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Rohit goes berserk to punish SL

Sri Lanka won the opening ODI in Dharamsala, where they hammered the fancied hosts by seven wickets to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series

46th over: Iyer has lost the best seat in the house, dismissed by Perera for 88, out caught in the deep. But a splendid knock from the young man. India 328/2.

45th over: Two more sixes from Rohit and 44 runs in the last two overs.150 up as well for the captain. India 321/1

44th over: FOUR SIXES in an over by RO-HIT Sharma! Three full-tosses and a length ball – all back in the stands. India’s 300 is up. India skipper takes 26 runs off Lakmal’s over. India 303/1

42nd over: Sri Lanka were worried about Rohit, but it’s Iyer who is giving them more headaches with a flurry of boundaries. Lakmal the latest to suffer with two consecutive fours. 150 of the partnership is also up. Iyer is batting on 80 off 63 balls and Rohit 111 off 122. India 268/1.

40th over: Rohit Sharma hits 16th ODI century with a single and Iyer celebrates his captain’s landmark with a straight six off Pathirana. India 245/1.

39th over: Iyer has stepped up the gas, hits Perera for a six and a four to reach 61 and take India to 236/1.

38th over: Maiden ODI fifty for Shreyas Iyer, coming off exactly 50 overs. A very confident knock by the young man. Rohit just two away from a century. India 224/1

35th over: India have brought up their 200 and with nine wicket standing, the hosts are looking good to go well past 300 with a flourish in the death overs. 204/1

33rd over: It’s a run-a-ball partnership so far between Iyer (37*) and Rohit (81*) and fast approaching the 100 mark. Sri Lanka staring at a big total to chase with India 191/1.

30th over: Must say Iyer looking very good at 28* off 28. In no trouble whatsoever, exactly the foil Rohit (71*) wants to up the ante. India 170/1

27th over: Stand and deliver! First six of Indian innings comes off Rohit’s bat. It wasn’t that short but Rohit picked the length early to rock back and pull it. India 153/1

25th over: Rohit has brought up his fifty in 65 balls, slow by his lofty standards. It’s his 35th in ODIs, maiden one as skipper. It was an edgy start for him, but now he looks well in. Iyer looking busy as well on 11 off 15. IND 133/1

22nd over: WICKET ALERT! Dhawan (68) is caught at short mid-wicket while stepping out to Pathirana attempting a big shot. India 115/1. Shreyas Iyer the new man in.

19th over: 100 up for India! A nice cut shot for four from captain Rohit raised India’s three-figure mark. He moves into the 40s. Dhawan is on 62. India 108/0.

18th over: Loud shout by Pathirana as he struck Dhawan on the pads as he went down to sweep. Perera & Co deliberated for a while before deciding against taking the DRS. India 91/0.

15th over: Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan in just 47 balls, including seven fours. His 23rd ODI hundred. India 75/0

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