We thought we would chase close to 300 runs: Virat Kohli

India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a square drive against Sri Lanka during the first one-day international at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Pic  AFP

Power-packed innings from Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli guided India to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their first One Day International (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

The Indian cricket team's ruthless streak was evident in the way Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli hammered the hapless Sri Lanka bowling attack. "They got off to a really good start".

Rohit (4) was eventually dismissed on the last delivery of that over as when his bat came off his hands and he failed to reach the crease on time.

Pothas also said that while the defeat was embarrassing, he still backs his players to come good eventually.

"The last three months have been a great time for Dhawan and he's cashing in on his purple patch".

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To beat Sri Lanka, when they are in this situation, is easy enough, but to beat them by nine wickets with 21.1 overs to spare, while chasing a score of over 200 is what champion sides do. Look KL will definitely be playing in the middle order.We are not going to have a predictable or a set pattern anymore in what we want to do in terms of Tests, ODIs and T20 cricket. What we do know is that we're not going to judge the success of that particular strategy in such a short period of time. "You can't fault anyone within that changing room", he added. All the guys have bought into it. "When the team was struggling - when we were most in need - your love and support was our strength".

Earlier, the Indian spinners triggered a Sri Lankan batting collapse after a strong start. Axar brings something with the bat and he's a gun fielder. Mendis hit leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for three boundaries in one over. "Once he starts going, it's very hard to stop him", Kohli said.

Lower-order players Thisara Perera (0), Lakshan Sandakan (5) and Lasith Malinga (8) tried to make up for the middle-order collapse but failed and thus, after a ideal start, the Islanders were restricted to 216. "We have to learn from the mistakes".

After being 139 for one, to get bowled out for 216 is something an global side just must not do. When I was not doing well I was just focusing on my processes. "I just wanted to play on the merit of the ball and keep my focus on", Dhawan said after winning the Man of the Match award.


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