spinners working with their distinct kinds of bowling.

Kuldeep used the flight and drift extra, Chahal bowled fuller lengths however not as many vicious leg-breaks, whereas Krunal’s wicket-to-wicket deliveries and the velocity at which he bowled, was commendable.

Between the three, they bowled 98 dot balls which shaped as many as 16.2 quiet overs. Add the pacers’ cumulative dot balls, and the plight of the unheralded Sri Lankans was compounded on a sluggish turner, as greater than 25 overs of the stipulated 50 went with out scoring.

Most of them received a begin however didn’t have the wherewithal to transform the 20’s and 30’s into an enormous rating.


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