Match Over - India won by 9 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 20 Aug 2017, 11:00 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: S Dhawan


  • Umpire1: RSA Palliyaguruge
  • Umpire2: JS Wilson
  • Third Umpire: PR Reiffel



Overs: 43.2 / 50.0

Sri Lanka



Overs: 28.5 / 50.0


9 pm Right, that's it from today. The first match of the series and India have grabbed the advantage disdainfully. We'll see you in the next match. On behalf of Chandan and Alagappan - a good night to all of you.

Kohli: They got off to a really good start. We thought we would chase close to 300, it was a good pitch to bat on. The point of batting second was that it would come on later in the day. It came on like a dream. The last three months have been a great tome for Dhawan and he's cashing in on his purple patch. Hopefully he stays in this happy zone and we'll make sure he stays there, because he will win you games as long he's in it. Once he starts going, it's very difficult to stop him. Yes (we have our eyes set on 2019) . You have to prepare 24 months in advance. We're going to experiment and embrace that. You can [expect to] see a lot of changes [from now on]. All the guys have bought into it. it's all about what gives us more balance. Start of the series it's about getting the batting right. Axar brings something with the bat and he's a gun fielder. We felt one wristspinner was enough. In another match, we might bring in a pacer or play three spinners. It's all about getting the balance.

Tharanga: We started really well and after that we didn't capitalise. The middle order collapsed. One stage, we were thinking of 300. If you want to score 300 in an ODI, someone has to get a big score. We have to learn from the mistakes. The main thing is someone has to get a big one. The bowling also has to become more consistent.

Man of the Match, Dhawan: Things have been going well for me and I've just been focussing on my processes. I have mental freedom and when you perform well, you have extra confidence. By the grace of god, things are going my way. Just wanted to play positively and on the merit of the ball today.

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8.34 pm India record their biggest win, in terms of overs to spare, for a target of 200+. Brutal batting against the withering hosts. There are some wins that are clinical, but there was nothing fine about this. It was an annihilation. Dhawan continues his wondrous form this year. Twenty fours and three sixes - 98 out of his 132 in boundaries. That should tell the story. Kohli was more measured, which means a strike rate of only 117. Runs for him on his return to the place where it all began. The bowlers began this and the batsmen have ended it quickly. Perhaps to Sri Lanka's relief.

28.5PWH de Silva to S Dhawan, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, finishes with authority. Down the track, meets it on the pitch outside off, drives it past his partner.
28.4PWH de Silva to S Dhawan, No run, wrong'un, full at middle stump. Looks to flick, leading edge back down the pitch.
28.3PWH de Silva to V Kohli, 1 run, back of a length at off stump, punched to sweeper cover off the back foot.
28.2PWH de Silva to V Kohli, No run, short ball outside off, punched hard but a find diving stop at extra cover from Kapugedera.
28.1PWH de Silva to S Dhawan, 1 run, short ball at middle stump, back in the crease for a mistimed pull to deep square.
End of over 28. 8 runs this over. 214/1 after 168 balls.
V Kohli 81 (68b 10x4 1x6 ) SL Malinga 8-0-52-0
S Dhawan 127 (87b 19x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 27. 17 runs this over. 206/1 after 162 balls.
V Kohli 74 (63b 9x4 1x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 6-0-63-0
S Dhawan 126 (86b 19x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 26. 8 runs this over. 189/1 after 156 balls.
S Dhawan 125 (85b 19x4 3x6 ) SL Malinga 7-0-44-0
V Kohli 58 (58b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 13 runs this over. 181/1 after 150 balls.
S Dhawan 118 (80b 18x4 3x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 5-0-46-0
V Kohli 57 (57b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Dhawan looks bored, wants to finish this quickly. Malinga is brought back to counter it.

