India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first One-day International (ODI) to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday. Chasing 262, India completed the task with 80 balls to spare at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Opener Prithvi Shaw smashed 43 off 24 balls while debutant Ishan Kishan hit a blistering 59 in only 42 deliveries to power India.Skipper Shikhar Dhawan played a fine knock of 86, even as his younger partners blazed away.
Deepak Chahar (2/37), Yuzvendra Chahal (2/52) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/48) played a key role in preventing the hosts from capitalising on playing first and posting an imposing total.At first Sri Lanka scored 262 for nine after opting to bat first.
The new-look Sri Lanka team, missing a number of regular players due to Covid-19 disciplinary Issues and injuries, got off to a good start as Avishka Fernando (32) and Minod Bhanuka Bhanuka (27) posted 49 for the opening wicket.Chamika Karunaratne was the top scorer with an unbeaten 43. A lot of players got into double figures but could not post a big score.