Sri Lanka vs India 2017: I was Just Positive and Looking to Score Runs – Shikhar Dhawan
India began their ODI leg with an easy victory by nine wickets at the Ranagiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla to go up 1-0.
As anticipated, the host could not prove to be a match, as they failed to withstand the quality performance from the Indian spinners and opener Shikhar Dhawan’s ballistic batting show.
The impact of the combined win was such that India knocked off the target with 28.5 overs to spare, their biggest win (in terms) of balls to spare while chasing a target over 20.
Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss proved very fruitful, as the spinner dismantled Lankan batting order to restrict them for just 2016 all out after being 139/1 at one stage.
The opening pair of Niroshan Dickwella (64 from 74 balls) and Danushka Gunathilaka (35 from 44 balls) put up 74 for the first wicket to give a steady start. Kusal Mendis helped to maintain stability after the stand was broken by Yuzvendra Chahal in the 14th over with the wicket Danushka.
But, the spinners affected an unusual collapse, later onto pick all the nine wickets for just 78 runs as the batting side ended up managing just 216.
Shikhar Dhawan along with skipper Virat Kohli took care of the chase after the early loss of Rohit Sharma who was run out in the 4th over of the match. The two added an unbeaten 197 runs for the second wicket, the highest for an Indian pair in Sri Lanka with Dhawan hammering 121 off just 82 balls with the help of 18 fours and three sixes and Kohli contributing with a ball 58 including seven boundaries.
Dhawan, without any question, was declared as the Man of the Match winning a trophy, mobile phone and a fat cheque.
Here is what he had to say:
“Things have been going well for me. I have only kept my focus on the processes and not on the results. The mental freedom helps me keep confidence in myself. You know that you have scored runs and can express yourself freely. I was just positive and was looking to score runs. I just wanted to play on the merit of the ball and keep my focus on,”
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