India survived some jittery moments in the fag end before snatching a thrilling 21-run win over Sri Lanka in the first cricket One-dayer of the five-match series, in Hambantota on Saturday. Virat Kohli cracked a superb 106 and Virender Sehwag scored 96 runs as their 173-run stand for the second
wicket laid the foundation for India's imposing 314 for six after electing to bat.
The hosts' resistance was built around Sangakkara's fighting 133 but he fell short of partners from the other end until he was joined by Thisara Perera, who scored a quick-fire 44 off just 28 balls.
Here's a look at some interesting statistics of the first One-dayer of the series between India and Sri Lanka at Hambantota:
# Virender Sehwag's 96 off 97 balls is his first half-century in six innings since registering 219 against the West Indies at Indore on December 8 last year.
# Sehwag's superb 38th ODI fifty is his fifth against Sri Lanka. He has recorded his sixth score in the nervous nineties - his second against Sri Lanka.
# Sehwag's first score in the nineties against Sri Lanka was an unbeaten 99 at Dambulla on August 16, 2010.
# Sehwag is averaging 46.81 in India's victories - 5711 runs in 131 matches, including 14 hundreds and 28 fifties.
# Virat Kohli has registered three successive centuries against Sri Lanka in ODIs.
# Kohli became the first batsman to hit four hundreds in ODIs this year. His fourth hundred against Sri Lanka is his 12th in ODIs.
# Kohli's aggregate of 596 runs at an average of 149.00 is a record in five consecutive innings, overtaking Matthew Hayden's aggregate of 529 at an average of 132.25 in 2007.
# Kohli's magnificent match-winning 106 off 113 balls is his first century against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
# Kohli, for the first time in ODIs, has recorded his fifth successive score of fifty-plus - an unbeaten 133 at Hobart on February 28, 2012 and 108 at Dhaka on March 13 -both against Sri Lanka, 66 against Bangladesh at Dhaka on March 16, 183 against Pakistan at Dhaka on March 18 and 106 against Sri Lanka at Hambantota.
# His tally of four hundreds in five innings is an outstanding achievement in ODIs.
# Kohli became the third Indian player to post five innings of fifty-plus in a row in ODIs, joining Sachin Tendulkar during 1994 and Rahul Dravid during 2004-05 (four for India and one for Asia XI)
# Kohli has received four MOM awards this year - the most by him in a calendar year. His eleventh Man of the Match award in ODIs is his third against Sri Lanka.
# Sehwag is the eighth Indian batsman to be run-out in the nervous nineties. The only batsman to achieve this unwanted feat twice is Sourav Ganguly.
# The aggregate of 607 for 15 wickets is the second highest between India and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, next only to the 608 for 16 wickets at Colombo (RPS) on July 7, 1998.
# India have recorded 70 totals of 300 or more in ODIs -the first team to do so.
# India's 314 for six is the highest score by any team against Sri Lanka at Hambantota - the third highest at this venue, next only to Sri Lanka's 332 for seven against Canada on February 20, 2011 and Pakistan's 317 for seven against Kenya on February 23, 2011.
# India (314 for six) have posted their fourth highest total against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka - their highest is 363 for five at Colombo, RPS on February 3, 2009.
# Sehwag and Kohli shared a partnership of 173 for the second wicket - the second highest for India against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, next only to the 188 between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir at Colombo, RPS on February 5, 2009.
# Kumar Sangakkara has become the first batsman to aggregate 1,000 runs in ODIs in 2012 - 1038 at an average of 45.13 in 25 games. His tally includes three centuries and five fifties.
# Sangakkara has achieved the aforesaid feat four times in a calendar year - 2004, 2006, 2011 & 2012.
# Sangakkara has become the fifth player to make five centuries or more against India in ODIs. Sanath Jayasuriya (7), Ricky Ponting (6), Nathan Astle (5), Salman Butt (5) and Sangakkara (5) are the batsmen to achieve the distinction.
# Sangakkara's run tally of 10,769 at an average of 38.59 in 331 matches has bettered Mahela Jayawardene's tally of 10704 (ave. 33.34) in 379 ODIs. Sanath Jayasuriya is the leading Sri Lankan run-getter in ODIs with 13430 at an average of 445 matches for SL/Asia.
# Sangakkara's fifth hundred against India is his 14th in One-Day Internationals.
# Lasith Malinga for the first time has conceded 80 runs or more without taking a single wicket in an ODI.
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