India vs Sri Lanka: MS Dhoni stands tall as other Indian batsmen flop in swinging conditions

India vs Sri Lanka: MS Dhoni stands tall as other Indian batsmen flop in swinging conditions

first_imgIndia were staring at the lowest score in One-Day International history after being asked to bat by Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Dharamsala.India were reduced to just seven wickets for a paltry score of just 29 runs at one point but MS Dhoni had other plans. He stepped out to bat after Manish Pandey was sent packing by Lakmal, and changed the Indian fortunes.The former Indian captain stepped up when it mattered the most, finishing the innings with 65 runs off 87 deliveries, studded with 10 fours and two sixes. His valiant knock accounted for 58.03 percent of the Indian innings as the rest of the Indian lineup managed only 47 runs. Dhoni along with the tail managed to take the score past 100 with the former fighting a lone battle but perished in the search of some quick runs at the end.MS Dhoni made 58.03% of team runs today (65 out of 112) – highest contribution ever by an Indian batsman in an ODI where all 11 players batted. Previous best: 56% by Virender Sehwag (112 out of 200/9) vs NZ at Auckland in 2003.#INDvSL #SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 10, 2017One man standing tall & gets to yet another valuable half century. @msdhoni in full flow at the moment #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/0SVWHkB4EU- BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 2017MS Dhoni in ODIs vs Sri Lanka this year (UPDATED):6345*67*49*1* &65 290 runs (avg 145.00)#INDvSL #SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 10, 2017Sri Lanka came into this match on 12-match losing streak this year including a 5-0 whitewash against India. The islanders had also lost the Test series 1-0 last week.advertisementHowever, India were all at sea against Sri Lanka’s seamers in swinging conditions in Dharamsala. They lost Shikhar Dhawan for a duck before stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma fell cheaply.Dinesh Karthik perished for an 18-ball duck (the longest duck in terms of ball faced) and Manish Pandey did not last long either. Debutant Shreyas Iyer looked in good touch before he too exited.Despite recovering from 29/7, and then an entertaining 65 from @msdhoni, an impressive bowling display from Sri Lanka helps them bowl India out for 112, with Suranga Lakmal taking career best figures of 4/13.Scorecard: https://t.co/rfW6hwUA0M #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/LhKMyBxpjd- ICC (@ICC) December 10, 2017Zimbabwe have the dishonour of holding the record for the lowest score in one day international cricket. Sri Lanka had dismissed the African side for just 35 runs in just 18 overs at Harare back in 2004. Sri Lanka again hold the record of bowling out oppositions cheaply, as Canada (36 all out in 2003 at Paarl) and Zimbabwe (38 all out in 2001 at Colombo) are the lowest totals ever, changing the record books consistently.Incidentally, India’s lowest score in ODIs had also come against Sri Lanka when they were bundled out for 54 thanks to a magical spell by Muttiah Muralitharan. India were batting second on the occasion, after Sanath Jayasuriya (189) had helped the Lankans post a target of 300. How the Indian wickets fell: 1.6 Overs –  Mathews to DhawanMathews comes running in and lands it on middle, gets it to jag back in after pitching. Dhawan tries to flick but misses and is hit on the front pad. The Lankan players appeal, Mathews is pleading to the umpire as he feels Dhawan is a goner but the umpire shakes his head. Angelo convinces his captain to take the review and Perera does so. Replays roll in. There is no inside edge on that one. Also Hawk Eye shows three reds. Dhawan has to walk back on a duck, his first after 13 innings. The Sri Lankans are ecstatic as they have got the dangerous Shikhar.4.1 Overs – Lakmal to Rohit Lakmal was teasing the edge of Sharma’s bat a number of times and this time he induces one. A beautiful delivery by Lakmal, he again lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape away ever so slightly. There is a noise as the ball goes past the bat as Rohit tries to defend. Dickwella takes it and makes a huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Niroshan is really confident and wants to take it upstairs. Perera once again signals the ‘T’. Time for the replays. On the first one there is a slight gap between the bat and the ball but there is a spike on Snicko and the on-field call has to be overturned. A huge wicket for