Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Shikhar Dhawan's quick-fire 90 takes India to 174/5

Shikhar Dhawan's quick-fire 90 takes India to 174/5

Chasing a target of 175, Kusal Perera, batting at number three, put Sri Lanka on track after he slammed 66 off just 37 balls. With India teetering at 9/2, Manish Pandey stepped in to join Dhawan and form a strong partnership that would steady the innings. On the other hand, Sri Lanka posted 75 for two in the powerplay, courtesy Perera, who smashed 27 runs off Shardul Thakur in the second over with the help of five fours and a six. "So the Indian team, as of now, will be playing the tournament". Despite the crisis, fans of the Dinesh Chandimal-led team filled Premadasa Stadium hoping that this will be the day their favourite team will defeat rivals India, who had decimated the Sri Lankans both in Sri Lanka and in India past year.

Dhawan was the top-scorer for India as he blasted 90 off 49 balls studded with six boundaries and as many sixes. "He knows his game and understands himself better".

Life in Colombo seemed normal, but the misgivings about the tournament persisted until a Sri Lanka Cricket spokesperson confirmed to the media that the tournament was not under threat and will go on as scheduled.

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Washington Sundar delivered India the ideal start they needed early on by dismissing Kusal Mendis.

Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik went big in the final few overs to take the visitors to a promising total.

Rohit, attempting a drive on the rise, couldn't keep it down as the fourth delivery of the opening over from Dushmantha Chameera reared quick and took the bottom of the bat. The bowler had Jeevan Mendis plenty to thank as Mendis ran back from mid-off to finish a nice diving catch in the long-off area. The paceman, instead, bowled a full toss and Raina backed away to let the ball crash in. The kind of start they got was wonderful.

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In Virat Kohli's absence, the batton to lead India's charge was given to Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan was named his deputy for the tour.

Having faced Sri Lanka in 18 global matches this season (6 Tests, 8 ODIs and 4 T20 Internationals) on home and away basis, another face-off can only add to the players as well as viewers' fatigue due to lack of context.

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