Hambantota: A well-rested Indian team showed hunger and nous in equal measure to seal a 21-run win over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the five-match series. Hambantota is a new venue to the Indian team, but they stuck to the old formula of batting first and putting runs on the board. Eventually, the well-drilled Sri Lankan team pulled up short.
Virat Kohli had been in the form of his life when India’s season ended abruptly with elimination in the Asia Cup in March. In his first international outing since, Kohli showed that time away from the international stage hadn’t adversely affected either his hunger or his desire. His 12th hundred, another sparkling compilation that was equal parts brilliant strokeplay and excellent running between the wickets, was the highlight – alongside Virender Sehwag’s 96 – of India’s competitive 314 for 6 in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka. (Also see: Match in pics)