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1st ODI: India vs Sri Lanka - As it happened...

Welcome to our live blog of the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Cuttack.

1st ODI: India vs Sri Lanka - As it happened...

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Sri Lanka Innings:

Over 39.2 || Score 194​

With the wicket of Perera India won the first ODI of the five-match series. In a lop-sided affair India beat Sri Lanka by 169 runs. Sri Lanka, who were chasing a challenging total of 363, failed to give the hosts any kind of threat and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. If both the openers -- Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane -- helped India setting up a big total, then, Indian bowlers too defended it quite convincingly. But the pick among the bowlers was speedster Ishant Sharma, who scalped four wickets to make sure that India seal the match.        

NLTC Perera c Sharma b Yadav 29 (27b)

 

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Over 37 || Score 182/9​

In the 36th over, first Randiv got played on, as Ishant Sharma picked up his third wicket. And then off the last ball Islanders lost another wicket in KTGD Prasada, in the first over of the batting powerplays. So, it's a double wicket maiden for Sharma. Now India are mere one wicket away of winning the first ODI.   

KTGD Prasad c Saha b Sharma 0 (4b)    

S Randiv b Sharma 5 (8b)

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Over 34 || Score 173/7​

Now only a divine intervention can save the visitors from losing the opening match of the five match series. Priyanjan Out! Ishant Sharma picked up his second wicket of the match in the 34th over of the innings. A genuine edge from Priyanjan and Saha was ready for it behind the wickets. The visitors are on the verge of losing the first ODI.      

MA Priyanjan c Saha b Sharma 12 (21b)

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Over 31 || Score 151/6​

Sri Lankan skipper Out! Mathews came down the wicket to charge Raina but couldn't connect the ball well and gave catch to Patel at mid-wicket. Now India are sitting comfortably at the drivers seat, as they need just four wickets to win the opening match of the series. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka crossed the 150-run mark.   

AD Mathews c Patel b Raina 23 (32b)

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Over 27 || Score 134/5​

Akshar Patel strikes again. And this time he scalps the most precious wicket in the form of Jayawardene. The right-hander gives a straight catch to Kohli at covers -- soft dismissal. But the young lad, Akhsar Patel, is making a point with bat and ball. The visitors are in deep trouble as half of their team is back in the hut and they still need 230 tuns to seal the match.    

DPMD Jayawardene c Kohli b Patel 43 (36b)

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Over 23 || Score 116/4​

Akshar Patel, who has been reintroduced into the attack proved his skipper right, as he gave India a breakthrough straight away off his first ball. It's a soft dismissal as Prasanna, who went to cut the short ball gave a simple catch to Rahane at point. Now India are right at the top of the match. Skipper Angelo Mathews comes in.      

S Prasanna c Rahane b Patel 5 (13b)

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Over 20 || Score 94/3​

Now if Islanders want to start the five match ODI series with a win, they need Mahila to stay at the crease till the 45th over. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka crossed the mark of 100 runs in the 19th over.   

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Over 18 || Score 94/3​

Tharanga Out! The opener had been struggling since the first ball he faced. And finally his shaky innings of 28 runs came to an end, when he gave a simple catch to Dhawan at deep long on. Seekkuge Prasanna has walked into the middle after the fall of Tharanga's wicket. But from the other end Jayawardene is looking in good form. 

WU Tharanga c Dhawan b Ashwin 28 (53b)

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Over 16 || Score 84/2

In the 15th over, Kohli introduced the spinner for the first time, as he gave the ball to Ravichandran Ashwin. And in his first over Jayawardene launched the offie for a six over long on. Indian bowlers leaked 20 runs in the last two overs.     

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Over 14 || Score 64/2

Big wicket for India. Sangakkara Out! Angled created by Ishant worked as the southpaw got an edge of his bat and Saha took his second catch behind the wickets. He was looking good in the middle but a good ball by the lanky speedster done the trick for India. Jayawardene​ has joined Tharanga after the fall of second Sri Lankan wicket.  

KC Sangakkara c Saha b Sharma 13 (13b)

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Over 12 || Score 55/1

Senior pro Sangakkara is looking in good nick as he collected two boundaries in the first nine balls he faced -- class was written all over them. Can he play a match-winning knock tonight to help his team chasing the big total successfully? Meanwhile, the visitors crossed the 50-run mark.     

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Over 11 || Score 49/1

Aaron has been brought back into the attack in the 11th over. But the speedster proved a bit expensive in his comeback over, as he went for ten runs, by giving away two boundaries. 

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Over 10 || Score 39/1

Tharanga is still looking a bit shaky in the middle. In fact is flirting with danger. In the first ball off the tenth over, he went for an expensive cover drive but got the thick outside edge. But was lucky enough to survive as the ball flew wide of third slip. Six runs came from the over.      

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Over 9 || Score 33/1

Dilshan Out! Umesh gives India it's first breakthrough. Another length ball by the speedster, the opener tries to cut it towards point region but only manages an edge of his bat and gives a simple catch to wicket-keeper Saha. Veteran Kumar Sangakkara is the new man in.   

