What can an entire stadium full of spectators want from the gladiators? Nothing, but victory. All that victory demands of is to emerge victorious and no due course in between. Today, something similar happened as the entire stadium of Barabati International Cricket Stadium of Cuttack, Orissa, saw the home side India playing with their mighty opponents in the game of Cricket, Sri Lanka. It was the first match of the India vs. Sri Lanka One Day International series and in spite of having the prices of the tickets raised to an extent higher, the enthusiasm of the crowd did not seem to get lower even a bit. The game served as a launching pad for the Lankan kid, P.M.S. Gamage. Umpires V.A. Kulkarni of India and B.N.J. Oxenford of Australia along with the TV umpire C. Shamshuddin of India, Match referee D.C. Boon of Australia and Reserve umpire P.G. Pathak of India were all of immense repute.

Sri Lanka won the toss at the start and chose to field. The decision on the other hand, catapulted India’s chances to win and made Sri Lanka’s chances of winning seemed to dip down. Indian openers Ajinkya M. Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan , both did manage to pull off a ton each. Rahane scored 111 runs from 170 balls, before being dismissed by Randiv (that one was a full toss. Rahane came down the track to loft the low full toss over mid-off but didn’t time it well and gave a simple catch to Jayawardene). Dhawan, on the other hand, scored 113 runs off 159 deliveries, before being dismissed by the Sri Lankan bowler Priyaranjan (Dhawan went down on a knee to sweep the flighted delivery on leg stump, pivoting on the back foot, got an inside edge onto his front leg and the ball rolled down to just clip leg stump and the leg bail falls softly). Suresh Raina scored 52 runs off 36 balls till he was didmissed (he went too far across for the sweep, the ball pitched on middle and leg and had a bit of angle, Raina missed and was struck in front of leg stump) and Virat Kohli scored 22 runs off 34 balls before being dismissed (Kohli holes out and gives Randiv his third wicket on the last ball of his spell! It was a poor delivery, very short and on the leg side, Kohli pulled and only found the fielder in the deep at backward square leg). Randiv took both the wickets of Raina and Kohli. Team India however, ended their show at 363 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Only Randiv took 3 wickets. The Sri Lankan batting, on the other hand, did falter to make any mark. They ended up at 194 runs for the loss of 10 wickets, even before the 50 over mark. Ishant Sharma had been the man for India today with the ball. Taking 4 crucial wickets and all at crucial junctures of time, he made India’s chances look stronger and bolder.

 

SCOREBOARD:-

 

India innings363/5(50.0)R/R: 7.26

Batsman

Status

Runs

Balls

4s

6s

SR

Ajinkya Rahane

c Mahela Jayawardene b Suraj Randiv

111

108

13

2

102.78

Shikhar Dhawan

b Ashan Priyanjan

113

107

14

3

105.61

Suresh Raina

lbw b Suraj Randiv

52

34

4

3

152.94

Virat Kohli (C)

c Thisara Perera b Suraj Randiv

22

21

2

0

104.76

Ambati Rayudu

c Thisara Perera b Lahiru Gamage

27

20

3

0

135.00

Wriddhiman Saha (W)

not out

10

8

1

0

125.00

Akshar Patel

not out

14

4

0

2

350.00

Ravichandran Ashwin

           

Umesh Yadav

           

Varun Aaron

           

Ishant Sharma

           

Extras: 14 (b – 0, w – 7, no – 5, lb – 2, penalty – 0)

 

Fall of Wickets

1/231 (Shikhar Dhawan 35ov.)
2/247 (Ajinkya Rahane 37.5ov.)
3/299 (Suresh Raina 43.3ov.)
4/314 (Virat Kohli 46ov.)
5/344 (Ambati Rayudu 48.5ov.)

 

                 

 

Bowlers

O

M

R

WKT

NO

WD

ECON

Dhammika Prasad

9

0

60

0

0

1

6.67

Lahiru Gamage

9

1

59

1

2

1

6.56

Angelo Mathews

4

0

33

0

0

1

8.25

Thisara Perera

7

0

51

0

0

1

7.29

Suraj Randiv

10

0

78

3

0

1

7.8

Seekkuge Prasanna

6

0

47

0

0

0

7.83

Tillakaratne Dilshan

3

0

19

0

0

0

6.33

Ashan Priyanjan

2

0

11

1

0

0

5.5

Sri Lanka innings194/10(39.2)R/R: 4.93

Batsman

Status

Runs

Balls

4s

6s

SR

Upul Tharanga

c Shikhar Dhawan b Ravichandran Ashwin

28

53

3

0

52.83

Tillakaratne Dilshan

c Wriddhiman Saha b Umesh Yadav

18

22

2

0

81.82

Kumar Sangakkara (W)

c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma

13

13

2

0

100.00

Mahela Jayawardene

c Virat Kohli b Akshar Patel

43

36

6

1

119.44

Seekkuge Prasanna

c Ajinkya Rahane b Akshar Patel

5

13

0

0

38.46

Angelo Mathews (C)

c Akshar Patel b Suresh Raina

23

32

3

0

71.88

Ashan Priyanjan

c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma

12

21

1

0

57.14

Thisara Perera

c Ishant Sharma b Umesh Yadav

29

27

4

0

107.41

Suraj Randiv

b Ishant Sharma

5

8

1

0

62.50

Dhammika Prasad

c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma

0

4

0

0

0.00

Lahiru Gamage

not out

0

8

0

0

0.00

Extras: 18 (b – 0, w – 13, no – 4, lb – 1, penalty – 0)

 

Fall of Wickets

1/31 (Tillakaratne Dilshan 8.5ov.)
2/61 (Kumar Sangakkara 13.2ov.)
3/84 (Upul Tharanga 16.2ov.)
4/109 (Seekkuge Prasanna 21.1ov.)
5/130 (Mahela Jayawardene 25.1ov.)
6/144 (Angelo Mathews 30.1ov.)
7/167 (Ashan Priyanjan 33.2ov.)
8/175 (Suraj Randiv 35.2ov.)
9/175 (Dhammika Prasad 36ov.)
10/194 (Thisara Perera 39.2ov.)

 

                 

 

Bowlers

O

M

R

WKT

NO

WD

ECON

Umesh Yadav

6.2

2

24

2

0

2

3.79

Varun Aaron

4.1

0

26

0

0

4

6.24

Ishant Sharma

8

1

34

4

1

2

4.25

Virat Kohli

0.5

0

6

0

0

0

7.2

Ravichandran Ashwin

9

0

52

1

0

0

5.78

Akshar Patel

6

0

24

2

0

0

4

Suresh Raina

5

0

24

1

0

1

4.8