At the post-match presentation ceremony, India National Cricket Team captain Rohit Sharma revealed the real reason behind withdrawing the run-out appeal at the non-striker’s end against the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team captain Dasun Shanaka.
India National Cricket Team claimed a 67-run victory over Sri Lanka National Cricket Team in the first ODI match in Guwahati to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The second ODI will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, January 12.
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Losing the toss and batting first, India posted a mammoth 373/7 on the board in 50 overs with the help of dominant performances from the top three – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.
Kohli smoked 113 runs off 87 balls, with 12 fours and 1 six. Gill scored 70 runs off 60 balls, with 11 fours, and Rohit smashed 83 runs off 67 balls, with 9 fours and 3 sixes.
Chasing the target, Sri Lanka batters struggled against Indian bowlers and lost wickets at regular intervals. They were reduced to 179/7 and soon to 206/8. Then came a Dasun Shanaka batting masterclass that helped Sri Lanka avoid a humiliating defeat. Shanaka even smashed his second ODI ton, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Rohit Sharma’s assistance.
Had No Idea Shami Did That – Rohit Sharma
On the 4th ball of the 50th over, when Dasun Shanaka was at the non-striker’s end at the score of 98*, pacer Mohammed Shami saw the Sri Lanka captain backing up too far and decided to simply knock the bails off at the non-striker’s end and then appeal for a run-out.
As the on-field umpire went upstairs to the third umpire to check the dismissal, Rohit Sharma intervened and alongside Shami decided to withdraw the run-out appeal.
At the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma said that he had no idea Shami ran Shanka out at the non-striker’s end. He added that the Sri Lanka captain batted brilliantly and they didn’t want to Mankad him. He said:
“I had no idea Shami did that (run-out), he was batting on 98. The way he batted was brilliant, we cannot get him out like that. Not something that we thought off, hats off to him, he played really well.”
Rohit Sharma on refused non strike run-out on Dasun Shanka.
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Shanaka put up a sensational fight and scored a spectacular 108* runs off 88 balls, including 12 fours and 3 sixes. Also, he stitched together brilliant 100* runs in 73 balls with Kasun Rajitha.