Sri Lanka’s new ODI captain, Dasun Shanaka, had a difficult start to his captaincy career when India beat them by seven wickets to start the three-match ODI series. Although Sri Lanka achieved a competitive total of 262, their field time at major crossroads was too much for the bowling unit. Dasun Shanaka, who scored a 39-year-old fighter, said bowlers in Sri Lanka had to change their pace well in the second innings.
Dasun Shanaka won the toss and chose to bat first when Sri Lanka started steadily, adding 49 within ten overs for the opening Test. But the hosts quickly slipped to 117-4 when the spinners put the lid on the run count. Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanka ensured that Sri Lanka did not fall apart quickly by forging a 49-run partnership. But the highlight of the innings was Chamika Karunaratne’s 43 that put India 263 to win. Contrary to the belief that running scores on this surface would be challenging, Prithvi Shaw started briskly.
He hit nine boundaries in his 24-ball 43 before taking out the long-range player. Debutant Ishan Kishan continued the momentum and began his ODI career with a six before reaching a half-century of 33 balls. Lakshan Sandakan removed Kishan for 59 to give Sri Lanka some hope; Shikhar Dhawan, however, began to take the lead from this stage. Manish Pandey missed a chance by leaving after 26, but another debutant in Suryakumar Yadav stayed until the end to see the team go through with the skipper.
We started well, but the ball hung a bit, they bowled well: Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka claimed that they started well; however, the ball stopped a little later and the Indians credited that they bowled well. The versatile bowler said he was honored to take on the leadership responsibility and felt that his bowlers should take off from the ball as India batted aggressively on bat-friendly conditions. Dasun Shanaka wants to lead Sri Lanka’s return in the next match.
‘We started well, but the ball hung a bit, they bowled well. I gladly take the responsibility of the captaincy. The Indians batted aggressively. We had to change the pace because the ball came nicely to the bat. In the next game we will have to improve on that, “ Shanaka tells in the presentation after the match.