India’s future captain Shikhar Dhawan made his captain’s career off to a great start when he achieved half a century to lead his country to a comfortable victory in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan may have lost the shoot; however, his bowlers responded well by limiting Sri Lanka to a manageable total. However, Prithvi Shaw walked away with the award for the man of the match because he played aggressively at the top.
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 points ladder by hitting. Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanka ensured that Sri Lanka did not immediately fall apart by entering into a 49-partnership partnership. But the highlight of the innings was Chamika Karunaratne’s 43 that put India 263 to win.
Nevertheless, Prithvi Shaw began to shatter their hopes by giving India a fiery start. He hit nine boundaries in his 24-ball 43, including two in the first over and three in a row from Isuru Udana’s second over. But Shaw won for the first time in the sixth over for Dhananjaya de Silva. However, he kicked India’s tough race chase in style when they were left with 13 overs.
I was disappointed with the shot when I climbed out: Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw, who hit a blow to the head, said he was confident it was okay and only wanted to hit boundaries. The 22-year-old said he likes to have the scoreboard tapped and feels the field is getting better for the bat in the second innings. The right-handed batsman said he wanted to lose some focus after being hit on his head.
‘It’s good now, a little pain, but it’s good. Rahul sir did not say anything when I entered. I went with my instinct and sought boundaries. As a batsman, I try to keep typing the scoreboard. The pitch was good in the first innings and it got better in the second innings. And I like fast bowlers. I was disappointed with the shot when I got out. I lost some focus after being hit on the head, ‘ Shaw tells in the presentation after the game.