Stats: India's top-five register their lowest ever aggregate ODI total
- Indian top order fell like a pack of cards.
In what was supposed to be a cakewalk for the Indian top order, Sri Lankan bowlers, on a chilly morning in Dharamsala dismantled them, allowing Indian top five to score a total of 13 runs only. Skipper Thisara Perera's decision to bowl first was vindicated by his bowlers, who picked wickets at regular intervals and didn't allow a partnership to flourish.
The total of 13 runs is the lowest ever by India's top five batsmen in an ODI. Previous lowest was 15 runs, against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. 18 vs Pakistan in Chennai 2012, 19 vs West Indies in Toronto 1999 and 23 vs Sri Lanka in Sharjah 2000 are the next three lowest scores respectively.
Captaining India for the first time, Rohit Sharma, along with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, took the field only for the latter to be trapped leg before on the 12th delivery of the innings. The skipper followed Dhawan soon after, with the scoreboard reading 2/2 after 4.1 overs, which triggered a collapse of monumental proportions.
Though debutant Shreyas Iyer weathered the storm for a while, there was no stopping the SL bowlers. The Mumbaikar was the top-scorer among the top five with nine runs. Skipper Rohit and Manish Pandey managed a couple of runs each while Dinesh Karthik and Dhawan departed without disturbing the scoreboard.
Suranga Lakmal, who bowled 10 overs on the trot, was the best of the lot, bagging four wickets (he got three of the top five - Rohit, Karthik and Pandey) for only 13 runs. He bowled four maidens as well. Mathews, bowling in an international match after a considerable amount of time, bagged Dhawan's wicket while Nuwan Pradeep sent Iyer back.
Dhoni, walking in at number six, scored 65 runs to help India finish with 112 runs on the board. Kuldeep Yadav was the second highest scorer with 19 runs.