Team India defeated Sri Lanka in the opening One-Day International (ODI) of the ongoing three-match series at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday.
Put into bat first, India’s top order came to the party as the hosts posted a humungous 373/7 on the board in their assigned 50 overs. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill took the team off to a flyer and went on to form a remarkable 143-run partnership before superstar Virat Kohli took charge to bring up his 45th ODI century.
The former India skipper smashed 113 runs off just 87 deliveries, with the help of 12 fours and a six. Apart from Kohli, Rohit (83 off 67) and Shubman (70 off 60) made valuable contributions to the team’s total.
In response, the Islanders managed to reach 306/8, losing the contest by 67 runs. Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka led from the front but didn’t get enough support from other batters, except Pathum NIssanka, who scored 72 off 80 deliveries.
Shanaka, on the other hand, kept tickling the scoreboard and stayed until the end. The 31-year-old smashed a fighting century and remained unbeaten on 108 from 88 deliveries, laced up with 12 fours and three maximums. For the home team, Umran Malik picked up three wickets while conceding 57 runs in eight overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
इसी तरह विराट प्रदर्शन करते रहना,
भारत का नाम रौशन करते रहना।
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 10, 2023
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) January 10, 2023
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) January 10, 2023
— VenuGopala Rao (@IMVenuGopalRao) January 10, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 10, 2023
First T20I of 2023 ✅
First ODI of 2023 ✅
🇮🇳 go 1 up in the series. And it's an early birthday gift for the head coach. 😉
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 10, 2023
Ton up! What an innings Virat Kohli! Long live the 👑👑 #INDvSL
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) January 10, 2023
Back to back 💯s for Virat Kohli in ODI👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 10, 2023
A fighting hundred from Dasun Shanaka, but India wrap up a comfortable win! 👊
— ICC (@ICC) January 10, 2023
100 number 73 and counting
Back to back ODI tons
Two innings 2 tons at Barsapada
9th ODI ton v SL
20th ODI ton at home
King Kohli, take a bow @imVkohli
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 10, 2023
The Glorious era of #ViratKohli𓃵 continues in the new year too!
— Ram Satpute (@RamVSatpute) January 10, 2023
Hunger is back so are 100’s … congratulations virat @imVkohli
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) January 10, 2023
Congratulation Virat on making your 73rd ton in international cricket.Keep it up. You have to cross the mark of 100 centuries. Only you can do it. @imVkohli
— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) January 10, 2023
Most hundreds in ODI format:
Sachin Tendulkar – 49 (452 innings)
Virat Kohli – 45 (257 innings)
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 10, 2023