Captain Shikhar Dhawan hit an unbeaten 86 and debutant Ishan Kishan stroked 59 to lead India to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Sunday.
Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka opted to bat first after winning the toss and his team scored 262-9. India reached the target with more than 13 overs to spare, finishing on 263-3 off 36.4 overs.
Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw shared 58 for India’s first wicket before Shaw (43) was caught by Avishka Fernando off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva. Shaw’s aggressive innings took just 24 balls, including nine boundaries.
Dhawan and Kishan then added 85 runs for the second wicket. Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan ended the dangerous partnership when Kishan was caught behind by Minod Bhanuka.
“All our boys are very mature as well as aggressive. The way they played today was tremendous and I am very happy,” said Dhawan.
India’s third-wicket pair of Dhawan and Manish Pandey was also successful, adding 72 runs before Pandey was out for 26, caught by Shanaka off de Silva.
Dhawan’s 95-ball innings included one six and six boundaries for his 33rd ODI half-century in 143 matches. De Silva returned 2-49.
“It was good to be on the other end and watch Prithvi and Ishan. I was telling them to take it easy actually. The way these young boys play in the IPL, they get lots of exposure and they just finished the game in the first 15 overs only,” he added.