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Sunday, 22 July 2012 - 8:23
India win by 21 runs
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India registered victory in the first ODI against the hosts Sri Lanka by 21 runs, yesterday.

Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first against the hosts Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the five-match series yesterday.

Chasing a target of 315 runs to win, Sri Lanka finished with 293 for 9 with Kumar Sangakkara leading the chase with a vital but slow 133 off 151 balls.

Thisara Perera 44, tried to get Sri Lanka home with some lusty blows at the fag end of the innings but the hosts fell short by 21 runs.

Malinga hit few lusty blows in the final over but the hosts fell short by 21 runs. Sri Lanka after 50 overs finished with 293 for 9.

Virat Kohli, who looked to be in good touch as he slammed a four through the cover region immediately after coming onto the pitch, was adjudged man of the match.

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