Things turned spicy at the end of the 1st ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Guwahati. As the game was drawing to a close and India already wrapping up the win, Mohammad Shami ran out Sri Lanka captain Dashun Shanka at the non-striker’s end in the last over.
To make things complicated, Shanaka was batting on 98 at the time and was about to reach a well-deserved century. But Indian skipper Rohit Sharma withdrew his appeal and recalled his opposite number to the crease. Shanaka would go on to make his 2nd ODI hundred and his 1st against India.
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In the post-match presentation, Rohit stated that he had no idea Shami ran out the Sri Lankan skipper and added that he didn’t want to get Shanka out that way.
“I had no idea Shami did that (run-out), he (Shanaka) was batting on 98. The way he batted was brilliant, we cannot get him out like that. Not something that we thought of, hats off to him, he played really well,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
India won the match by a 67-run margin, powered by Virat Kohli’s 45th ODI ton. Batting first, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill notched up half-centuries and stitched a 143-run opening stand. Kohli’s century and late fireworks from Iyer and Rahul meant that India finished with 373.
Sri Lanka was never in the chase as the Indian bowlers were terrific on the night, with speedsters Mohammad Siraj and Umran Malik taking 5 wickets between them.
“We started off really well and to get that total was a great effort from all the batters. The platform was set to come out and play freely. I thought we could’ve bowled slightly better, but don’t want to be too critical of it although the dew was not so much.
“We bowled well as a unit and if you want to win games like this, everyone has to come to the party. There are some areas we need to look at as a group and again it’s a team sport.” Man of the Match Kohli, who struck 12 fours and a six in his 87-ball 113, said one has to play every game as if it is his last outing.” Rohit added.