Thisara Perera-led Sri Lanka bounced back from their Test series drubbing in style by beating India by seven wickets in the opening game of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series at Dharamshala on Sunday. The Lankan lions left the number two ODI ranked team embarrassed as their bowlers did not allow the famed Indian batting line-up to perform to their capabilities. Winning the toss, Perera elected to bowl and put India into bat. Sri Lanka pacers Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Mathews ripped through the Indian batting top-order in swinging conditions as the home side were bowled out for 112. India, however, struck early through Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to reignite their hopes of an unlikely win. But a brilliant 49 from Upul Tharanga and a 49-run unbeaten stand between Angelo Mathews (25) and Niroshan Dickwella (26) got the visitors comfortably across the line. (Scorecard)
Seldom do you see the Indian batsmen getting out cheaply but this time they could not counter the terrific Lankan bowling line-up as they were left troubled from the first ball of the innings. Eight of the Indian batsmen could not cross the double-digit with four of them recording a duck. Only MS Dhoni (65), Hardik Pandya (10) and Kuldeep Yadav (19) registered a double-digit score.
Veteran cricketer MS Dhoni and Kuldeep Yadav were the saving grace for India as they stitched together a partnership of 41 runs for the eighth wicket. While, Kuldeep perished for a well made 19 off 25 balls, Dhoni notched up a patient ODI half-century to help the hosts cross the 100-run mark.
For Sri Lanka, Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with the figures of 10-4-13-4. He was ably supported by other pacers-- Angelo Mathews (1/8) and Nuwan Pradeep (2/37).
Interestingly, two of India's lowest totals below 100 have come against Sri Lanka -- 78 in 1986 and 54 in 2000.
Apart from this India was bowled out for 63 against Australia in 1981 and for 79 in Pakistan in 1978.
When and Where to Watch Live: India (IND) vs (SL) Sri Lanka
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