Ten straight overs in a row and that were all Suranga Lakmal needed to break the backbone of Indian batting line up in the first one day international match of the series at the Dharamsala on Sunday.
The 10 over spell gave away 13 runs with 4 maidens and 4 crucial wickets to torment the winning streak of mighty India at home as well as to put an end of 12 matches losing streak of the island nation.
The inevitability of falling to the lowest ODI total was prevented by Mahendra Singh Dhoni when Lakmal finished doing his quota for the match. The score of 29 for 7 in half way to the seventeenth over were taken to 112 all out in the 39th over of the match, credit to former captain cool MS Dhoni for coming out as a phoenix from ashes.
Dhoni guarded the rest of the tail enders Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav scoring 10 and 19 respectively while the former captain came out with a half century.
With 10 boundaries and 2 over boundaries, Dhoni’s 65 runs were formed of 87 deliveries.
The target was subdued by Sri Lanka in 20 overs of their innings despite started losing early wickets. Bumrah, Pandya and Bhuvneshwar captured a single wicket each before the opposition reached into the victory target of 112 runs.
India 112 all out (38.2 overs)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni 65, Kuldeep Yadav 19, Hardik Pandya 10
Suranga Lakmal 4/13, A Fernando 2/37, A Dananjaya 1/7
Result: Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.
Toss: Sri Lanka