IND vs SL, 1st ODI: Dhawan, Kishan shine as India wins by seven wickets

Shikhar Dhawan scored 86 on his captaincy debut, while Ishan Kishan registered the second-fastest ODI fifty by a debutant, as India chased 262 with 80 balls to spare.

India's Shikhar Dhawan with Sri Lanka's Chamika Karunaratne and teammates after India won the match.   -  REUTERS

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan led by example, and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan impressed in his One-Day debut to secure a comprehensive seven-wicket win for India against Sri Lanka in the first match at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Kishan celebrated his 23rd birthday with a breezy 59, while Dhawan remained not out on 86 as India chased down the 263-run target with 13.2 overs to spare.

Earlier electing to bat, Sri Lanka struggled for momentum but still managed 262-9 largely due to number eight batsman Chamika Karunaratne's unbeaten 43.

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The host got off to a steady start before Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Avishka Fernando (33) with his first delivery.

Charith Asalanka (38) and captain Dasun Sanaka (39) were the other Sri Lanka batsmen who got decent starts but could not convert them into big knocks, which hurt them in the end.

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Chahal and fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed two wickets apiece and stemmed run flow before Karunaratne's late counter-attack took Sri Lanka past the 250-mark.

In contrast, India got off to a blistering start, and two of its top-order batsmen notched up fifties which made all the difference in the contest.

Prithvi Shaw led India's robust reply with 43 off 24 balls as India breached the 50-mark in the fifth over.

After Shaw's exit, Kishan continued the assault bringing up his fifty in 33 balls.

He smashed two sixes and eight boundaries before falling to spinner Lakshan Sandakan.

Dhawan, who was content rotating the strike until then, batted sensibly and stayed put until the target was achieved.

With regular captain Virat Kohli and several frontline players in England for a five-Test series against Joe Root's men, Dhawan is leading a second-string India squad in Sri Lanka.

His counterpart Sanaka, having begun his captaincy tenure with a loss, would be hoping to bounce back in the three-match series when the teams return to the venue for the second ODI on Tuesday.

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