Experience pays off: Sri Lanka should learn a lesson or two from India

India taught Sri Lanka a lesson or two in the first ODI played at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday that experience pays in the end when, their Captain and most experienced player in the side, Shikhar Dhawan shepherded his young troops to secure a convincing seven-wicket win, which in the end turned out to be a cakewalk for the visitors rather than a contest.

Dhawan held up one end while allowing his younger charges like Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav to freely express themselves, which they did much to the discomfiture of the Lankan bowling attack that was taken apart on a flat and slow surface.

What Sri Lanka missed during their batting was an experienced batter in their line-up who could have played the role that Dhawan did for India. A Chandimal, a Mathews or a Karunaratne, if they were picked would have provided a calming influence on the Lankan batting, that clearly showed that they lacked the experience and the capacity against a varied and experienced bowling attack…

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