End of over 24. 5 runs this over. 168/1 after 144 balls.
V Kohli 56 (55b 7x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 4-0-29-0
S Dhawan 106 (76b 17x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 23. 8 runs this over. 163/1 after 138 balls.
V Kohli 56 (53b 7x4 0x6 ) MVT Fernando 6-0-43-0
S Dhawan 101 (72b 16x4 2x6 ) more

Stats man Bharath Seervi has just told me this was Dhawan's fastest century in ODIs.

Dhaval: "@Ankur: I believe our middle order will surely be tested against Australia next month.. And then in SA. And then in England next year. We should have enough time before WC 2019. :)"

Ankur Singhal: "Yes, no pressure situation even if these two wickets fell. But I think more opportunity should be given to young batsman like Pandya, Manish pandey. If Kohli will play this weak team, no other batsman will get chance to explore its strength and weakness in international cricket games."

End of over 22. 13 runs this over. 155/1 after 132 balls.
S Dhawan 100 (71b 16x4 2x6 ) PWH de Silva 3-0-24-0
V Kohli 49 (48b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 7 runs this over. 142/1 after 126 balls.
V Kohli 48 (47b 6x4 0x6 ) MVT Fernando 5-0-35-0
S Dhawan 88 (66b 13x4 2x6 ) more

Samar Choudhuri: "Ankur Singhal - you raise a good point. Maybe as soon as Shikar Dhawan reaches his century, retire him out and let someone in the middle order show what he's got." --- Again, know where you're coming from, but it's not professional to do that in a competitive game.

End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 135/1 after 120 balls.
V Kohli 42 (43b 5x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 2-0-11-0
S Dhawan 87 (64b 13x4 2x6 ) more

Ankur Singhal: "Is Indian team middle order able to soak up the pressure in case two wicktes fell quickly now (Kohli and Dhawan)? Beacuse this situation usually happens at big stage tournaments like world cup and team collapse. I think Indian team strength should be tested in such situations. " --- Get what you're saying. But this isn't exactly pressure, even if they were in, right?

End of over 19. 11 runs this over. 131/1 after 114 balls.
S Dhawan 86 (63b 13x4 2x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 4-0-33-0
V Kohli 39 (38b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 120/1 after 108 balls.
S Dhawan 76 (58b 11x4 2x6 ) PWH de Silva 1-0-7-0
V Kohli 38 (37b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 113/1 after 102 balls.
S Dhawan 70 (53b 10x4 2x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 3-0-22-0
V Kohli 37 (36b 5x4 0x6 ) more

John Raju: "0 runs for Dhawan in the V #random observation"

End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 109/1 after 96 balls.
S Dhawan 68 (50b 10x4 2x6 ) NLTC Perera 2-0-18-0
V Kohli 35 (33b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Thanks, Al. Good evening everyone. India have already got more than half the runs. Dhawan hasn't made less than fifty against Sri Lanka in an ODI since 2014.

That's drinks and here's Varun for the rest of the chase.

End of over 15. 10 runs this over. 104/1 after 90 balls.
S Dhawan 68 (47b 10x4 2x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 2-0-18-0
V Kohli 30 (30b 4x4 0x6 ) more

santosh battula: "Whole SL innings comprised of 20 boundaries whereas Dhawan has already scored 12 boundaries. "

End of over 14. 8 runs this over. 94/1 after 84 balls.
S Dhawan 59 (42b 8x4 2x6 ) SL Malinga 6-0-36-0
V Kohli 29 (29b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Trivikram Reddy: "There was a time where people use to talk about great form in a season and losing in another- However things have changed these days with great players like Virat, Root, Kane, Smith etc., who keeps getting better by every innings they play.."

