Former India captain, MS Dhoni, scored a half-century which saved his side from posting their lowest ever score in ODIs.
India’s batting lineup found themselves rattled at 29-7 after 16.4 overs in the first ODI in Dharamsala, courtesy of a magnificent swing-bowling display from Suranga Lakmal.
It was a crucial knock from India’s wicket-keeper batsman, preventing his side from recording a lowest ever total against the opponents who hold the record for bundling them out for 54, their lowest total in ODI history.
Their lowest score came in the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy at Sharjah on 29 October 2000.
Dhoni was well supported by Kuldeep Yadav, whose 19 off 25 balls formed part of a temporary recovery, in a 41-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
Despite losing Yadav with his side on 70, Dhoni smashed an 87-ball 65 before he was dismissed in the 39th over, India all out for 112, equalling their 14th lowest ODI total and third lowest at home.