3rd ODI: How Rohit, Dhoni helped India capture ODI series vs Sri Lanka

first_imgRohit Sharma smashed his 12th century while MS Dhoni scored his 65th fifty to help India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets and take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. (SCORECARD)3-0! #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/DbeEm3AxFw- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017India Innings:22.39 IST: INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Easy win for the Indians, marred a bit by the unsporting Sri Lankan crowd. They were in a bit of bother during the run chase but calm and cool Rohit Sharma shepherded them through with an unbeaten 124. Giving him good company and playing second fiddle was MS Dhoni, who made an unnoticed 67 in a partnership of 157.22.29 IST: The match referee ANDY PYCROFT has a word with the managers from both the teams. Out come the umpires to the middle, followed by the players. The section which was creating nuisance has been cleared and a whole army of policemen is monitoring the crowd. Rohit and Dhoni now come onto the field.AP Photo22.27 IST: The umpires are shaking hands with the players. The players are being taken in and the stadium is being cleared.AP Photo22.09 IST: No improvement in the scenario. Dhoni and Rohit take the time and sit lazily on the ground, just relaxing. This is not helping anyone. Every player would want this game done and dusted with.22.00 IST: UMPIRES STOP PLAY. The frustrated crowd is throwing bottles onto the ground and there is a holdup in play. Completely agree with the frustration of the Sri Lankan supporters but not quite sure this is the right way to vent it out.advertisement3rd ODI. 43.4: M Siriwardana to MS Dhoni (60), 6 runs, 209/4 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201721.51 IST: FIFTY! MS Dhoni brings up his 65th half-century in ODIs. Fine way to get to your half century. Short and wide outside off, Dhoni pounces on it and crashes it over point for a boundary. India 196/4 (42.2 overs) vs Sri Lanka 217/921.31 IST: FOUR! SMOKED! If you are bowling short, you have got to get it higher, around the shoulder. Not around the waist. Pulled through square leg with disdain for a boundary. 46 needed from 82 balls now. The stand moves to 111 from 127 balls.21.27 IST: SIX! Easily done. A short ball, down the leg side, pull-helped over backward square leg for a maximum!21.25 IST: CENTURY! Rohit Sharma slams his 12th ODI hundred. He reaches the three-figure mark with a single down to third man. India 160/4 (35 overs) vs Sri Lanka (217/9)3rd ODI. 34.1: D Chameera to MS Dhoni (32), 4 runs, 158/4 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201721.19 IST: DRINKS! are on the field. Rohit might not like that. Just a run away from his ton. India cruising along. Sri Lanka need wickets, which is an understatement. 64 needed at 4 an over with 6 wickets in hand. Plenty of batsmen to come.IND 154/4 (34.0 Ovs) need 64 runs #SLvIND- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 27, 20173rd ODI. 31.3: A Dananjaya to RG Sharma (94), 6 runs, 146/4 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201721.04 IST: FOUR! One bounce and across the fence! Full on middle and leg, Sharma clubs it over wide mid on for a boundary. He is cutting loose now.3rd ODI. 27.2: L Malinga to MS Dhoni (19), 4 runs, 123/4 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201720.47 IST: PARTNERSHIP! 50-run stand between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni comes up! And at great pace too. In just 56 balls.20.42 IST: FOUR! SWEET! Full and outside off, Rohit just pushes this wide of mid off. So good is the timing that the ball races to the fence.3rd ODI. 22.2: M Siriwardana to RG Sharma (67), 4 runs, 99/4 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201720.34 IST: FOUR! Up and over! Nicely done. Tossed up around off, Rohit comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and just eases it over mid on for a boundary! Moves to 60 from 71 balls with his 11th boundary. The stand moves to 30 from 33 balls. 127 more needed from 176 balls now.IND 87/4 (20.0 Ovs) CRR: 4.35 REQ: 4.37 #SLvIND- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 27, 2017SLC confirms that Test Capt. @chandi_17 will be out of action for the rest of series after sustaining a hairline fracture to his right thumb- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 27, 201720.27 IST: FOUR! STUPENDOUS! Another short ball, down the leg side and this time Rohit pulls it brutally behind square leg for a hat-trick of boundaries.20.26 IST: FIFTY! Half-century No. 33 for Rohit Sharma. He has played a gem of an innings. And that is why he is a special player. On a pitch where most of the batsmen have struggled, he has looked sublime. This is a short ball and he pulls it with ease though square leg for consecutive boundaries. He will know that the job is only half done as of now. Can he get the big one?advertisement20.26 IST: FOUR! That is a delectable shot. Walks a couple of steps towards the bowler and then flicks the half volley wide of mid on for a boundary.3rd