End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 86/1 after 78 balls.
S Dhawan 52 (38b 8x4 1x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 1-0-8-0
V Kohli 28 (27b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Karthikeyan Sam: "Kohli with 100% strikerate has 100% control whereas Dhawan with 138% strikerate has only 85% control .. what kind of twisted logic is this ??" Actually, that's rather straightforward. Dhawan is looking to attack and so he takes a few more risks to find the boundaries. Kohli is just on cruise control, so he is controlling it better

End of over 12. 5 runs this over. 76/1 after 71 balls.
S Dhawan 44 (32b 8x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 5-0-26-0
V Kohli 26 (26b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Safir: "Why are these two in a hurry to finish the game. I'm in Doha at work and I want to watch the remaining part of the chase. Slow down guys. "

Sundara: "These days in cricket there aren't too many surprises. If Jayasuriya had not announced it, would it really have been that big a surprise for India if Mathews had bowled? It's not like Mathews is an unknown commodity. Mahela is not the only expert going around. I am pretty sure Jayasuriya knows a thing or two about cricket, having played.. you know.. a few games."

End of over 11. 7 runs this over. 71/1 after 66 balls.
S Dhawan 42 (30b 8x4 0x6 ) AD Mathews 2-0-9-0
V Kohli 24 (23b 4x4 0x6 ) more

If you're just tuning into the game, here's a highlights clip of all of Sri Lanka's wickets (available in the subcontinent only, excluding Sri Lanka).

End of over 10. 13 runs this over. 64/1 after 60 balls.
S Dhawan 41 (28b 8x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 1-0-13-0
V Kohli 18 (19b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 2 runs this over. 51/1 after 54 balls.
S Dhawan 33 (26b 6x4 0x6 ) AD Mathews 1-0-2-0
V Kohli 13 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 13 runs this over. 49/1 after 48 balls.
V Kohli 12 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) MVT Fernando 4-0-28-0
S Dhawan 32 (24b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Ayush: "Dhawan's form and Kohli's consistency may disrupt India's plan of experimenting.India wont mind if they lose a few to test their bench strength as Kohli pointed earlier."

For those in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan, you can watch India's chase on

End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 36/1 after 42 balls.
S Dhawan 27 (21b 5x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 4-0-21-0
V Kohli 4 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Last 10 ODI innings for Rohit: 4,0,11,5,5,0,0,4,4,4

End of over 6. 7 runs this over. 30/1 after 36 balls.
S Dhawan 22 (19b 4x4 0x6 ) MVT Fernando 3-0-15-0
V Kohli 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

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End of over 5. 2 runs this over. 23/1 after 30 balls.
RG Sharma 4 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 3-0-15-0
S Dhawan 18 (17b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Siraj: "SL need to be patient with these young guns and should plan for 2019 WC." They still haven't qualified for direct entry. Need to win two in this series to confirm their place over West Indies

End of over 4. 3 runs this over. 21/0 after 24 balls.
S Dhawan 17 (16b 3x4 0x6 ) MVT Fernando 2-0-8-0
RG Sharma 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pradeep: "If SL got whitewashed easily in ODI series too then will BCCI consider about reducing SL in India series and try to play Boxing test?"

End of over 3. 9 runs this over. 18/0 after 18 balls.
S Dhawan 15 (13b 3x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 2-0-13-0
RG Sharma 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 9/0 after 11 balls.
S Dhawan 7 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) MVT Fernando 1-0-5-0
RG Sharma 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Gaurav kumar : "Srilanka are not producing cricketers who can adapt to any situation or format like they have in past even they are not good for one format they have to seat and think about there domestic circuit if they have to compete in world cricket and not always disappointing there fans"

End of over 1. 4 runs this over. 4/0 after 6 balls.
RG Sharma 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 1-0-4-0
S Dhawan 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
RG SharmaRun out CK Kapugedera 4130030.77
S Dhawannot out 13290203146.67
V Kohlinot out 8270101117.14
KL Rahul -
MS Dhoni -
KM Jadhav -
HH Pandya -
AR Patel -
B Kumar -
JJ Bumrah -
YS Chahal -
Total 220/1
SL Malinga8.005206.5
MVT Fernando6.004307.17
AD Mathews2.00904.5
NLTC Perera2.001809
PADLR Sandakan6.0063010.5
PWH de Silva4.503507.24