India win toss, Sri Lanka bat first in ODI

Sachin Tendulkar

For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella top scored with 64 runs. This is, however, the first time a team insider has spoken out about the challenges this kind of selection policy presents. KL Rahul, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur are few of the names who've come in.

India's opening combination with Dhawan and Rohit is a stable one for now, given the former's performances in the Tests. He destroyed the Sri Lankan bowlers by his ferocious hitting and scored an unbeaten 132.

Earlier, a confident Upul Tharanga insisted Sri Lanka were in the mood to bat and that looked the case with Danushka Gunathilaka settled on 35 before an ugly reverse sweep was snapped up by an nearly confused KL Rahul at cover.

Half-century for Dickwella! He had a hundred and three fifties in the West Indies ODI series but will be sitting out here.

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The southpaw was awarded the "Man of the Match" for his brilliant century. Apart from that I don't really too many goals that I have to score these many runs. "I just focus on my process and when I do that things fall into place". That's what I have been doing. If you want to score 300, conversion of starts is important. And with Mathews's experience, he has the ability to bowl his full quota of 10 overs and take wickets. "He has got a hundred in Australia as well, we know about his talent and what he brings on to the field as well, he a super fit guy and has a bright future ahead of him".

By the end of the first innings, Angelo Mathews gave his best to stick at the wicket but the lack of support from the other end resulted in a low total for the hosts. With Gunathilka taking up the opener's slot, skipper Upul Tharanga will bat at number four, a position long occupied by Dinesh Chandimal who is off the selectors' radar due to poor form. "We love chasing", said Kohli at the toss as he explained his decision of bowling first.

While Dhawan played some attacking strokes, Kohli was content with rotating strike. The good thing is that he is capitalizing on his purple patch. The idea is to improve even after we have won games. You have to prepare 24 months in advance. We are heading for a new format and are looking forward to it. "You can (expect to) see a lot of changes", Kohli said. Even in Tests, lady luck smiled upon him as he was called up to replace an injured M Vijay before the start of the series against Sri Lanka. "We started well but we did not capitalise after that". With both of them being wrist spinners, one would not be surprised if Axar Patel gets a chance to play. Everyone hasn't been getting runs for us. "May be we will have one spinner", he added. Brilliant. They work endless hours with planning and helping the boys.

India wins 3-2 - India 113 points, Sri Lanka 90 points.



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