ODI. 17.6: A Dananjaya to RG Sharma (42), 4 runs, 72/4 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201720.12 IST: WICKET! Dananjaya strikes again and this time Kedar Jadhav will back to the pavilion. Tossed up on middle, Jadhav kneels down to sweep but misses and gets rapped on the back thigh. Looks plumb and the umpire immediately raises his finger to the Sri Lankan appeal. This was a poor choice of shot from Kedar. The pressure was building on India as the previous over from Chameera was a maiden. India 61/4 (15.1 overs) vs Sri Lanka 217/920.01 IST: WICKET! KL Rahul departs. Akila Dananjaya strikes. Rahul hits straight to the Lahiru Thirimanne. The bowling change works. It is not this ball which has got the wicket but the ones before this. Dananjaya has been foxing the batsmen and drops this one slightly short, around middle. Rahul immediately senses a scoring opportunity and goes back to pull but finds Lahiru Thirimanne at deep mid-wicket. He was not looking at his best tonight and departs for a scratchy 17. 157 more needed from 217 balls now. India 61/3 (13.5 overs) vs Sri Lanka 217/93rd ODI. 12.2: A Mathews to RG Sharma (31), 4 runs, 55/2 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201719.51 IST: FOUR! That will make him feel a lot better! On a length outside off, a touch wide, Rahul stands tall and punches it through the covers for a boundary! 10 runs from the over and India get to their 50. The stand moves to 32 from 41 balls. 167 more needed from 228 balls now. India 51/2 (12 overs) vs Sri Lanka 217/93rd ODI. 11.1: V Fernando to L Rahul (9), 4 runs, 45/2 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201719.45 IST: EXCELLENT FIELDING! That can lift the Lankans a bit. It is the substitute, WANINDU HASARANGA. The ball is utter rubbish, short and wide, at a military medium pace of 123 kph outside off, Rohit crashes this through point but Hasaranga dives to his right and stops the ball cleanly.19.44 IST: FOUR! That will ease the pressure a bit. A short ball around middle, Rohit swivels and pulls this through square leg. There is a fielder in the deep but he is a bit wide, at mid-wicket and his dive cannot prevent the boundary. 179 more needed from 239 balls now. The stand is worth 20 from 30 deliveries.IND 35/2 (10.0 Ovs) CRR: 3.5 REQ: 4.57 #SLvIND- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 27, 201719.40 IST: FOUR! This was coming. Mathews had bowled 5 dots in a row and the last one would have probably induced something from the batsman. Rohit looked to drive but the length was not the right one. There was no feet movement either and the ball flew wide of the diving first slip fielder to the third man fence. Rohit moves to 20 from 30 balls with his 4th boundary.advertisementAP Photo19.38 IST: STAT! Angelo Mathews comes into the attack. He has dismissed Rohit 6 times in ODIs – No bowler has got rid of Rohit more often.Countdown begins. #Apekollek pic.twitter.com/gGnl9TX9bS- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 27, 20173rd ODI. 6.3: D Chameera to RG Sharma (14), 4 runs, 23/2 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201719.20 IST: WICKET! Kohli picks his man to perfection! The Indian skipper has a wry smile on his face. It was a poor delivery and should have been dispatched, but instead, it has resulted in a wicket. A fuller delivery, on the pads, Kohli flicks it beautifully with nice timing but it is uppish. Dushmantha Chameera has a few paces to cover to his left from fine leg and he does that well, cupping the ball near his tummy. Kohli cannot believe it. Sri Lanka will not mind. India rocked early. 199 more needed from 269 balls. India 19/2 (5.1 overs) vs Sri Lanka 217/93rd ODI. 4.4: L Malinga to RG Sharma (9), 4 runs, 16/1 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201719.06 IST: WICKET! Lasith Malinga gets in-form Shikhar Dhawan in the third over. Length delivery, angling away. Dhawan stays back to glide it away but ends up chopping it onto his stumps. India 9/1 (2.1 overs) vs Sri Lanka 217/93rd ODI. 1.1: V Fernando to S Dhawan (4), 4 runs, 8/0 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201718.58 IST: FOUR! Solid punch! Another back of a length delivery outside off, Sharma stays in the crease and smashes it off the back foot through the gap in covers for a boundary. Feel-good shot for Rohit. India 4/0 (0.3 ov) vs Sri Lanka 217/918.56 IST: We are back for the chase! Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open the batting. They will face Lasith Malinga first up, who has two slips in place.Sri Lanka Innings:18.15 IST: THAT’S IT! India restrict Sri Lanka to 217/9.It was another dismal batting performance from Sri Lanka. Niroshan Dickwella failed to get the hosts off to a flier and then Kusal Mendis’ wicket soon after meant Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne had to resurrect the innings. Both of them were slow to take off but stitched a valuable 72-run stand. The latter completed his third consecutive half century while the former failed to convert his start.Once that stand was broken, the Lankan collapse started. Thirimanne tried to anchor the innings but in process to up the ante, he lost his wicket. Milinda Siriwardana’s cameo lower down the order ensured that Sri Lanka go past the 200-run mark.Maiden 5-wkt haul for @Jaspritbumrah93 and he leads the team’s way out! India need 218 runs to win the 3rd ODI #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/PvX8YE7B9J- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017Jasprit Bumrah was once again the tormentor-in-chief for the visitors. His figures read – 10-2-27-5! Axar Patel was tight and scalped a wicket as well while Hardik Pandya and man with the golden arm, Kedar Jadhav were the others with a wicket to their name. