Dambulla: India wins toss and chooses to field first against Sri Lanka in first ODI, at Dambulla.
The Tests clinched without much of a strain, India will begin the journey to identify the core of their 2019 World Cup squad when they square off against a low-on-confidence Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series, starting today.
The visitors won the three-Test series by a comfortable 3-0 margin and will look to take that momentum into the limited-overs’ leg of the tour as well. However, India are not treating this as just another bilateral ODI series.
Chief selector MSK Prasad clearly outlined this, stressing on the aspect of fitness as Team India begins its preparations for the 2019 ODI World Cup in England.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga(c), Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga
Axar Patel claimed three wickets, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets apiece as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 216 in 43.2 overs in their first one-day international in Dambulla.
For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella top scored with 64 runs. Apart from Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka (35), Kusal Mendia (36) and Angelo Mathews (36 not out) scored valuable runs for the Islanders. Chahal was the most expensive bowler for the visitors as the left-arm spinner conceded 60 runs in his allotted 10 overs.