Sri Lanka. The hitman, the stand-in captain is walking back cheaply. Not a good first outing as skipper for him. India have been rocked early.8.5 Overs – Lakmal to KarthikadvertisementDinesh Karthik’s struggle finally comes to an end and it is Lakmal, who is breathing fire at the moment, gets his second. He once again sets him up brilliantly. He bowls a few outswingers in this over and then gets this one to nip back in. Lands it on a length around off, gets it shape back in after pitching. Karthik plants his front foot across and tries to drive it down through mid on but misses to get hit on the pads. The Lankan players make another big appeal and this time the umpire agrees and raises his finger. Karthik, walks up to his partner and asks him whether to review it. Iyer, first shakes his head but then stops Karthik as he walks past him. They have a word and Karthik signals for the ‘T’, but sorry Dinesh time is up. He has to walk back and India are in disarray now. Replays show that the ball was clipping the leg stump and hence the on-field call would have stayed.12.5 Overs – Lakmal to PandeyLakmal gets his third and Pandey, this time like the other three walks back for a single digit score. Another brilliant delivery by Lakmal. He lands it around off, gets it to shape back in and then straighten a touch. Pandey is squared up as he tries to flick. The ball takes the edge and goes to first slip where Mathews pouches it safely. Also this is good captaincy by Perera as this is an extended spell given to Lakmal and he has delivered. India are in big, big trouble now.13.2 Overs – Pradeep to IyerIyer never looked comfortable and was playing too far from his body and that has brought his downfall. Pradeep lands it on a length outside off, Shreyas is in two minds whether to play at it or leave it. He eventually tries to dab it down to third man but he gets an inside edge and the ball goes on to shatter the off pole. India have half their side back and the score is not even 20. Brilliant display of fast bowling by the Lankans and they now have India staring down the barrel.15.2 – Pradeep to Hardik Pandya’s short stay comes to an end. He looked confident but is undone by a beautiful outswinger. Pradeep lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape away. Pandya first thinks of playing at it but then tries to take his bat away. He is late to do so and the ball takes the bottom edge and goes into the hands of first slip who takes it easily and then throws it up in the air in joy. Another huge wicket for the Lankas. Hardik has had an excellent year and the Lankan lions will be delightful to see the back of his as he could take the game away. The away side are into the tail now and they would want to clean ut up early.advertisement16.4 Overs – Lakmal to Bhuvneshwar Lakmal has his hands aloft and takes off for a celebratory run. Mind you, this is his 9th over in a row and has picked up a 4-fer already. Beautiful delivery! Drops it on a length just around off, making Bhuvneshwar play at it. He does so but there is a bit of away movement which takes the outside edge and Dickwella behind the stumps accepts a regulation catch.25.3 Overs – Dananjaya to KuldeepAkila breaks the 41-run stand! Perera is expensive from the other end but the decision to bring in spin from this end has done the trick for Lanka. Dananjaya tosses it up around off, Kuldeep Yadav presses forward to defend but the ball dips and then turns away to beat the outside edge. Dickwella collects the ball and dislodges the bails in a flash. They take it upstairs and the TV umpire after having a look at it from various angles feels the back foot was firmly on the line and there was nothing inside the crease. Fair call! Sri Lanka can breathe a sigh of relief again.34.3 Overs –  Pathirana to BumrahCompletely needless from Bumrah and Dhoni at the other end is disgusted. Pathirana bowls it a bit slower and tosses it up on middle. Bumrah is tempted and tries heave seeing the flight. He misses the ball completely and it goes on to hit the middle stump. He was defending the ball well, not sure what went through his mind at that moment.38.2 Overs – Perera to DhoniSri Lanka finally get the last wicket but a brilliant, brilliant innings by Dhoni comes to an end. Perera will be relieved he finally mistimes one. He bowls it full and outside off. Dhoni again tries to go big but this time his bat turns in his hand and he only manages to hit it up in the air, towards sweeper cover where Gunathilaka settles himself under it and takes it easily.last_img

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