1st ODI: Sri Lanka thrash India by seven wickets in series opener

first_imgSri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal helped them steamroll India by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday.The 30-year-old claimed four wickets for 13 runs in his impeccable 10 overs, which included four maidens, as the tourists bundled out India for 112 in 38.2 overs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.India were reeling at 29-7 in the 17th over before Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a belligerent 65, with the former captain contributing more than half of the team total.Sri Lanka’s top order were not completely convincing against the moving ball but Upul Tharanga’s breezy 49 helped them chase down the small target with nearly 30 overs to spare and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.1-0 up in the series! Sri Lanka chase down their winning total of 113 to cruise to a seven wicket victory!Scorecard: https://t.co/rfW6hwUA0M #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/nyQi4DJ8wc- ICC (@ICC) December 10, 2017Smarting from their 1-0 loss in the preceding test series, Sri Lanka opted to field against an Indian team led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested ahead of the team’s imminent tour of South Africa.India got off to a terrible start losing Shikhar Dhawan, one of their five scoreless batsmen in the match, in the second over which triggered a spectacular collapse.Angelo Mathews, an all-rounder who has been reduced by injury to an occasional bowler, dismissed Dhawan leg-before and Lakmal sent back Sharma caught behind for two in the fifth.advertisementSri Lanka won by 7 wickets with 176 balls remaining against India. Much needed victory from our lions. #RoarLionsRoar #ApeKollo #WeBelieve pic.twitter.com/p7dEheGnCA- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) December 10, 2017On both occasions, Sri Lanka used the review option to overturn the original not out decisions.The double blow completely unhinged India, who lost the top half of their batting order to score their first 16 runs.Dhoni combined with number nine Kuldeep Yadav (19) to help India first go past the record for lowest ODI total of 35 — by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in a 2004 match in Harare — and then their own lowest total of 54 against the Sri Lankans.Dhoni hit 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes but India still ended up with a total which Sri Lanka overcame without breaking a sweat.Mohali hosts the second ODI on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Johns Enjoying Junior State Cup

first_imgFormer NRL premiership winning player, Matthew Johns was one of hundreds of parents to brave the conditions on day one of the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie to cheer on their children. Johns’ son, Cooper is playing for the Manly Sea Eagles at the event in the 14’s Boys division and has played in the younger divisions at Junior State Cup in the past. Cooper’s team had a first-up loss against Parramatta in game one this morning, but Johns was a proud Dad on the sidelines regardless of the result.  “They are going good, they played Parramatta first up, they played very well, they didn’t win but they went very well,” Johns said. “He played in the under 12’s at Illawarra a couple of years back, so he’s quite fond of it.”Johns was full of praise for the sport of Touch Football and the skills demonstrated by the players. “(Cooper) loves it. Touch Football is so good for skill, it’s unbelievable. Days gone by, when I played Rugby League, they looked down on Touch Football but you just can’t beat it for skill.”Johns is enjoying the opportunity that the weekend provides to be a spectator and cheer on Cooper’s team. “It’s nice to get away and get up on the coast in Port Macquarie, although the weather, I’ve seen it better!”Related LinksJohns Enjoying JSClast_img read more

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