Powered to 314 by Kohli, Sehwag and Raina, India win the first ODI by 21 runs to take a 1-0 series lead.
Sri Lanka innings
50th over: Sri Lanka 293 for 9 India win the first ODI by 21 runs to take a 1-0 series lead. The ninth wicket goes down in the penultimate over as Thisara Perera heaves Irfan Pathan to long-on for a 28-ball 44. Needing an improbable 38 from six balls, Sri Lanka get 16 as Lasith Malinga clumps Umesh Yadav for two sixes and four. Good hits but purely of statistical use for Malinga. Surely Virat Kohli will be the Man of the Match for his superb century. Thanks for following our live coverage. Stay tuned for the full match report which will be up shortly. Good night!
Thisara Perera c Kohli b Pathan 44 (28 balls)
48th over: Sri Lanka 273 for 8 The big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara comes in the over. He walks across and exposes the stumps as he attempts a cheeky paddle shot but misses it all ends up and the ball hits the stumps. Two balls later, Suresh Raina fires in a bullet throw from long-off to catch Rangana Herath short of his crease. Yadav was going to intercept the throw but them moved aside. Raina just raises a hand in acknowledgement of a superb throw. Herath goes without scoring. Sri Lanka are eight down.
Kumar Sangakkara b Yadav 133 (151 balls)
Rangana Herath run out (Suresh Raina) 0 (1 ball)
47th over: Sri Lanka 269 for 6 Very good over from Irfan Pathan: just seven runs from it, four of which shouldn’t have been there. Dot ball, wide, dot ball, single, dot ball, single, and then Thisara Perera nicks one which MS Dhoni leaps at but cannot catch on. The edge goes for four.
46th over: Sri Lanka 262 for 6 Thisara Perera and Kumar Sangakkara are trying to make a match of this. The previous over cost 14 and this one goes for eight. A fumble on the boundary by Virat Kohli gave away four to Sangakkara. The partnership is worth 71. Sri Lanka need 53 off 24 balls.
43rd over: Sri Lanka 229 for 6 Thissara Perera is giving this chase a go. He’s moved to 20 off 13 balls. Handy partnership forming for Sri Lanka. Kumar Sangakkara narrowly missed being run out in the previous over when MS Dhoni collected a throw from the deep and back flipped it excellently onto the stumps without looking. Sangakkara’s outstretched bat was deemed to be just past the line by extensive replays. He has to get a move on though.
39th over: Sri Lanka 197 for 6 Eventful over for India and Kumar Sangakkara. R Ashwin gets another wicket and its Lahiru Thirimmane. Sangakkara is running out of partners fast. Didn’t pick the ball; it pitched just outside the line and spun back in sharply. Given out as the umpire reckoned it would hit leg stump. Replays confirm it would have.
But in the same over Sangakkara gets his 14th ODI century. It comes off 125 balls, with a tuck to the leg side. His third three-figure knock in ODIs this year. Sangakkara has also become the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in 2012. He has to stick around, however, because Sri Lanka still need to get 118 off 66 balls.
Lahiru Thirimmane lbw b Ashwin 7 (10 balls)
38th over: Sri Lanka 190 for 5 So Sri Lanka take 35 off the batting Powerplay. Not nearly what they would have wanted; only three fours. It started with Kumar Sangakkara on 72 off 105 balls and finishes with him on 97 off 122. Sangakkara took two fours off Zaheer Khan in the first over of Powerplay and another followed off R Ashwin. Zaheer struck to get rid of a sluggish Angelo Mathews and since then just 16 runs have been conceded in 12 balls from the Indians. However, it should have been just but the last ball of the over went for four overthrows. Needless stuff from India. Lahiru Thirimanne has had a couple chancy moments, including a golf-like tee that took the top edge and landed safely in no man’s land for three runs. Zaheer has been varying his pace well.
36th over: Sri Lanka 172 for 5 Angelo Mathews goes, playing a false shot straight to short cover. It was a wide enough ball from Zaheer Khan to be hit but Mathews just didn’t pack enough punch into the shot. Sri Lanka lose their fifth wicket.
Angelo Mathews c Gambhir b Khan 7 (17 balls)
32nd over: Sri Lanka 151 for 4 Eight runs off the over from Umesh Yadav – starts off with a lovely on-the-rise boundary from Kumar Sangakkara and a double and two singles follow. Sangakkara is batting on 70. The asking rate is 9.11 Its time for drinks at Hambantota.
