12th Ton and India goes One Up!
After a very Long break, India has started its new season touring Sri Lanka with handful of 5 odi’s and a t-20 and Team India goes one up winning the opener against the Lankans.
India in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 1st ODI played at Hambantota. India winning the toss and opting to bat. The openers Sehwag and Gambhir did struggle a bit to get runs, but Kulasekara was too good for Gambhir. Gambhir lost his wicket early for just 3 runs. It was all depending on Kohli to provide the support along with Virender Sehwag, earlier Sehwag was Dropped at point by Dilshan. Kohli and Sehwag consolidated well and made sure India did not lose any wickets and runs started to come easily with Boundaries now and then. Kohli was in magic touch again and he batted so well along with Sehwag that made the home side feeling the pressure. Sehwag got another chance in the bowling of Perera when the batsmen was caught at the exta cover by Kulasekara an excellent catch, but that was declared not out by the third umpire stating benefit of doubt, but Kulasekara pulled of his muscle and he did not come back to bowl as well, probably he would missing the whole series due to this groin Injury. Sehwag and Kohli added 173 for the second wicket before Sehwag was run out and he missed his century and fell short of four runs. Virat Kohli carried on to score his 12th century and his 4th in 5 matches including 3 centuries in a row against Sri Lanka. Virat certainly was the man in form for the Indians and he did prove his consistency once again. The right fellow for the No.3 spot and he is certainly the guy India wanted at the top order. Kohli made a wonderful match winning knock of 106 before he was caught by Senanayake of Perera’s bowling. Followed by a quick 50 from Suresh Raina and some healthy contribution by the Indian Captain, India did manage to score over 300 in the allotted 50 overs and they set a target of 315 for the home side.
Sri Lankan openers failed to provide a good start as Dilshan was dismissed early by Pathan, caught at crease and they were in trouble early on. Once again Kumar Sangakkara showed his class and consistency at No.3 for the Lankans, but the Indian bowlers managed to pick wickets at regular intervals and they did not leave the home side to build any partnerships and the wicket kept falling on the other side as Sanga stayed at the other end looking solid. The plus for the home side while chasing was Perera‘s 28 ball 44 and the 78 run partnership between Perera and Sanga and in the mean time Sanga brought his 14th ODI century and he was holding the sri lankan innings together as the wicket kept falling at the other end, Sri lanka looked like they might chase down as Sanga and Perera were playing so well,all that hopes failed when Sangakkara was bowled by Umesh Yadav for a well made 133. Once the Indians took the wicket of Sanga, the visitors were right on the track and the bowlers ensured a win for India at the slog overs.
Virat Kohli’s 106 fetched him the man of the match for the first ODI. Still four matches to go and hope India would continue their winning streak.
Virat Kohli’s 4 centuries in 5 innings a quick Look :
133* Vs Sri Lanka at Hobart 2012
108 Vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka 2012
183 Vs Pakistan at Dhaka 2012
106 Vs Sri Lanka at2012.
It would have been 5 on 5 if he had scored a century against Bangladesh, he lost his wicket on 66.