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was once again wicketless but was economical and so was Yuzvendra Chahal. India’s fielding though was very ordinary today and Kohli would be very disappointed with that.The pitch still looks to good to bat on and India are the clear favourites to win. However, as we saw in the last game, one spell can turn things around. The dark clouds are still hovering over the ground and let’s hope that they stay away and we get on with the second innings. Join us back for the chase!48.5: WICKET! D Chameera (6) is out, run out (MS Dhoni/Bhuvneshwar Kumar), 210/9- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201718.01 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah bags his maiden five-wicket haul. Once again Siriwardana tries to go after Bumrah, makes room to smash but misses. And, the ball sneaks through the rattle the woodwork. This is a timely wicket for India as Siriwardana had started to look dangerous. 11th wicket in the series for Jasprit and that’s the highest by any Indian bowler in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka 201/8 (47.4 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 47.2: J Bumrah to M Siriwardana (25), 4 runs, 196/7 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201717.50 IST: Rain stops play. There was a threat of a thundershower later in the evening and dare we say, it has come on time. The umpires do not waste any time in bringing the covers on and the entire square is covered. It does look a bit heavy. Sri Lanka 192/7 (47 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 45.5: WICKET! A Dananjaya (2) is out, b Jasprit Bumrah, 191/7 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 20173rd ODI. 44.3: Y Chahal to M Siriwardana (18), 4 runs, 187/6 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201717.34 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust as Chamara Kapugedera is clean bowled by Axar Patel. In trying to up the ante, Kapugedera departs. Full and straight on middle, the Lankan skipper makes room to hammer it but misses it completely. The ball sneaks through and knock off the leg stump. Another batsman departs and Sri Lanka are failing to stitch some partnerships here. Axar has his first one of the game Sri Lanka 181/6 (44 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 41.1: A Patel to M Siriwardana (5), 4 runs, 169/5 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 20173rd ODI. 40.6: B Kumar to CK Kapugedera (11), 4 runs, 165/5 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201717.17 IST: WICKET! Soft dismissal! Fuller on middle and leg, Thirimanne looks to flick it over Jadhav at mid-wicket. Fails to get the required elevation and the ball flies straight to the Kedar, who takes it with ease in a reverse cup. Bumrah strikes again. Sri Lanka 159/5 (39.3 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 38.1: A Patel to L Thirimanne (78), 4 runs, 154/4 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201716.59 IST: WICKET! That was plumb! Decision stays! Tossed up on middle, straightens a touch after pitching. Mathews goes for the reverse paddle but misses. Gets rapped on the front pad and the players appeal. The umpire raises his finger straightaway. Mathews after a discussion with Thirimanne goes for the review. Ultra Edge doesn’t spot any involvement of the bat and the Hawk Eye shows three reds. Mathews has to depart. He has only himself to blame on this as it was a poor choice of shot from the ex-Lankan skipper. The man with the golden arm, Jadhav has struck one again. Sri Lanka 138/4 (34.4 overs) vs India16.53 IST: SIX! Into the stands! Thirimanne decides that it’s time to up the ante. Dances down and clobbers it with the spin over cow corner. It sails over the fence for a maximum. That was a great shot and hitting with the spin helped his cause. Sri Lanka 132/3 (33.3 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 31.4: Y Chahal to A Mathews (8), 4 runs, 123/3 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201716.38 IST: FIFTY! Lahiru Thirimanne scores his 17th half-century — his third consecutive against India. Pandya bowls a back of a length delivery wide outside off, Thirimanne waits for it and just glides it down to third man for a single. Gets to his half-century and it’s his third consecutive one against India. What a comeback it has been from him, absolutely superb. He is the only Lankan batsman who has looked good out in the middle. Sri