India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI

Posted August 21, 2017

A section of Sri Lanka spectators held up the team bus and voiced raucous displeasure at the performance of players and administration following the nine-wicket loss against India in Dambulla. When it has to come it will come. I embrace that period also.

"Things have been going well for me and I've just been focusing on my processes", added Dhawan. "I just wanted to play on the merit of the ball and keep my focus on", Dhawan said after winning the Man of the Match award.

In this tour of Sri Lanka, Dhawan has been in red-hot form. He whacked 190 in the first Test and 119 in the third before landing in Dambulla for the first ODI.

Yes, they might only be the No.1 Test side in the world because of all the home games, and yes, they still have a lot to prove, especially in matches away from the sub-continent. Dhawan was named the player of the match. The absence of a regular fifth bowler means that playing Jadhav gives Kohli the option of two part timers to complete the quota of the fifth bowler.

The 31-year-old batsman played fluently, be it driving through cover or hoisting on the leg side. And, he scored all these runs at a strike rate of 146. Left arm spinner Axar Patel was the stand out bowler for India with career-best figures of three for 34 runs.

- Dhawan and Kohli's 197-run partnership for the second wicket helped India gun down the target with 127 balls to spare, the biggest win for India while chasing a target of over 200.

"The other day there were biscuits in the changing room and I informed the catering staff to take them out as our trainer did not want the players to eat them". He said,"I feel we need to start planning for the 2019 World Cup around 24 months in advance, try to experiment a bit here and there".

While Dhawan (132*) and Kohli (82*) guided India past the victory mark, it was opener Rohit Sharma's hilarious run-out that attracted the attention of Twitter parade most. Pothas, who took over after Graham Ford ended his terms with the team, has come out in public to blame the outsiders who are interfering in Sri Lanka's cricket for the drubbing.

Since the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tilikaratne Dilshan, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricket team has looked an ordinary side which doesn't have the ability to beat any top team. While spending time in the island nation, latest pictures revealed that they indulged in some environmentally friendly activity.Both were seen planting a sapling together in Kandy on Saturday. Sri Lanka had themselves to blame for a string of poor shots, and overall poor cricket, to squander the start given by the top order. It was unfortunate that he missed out and then Manish (Pandey) got chances.