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Ton-up Kohli leads India to victory in opening ODI

January 10, 2023 22:22 IST
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Virat Kohli celebrates on scoring his 45th ODI century during the series opener against Sri Lanka on Tuesday

IMAGE: Virat Kohli celebrates on scoring his 45th ODI century during the series opener against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Photograph: BCCI

Virat Kohli struck a brilliant century to guide India to a 67-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first of their three-match one-day international series in Guwahati on Tuesday.

 

Kohli made 113 runs, hitting 12 fours and a six in his 87-ball display. It was the former captain's 45th ODI hundred and he is only four short of Sachin Tendulkar's all-time record.

Captain Rohit Sharma scored 83 and Shubman Gill made 70 as India ended their innings at 373-7 after being put in to bat first.

Umran Malik celebrates with captain Rohit Sharma on picking his third wicket 

IMAGE: Umran Malik celebrates with captain Rohit Sharma on picking his third wicket. Photograph: BCCI

In response, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka made an unbeaten 108 while opener Pathum Nissanka scored a solid 72, but it did not prove enough as the visitors failed to chase the big total.

The teams will next meet in the second ODI in Kolkata on Thursday followed by the third and final game in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

Before the ODI series, India won the Twenty20 series 2-1.

 

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