Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images

Nov 2, 2014

India were for 157 no loss after 26 overs in their first One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka at Cuttack on Sunday. Ajinkya Rahane was batting on not out accompanied by Shikhar Dhawan on not out.

Rahane smashed eight fours and one six to reach 69 not out off balls, whereas Dhawan took balls and cracked 11 fours and two sixes to get to 80 not out.

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.

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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