Lanka 111/3 (29.1 overs) vs India16.33 IST: Hardik to Thirimanne, FOUR! Release shot! Full and straight on the pads, Thirimanne slogs it across. Doesn’t connect it cleanly but still finds the gap in the square leg region. Much-needed boundary this for the Islanders. Thirimanne moves to 46 with this!3rd ODI. 27.4: H Pandya to L Thirimanne (46), 4 runs, 106/3 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201716.24 IST: WICKET! Pandya gets rid of Chandimal! Back of a length delivery, angling in. Chandimal looks to pull it away but misjudges the length. Gets a top edge and the ball flies straight to Bumrah at deep square lee. The Indian paces doesn’t make any mistake and gobbles the catch. There was a great battle going on between Pandya and Chandimal and it was the all-rounder who had the last laugh. Dinesh’s struggling knock comes to an end. End of a 72-run stand. Sri Lanka 100/3 (25.4 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 23.6: H Pandya to D Chandimal (35), 4 runs, 96/2 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 27 August 201716.06 IST: PARTNERSHIP! 50-run stand is up between Chandimal and Thirimanne. Chance of a run out, but Rahul fails to pick the ball. Tossed up around leg, Chandimal skips down and knocks towards mid on. They take off for a quick single, taking on Lokesh there. The Indian youngster fails to make a clean stop and the batsmen steal a single.15.59 IST: Hardik to Thirimanne, FOUR! That’s class! Full outside off, Thirimanne plants his front foot ahead, leans into the shot and drives it ever so crisply. Gets it through mid off for a boundary. Straight drives are always pleasing to the eyes!15.48 IST: Hardik to Chandimal, OUCH! Short delivery around middle, bounces a touch extra, rises onto Chandimal and he fails to fend it out. Hits the thumb and deflects onto the grille of his helmet. He is pain and his partner and Rohit Sharma has gathered around to check on him. The team physio also has rushed out in the middle. SL 65/2 in 16.3 ovs 15.45 IST: Hardik to Thirimanne, FOUR! Poor line, punished! Full but on the pads. Easy pickings for Thirimanne as he flicks it fine down the leg side. The fielder there is a lot squarer and so a boundary results.3rd ODI. 16.1: H Pandya to L Thirimanne (18), 4 runs, 64/2 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201715.39 IST: Sri Lanka 54/2 in 15 overs. Chandimal 23*, Thirimanne 10*. Run rate – 3.60 per over15.29 IST: Hardik to Thirimanne, FOUR!15.27 IST: Chahal concedes just one run from his first over. SL 42/2 in 12 ovs 15.21 IST: Bhuvi to Chandimal, FOUR!3rd ODI. 10.3: B Kumar to D Chandimal (20), 4 runs, 41/2 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201715.18 IST: Excellent over from Bumrah, he beat Thirimanne’s bat on three occasions. POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled. SL 37/2 in 10 ovsSL 37/2 (10.0 Ovs) Chandimal 16*, Thirimanne 1* #SLvIND https://t.co/gEXh1z0EX0 pic.twitter.com/u7logynGrV- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 27, 201715.10 IST: Bhuvi to Chandimal, FOUR! More sloppy work in the field! Once again it’s off Bhuvneshwar’s bowling and his new-ball partner is the culprit. Pitched wide outside off, Chandimal slashes hard at it and gets a thick outside edge. The ball races towards the third man region, where Jasprit makes a hash of an easy stop and concedes a boundary. This is third time that an Indian fielder has fumbled in that region.3rd ODI. 8.1: B Kumar to D Chandimal (14), 4 runs, 34/2 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201715.06 IST: OUT! Mendis b Bumrah c Rohit 1 (10 balls)A stunning catch from Rohit Sharma! Simply superb! Bumrah pitches it on a length around off. Mendis flirts with it, get an outside edge and it flies to the right of Sharma at second slip. The Indian opener leaps to his right and grabs it safely with both the hands. One of the best catches you must have seen in this tournament. Bumrah kept probing Mendis with this line and he completely deserved this wicket. Another failure for Kusal!7.4: WICKET! K Mendis (1) is out, c Rohit Sharma b Jasprit Bumrah, 28/2- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201714.59 IST: Maiden over from Bumrah, he has been terrific with the ball so far. SL 22/1 in 6 overs 14.52 IST: Bhuvi to Chandimal, FOUR! Glorious! Full and wide outside off, Chandimal plants his front foot across and creams it through cover-point for a boundary. This will boost his confidence!3rd ODI. 4.2: B Kumar to D Chandimal (8), 4 runs, 22/1 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201714.48 IST: THIS TIME HE’s OUT! Successful review! Bumrah gets his man this time! Similar to the first delivery of this over, Jasprit darts it very full around leg. Once again Dickwella fails to dig it out and is rapped low on the pads. The Indians start appealing but this time the umpire stays put. Dhoni looks confident and urges Kohli to take the review, who obliges. The Hawk Eye shows it to be pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps. Second successful review in the over. Dickwella has to walk back and this is an early blow for the Islanders. SL 