Suresh Raina did bulk of the scoring © IANS (File Photo)
Suresh Raina did bulk of the scoring © IANS (File Photo)

Nov 2, 2014

Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli brought momentum in the final overs of the innings as both of them added quick runs. India had reached 286 for two after the 42 overs. 31 runs came off the last two overs. India were on course for a score par 350. Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed in the 38th over by Suraj Randiv for 111 runs. Rahane and Dhawan were involved in a 231-run opening stand but both batsmen were dismissed soon after completing there centuries.

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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