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Photos: Kohli steers India to victory

Last updated on: July 22, 2012 18:09 IST

Photos: Kohli steers India to victory

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Virat Kohli cracked his third consecutive century against Sri Lanka to lead India to a comfortable 21-run win in the first One-day international on Saturday.

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Kohli made 106 off 113 balls and shared a 173-run second-wicket stand with Virender Sehwag (96 off 97 balls) as India capitalised on a good batting surface to pile up 314 for six wickets.


Image: Virat Kohli
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

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Sangakkara's century in vain

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Sri Lanka failed to gain momentum in their run chase and lost wickets regularly to reply with 293 for nine despite a courageous 14th One-day century from Kumar Sangakkara who made 133 off 151 balls.


Image: Kumar Sangakkara
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

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Sehwag, Kohli rode on their luck

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India lost Gautam Gambhir early in the innings for three, but Sehwag and Kohli rode their luck to carry India to a commanding total.

Sehwag was dropped on naught by Tillakaratne Dilshan and he punished the Sri Lankans for that let off as he belted the ball all over the ground, hitting 10 fours in his innings.

It was one of many catches Sri Lanka put down and their ground fielding was sloppy.


Image: Virender Sehwag
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

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Raina, Dhoni stepped up the tempo

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Kohli, who also smashed hundreds against Sri Lanka in Hobart and Dhaka earlier this year, pounded the bowlers as his partnership with Sehwag gained momentum.

Following the dismissal of Sehwag, who was run out at the non-striker's end after being sent back by Kohli, Suresh Raina (50 off 45 balls) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 off 29 balls) stepped up the tempo to take India past the 300-run mark.


Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

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Sri Lanka could not catch up

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Sri Lanka lost Dilshan for six in the second over and struggled to maintain the required run rate with Upul Tharanga using up 47 balls for his 28.

With the required rate rising to almost nine an over, Sangakkara played a lone hand at one end until Thisara Perera (44 off 28 balls) joined him to add 78 runs for the seventh wicket.

But Sri Lanka had fallen too far back to catch upon the lost run rate.

The second One-day International will be at the same venue on Tuesday.


Image: Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene walks off the field after his dismissal
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

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