TM Dilshan c Saha b Yadav 18 (22b)

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Over 8 || Score 29/0

First bowling change. Kohli has introduced Ishant Sharma in the 8th over. The lanky seamer bowled a good first over as he conceded mere one run and more importantly beat southpaw Upul Tharanga a couple of times. 

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Over 7 || Score 28/0

Thus far, both the speedsters -- Aaron and Yadav -- have bowled well. They haven't offered much room to both the openers and are asking a lot of questions from them. The best part is that both of them are looking fit. Impressive bowling by the strike bowlers. 

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Over 5 || Score 22/0

It's a test for stand-in skipper Virat Kohli as well. Indian batsmen have done their bid and put up a challenging total. But now it's time to see the Kohli's leadership skills, that how well he can utilise his bowlers to defend the total successfully.    

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Over 4 || Score 18/0

Both the fastest Indian bowlers are in tandem and are bowling at a good speed. They missed few outside edges but at the same time are giving extras as well, which is releasing out some pressure from the openers. India are still searching for their first breakthrough.     

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Over 2 || Score 3/0

 Aaron, who is sharing the new ball with Umesh, bowled a en excellent over first up too as he gave mere three runs and generated good speed as well. 

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Over 1 || Score 0/0 

In the absence of strike bowlers -- Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- it would be a good chance for Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron to impress the selectors with the new ball. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan are opening the innings for Sri Lanka. First over bowled by a Yadav is a maiden one. So a good start by the speedster.     

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Indian innings:

Over 50 || Score 363/5

Prasad to bowl the last over of the innings. Off the first two balls, Akhsar Patel hit two sixes off Prasad. If first maximum was straight over the bowlers head then the next one flew over the extra cover boundary. But from next four balls came mere three runs. But even after that India managed to put a challenging total of 363 runs after being asked to bat first by the visitors.   
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Over 49 || Score 348/5

Debutant Lahiru Gamage, finally takes his first international scalp in the form of Rayudu. But before getting out Rayudu played a cameo of 27 runs off 20 balls. Akshar Patel is the new man in.    

AT Rayudu c Perera b Gamage 27 (20b)  

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Over 47 || Score 326/4

Rayudu, who has to play well to cement his place in the side for the upcoming World Cup scored two consecutive boundaries off Prasanna and collected 12 from the over. Sri Lankan bowlers are leaking runs.   

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Over 46 || Score 314/4

Kohli, who has been given the responsibility to lead the side in the absence of MS Dhoni for the first three matches, got out when he gave a simple catch to Perera off Randiv. He got out after scoring 22 runs. Kohli has been replaced by wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. 

V Kohli c Perera b Randiv 22 (21b)

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Over 45 || Score 309/3

Immediately after completing his fifty Raina got trapped in front of the match off offie Randiv. Ambati Rayudu has joined Kohli in the middle after the fall of India's third wicket. And in the 45th over India crossed the mark of 300 runs. In last five overs they will look to add another fifty runs or so as they have seven wickets at their disposal.   

SK Raina lbw b Randiv 52 (34b)

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Over 43 || Score 291/2

Suresh Raina who is playing in his 200th ODI and has completed his 5000 runs in the 43rd over. The southpaw has quickly reached to 44 off 31 balls. Islanders are looking all over the place. Skipper Mathews is looking short of ideas.    

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Over 41 || Score 275/2

Suresh Raina is on fire. The left-hander has started playing big shots, which is the need of the hour if India need to set up a big total. In the 41st over bowled by Perera, India collected 20 runs with the help of three boundaries and a six.   

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Over 38 || Score 247/2

After a gap of two overs India lost another opener, as Ajinkya Rahane got out. A soft dismissal, as Rahane gave a simple catch to Jayawardene at mid-off, when he miss-timed a low full toss completely. And here comes the Indian stand-in skipper Virat Kohli.   

AM Rahane c Jayawardene b Randiv 111 (108b)

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Over 35 || Score 231/1

Finally, Priyanjan gave the visitors their first breakthrough in the form of Dhawan. The southpaw tried to play a sweep shot but got the thick inside edge and it the stumps. And with that Dhawan's fabulous innings of 113 came to an end. And surprisingly, stand-in skipper Kohli promoted Raina above him as the left-hander has joined Rahane in the middle.    

S Dhawan b Priyanjan 113 (107b)

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Over 33 || Score 216/0

Both the openers have completed their hundred as India crossed the 200-run mark as well. India are at the drivers seat at the moment and are heading towards a big total. After struggling initially, both the batsmen got settled and are looking solid in the middle. Sri Lankan bowlers are looking clueless.     

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Over 27 || Score 168/0

Rahane was the aggressor as he smashed two boundaries off Randiv. The first, was a classic straight drive back past the bowler, while the second was a pull off a short delivery that deserved to be punished.

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Over 25 || Score 145/0

Gamage getting a taste of what international cricket is all about. After a decent opening spell, the Indian openers are ruining his figures. The duo smashed three boundaries off the seamer to pick up 15 runs of the over.

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Over 22 || Score 117/0

Dhawan has now cut loose. He smashed Perera for consecutive boundaries. The left-hander is making up for his calm in the first 10 overs of this match. He is now batting on 59 off 69 balls.

