Indian wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan has given his one-day international career a blockbuster start after registering the second-fastest half-century on his ODI debut.
He achieved the feat during the first match of the India versus Sri Lanka three-match ODI series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Columbo on Sunday. He smashed an explosive fifty off 33 balls on his maiden ODI and completed his stint scoring 59 runs total. Compatriot Krunal Pandya still hit the fastest half-century on ODI debut, a record he achieved in just 26 balls.
Furthermore, he also became the fifth batsman in the international circuit to smash a six on ODI debut since 2002. The other four include Johann Louw (2008), Jawad Dawood (2010), Craig Wallace (2016), and Richard Nagarava (2017). Ishan also hit a boundary on the second delivery.
Ishan Kishan, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Sunday, is now the second Indian cricketer to smash a half-century on both the ODI and T20I innings. He achieved the record in T20I during his international debut in the T20I series against England earlier this year. Interestingly, he had also scored a four on his T20I debut against England.
His innings helped the team achieve a thumping victory by 7 wickets (with eighty balls remaining). India had a fiery to their Sri Lanka tour.
Losing the toss, the Shikhar Dhawan-led team was sent to field first. The tourists posted a modest total of 262 runs at the loss of nine wickets. Indian spin department of Yuzvendra Chahal (2 wickets), Kuldeep Yadav (2 wickets), and Krunal Pandya (1 wicket) ensured that no player could breach the 50-run mark individually. The highest score from the side was registered by Chamika Karunratne, who remained unbeaten at 43 runs. Deepak Chahar also clinched two wickets of that of Charith Asalanka (38 off 65) and Wanindu Hasaranga (8 off 7).
India successfully chased the target within 35 overs. The youngsters grabbed the opportunity with both hands shined in the match. Opener Prithvi Shaw played a majestic inning, scoring 43 off 24 balls. Suryakumar Yadav hit 31 off 20 balls while Manish Pandey contributed 26 runs in 40 balls. Captain Shikhar Dhawan kept hold of the command throughout the second innings and scored an unbeaten 86 off 95 balls.
Brief Scores: India– 263 for 3 (Dhawan 86*, Kishan 59, Shaw 43); Sri Lanka 262 for 9 (Karunaratne 43*, Shanaka 39, Kuldeep 2-48, Chahal 2-52); Result– India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets