Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that's quite freakish. Sri Lanka was looking down the barrel when Siriwardena and Kapudegara got together and stitched a lavishing partnership of 93 runs. In the last five matches of India, they have won four matches and lost one match. Test skipper, and one of Sri Lanka's most attacking batsmen Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the playing XI as ODI captain Upul Tharanga - generally an opener - came out to bat at No 4, where Chandimal bats.
Rohit crunched three maximums en route to a 32nd ODI fifty that formed part of a formidable 109-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan (49) as India looked set to motor comfortably to victory.
Last but not the least, the topic of Lasith Malinga also came up as he is seen by many as a fading star in this young and inexperienced Sri Lankan line-up. In the process, Rohit completed his half-century. Finally, a fingerspinner Akila Dananjaya took over from legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
Sri Lanka have been facing a hard time both on and off the pitch ever since the retirements of legends like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan. Then, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he provided some relief to the Indian side. But due to rain, the target was revised to 230. "It helps someone like MS (Dhoni) also, because he doesn't play Test cricket anymore".
Sri Lanka will be hoping for a better performance as they face India on Thursday (24 August) at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Balagolla for the second match of the series.More news: Solheim Cup - the wrap
Latest Update: Dhoni and Bhuvi are looking to fight it out after Dananjaya has picked 6 wickets as India chase 231 in 47 overs. The remaining are shared by 19 other bowlers.
Team India comprehensively beat the hosts by 9 wickets in the first ODI and will look to emulate the same performance in the second ODI. Soon Danushka Gunathilaka, who troubled the visitors in the first ODI, was dismissed by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
But just when things seemed poor for the hosts, Siriwardana and Kapugedera displayed their temperament and forged the crucial runs for their team.
Kapugedara was bowled by Bumrah for 40.
He gave credit to unheralded mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, who took six for 54 from his 10 overs to wreck havoc of the Indian innings.