We are ready to loses a few games: Virat Kohli

Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns, this time even more daunting

Dambulla: Opener Shikhar Dhawan's blazing century and a disciplined effort by the spinners powered India to a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first one-day worldwide on Sunday.

After a clean Sweep in the test series, India on Sunday continued its dominance over Sri Lanka in the first ODI as the team defeated the rival by a staggering 9 wickets.

Bhuvneshwar took seven wickets in five matches to help India reach the final, where they lost to Pakistan. The only T20 match will be played in Colombo's Premdasa stadium on September 6.

127 - Balls remaining for India in this win, the fourth-highest margin in a successful chase of 200 or more runs. He has urged his men not to become self-satisfied and reminded the teammates of the surprise loss to SriLanka in the Champions Trophy 2017 opening game. Chasing 217, Dhawan added 197-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli and ended the proceedings in 28.5 overs.

"Two years to go for the World Cup and now is the time to give players certain roles to get into the groove and understand what we need to do", said Kohli. Anushka Sharma, on the other hand, has taken a break from work and is enjoying some time with her boyfriend in Sri Lanka.

Having been put in to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to strong start, but after losing Niroshan Dickwella in the 25th over, wickets started to tumble for the hosts.

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"At 139-1 (in Sri lanka's innings) we surely had a bit to think about but again the way the bowler came back into the game and got us those breakthroughs along with our fielding really made the difference", said Kohli.

Gambhir last played for Virat Kohli's side in 2016 as a Test opener during England's tour of India. "When we're getting new players every game, it gets very hard from a confidence point of view".

However, there is some good news for Sri Lanka, as their all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who was only playing as a specialist batsman for the last couple of months, will also roll his arm over.

While Sri Lanka are playing in the home conditions, their recent record at home is not too praiseworthy.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will by eyeing the chance to seal direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 during the upcoming series. He was ably supported by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/60) and off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (2/26).

Sri Lanka: Wanidu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella (w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews and Chamara Kapugedera.

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