Comfortable 169-run victory for India

2014-11-03 00:00

INDIA put in a complete performance to beat Sri Lanka comfortably by 169 runs in a first one-day international in Cuttack yesterday.

Pace bowler Ishant Sharma was instrumental with the ball, picking up four wickets, after openers Shikar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane had laid the platform with the bat for the home side.

The tourists started slowly in their chase of a daunting 364 and lost danger man Tillakaratne Dilshan (18) in the ninth over with the total only 31 and from there on the pressure mounted as wickets fell frequently with each attempt to keep up with the required run-rate.

Veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene was the only player who troubled the bowlers, scoring 43 from 36 balls before he was dismissed by Akshar Patel in the 26th over.

Sharma then ran through the tail, despite some rearguard action by Thisara Parera (29), finishing with figures of 4-34 from eight overs as Sri Lanka crumbled to 194 all out after 39.2 overs.

Earlier, openers Dhawan and Rahane both scored hundreds to help India reach 363 for five from their 50 overs.

The pair put on a mammoth 231 for the first wicket with Dhawan making 113 and Rahane 111 at the Barabati Stadium, after they were sent in to bat by Sri Lanka.

Both openers managed to score at better than a run-a-ball with the left-handed Dhawan hitting 14 fours and three sixes while Rahane struck 13 fours and two sixes, before the former got an inside edge onto his front leg and the ball rolled down to just clip his leg stump in the 35 over.

Three overs later and Rahane mistimed a full toss off the bowling of Suraj Randiv to give midoff a simple catch.

Suresh Raina, playing in his 200th ODI, added a rapid 52 from just 34 balls before he was given out LBW.

Randiv was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 78 from his 10 overs.

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