Shikhar Dhawan © AFP

Dhawan’s ton ensured India achieved their biggest win with balls to spare (127) while chasing a 200-plus target. © AFP

One hundred and ten minutes – that’s how long Sri Lanka were competitive against India in the opening ODI.

Shikhar Dhawan biffed 132 off 90, with 20 fours and three sixes, while Kohli played second fiddle, with 82 off 70. And boy, did the two play Sri Lanka like a fiddle, responding to Sri Lanka’s 216 all out with 220 for 1 from 28.5 overs. The nine-wicket rout was India’s biggest margin of victory with balls to spare (127) in chasing 200+ target.

It was set up by the bowlers, Axar Patel taking 3 for 34 with Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kedar Jadhav grabbing two wickets each. Sri Lanka were 139 for 2 at one stage, but a stunning collapse — they lost eight wickets for 66 runs — brought them to a screeching halt.

Too easy for India, while the Lankan fans probably went home thinking ‘Not again!’

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