(SCORECARD) But fit-again captain Angelo Mathews, playing his first one-day international since August, saw his side home beside Asela Gunaratne. Down on his knees and sweeps Bumrah over backward square leg. Gunaratne finishes off Bhuvneshwar's over with a boundary. Expecting the full ball to come, he makes a lot of room for himself and carves it through point to send it across the rope for a boundary. Back of a length on the stumps, it's pulled along the ground past square leg for a boundary. SL 279/3 in 44 overs 22.23 IST: Kusal Perera is walking off the field. Boundary to end the over, skipper Kohli isn't happy. Short delivery into the body, Mathews shuffles across and jabs it through the backward square leg region for a single. This is the perfect time when the coaches will be out with their plans how to go about for the final 15 overs the game. This is a big moment, India have broken the 159-run stand. Mendis shows no respect and welcomes Kohli with a boundary. SL 143/1 in 25 overs 20.58 IST: Good over for Sri Lanka. It's tossed up to him, he comes ahead and slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie. A loud shout by Gunaratne for the LBW, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews reviewed it, third umpire turns it down. If he gets set in, it will be dangerous for Sri Lanka. No chance of stopping that, the ball races away to the fence.
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Gunathilaka flicks this towards backward square leg and quickly calls for the second. Fuller around off, Rohit comes down the track and lofts it over the mid off fielder for a boundary. This time Rohit pulls it away to backward square leg. With this the 100-run opening stand also comes uo between the two.
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SL 120/1 in 22 overs 20.45 IST: A decent over from Bumrah, gives away just 5 runs. Mendis hits Jadeja to mid-wickets for a boundary to end the over. Full and outside off, Gunathilaka plants his front foot forward and with the full face of the bat, drives it through extra cover. Just used the pace of the ball and sent it all the way. Good length delivery on off, shaping away ever so slightly, Dickwella swings across the line and ends up getting a top edge. Slower delivery on a fuller length outside off, Dhawan plays the slog sweep on that. Two fielders were trying to reach it but no one gets to it. Another poor ball and Dhoni just smashed it for a four. Low full toss outside off, Dhoni carves it through the point region for a boundary. Poor delivery from Pradeep and got exactly the treatment it deserved from Dhoni. Full toss outside off, Dhoni stays in his crease, uses his bottom hand and swings it powerfully through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. IND 227/3 in 41 overs 17.57 IST: Good over for India, 11 runs off it. Has looked settled since he's walked out to bat and batted quite smartly. Dhoni picks the length up quickly, rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. IND 207/3 in 39 overs 17.46 IST: Dhoni takes a single off Gunaratne to end the over. IND 178/2 in 33 overs 17.17 IST: Just four singles from the over of 17.13 IST: Loud Appeal for LBW against Yuvraj Singh, Umpire rejects. Fuller delivery outside off from Gunathilaka and Dhawan drives it powerfully through the cover region for a boundary. Back of a length delivery outside off, Dhawan cuts it through the point region for another boundary. Short delivery into the batsman, Dhawan pulls it through the backward square leg region for a boundary. IND 51/0 in 11 overs 15.48 IST: Fifty comes up for India in 10.2 overs. 15.46 IST: A good over from Sri Lanka's point of view. The backward point dives to his right but he cannot stop it as the ball races away to the fence. Good length delivery around middle from Nuwam Pradeep and Rohit defends it with soft hands on the leg side and calls for a single. Good length delivery outside off, Dhawan waits for it and punches it past the diving point fielder for a boundary. 15.00 IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle to open the innings for India.
Short delivery and Mendis reads it really early to pull it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. A missfield from Yuvraj gifts Kusal Mendis a boundary. Short delivery into the batsman, Gunathilaka pulls it over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen. Sri Lanka are looking solid with the bat but they also know they have a daunting total to chase down. Bhuvneshwar Kumar extracts some extra bounce off the surface and bowls a back of a length delivery outside off, Kusal Mendis looks to run it to third man but the ball goes off the outside edge. Beats the chasing fielder easily and goes across the rope. Short and down leg, Gunathilaka swivels and pulls it over fine leg, into the stands for a biggie. It lobs over to point where Jadeja moves to his right and takes a simple catch. Slow full toss outside off, Dhoni smacks that powerfully through the cover region. The deep mid-wicket goes to his left and puts in a dive but the ball goes over the fence on a bounce for a boundary. Sees it's on the shorter side and cuts it fiercely past point for a boundary. It looks like the former Indian captain is prepared to shit gears soon enough. IND 169/2 in 30.3 overs 17.11 IST: Good over from Thisara Perera as he gives away just 3 runs. IND 166/2 in 29 overs 17.04 IST: Back-to-back boundaries for Dhawan off Pradeep to end the over. Nuwan Pradeep chases it down and has a shy at the bowler's end. IND 10/0 in 2 overs 15.06 IST: Right-arm medium pacer Suranga Lakmal will share the new ball with Malinga. Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga to start the proceedings for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka were coming off a 96-run loss to South Africa, while India appeared unstoppable after demolishing Pakistan and easily winning their warm-up matches against Bangladesh and New Zealand. SRI LANKA INNINGS: 22.50 IST: Sri Lanka (322/3) beat India (321/6) by 7 wickets. With the full face of the bat, he drives it back down the ground aerially and picks up a boundary. Nobody out there in the deep and the ball races away to the boundary line. Asela Gunaratne is going to replace him in the middle. Bumrah takes some pace off it and this forces Mathews to play the shot early. Perera makes it worse for Umesh, hits him for a boundary to bring up the 50-run stand. Mathews hits Umesh for a boundary to deep midwicket. Short delivery into the batsman, Mathews pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. He drops it short, Mendis stays back and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. Picked his spot well and executed it to perfection. This is Dhawan's first six of the innings and he puts the pressure on Sri Lanka. Fuller delivery outside off, Dhawan powers that along the ground through the mid off region. It's angling in on the pads, Dhawan just whips it through backward square leg. Dhoni goes deep inside his crease to this short ball and whips it past short fine leg and backward square leg for a boundary. Yuvraj Singh chopped this one onto his stumps, The southpaw's short stay ends at the crease. IND 179/3 in 33.3 overs 17.21 IST: Players take a breather, Drinks are on the field! Both Rohit and Shikhar have given the team a confident start and the defending champions will look to build on from here. They have managed to see off the early overs without losing a wicket. Sharma picks it up early and hoicks it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Back of a length delivery from Malinga, swinging away.