February 21, 2018

Dhawan smashes his fastest ODI century

20 August 2017, 11:37 | Randolph Howard

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Games never lasted more than four days. He scored 125 in the Champions Trophy, 190 and 119 in the Test series and 132* in the first ODI.

As fate would have it, that same ground was where the India squad found themselves on Friday, as they prepare for the first game of their five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which begins on Sunday.

Dhawan also won the man of the tournament award at the ICC Champions Trophy that was played in England earlier this year. India blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 the last time these two sides played a bilateral ODI series, back in November 2015 (in India).

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga blamed the middle-order collapse.

The victory for Sri Lanka is very important: the Sri Lankan team is under pressure to enter the 2019 World Cup directly.

Second, on the list, Kohli still needs five more wins to achieve the top spot on the list, which has Sourav Ganguly leading with 11 wins.

Sri Lanka is now placed eighth with 88 points, 10 points more than the West Indies, which has an unenviable task in its aim of being among the seven top-ranked sides apart from host England to gain direct qualification. Be it the batting, bowling or fielding, India appeared light-years ahead of the home team to extend their dominating run in the series. The skipper confirmed that KL Rahul is a certainty in that middle-order while Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey will be fighting for the remaining middle-order slot.

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After Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat, Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka gave the flawless start to their team as both forged a 74-run partnership in 14 overs before the latter was sent back to the pavilion by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (74/1).

Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the new ODI vice-captain for Indian team.

"Sri Lanka dominated in all three formats for a good 18 years - don't forget this now when we are going through a rough patch".

India also have a fourth pacer in their ranks, in the form of Shardul Thakur.

However, worldwide cricket is a different ballgame.

India have picked a young bowling side, having rested spin-twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowling pair of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. Lasith Malinga will also be available but his recent decline in terms of ferocity is a liability for the captain, who needs to make the hard decision of phasing out a legend and very senior member of the team.

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