IND vs SL 2017, First ODI: 5 Talking Points

Sri Lanka won the match by 7 wickets.

SurangaLakmal taking 4 wickets for 13 run. Source Hindustan Times

Sri Lanka won the first ODI match against India after beating them by 7 wickets at Dharamshala with Rohit Sharma having a forgetful start to his career as a Captain. To everyone's surprise, Sri Lanka has won their 4th One Day match this year. Sri Lanka bowlers were placed in good with a disaster performance from India's batting line up, Ms. Dhoni managed to score a brilliant half-century taking his team over 100 runs.

Here are the 5 talking points from the first ODI match. Click through the next slides.

Rohit Sharma's captaincy-

Rohit had a horrid start to his captaincy career. (AFP)

Becoming the 24th ODI Captain for India would have been a dream come true for Rohit Sharma but yesterday he would not have expected things will go Sri Lanka's way that too India's batting line-up collapsing suddenly with having reduced to 29 for 7. It did not prove to be a great experience for him to losing the first match as Captain but surely he can bounce back in the last two remaining games.

Suranga Lakmal's  astonishing spell-

Lakmal registered best figures in ODI cricket. (Getty)

Yet again Suranga Lakmal has shown he can upset a few by his extra bounce. He took 4 wickets after conceding just only 13 runs with 4 maiden overs. He also showed his capabilities in past when he banged India's batting in the first test. A totally great performance by the lad and hence was the man of the match in the first ODI.

Ms. Dhoni's gutsy 65

MS Dhoni scored a gutsy 65. (Getty)
When Sri Lanka bowlers were clinching quick wickets Ms. Dhoni was fighting alone to give his side a compatible total. He scored a well fought 65 runs for his team with hitting two sixes. It was a disappointing performance by the Indian batting line-up but Mahendra Singh Dhoni never fails to entertain his fans.

Mathews Allrounder Performance-

Mathews was back aas an all rounder for Sri Lanka. (Getty)

Mathews came up hard with his allrounder performance with bowling 5 overs for his team including 1 wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and two maidens and also scoring 20 odd runs for his team. With Angelo Mathews bowling in for ODIs and T20s, it gives them the ability to balance the side. Being the only batting allrounder in the team management always expects something different and special.

Overall Conclusion of the game-

A complete bowling performance from Sri Lanka. (AFP)

With Sri Lanka taking a lead in the three-match series they have a chance to prove every hater wrong and give a joy to their fans at Mohali. They have come back from behind where no one was expecting such a great performance by them. The second ODI now becomes very much important and knockout game for India, as they need to keep the series alive.

The second ODI match is on 13th December at Punjab Cricket Association cricket stadium, Mohali with India missing out their run machine Virat Kohli for ODIs and T20s  has to step out to save the ODI match series and whereas Perera's army will try to clean chit and win the ODI series at Mohali


By Kunal Kataria - 10 Dec, 2017

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