29th over: Sri Lanka 132 for 4 Now its Pragyan Ojha’s turn to strike. Big wicket, Mahela Jayawardene out for 12. Sri Lanka stumbling. The captain got too ambitious with the paddle-sweep and missed the shot; was struck in line and given by the umpire. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble here.
Mahela Jayawardene lbw b Ojha 12 (8 balls)
26th over: Sri Lanka 117 for 3 MS Dhoni brings on Umesh Yadav and the change works a charm. Second ball, Yadav gets the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal who chases one outside off stump and gets a thin outer edge to Dhoni. All smiles for the Indians. The new man in is Mahela Jayawardene.
Dinesh Chandimal c Dhoni b Yadav 13 (19 balls)
24th over: 110 for 2 Now all Sri Lankan hopes ride on Kumara Sangakkara, who has looked a bit off the boil. He has been awfully slow in scoring. He has scoffed 75 balls for 49 runs. Just not good enough for a batsman of his stature. It's high time he came up with something. That's would be the only way to keep the hosts in the hunt. Meanwhile, the Indians have had a spinner at both ends for the last few overs: Ashwin and Sehwag. And both have done a fine job. Remember, India made 314 for 6 in their 50 overs thanks to a ton by Virat Kohli.
19th over: 86 for 2 Wicket for India. Ravichandran Ashwin sends Upul Tharanga back. The ball is a bit on the short side, tempting the lefthander into a drive. It takes the outside edge and ricochets off Dhoni's gloves into the hands of Virender Sehwag at slip. India are tightening their grip on the match. Sri Lanka desperately need somebody to up the ante. Dinesh Chandimal is the new man for the hosts. Can he be their man Friday?
Tharanga c Sehwag b Ashwin 28 (47)
16th over: 76 for 1 Umesh Yadav, Virender Sehwag and Ravichandran Ashwin have bowled in this period but the Lankan batsmen haven't changed their approach one bit, as cautious as ever. Credit to the Indian bowlers. Together Sangakkra and Tharanga have consumed 97 balls for 67 runs. Just not good enough. They'll have to cut loose before it's too late. India are surely in the driver's seat at present.
12th over: 53 for 1 Irfan Pathan has bowled six overs on the bounce. He has really exhibited a superb spell of swing bowling. Zaheer in comparison has fallen short, but on the whole has been on the money. The asking run rate is creeping up. It's high time the hosts did something about it. One piece of stat: Ifran has accounted for Sangakkara five times in ODIs.
8th over: 35 for 1 It's been very quiet for the Lankans. Kumar Sangakkara and Upul Tharanga have been subdued so far. The pressure seems to have got to them. Irfan Pathan bowled a maiden in the fourth over of the innings. He has been really up to it. He has long been looking for a permanent place in the side and today's performance can go a long way towards getting him that. So far, he has conceded 12 runs his four overs and of course, has one wicket to his name.
3rd over: 21 for 1 India's premier bowler Zaheer really loses it in this over. Sends down four wides. Despite that only five runs come off the over. Zaheer can be excused for being wayward as India are playing after a long break. His rustiness is no surprise to anyone, is it? Hopefully, it's a one-off occurrence. Kumar Sangakkara is the new man in. He is the highest run-getter in ODIs this year. It's going to be some contest.
2nd over: 16 for 1 Comeback bowler Iran Pathan brings one back and traps Tillakaratne Dilshan in front of the wickets. Great start by the Indians. Dilshan shows disappointment at the decision but why he does it, nobody knows. Just the start the Indians needed.
Dilshan lbw b Pathan 6 (6)
1st over: Sri Lanka 7 for 0 Well, if Sri Lanka were butter-fingered then the Indians too seem to have dipped their fingers into some butter chicken during the break. Sehwag is the culprit, having dropped what you can only term a sitter at first slip in the very first over. When Sehwag was on 0 earlier in the day he had been dropped by Tillakaratne Dilshan and now he returns the favor. Dilshan, on 4, just steered the ball straight to Sehwag at second slip but he made a meal of it. It was really a simple chance. If Dilshan cashes in like Sehwag did, India will be in trouble.
6.45pm Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan are the openers this evening. A rather wild and wooly looking Zaheer Khan has the new ball. Two slips are catching.
