India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI
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India beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the first ODI at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, on Tuesday, January 10. The Men in Blue took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews praised India captain Rohit Sharma for withdrawing a “Mankad” run-out appeal against Dasun Shanaka.

Mohammed Shami ran out Dasun Shanaka at the non-striker’s end for backing up too early, but Rohit Sharma withdrew the appeal, allowing Shanaka to complete his century. Shanaka scored an unbeaten century of 108 runs off 88 balls, including 12 fours and three sixes. He would not have reached the landmark if Rohit had not intervened.

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IND vs SL: Watch - Mohammad Shami Runs Out Dasun Shanaka In Non-Striker's End, Rohit Sharma Withdraws Appeal
IND vs SL: Watch – Mohammad Shami Runs Out Dasun Shanaka In Non-Striker’s End, Rohit Sharma Withdraws Appeal

“The real winner was the sportsmanship of Rohit Sharma for refusing to take the run out. I doff my cap to you!,” Jayasuriya wrote on Twitter.

Former player Angelo Mathews said, “Not many captains would do this but hats off to @ImRo45 for withdrawing the appeal even though the law says so! Displaying great sportsmanship.”

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We Cannot Get Him Out Like That – Rohit Sharma

When asked about the run-out during the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma said he was not aware of the incident and thus did not want to deny Shanaka a century.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I had no idea Shami did that (run-out), he (Shanaka) was batting on 98. The way he batted was brilliant, we cannot get him out like that. Not something that we thought off, hats off to him, he played really well,” Rohit Sharma said.

India will take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, January 12. The hosts will be hoping to win this match and clinch the series.

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