New Delhi: India were bundled out for paltry 112 in the first One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA) in Dharamshala. Put to bat, the home side lost wickets at the regular intervals and were restricted to 16 for five inside 14 overs.Also Read - KL Rahul Should Be Made Test Skipper: Former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale
Pacer Suranga Lakmal took four wickets returned his best bowling figures (4/13) in ODI cricket to stun the Indian batting. The right-arm seamer’s previous best of 4/30 was against England at Pallekele in December 2014. Also Read - Chronology of Virat Kohli Quitting Test Captaincy: Spoke to Rahul Dravid And Then A Long Chat With Jay Shah Before Stepping Down
For India, middle-order batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni (65) played fighting innings to help the hosts register a three-digit total. Apart from Dhoni, no other Indian batsmen got going. Also Read - MS Dhoni to Yuvraj Singh; Indian Cricketing Stars Who Have Won The World Cup But Never Lifted The Ranji Trophy
Dhoni added 41 runs for the eighth wicket with Kuldeep Yadav to bring some stability. However, spinner Akila Dananjaya removed Kuldeep to further dent India.
Dhoni did well to take India past the 100-run mark as he completed his 67th half-century in ODIs. India has been bowled out under 100 six times in ODIs and Dhoni made sure the home side go past the three-digit total.
Here’s a look at India’s lowest total in ODIs:
|54||26.3||2|| Sri Lanka||Sharjah||29 Oct 2000|
|63||25.5||1|| Australia||Sydney||8 Jan 1981|
|78||24.1||2|| Sri Lanka||Kanpur||24 Dec 1986|
|79||34.2||1|| Pakistan||Sialkot||13 Oct 1978|
|88||29.3||2|| New Zealand||Dambulla||10 Aug 2010|
|91||29.1||2|| South Africa||Durban||22 Nov 2006|
|100||36.3||1|| Australia||Sydney||14 Jan 2000|
|100||28.3||2|| West Indies||Ahmedabad||16 Nov 1993|
|103||33.4||1|| Sri Lanka||Dambulla||22 Aug 2010|
|103||26.3||2|| Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||29 Aug 2008|
|105||25.3||1|| Bangladesh||Dhaka||17 Jun 2014|
|108||41.1||1|| New Zealand||Christchurch||1 Jan 2003|
|108||32.5||1|| New Zealand||Auckland||26 Dec 2002|
|112||38.2||1|| Sri Lanka||Dharamsala||10 Dec 2017|
It turned out to be a good toss to win for Sri Lanka with pacers making full use of the conditions. India handed ODI debut to Shreyas Iyer, leaving out Ajinkya Rahane. Iyer fell to Nuwan Pradeep for just nine runs off 27 balls.