India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli’s century takes India to victory in opener

first_imgIndia survived some jittery moments before securing a 21-run win over Sri Lanka in the first One-dayer of the five-match series on Saturday.Virat Kohli cracked a superb 106 and Virender Sehwag scored 96 runs as their 173-run stand for the second wicket laid the foundation for India’s imposing 314 for six after electing to bat.Diminutive left-hander Suresh Raina (50 off 45) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 off 29) added valuable runs towards the end to take the side past 300-run mark in Hambantota.India then restricted the hosts to 293 for nine to take a 1- 0 lead in the series, which it needs to win by a 5-0 margin to reclaim the number one position in ODIs.The hosts’ resistance was built around Sangakkara’s fighting 133 but he fell short of partners from the other end until he was joined by Thisara Perera, who scored a quick-fire 44 off just 28 balls.Sangakkara’s knock, his 14th ODI hundred and fifth against India, came off 151 balls and included 12 boundaries.Sangakkara and Perera rattled up a 78- run stand for the seventh wicket, giving some anxious moments to India but their effort only reduced the defeat margin.Sri Lanka’s fight ended when Sangakkara was bowled by Umesh Yadav in 48th over and Perera was dismissed by Irfan Pathan in the penultimate over.Pathan (2/ 37), R Ashwin (2/ 46) and Yadav (2/ 76) took two wickets each for India.Kohli carried his good form of the last season into the match as he scored a ton. It was his fourth hundred in his last five innings.advertisementThe 23-year-old Kohli blasted nine boundaries in his 113-ball innings.Sehwag, who was given a reprieve by Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over, had 10 boundaries in his 97- ball innings.Both the teams will now travel to Colombo for the second match, scheduled for Tuesday.Scoreboard India: G Gambhir b Kulasekara 3; V Sehwag run out 96; V Kohli c sub b Perera 106; R Sharma b Mathews 5; S Raina c sub b Perera 50; MS Dhoni c Thirimanne b Perera 35; I Pathan not out 7; R Ashwin not out 0; Extras: (b- 1, lb- 2, nb- 2, w- 7) 12; Total: 314 for six wickets in 50 overs; Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2- 180, 3- 191, 4- 228, 5- 307, 6- 307; Bowling: N Kulasekara 5- 0- 20- 1, L Malinga 10- 0- 83- 0, A Mathews 10- 0- 58- 1, T Perera 10- 0- 70- 3, T Dilshan 5- 0- 28- 0, R Herath 10- 0- 52- 0; Sri Lanka: T Dilshan lbw b Pathan 6; K Sangakkara b Yadav 133; D Chandimal c Dhoni b Yadav 13; M Jayawardene lbw b Ojha 12; A Mathews c Gambhir b Zaheer 7; L Thirimanne lbw b Ashwin 7; T Perera c Kohli b Pathan 44; R Herath run out 0; L Malinga not out 19; N Kulasekara not out 1; Extras ( b- 1, lb- 6, w- 16) 23; Total: 293 for nine wickets in 50 overs; Fall of wickets: 1- 9, 2- 86, 3- 117, 4- 132, 5- 172, 6- 191, 7- 269, 8- 271, 9- 275; Bowling: Zaheer 10- 0- 63- 1, I Pathan 10- 1- 37- 2, U Yadav 10- 0- 76- 2, R Ashwin 10- 1- 46- 2, V Sehwag 4- 0- 20- 0, P Ojha 6- 0- 44- 1last_img

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