Dharamsala, India:Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera won the toss and chose to bowl first in the opening one-day global against India in Dharamsala on Sunday.
Put into bat, the hosts could only survive 38.2 overs against an inspired Sri Lankan pace attack. Sri Lanka pacers Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Mathews ripped through the Indian batting top-order in swinging conditions as the home side lost seven wickets for 29.
Living dangerously on the other end, Karthik was then sent back to the hut by Lakmal as India ended the powerplay overs at 11 for 3.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya will continue to be a vital cog in India's wheel as he completes what has been an exceptional year in worldwide cricket for him.
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The last time India faced Sri Lanka in one-dayers, it swept aside the island nation 5-0. Kuldeep Yadav scored a handy 19 and ably supported Dhoni. DRS was used successfully to reverse an onfield decision that was in favour of the left-hander.
With India tottering at 2-2, Dinesh Karthik joined debutant Shreyas Iyer in the middle.
With an early start to the match, Lakmal, who completed his quota of 10 overs in a single spell, emerged as the wrecker-in-chief for Sri Lanka, returning with impressive figures of 10-4-13-4. One run off the first three balls. Bringing up a 78-ball fifty with a four off Pradeep, Dhoni followed it up with a six and a four off Pathirana to help India past the 100-run mark in the 37th over.
MS Dhoni scored more than half of the runs the entire team scored (112 all out) with a magnificent 65-run inning that came off 87 balls and was laced with 10 fours and two huge sixes.