Captain Shikhar Dhawan, the white Indian pelota player, ran 6,000 ODI races on Sunday. As a result, he is now the 10th Indian drummer in a format of more than 50. He achieved his feat in the first ODI of a three-match series against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag are the other nine batel who have achieved more than 6000 runs in ODI format. It has also traversed 10,000 international routes in all formats.
Previously, India was constantly taking wickets from time to time, but Chamika Karunaratn helped the Sri Lanka’s 43-run unbeaten run to post Sri Lanka 262/9. For India, Kuldeep Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Chahar each returned with two wickets.
Choosing to make the first one, Sri Lanka started continuously, with openers Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka making 49 runs within the first nine overs. However, Yuzvendra Chahal’s presentation immediately paid off on the 10th, when the leg player released Fernando (32).
Bhanuka joined Rajapaksa Minod in the middle and the pair made 36 runs for the second wicket, but that stand was cut short on the 17th as Kuldeep Yadav returned to Rajapaksa (24) Pavilion. Eventually, Kuldeep caught Minod (27) on the first slip and as a result Sri Lanka was reduced to 89/3.
Dhananjaya de Silva (14) was disappointed with the bat as he was about to shoot inside from the covers, but managed to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar only one catch from the Krunal Pandya Bowling and disturbed Sri Lanka’s 117/4 spot.
Skipper Shanaka and Charith Asalanka then gathered in the wrinkle and the two riders moved the scoreboard slowly and steadily. However, the 49th run between these two riders was completed by Deepa Chahar on the 38th when he released Asalanka (38), reducing Sri Lanka to 166/5.
Shanaka played a run of 39 runs, but the Indian bowlers managed to keep the race score under control and as a result the hosts were below the 265 race mark. In the final overtime, Dushmantha Chameera (13) and Chamika Karunaratne (43 *) made some great valuable shots to make Sri Lanka competitive in the match.
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