Shikhar Dhawan's rich form continues, century helps India beat Sri Lanka

Shikhar Dhawan's rich form continues, century helps India beat Sri Lanka

However, it was India's collective bowling performance that set the platform. The choice to field Chahal or Axar will be tricky but considering Kohli's aggressive style of play, he'll love to add a right arm leg break in the mix. The opening partnership between Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella comes to an end as the former's attempted reverse-sweep in the hands of KL Rahul at the covers.

"India have been very consistent in the last three-four years". Barring Angelo Mathew (36*), none of their batters could dictate terms to the rampaging Indians. The limited overs series is not going to be as easy like Test especially after the return of Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga in the squad. But since they're on a vacation, the duo have been spotted at parties and shopping and now enjoying nature in Sri Lanka.

There was a comedy of errors when India began the chase. After the departure of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan took Team India forward, and ensured they do not give a breakthrough to the Lankan bowlers. That, however, was the only Indian wicket that fell.

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He brought up his hundred in 71 balls and got to the three-figure mark with three fours in an over against legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga. I have only kept my focus on the processes and not on the results. I have mental freedom and when you perform well, you have extra confidence. "Just wanted to play positively and on the merit of the ball today". A 4-1 loss against India won't help Sri Lanka either, as theywill fall behind West Indies if the Caribbeans manage to win all their games. "Things will happen. We need to start making the effort now because eight to ten months down the line, we will be solid in our roles". KL will definitely be playing in the middle order.

Chasing 217 was never going to be a tough job for the Indian batting line-up, but it was the consummate ease with which both Dhawan and Kohli went about the chase is what made it so special. "That is the only way you can reach finals of big tournaments and be consistent as an ODI side", he observed.

He was awarded with man of the series trophy for his exploits with the bat in the 3-match Test series against the island nation.

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