‘Agle mahine he World Cup rakh lo’ – Fans ecstatic as India register a convincing win in first ODI against Sri Lanka


India and Sri Lanka locked horns in the first of the three-match ODI series at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati. The visitors won the toss and elected to field first. Batting first, the men in blue posted a mammoth total of 373 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

While chasing the target, the Islanders could score only 306 runs for the loss of eight wickets and lost the match by 67 runs. After ending up on the winning side in the series, Rohit Sharma’s men have taken a lead of 1-0 in the three-match series.

Ardent Indian cricket fans were also overwhelmed by the brilliant century from the former skipper Virat Kohli and the batting heroics of the top order including skipper Rohit Sharma and young opener Shubman Gill. They took to Twitter to hail the performance of the hosts in the curtain-raiser of the three-match ODI series.

Here’s how fans reacted to India’s impressive win against Sri Lanka in the first ODI:

Taking a quick look at the entire action of the match, the opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubmban Gill provided a strong foundation of 143 runs for the first wicket in only 19.4 overs. The former played an outstanding half-century knock of 83 runs off 67 balls with nine boundaries and three sixes to his name. Meanwhile, Shubman Gill also contributed with 70 runs with 11 boundaries.

Apart from all this, what attracted the eyeballs of the cricketing fraternity was the 73rd international century of former Indian skipper and veteran batter Virat Kohli. The 34-year-old amassed 113 runs off 87 balls with 12 boundaries and a six with his willow.

Kasun Rajitha was the only bowler to scalp more than two wickets with three scalps to his name at a very expensive cost of 88 runs in his quota of 10 overs.

While chasing the target, Sri Lanka faced some early blows with three wickets on the score of 64 runs. Although Pathum Nissanka played a fighting knock of 72 runs with 11 boundaries. Other than him, the middle-order batter Dhananjaya de Silva also played a knock of 47 runs. Skipper Dasun Shanaka struggled with the tail of the team and stitched a fighting partnership of 100 runs with lower-order batter Chamika Karunaratne.

Eventually, team India won the match by 67 runs before going ahead for the second of the three-match ODI series at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on Thursday, the 12th of January.


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