Rohit Sharma got out for 2     AFP
Rohit Sharma got out for 2 AFP

Rohit Sharma failed with the bat on his ODI captaincy debut, getting out for a mere 2 in the first ODI of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka at Dharamsala. Sri Lanka put India to bat considering the condition will be favourable for the pacers. Shikhar Dhawan, who was down with fever last evening, opened innings with Rohit Sharma. Suranga Lakmal, using the conditions to his own advantage, started with a maiden over. Angelo Mathews got Sri Lanka the first breakthrough, dismissing Dhawan for duck. Lakmal struck soon after, getting rid of Rohit. At the crease now are debutant Shreyas Iyer (0*) and Dinesh Karthik (0*), as India are reduced to 2 for 2.

Mathews and Sri Lanka were convinced that Dhawan was LBW and challenged on-field umpire’s decision. The review showed that the ball pitched in line, there was no edge involved, and it would have hit the top of middle-stump. Dhawan departed for a 6-ball duck, and Iyer came out to bat.

Lakmal bowled beautifully, getting an edge off Rohit’s forward-defence, off a short of good length ball. Anil Chaudhary was again not convinced that Rohit had edged. Sri Lanka thus opted for another review. They got this one right as well, as UltraEdge showed a spike. Rohit departed for 2.

India, without Virat Kohli, will play three ODIs and three T20Is with Sri Lanka, after their successful Test series that they won 1-0.