India Vs Srilanka Live 1st ODI: India scores a record total

India Vs Srilanka 1st ODI
Madhavrao Scindia Stadium of Rajkot went berserk as it played host to Team India’s historical batting performance. What it witnessed was utter carnage, as India blasted their way to their highest ever ODI total 414 for 7, bettering their 413 against Bermuda in the 2007 world Cup. The man who scripted India’s run-fury was none other than Virender Sehwag

Sehwag tore into the Lankans’ bowling with his 101-ball knock of 146. During his whirlwind innings, he slaughtered the bowlers for 17 boundaries and hit them out of the park cleanly on six occasions.

While the Sehwag blitzkrieg was in full bloom, Tendulkar too was scoring at a brisk pace. The master was prolific and innovative, as a glorious drive over the bowler’s head made way for an audacious upper-cut at will.

After Sachin departed, MS Dhoni (72 off 53 balls) started off with his nudges but soon went after Jayasuriya and Dilshan, in that order. After dispatching Jayasuriya’s gentle spinners for two cracking fours and a mammoth heave down the ground, he cornered Dilshan to punish him with his powerful pulls, brutal drives and amusing helicopter shots. The Indian skipper went the Viru-way, as he crossed his half-century mark with a mighty straight six off Kandamby.

India were cruising along at 300 for one with 15 overs still to go and they looked well on course to cross the 400-run mark. But sanity was finally restored as the whirlwind assault came to a halt with three wickets falling in quick succession. While Sehwag edged a slower Welegedara delivery to Dilshan at point, the skipper followed suit by chipping one from Kandamby to the man guarding the covers. Gautam Gambhir perished immediately after showing first signs of aggression, as he nicked a Kulasekhara yorker to Sangakkara after hitting a straight four in the same over.

India lost three wickets during the batting powerplay for 33 runs. The down-slide continued and wickets tumbled in a heap. India went from 309 to 352, losing five wickets on the way. The Lankan bowlers put up a tremendous fight-back but late innings exploits of Ravindra Jadeja (30 runs off 17 balls) and Virat Kohli (27 runs off 19 balls) made sure India not only cross the 400-run mark but also register their highest total in ODIs.

India Srilanka Live Scorecard

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