India captain Shikhar Dhawan on Sunday stated he completely loved watching from the non-striker’s finish his youthful companions toying with the Sri Lankan bowlers within the first ODI right here, saying they “completed the sport” within the first 15 overs solely.
India mauled the hosts by seven wickets with loads of overs to spare to take a 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence.
“Completely, all our boys, most of them have performed earlier and they’re very matured and aggressive as properly. The way in which they performed the sport right this moment was large. And I used to be very pleased with their efforts,” Dhawan stated on the post-match presentation.
Opting to bat, Sri Lanka had been restricted to 262 for 9, with pacer Deepak Chahar (2/37), and spinners Kuldeep Yadav (2/48) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/52) choosing two wickets every.
India overhauled the goal in 36.4 overs as they rode on Dhawan’s unbeaten 86, debutant Ishan Kishan’s blistering 59 and opener Prithvi Shaw’s equally aggressive 43.
Dhawan praised the spin trio — together with Krunal Pandya — for bringing his aspect again into the sport.
“We knew that the wicket had a little bit of flip, however the best way (our) spinners bowled from the tenth over, they bought us again straightaway and so they took wickets and all of the three spinners did superb after which later our quick bowlers did an excellent job,” added the southpaw, who captained India for the primary time.
He additionally stated that he loved Shaw and Kishan’s batting from the non-striker’s finish.
“After we batted, I suppose it was beautiful to face on the opposite finish and see Prithvi going for the primary seven overs after which Ishan coming in and enjoying his first ball of ODI cricket and I used to be telling him to take it simple,” he quipped.
“The way in which Prithvi in addition to Ishan batted right this moment, it was large and so they completed the sport within the first 15 overs solely. We had been simply knocking round (then),” stated Dhawan.
Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka blamed his batters for the defeat, saying they couldn’t get the rhythm going.
“Sure, truly, earlier on we began very well nevertheless it was hanging a bit, they (Indian bowlers) diverse the tempo very well. So, I feel our batsmen couldn’t get the rhythm happening,” he stated.
Shanaka additionally praised the Indian gamers for being aggressive.
“The way in which Indian gamers performed, they’re actually aggressive and the sort of cricket they’re enjoying is actually good for the time being. Everyone knows how good they’re however our bowlers must raise our bowling section,” added Shanaka.
The second ODI of the three-match sequence will likely be held on July 20.