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Over 21 || Score 107/0

Rahane brought up his fifty with a single off Randiv. As Dhawan came on strike, he launched an assault on Randiv smashing him for two fours and a six to bring up his fifty as well. 17 runs off that over. India now motoring along.

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Over 20 || Score 84/0

Randiv bowled a very tidy second over. Just like his first, he conceded only 4 runs. Indian's have not taken any risk against the spinner so far.

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Over 19 || Score 84/0

Randiv bowled a very tidy second over. Just like his first, he conceded only 4 runs. Indian's have not taken any risk against the spinner so far.

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Over 18 || Score 80/0

Sanga dropped another catch behind the stumps. After dropping Dhawan off Prasad, he now failed to pick up Rahane's catch off Perera. The seamer induced an outside edge of the right-hander's bat as he presented the full face of the bat. The keeper failed to hold on to the ball and conceded a boundary as well.

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Over 17 || Score 75/0

Suraj Randiv was introduced into the attack. He bowled without a slip and conceded only four runs off his first over.

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Over 15 || Score 69/0

Rahane pulls a short deliver from Mathews over deep midwicket fielder six. India head to the drinks break without the loss of wicket. Dhawan and Rahane are unbeaten on 28 and 35 respectively. Virat Kohli will be thrilled with his team's start to this first ODI.

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Over 12 || Score 56/0

Mathews made the first bowling change of the match by taking off Prasad to bring himself off. The Indian batsmen brought up the 50-run partnership in the 12th over. Rahane is batting on 21 while Dhawan is unbeaten on 24.

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Over 10 || Score 43/0

Dhawan scored two boundaries off Gamage as he tried to unsettle the bowler. First, he charge down the wicket and crushed the ball through the covers. Then, the Delhi-lad showed full face of the bat as he smashed the ball straight back past the bowler for another four runs.

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Over 8 || Score 28/0

Gamage has bowled a very disciplined spell so far. Yet again, he conceded only 4 runs of his over. Very impressive debut from him so far.

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Over 7 || Score 24/0

The usually very reliable Sanga put Dhawan down after Prasad induced an outside edge off the left-hander's bat on the first ball of the over. Dhawan then lofted delivery that strayed on his pads for a four.

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Over 6 || Score 20/0

Gamage's lateral movement is troubling Dhawan. The left-hander needs to get his act together. No such problems for Rahane as he flicked the debutante to deep backward square leg for four runs.

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Over 5 || Score 14/0

Another tidy over from Prasad. He conceded just 1 run off it. Angelo Mathews will be satisfied with the performance of his seamers.

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Over 4 || Score 13/0

Shikhar Dhawan rocked on the backfoot and punished a short ball from Gamage with a ferocious cut past point for four.

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Over 3 || Score 9/0

Shikhar Dhawan finally got off the mark with a crushing straight drive past mid-on off Prasad. The left-hander will be relieved after that shot.

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Over 2 || Score 3/0

Lahiru Gamage, making his Sri Lanka debut in this match, shared the new bowl with Prasad. He couldn't have asked for a better start to his international cricket career as he bowled a maiden over to Shikhar Dhawan.

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Over 1 || Score 3/0

Dhammika Prasad opened the bowling attack for Sri Lanka. Rahane and Dhawan, who have been India's preferred opening batting combination after the injury to Rohit Sharma, played out the first over safely. Rahane took a single to get off the mark.

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Sri Lanka won the toss and put India in to bat. Virat Kohli said at the toss that he too would have liked to bat second.

Their World Cup build-up halted by West Indies team's sudden mid-series pullout, Indiawould resume the preparations for the mega-event when they square off against under-cooked sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka in a hastily-arranged ODI series starting here today.

A series against the depleted Lankans on surfaces totally different from those on offer in Australia and New Zealand may not be the ideal launchpad but it would certainly give the reigning world champions an opportunity to test their bench strength under stand-in skipper Virat Kohli.

Regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested for the first three ODIs of the five-match series.

Having come here on SOS after the West Indies cricketers' abrupt pull-out midway into the series last month over a pay dispute with WICB, the Sri Lankans are without their injured premier pace duo of Lasith Malinga and Suranga Lakmal, while spin aces Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath too will be missed.

That India A side, under Manoj Tiwary, plundered 382 runs in 50 overs with centuries from Rohit Sharma (142) and Manish Pandey (135 not out) in their 88-run win against the Lankans in the only practice match at CCI on October 30, is a pointer to the quality of the visiting team's attack.

At a time when Kohli is looking to rediscover himself and Ajinkya Rahane competing for the opening slot against Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the series would give plenty of opportunities to the Indian batsmen to get back among runs.

After a forgettable England tour, Kohli has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons as he had to shuffle his position to No 4 to get back to form. It worked as he scored a 62 against the West Indies in Delhi and followed that up with a 127 at his familiar No 3 spot.

For somebody who's seen as a future captaincy material, Kohli would be under pressure to lead the side for the first three ODIs. He will also look to keep the critics at bay. 

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