ICC CT 2017 India vs Sri Lanka: Dhawan-Dhoni carry India to 321/6
London: Riding on a splendid hundred by Shikhar Dhawan, India posted a huge score of 321/6 against Sri Lanka in Group B match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, being played at the Kennington Oval ground here on Thursday.
Dhawan scored 125 runs off 128 balls hitting 15 flourishing fours and a six, while his opening partner Rohit Sharma also played a dominating inning off 78 runs. He took 79 balls and laced his knock with 6 fours and 3 sixes before getting out.
The duo added very crucial 138 runs for the first wicket. Skipper Virat Kohli failed to capitalise on a great platform giving by the openers and went for a duck off five deliveries. Yuvraj Singh, who scored a match-changing half-century in the previous match against Pakistan, failed this time as he could only score 7 runs off 15 deliveries.
MS Dhoni, however, showed his excellence today scoring an amazing half-century and also adding 82 runs with Dhawan for the 4th wicket. Dhoni got out after scoring 63 runs off only 52 balls with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes. Hardik Pandya scored 9 runs off 5 balls with 1 six. Kedar Jadhav also played a belligerent inning of 25* runs off 13 balls hitting 3 fours and a six.
For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga was the pick of the bowlers bagging two wickets but went for 70 runs in his 10 overs. Suranga Lakmal (1/72), Nuwan Pradeep (1/73), Asela Gunaratne (1/7) and Thisara Perera (1/54) also bagged one wicket each in their respective spells.
Sri Lanka, which lost its previous match against South Africa by 96 runs, would soon come back on the ground to chase down a huge target of 322 runs. It may be mentioned that it is second consecutive 300-plus score by India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.