The start from India’s batters and our bowlers didn’t use the new ball well. Their bowlers used the swing very well. I think there was a plan, but the bowlers didn’t execute it. We need to stick to the stump line and use the slower balls. I think I’m doing the basics well. I think in ODIs, I’m not doing that well, and T20Is I might have to go up the order.
We started off really well and to get that total was a great effort from all the batters. The platform was set to come out and play freely. I thought we could’ve bowled slightly better, but don’t want to be too critical of it although the dew was not so much. We bowled well as a unit and if you want to win games like this, everyone has to come to the party. There are some areas we need to look at as a group and again it’s a team sport. No, I mean I had no idea Shami did that. Again, he’s batting on 98 and the way he batted was brilliant. Cannot get him out like that and wanted to get him out the way we wanted to get him out. Hats off to him.
Kohli, Player of the Match:
I don’t think there was anything different. My preparation and intent always stay the same and I just kept backing my intent. As I said during the mid-innings break, it was very close to the template I play with. I also understood we needed an extra 25-30 runs. The only thing I learned was desperation doesn’t get you anywhere. You have to play for the right reasons and almost play every game like your last and just be happy about it. The game is going to move on and I’m happy with my space.
India vs Sri Lanka Highlights today. 1st ODI (N), Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, Tuesday 10-1-2023, Sri Lanka tour of India 2023.
Toss: Sri Lanka, elected to field first.
Dasun Shanaka: The reason is obvious, as Rohit Sharma says: “Yesterday when we were training, the ground was full of dew.” Rohit says he would have chased himself but this is a good challenge.
Sri Lanka have made one change to the team that played the last T20I: Dunith Wellalage in for Mahees Theekshana. India as expected with their batters and all-rounders. I was most interested in the quicks. India have gone in with Mohammeds, Shami and Siraj, and Umran Malik. I have got a feeling India are looking at Malik as a backup for Prasidh Krishna in the middle-overs enforcer role. Krishna is injured right now.
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt.), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 KL Rahul (wk) 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Mohammed Siraj, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umran Malik
Sri Lanka team: 1 Kusal Mendis (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Avishka Fernando, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Dunith Wellalage, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Dilshan Madushanka
Head to Head In ODI’s: 262
India Won: 93
Sri Lanka Won: 57
India ODI Rankings: 4th
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 8th
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WLLWW
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 1:30 PM Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match number – ODI no. 4501
Highlights will be Available Shortly.