As a result, he is now the 10th Indian batsman to do so in the 50+ format. He accomplished the feat in the first ongoing ODI of the three-game series against Sri Lanka here at the Stage R Premadasa in Colombo.
Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj singh, Virender Sehwag are the other nine hitters who have scored more than 6,000 runs in the ODI format.
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Previously, India continued to take terrain at regular intervals, but Chamika Karunaratne’s unbeaten 43-run hit helped Sri Lanka to 262/9. For India, Kuldeep Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Chahar returned with two windows each.
By opting to hit first, Sri Lanka got off to a steady start when starters Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka made 49 runs within the first nine overs. However, the introduction of Yuzvendra Chahal paid off immediately in the 10th, when the leg spinner fired Fernando (32). Bhanuka Rajapaksa then joined Minod in the middle and the duo ran 36 runs for the second wicket, but this tier was interrupted at 17 when Kuldeep Yadav sent Rajapaksa (24) back to the pavilion. In the same finale, Kuldeep had Minod (27) caught in the first slip and as a result Sri Lanka dropped to 89/3.
Dhananjaya de Silva (14) was disappointed in the bat when he came in for an inside-out shot over the covers, but only managed to deliver a catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the bowling alley. Krunal Pandya, and Sri Lanka was left in a nuisance point at 117/4. Captain Shanaka and Charith Asalanka then came together in the crease and both batters moved the score slowly and steadily. However, the 49-run position between these two batters was interrupted by Deepak Chahar at 38th after defeating Asalanka (38), reducing Sri Lanka to 166/5.
Shanaka played a 39-run stroke, but the Indian bowlers managed to keep the run scoring under control and the hosts were restricted below the 265-run mark as a result. In the final overs, Dushmantha Chameera (13) and Chamika Karunaratne (43 *) made some big shots to give Sri Lanka a competitive score in the match.