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Virat Kohli completes 44th ODI half-century vs Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli was involved in a 100-plus stand with Shikhar Dhawan as India defeated Sri Lanka in the first ODI to go 1-0 up in five-match series.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 20, 2017 20:36 IST
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Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, runs between the wickets during the first ODI between Sri Lanka and India at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla.(AFP)

India skipper Virat Kohli struck his 44th One-Day International half-century to steer his team towards an easy victory over Sri Lanka in the first match of the five-match series at the Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday. (India vs Sri Lanka : 1st ODI highlights)

Virat Kohli, who came in after the run out of opener Rohit Sharma, quickly raised a half-century partnership with Shikhar Dhawan, the pair adding their first 50 runs off just 38 deliveries against an ordinary Sri Lankan bowling attack.

The India skipper completed his half-century soon after Shikhar Dhawan got to his 11th ODI century, and his third ton on the current tour. Virat Kohli completed his fifty off exactly 50 deliveries, with six fours.

The Indian skipper, regarded as the best chaser of a target in limited-overs cricket, played steadily as Shikhar Dhawan at the other end attack the increasingly ragged Sri Lankan bowling attack.

The duo helped India win by nine wickets to take 1-0 lead in five -match series.

First Published: Aug 20, 2017 20:32 IST