The Sri Lankan side easily chased down the target of 113 runs set up by the Rohit Sharma led Team India at Dharamsala.
The visitors suffered an early shock after Danushka Gunathilaka was caught behind at 1 with Jasprit Bumrah taking his first wicket in the match. The bowler almost got Upul Tharanga a few overs later, but it was adjudged no ball for overstepping.
The mistake cost India with the left-hand batsman going on to scoring a fast-paced 49 runs before he became a victim to Hardik Pandya.
Later, Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella ensured that the Lankans do not lose any more wickets and took their side to a comfortable 7-wicket victory with 176 balls to go.
Meanwhile, fans on Twitter showed mixed reactions as Team India lost the first ODI of the 3 match series under the new captain in Virat Kohli‘s absence.
Anushka Sharma: I can't live without you
Virat Kohli: Same here
Indian Team: Ditto
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) December 10, 2017
Is That Heard Right ?
Virat Cancelling His Sharma To Save Rohit Sharma …..#INDVSSL
— Aman Maskara (@aman_maskara) December 10, 2017
Rohit has a habit of this
Losing initial matches then coming back like a bulldozer with his team, we've seen that in IPL
And I believe we'll definitely do that here
— R (@Thomas_SheIby) December 10, 2017
On a scenic day, Rohit Sharma had a gloomy first outing as India captain, as 🇱🇰 romped home to seal a 7-wicket win! Have you gotten over that 🇮🇳 batting effort yet? Paytm #INDvSL
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) December 10, 2017
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 10, 2017
👉 Rohit Sharma Lost His First Match Against Pune In IPL 2016
👉 Rohit Sharma Lost His First Match Against Pune In IPL 2017
— Oggy 😇 (@SirOggyBilla) December 10, 2017
— Gulshan Arora🇮🇳 (@gulshan003) December 10, 2017
Don't know whether Rohit Sharma was captaining India or MI. Not a single over to spinners even when Pandya was going for runs #INDvsSL
— Sutikshna Yadav (@sutikshna_yadav) December 10, 2017
Today's India's defeat to the Sri Lankans was not only shocking but also humiliating to the hilt. Leadership does matter. Rohit Sharma proved to be a lousy Captain. Missed you @imVkohli.
— Lal Jee Asthana (@asthana24) December 10, 2017
— мээг (@HrithiksAvenger) December 10, 2017
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) December 10, 2017