50th over: 314 for 6 It's a massive score. The credit goes to Dhoni and Raina for the way they played in the death overs. They were really up to it. Raina's fifty was his 22nd. Both Raina (50 off 45 balls) and Dhoni (35 off 29 balls) fell to Thisara Perera in the last over, but by that time they had done the job for the team. Lasith Malinga has had a bad day at the office with 83 runs in 10 overs, with 30 coming in the last two overs. That tells you about the dominance India have had. India scored 86 runs in last 10 overs.
47th over: 285 for 4 It's been the biggest over for India. 16 runs come off it. Guess what? It's Lasith Malinga at the receiving end. Suresh Raina first takes a big six over long-on and then Dhoni gets in on the act with a four off the penultimate ball. Malinga has conceded 69 runs off nine overs so far. It's baffling, the same Malinga is unplayable in the IPL, but for some reasons he has not been able to transfer that form to international cricket.
46th over: 269 for 4 The average first innings score at Hambantota is 286. Going by India's current state, they are likely to go past it. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina now look settled. It shouldn't be long before they really go for it. This is the time when they come into their own. They have already added 41 off 36 balls. The Sri Lankans need another good burst to rein in the visitors.
43rd over: 246 for 4 It's been a relatively quiet story. New man MS Dhoni has gone about only with singles ever since his arrival, while Suresh Raina has also found it hard to get going. Remember, India were 180 for 1 in 31.2 overs at one time. And then Sehwag indiscreetly ran himself out. That's been India's story over the years, isn't it?
39th over: 228 for 4 Virat Kohli goes back to the pavilion. A beautiful slower ball off Thisara Perera. The batsman gets into the trap as he tries to lift the ball over the covers. Substitute Senanayake takes an easy catch. India have gone off the track in the last few overs. MS Dhoni has now joined Suresh Raina.
Kohli c sub (SMSM Senanayake) b Perera 106 (113)
38th over: 217 for 3 Virat Kohli completes his 12th ODI ton. His consecutive third ton against Sri Lanka. What a player he is turning out to be. Takes a single off the fourth ball off Lasith Malinga to reach the feat. From 34th over, it's been a relatively quiet story. Understandably so. Two quick wickets of Sehwag and Rohit have slowed the visitors down.
34th over: India 191 for 3 Angelo Mathews did the job off the last ball of the over. Rohit Sharma missed the line of the ball like a novice. Clean bowled. Another bad start for him to a series. Suresh Raina has joined Virat Kohli, who is going from strength to strength. India have really been set back with two quick wickets.
Sharma b Mathews 5 (8)
32nd over: India 184 for 2 Sehwag run out. Disaster for India. It was his fault. Kohli pushed a Thisara Perera ball defensively on the off side but didn't want a single. However Sehwag was off his blocks. Perera ran and collected the ball and threw the stumps down at the non-striker's end. Sehwag was way short of the crease. It could have been his 16th ODI ton. Earlier in the over, Kohli fetched two back-to-back boundaries.
Sehwag run out 96 (97)
29th over: India 161 for 1 Virender Sehwag has looked really good in the last few overs. Remember, he was dropped on 0. Time for some stat: both Sehwag and Virat Kohli complement each other pretty well. It's the 7th time they have stitched 100 runs or more in 12 innings. Overall, second 150 plus partnership between the two. The Sri Lankan bowling looks all over the place at present. They just don't look like getting a wicket. They are themselves to blame; they had their chances but bungled them. India are sure on course for a big score.
25th over: India 135 for 1 At the half-way mark of their innings, India are 135 for 1 with Virender Sehwag on 73 and Kohli on 55. Kohli’s half-century came up in the 23rd over with a drive down the ground for one off Rangana Herath; it’s his 22nd overall and fifth in a row. His last four ODI innings read: 133*, 108, 66 and 183. Against Sri Lanka, its Kohli’s fourth 50-plus score in a row. That’s highly impressive. India will look to finish off strongly after reaching this score after 25 overs. Plenty of batting to follow. Maybe a promotion for MS Dhoni if this pair takes the score past 35-40 overs? India cannot afford to squander such a start, as they have been guilty of doing a couple times in 2012.
