Ajinkya Rahane    Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane Getty Images

Nov 2, 2014

India opener Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday cracked his second century in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) during the first match against Sri Lanka at Cuttack. Rahane faced 99 balls and smashed 12 fours and two sixes to achieve the feat.

India were for 201 no loss after 31.4 overs as both Rahane and Dhawan made slow starts but picked up well and took India to a position of command. They brought up their half-centuries in the 21st over. Between the overs 20-30, Rahane and Dhawan added 104 runs.

Rahane and Dhawan brought up their 50-run stand for the opening wicket in the 11th over, as the two continued to score easily without much trouble from the Sri Lankan bowlers. Both Rahane and Dhawan shrugged off a slow start and hit a couple of fours to put ip a strong platform for a big score. They did look a little rusty at the beginning, but have settled down well.

Early in the match, Sri Lanka bowlers have been impressive with the line and length, with the debutant Lahiru Gamage bowling a maiden over to Dhawan. The left-handed India opener did not look comfortable at the crease, having being beaten couple of times early on in the game.

However, it was Dhawan who struck the first four for India, hitting it down the ground off Dhammika Prasad in the third over. The opening batsman improvised after a sedate start and hit a couple of fours. In the seventh over, Kumar Sangakkara spilled a tough chance to give Dhawan a lifeline off Prasad.

Earlier in the day, Angelo Mathews won the toss, and Sri Lanka have elected to bowl first. Ravindra Jadeja has been rested.

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