Ishant Sharma © Getty Images
Ishant Sharma © Getty Images

Nov 2, 2014

Ishant Sharma provided India a huge breakthrough when he got rid of Sri Lanka mainstay Kumar Sangakkara in the 14th over of their chase in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Cuttack on Sunday. This was after Sri Lanka went past the 50-run mark as they look to pick up after a sluggish start against India.

Sri Lanka reached 61 for two after 13.2 overs, with Upul Tharanga at the crease but with two of their main batsmen, Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan back in the hut.

India made the first breakthrough when Tillakaratne Dilshan was caught by Wriddhiman Saha off Umesh Yadav. Chasing 364 to win, Sri Lanka were 31 for one in 8.5 overs.

Earlier in the first innings, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan slammed centuries as India set a huge 364–run target against Sri Lanka at Cuttack. Rahane smashed his second century in ODI cricket and first at home, whereas Dhawan completed his sixth ton as the two batsmen added as many as 231 runs for the first wicket to help India get off an extremely strong start in the game as well as in the five-match series.

India piled up 363 for five in their allotted 50 overs, with Rahane and Dhawan getting centuries and Suresh Raina smashing a quickfire half-century to stamp their authority over the tourists.

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