21st over: India 112 for 1 End of the batting Powerplay and Sri Lanka have done well to allow this pair just 32 runs from that five-over block. India haven’t really cashed in on the Powerplay, which was taken very early in the innings. That said, Virender Sehwag has started getting innovative. A couple overs ago he paddled Rangana Herath very fine to bring up India’s 100. The 100-run partnership also came up this over as Sehwag squeezes Lasith Malinga past point for four. Incidentally, today is only the fourth time since the start of 2011 that he has crossed the 50-mark in ODIs – on two of the previous two instances Sehwag scored 175 and 219. Kohli has barely played a shot in anger and has cruised to 42 off 54 balls.
17th over: India 89 for 1 Stop the press. Virender Sehwag has scored his first ODI half-century since December 2011. It’s been a long time coming. The last time he crossed 50 was on December 8, and on that occasion he went on to make 169 more. Darren Sammy won’t recall that day too fondly. This time he gets to the landmark with an on-drive down the ground for a single off Rangana Herath. Raises the bat in acknowledgement of the cheers.
15th over: India 75 for 1 Virender Sehwag has really started to look good, especially with the introduction of spin. Just one loose shot in the over off Thissara Perera, which was inside-edged onto the pads. Virat Kohli is himself, keen to get a firm stride in and push the ball away for singles; seems like he’s setting himself up for the anchor’s role. That’s been his forte. Meanwhile, this is the tenth 50-plus stand between Sehwag and Kohli in 28 innings together. Sehwag batting on 42 off 53 balls, Kohli on 28 off 32. And its time for drinks in Hambantota.
11th over: India 47 for 1 More drama. Thissara Perera comes into the attack and nearly produces the breakthrough. First ball of the over, Virender Sehwag drives a juicy delivery in the air toward mid-off where Nuwan Kulasekara tumbles forward and takes the catch. Or maybe not. Sehwag doesn’t think it’s a clean catch. The catch is referred upstairs. Replays are inconclusive. There are just two angles to look at. Tony Greig, on air, thinks Kulasekara’s fingers were under the ball. Sehwag gets a second life.
Three balls later, it’s Kohli who gets a life. This time it’s Perera who lunges to his left but fails to hold onto a return catch.
8th over: India 31 for 1 Sehwag is struggling for timing. Plenty of hard-handed shots ending up straight to fielders, plenty more inside-edges and shots mistimed to places Sehwag surely wasn’t looking at. Sri Lanka’s in-fielding has been sharp, especially on the off side. Kohli looks more assured than Sehwag. But perhaps naturally, considering their contrasting form this year.
3rd over: India 11 for 1 Dramatic over. First ball, Sri Lanka miss a run-out chance off Virender Sehwag. Second ball, Nuwan Kulasekara cleans up Gautam Gambhir with one that pitches outside leg stump and clips the stumps as the batsman misses a flick. In walks Virat Kohli, who slaps his first ball through the off side for four.
Gautam Gambhir b Nuwan Kulasekara 3 (6)
2nd over: India 6 for 0 Sehwag gets an early life – dropped on 0. Chases a wide ball from Malinga without much foot movement and slices it to backward point, where Dilshan parries up above his head and spills a fairly straightforward chance. Looked like he just failed to latch on, though it wasn’t hit that hard from Sehwag. Gets a life and a single too, opening his account. Will that cost Sri Lanka?
2.30 p.m.: The Sri Lankans are in the field. Sehwag and Gambhir are the openers. Gambhir to face Kulasekara. Game on!
2.20 p.m.: Virat Kohli tells Arun Lal that he is looking forward to the new season. He also predicts it to be a challenging series and hopes India get off to a winning start.
2 p.m.: India elect to bat first. Irfan Pathan comes in. We'll have the teams in a while. Here we get them.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Mahela Jayawardene(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath
India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav
1.55 p.m.: Arun Lal's inspection of the pitch: it's hard and dry. It has had a history of low-scoring contests but it seems to have something for both batsmen and bowlers. Overall, a good track.
Here are some stats: it's been a fast bowler's surface. In four matches here, 42 wickets have gone to pacers, while 18 have been scalped by spinners.
1.50 p.m.: Hello and welcome to the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Hambanota. It's India's first match since the Asia Cup in March. It's been a rare break for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men. Meanwhile, legspinner Rahul Sharma has been left out of the Indian squad for this match after his blood samples taken during IPL 5 were declared tested positive for dope late on Friday night. We will keep you updated as and when more comes on the matter.