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10-Dec-2017 12:00:00 GMT
Ind v SL, 1st ODI, Dharamsala

Lakmal stars as Sri Lanka hammer India

Sri Lanka 114 for 3 (Tharanga 49) beat India 112 (Dhoni 65, Lakmal 4-13) by seven wickets

Dharamshala: The visitors go 1-0 up in the 3-match ODI series after put up a horror show with the bat as they managed only 112 in Dharamshala in the first one-day international on Sunday.

No-balls in the Extras column killed the drama in the last hour of an exhilarating ODI at Dharamsala.

Bumrah bowled a no-ball when Sri Lanka were 19 for 2 and he had Upul Tharanga caught in the slip cordon, defending a mere 113. Tharanga tried many a time to edge thereafter, but he succeeded when he raced to 49 and India had lost the plot. Sri Lanka eventually won the match by 7 wickets.

Bumrah bowled another no-ball. His bowling arm took the bails off during the time of delivery. Tharanga picked up a four off the free-hit for the consecutive time.

Another no-ball would have deprived India of another wicket. Thanks to Rohit Sharma’s field setting that Yuzvendra Chahal, at short mid-wicket, came in the line of camera.

The other end was blocked by the non-striker. Third Umpire relied on the stump camera to deduce it as a legal delivery. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Lahiru Thirimanne for a duck.

Earlier, Lakmal claimed four wickets as Sri Lanka bowled out India for just 112.

The hosts were sent packing in 38.2 overs after being put into bat against an inspired Sri Lankan pace attack in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala.

Pace spearhead Lakmal wreaked havoc with career-best ODI figures of 4-13 before Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a gritty 65 to lift India from a precarious 29-7.

Angelo Mathews -- who returned to bowl after recovering from a calf injury -- drew first blood, trapping Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan for nought in the second over of the innings.

Lakmal soon got skipper Rohit Sharma caught behind for two as the Indian top-order found it hard to counter the bounce and seam at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.

New captain Thisara Perera, who replaced Upul Tharanga for the three-match ODI series, persisted with Lakmal from one end as the hosts' top and middle order fell like a pack of cards.

With India in danger of being bowled out for an all-time low -- Zimbabwe's 35 in 2004 versus Sri Lanka -- Dhoni put on a crucial 41-run partnership with Kuldeep Yadav for the eighth wicket as India got past 54, their lowest total against Sri Lanka.

Dhoni hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 87-ball stay, getting his 67th ODI half-century before he was finally dismissed by Perera to wrap up the Indian innings.

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