India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Highlights – July 18, 2021

Ind vs SL 1st ODI Highlights today Sunday, 7-18-2021 – 1st ODI (D/N), India tour of Sri Lanka (ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League) from R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

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Sri Lanka have won the toss and opted to bat.

“Historically, batting first has been ideal here,” says Dasun Shanaka. “Bhanuka Rajapaksa is making his debut.”
“We also wanted to bat first as dew factor can come into play in the evening,” Dhawan says. “I have got Prithvi with me at the top of the order, two debutants and Kuldeep and Chahal are the spinners.”

India team: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Ishan Kishan (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Avishka Fernando, 2 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Lakshan Sandakan, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Chamika Karunaratne.

Post Match Presentation.

Prithvi Shaw: “It’s fine now, a bit of pain but it’s okay,” he says about the blow to the head. “Rahul sir didn’t say anything when I went in. I went with my instinct and was looking for boundaries. As a batsman, I try to keep the scoreboard ticking. The pitch was good in the first innings and it got better in the second innings. And I like facing fast bowlers. I was disappointed with the shot when I got out. I lost a bit of focus after I was hit on the head.”

Dasun Shanaka: We started well but the ball was hanging a bit, they bowled well. I am happy to take responsibility for the captaincy. The Indians batted aggressively. We needed to vary the pace as the ball was coming onto the bat nicely. In the next game, we will have to improve on that.”

Shikhar Dhawan: All our boys are very mature as well as aggressive. The way they played today was tremendous and I am very happy. The way our spinners bowled, they brought us back, all three spinners, Chahal, Kuldeep, and Krunal. It was good to be on the other end and watch Prithvi and Ishan. I was telling them to take it easy actually. The way these young boys play in the IPL, they get lots of exposure and they just finished the game in the first 15 overs only. I thought about my hundred but there were not many runs left. (laughs). When Surya came out to bat, I thought I need to improve my skills (laughs).

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