Kohli ton gives India 1-0 lead
Virat Kohli's 12th ODI ton, his 4th in his last 5 ODIs and his 3rd consecutive one against Sri Lanka in ODIs gave India a 21 run win in the first ODI at Hambantota on Saturday.
India's innings was set up by 96 from Virender Sehwag and 106 from Virat Kohli after India won the toss and chose to bat first. Sehwag was scratchy to begin with and dropped by Tillakaratne Dilshan with his score still in single digits but he recovered his touch to stroke his way to 96. Kohli was assured right from the start and looked good for a ton early in his innings. Sehwag and Kohli added 173 for the second wicket in 29.1 overs after Gautam Gambhir's early dismissal for just 3 runs.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 off 29b) and Suresh Raina (50 off 45b) provided India a great finish as they added 79 for the fifth wicket in 9.1 overs for a total of 314/6 in 50 overs.
Dilshan (6) was claimed LBW by Irfan Pathan (2/37) early in Sri Lanka's chase, after which Sangakkara and Upul Tharanga added 77 for the second wicket. India's bowlers replied with discipline and heaped pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen, not allowing partnerships and reducing them to 191/6 by the 39th over.
Zaheer Khan (1/63), Umesh Yadav (2/76) and Pragyan Ojha (1/44 in 6 overs) bore the brunt of the counter attack from Sangakkara (133) and Perera that followed as the duo added 78 in just 8.5 overs. Sangakkara brought up his 14th ODI hundred in the process while Perera contributed a blistering 44 off 28b. The bowlers recovered though to break the partnership at a crucial point and swing the game back in India's favour.
Lasith Malinga's blows towards the end of the innings were too late and too little as Sri Lanka ended on 293/9, 21 short of the target set by India. Virat Kohli picked up the Man of the Match award for his 106 which helped India go 1-0 up in the 5 ODI series.