1st ODI : India win by 21 runs against Sri Lanka

India win the 1st ODI by 21 runs against Sri Lanka, the visitors  get a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota,

Electing to bat first, India lost opener Gautam Gambhir early. Gambhir fell prey to Kulasekera for just 3 runs.

After Gambhir’s early dismissal, in-form batsman, Virat Kohli joined Sehwag in the middle and duo started rescue work for India.
Virat Kohli notched up a brisk hundred, while Virender Sehwag missed his ton by a whisker as India posted a daunting 314 for 6 against Sri Lanka. 

Kohli, who scored his fourth hundred in his last five innings on Saturday, was in sublime form and starred in a 173-run second wicket stand with Sehwag to lay the foundation for a big total. 
The 23-year-old Kohli blasted nine boundaries in his 113-ball innings.

After Kohli, Dhoni and Raina added quick runs to take India past 300. Though, Perera dismissed Raina and Dhoni in two successive deliveries to check the flowing runs. Raina and Dhoni made 50 and 35 runs respectively.

Chasing 315-run target, Sri Lankan innings ended up at the score of 293 for 9 after the end of stipulated 50 overs. 

Paceman Umesh Yadav finally got rid of former skipper Kumar Sangakkara when he was cleaned up at the score of 133. Sangakkara slammed 12 boundaries during his fine knock. 

Kumar Sangakkara held the one end for Sri Lanka as he scored his 14th ODI century in the process but could not finish off the proceedings in Lanka's favour. Sangakkara scored his century in 125 balls with the help of nine fours. 

Irfan Pathan dismissed Thisara Perera, who played a fine cameo of 28-ball 44 that included three fours, towards the closing stages. 

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