18/1 in 3.4 overs3.4: WICKET! N Dickwella (13) is out, lbw Jasprit Bumrah, 18/1 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201714.45 IST: NOT OUT! Yes, it pitched outside leg! Yorker from Bumrah, darted onto the boots of Dickwella. He fails to dig it out and is rapped low on the back pad. The players appeal loudly and the umpire obliges. The southpaw has a discussion with his partner and then goes for the review. Ultra Edge shows that there was no involvement of the bat but Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitching outside leg. That saves Niroshan. SL 18/0 in 3.1 ovs14.41 IST: Bhuvi to Dickwella, FOUR! In the gap! Short and around leg, Dickwella camps back and plays a controlled pull through backward square leg. The fine leg fielder can’t cut it off and that’s another boundary for the southpaw.3rd ODI. 2.4: B Kumar to N Dickwella (12), 4 runs, 17/0 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201714.38 IST: Bumrah is sharing the new ball with Bhuvi, he gives away just four runs. SL 10/0 in 2 overs14.34 IST: Six runs came off the first over of the match from Bhuvi. SL 6/0 in 1 over 14.31 IST: Bhuvi to Dickwella, FOUR! Sloppy from Kedar Jadhav! Wide outside off, slanting away. Dickwella plays away from the body. Throws his bat to it and gets it towards third man. Jadhav there, hares to his right, slides in to stop but fumbles and the ball trickles away to the fence. Kohli won’t be happy with this start.3rd ODI. 0.1: B Kumar to N Dickwella (4), 4 runs, 4/0 https://t.co/6dS7dUGnDq #SLvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201715.00 IST: Dickwella has a new opening partner with him in this match and it’s Dinesh Chandimal. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the attack for India.Let’s play #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/Ai5ykFiMbF- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017Pre-match updates:14.12 IST: Indian Playing XI – IND XI: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, L Rahul, K Jadhav, V Kohli, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, A Patel, B Kumar, J Bumrah, Y Chahal- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201714.02 IST: TOSS! Sri Lanka captain Chamara Kapugedera wins the toss and opts to bat vs India at Pallekele. India lead five-match series 2-0Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bat first in the 3rd ODI #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/ZXn17xnwDJ- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 201713.42 IST:  India will be looking to wrap up the series at Pallekele. Where the energies are channelised – the great #TeamIndia huddle pic.twitter.com/iYticCidDp- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017It’s time for the 3rd ODI at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/LHdmNiq2cu- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017 #TeamIndia is warmed up for the 3rd ODI. Are you? #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/Jq561HIHnj- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017Brief Preview:India will fancy their chances of wrapping up the five-match series when they lock horns with a beleaguered Sri lanka in the third One-day International on Sunday.The visitors have a 2-0 lead in the series and can wrap up the contest with another win here before leaving for the last leg of the tour in Colombo.India recovered from a precarious 131 for seven to record only their second win at the Pallekele International Cricket ground.The Men in Blue haven’t played much ODI cricket here, and Thursday’s match was only their second at this venue, having played previously in 2012. It does reflect on their hundred percent record here then, and the short two-day gap between the second and third ODIs will help them take the winning momentum forward.The big question is if skipper Virat Kohli will continue with his bold approach when it comes to team strategy, if not team selection.Ahead of the second ODI, he had outlined the need to give ample opportunity to the youngsters in the side, particularly the bowlers. As such, it is only to be expected that Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal will continue to be front-line spinners then.However, the complication in the 231-run chase in the second ODI occurred due to a shuffle in the batting order. After a great start, Kohli sent in KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav ahead at number 3 and 4 respectively. The mini-experiment failed spectacularly, mostly because they couldn’t read Akila Dananjay’s googlies properly.While India could yet field an unchanged combination, there are bound to be further changes for the Sri Lankan playing XI. Upul Tharanga has been handed a two-match suspension for slow over-rate for the second time since the Champions Trophy in June, and he will sit out the next two ODIs.It could be a blessing in disguise as the skipper was suffering from a poor run of form, and the attacking Dinesh Chandimal, included in the Lankan squad, is expected to slot into Tharanga’s No. 4 spot.last_img


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