India’s stand-in white-ball skipper Shikhar Dhawan scored 6000 runs in one-day internationals. As a result, he has become the tenth Indian batsman to achieve this feat in the 50-over format. At the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, he achieved the feat in the ongoing first ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka. The other nine batters who have scored more than 6000 runs in ODIs are Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, and Virender Sehwag. In addition, he has surpassed 10,000 international runs in all formats.
Earlier, India continued to take wickets at regular intervals, but Sri Lanka’s 262/9 was aided by Chamika Karunaratne’s unbroken 43-run performance. Kuldeep Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Deepak Chahal each took two wickets for India.
Sri Lanka, who chose to bat first, got off to a good start, with openers Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka putting up 49 runs in the opening nine overs. However, Yuzvendra Chahal’s arrival paid off immediately in the 10th over, when the leg-spinner removed Fernando (32).
Bhanuka Rajapaksa joined Minod in the middle and the two put up 36 runs for the second wicket, however, Rajapaksa (24) was sent back to the pavilion in the 17th over by Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep got Minod (27) caught at first slip in the same over, reducing Sri Lanka to 89/3.
Dhananjaya de Silva (14) was unlucky with the bat as he went in for an inside-out shot over the covers, but he only managed to hand a catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar off Krunal Pandya’s bowling, leaving Sri Lanka in trouble at 117/4.
After that, skipper Shanaka and Charith Asalanka teamed up at the crease, and both batters gently and steadily moved the scoreboard. Deepak Chahar interrupted the 49-run stand between these two hitters in the 38th over when he dismissed Asalanka (38), putting Sri Lanka to 166/5.
Shanaka scored 39 runs, but India’s bowlers kept the run-scoring under control, limiting the hosts to under 265 runs. Dushmantha Chameera (13) and Chamika Karunaratne (43*) produced some crucial huge strokes in the last overs to keep Sri Lanka in the game.