Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images

Nov 2, 2014

Akshar Patel dealt a heavy blow to Sri Lanka when he dismissed the on-song Mahela Jayawardene in the 26th over of their first One-Day International (ODI) at Cuttack on Sunday. Sri Lanka, chasing 364 to win against India, reached 130 for five after 25.1 overs.

Jayawardene showed positive signs as he has reached 43 off just 36 balls, but Sri Lanka need strong partnership in the middle to remain in hunt.

This was after Ishant Sharma provided India a huge breakthrough when he got rid of Sri Lanka mainstay Kumar Sangakkara in the 14th over of their chase. Sri Lanka went past the 50-run mark as they look to pick up after a sluggish start against India.

Meanwhile, India suffered a blow on Sunday when their pace bowler Varun Aaron was ruled out of action due to injury. 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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