Pallekele: Pallekele: Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni put on an unbeaten 157-run partnership to guide India to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, as the Men in Blue closed off the five-match ODI series with a 3-0 lead.
Bowling first, Jasprit Bumrah notched up a brilliant bowling effort to claim his maiden five-wicket-haul, with figures of 5-27. His effort, along with convincing performances from Axar Patel (1-35), Hardik Pandya (1-42) and Kedar Jadhav (1-12) ensured that India restricted Sri Lanka to 217-9 from their quota of 50 overs.
Dinesh Chandimal (36) and Lahiru Thiramanne (80) top scored for the hosts, as they failed to post competitive total in spite of a 57-run partnership between the two. Akila Dananjaya (2-38) was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka.
India, on the other hand, chasing down modest target of 218, got off to the worst possible start with Shikhar Dhawan (5) departing early, clean bowled by Lasith Malinga (1-25). Captain Virat Kohli’s stay at crease was short lived as he was dismissed by Vishwa Fernando for just three runs. Rohit Sharma (124*) and KL Rahul then steadied the ship for India, before the latter threw his wicket away for 17 runs dismissed by mystery spinner Akila Dhananjaya.
Kedar Jadhav also lasted for just two deliveries as he departed for a duck, trapped leg before wicket by Dananjaya.
MS Dhoni (67*), along with Rohit, kept the scoreboard ticking without losing further wickets. Rohti Sharma went on to score his century, while Dhoni completed his half century to guide India to a series win.
Teams have come on to field after the match was interrupted for a brief period of time as frustrated spectators hurled bottles at the Sri Lankan players.
India 186-4 from 40 overs
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni's unbeaten stand have put Team India on the verge of series victory.
India 160-4 from 35 overs
Rohit Sharma scores a brilliant century, MS Dhoni closing on half century,. The two have put in unbeaten century partnership to put India closer to series victory
India 137-4 from 30 overs
Rohit Sharma getting closer to yet another century. A very important knock from Team India perspective
India 113-4 from 20 overs
50 run partnership for Dhoni and Sharma, a very important one from Team India's perspective. Rohit Sharma have certainly steadied the ship for the team after losing wickets.
India 87-4 from 20 overs
Rohit Sharma leading the charge for India with a half century to his name, With at the wicket India can hope for a comfortable victory
India 58-4 from 19 overs
Rohit Sharma scores consecutive half century
India 63-4 from 16 overs
Akila Dananjaya strikes once again , removes Kedar Jadhav for a duck. The batsman failed to read the length and tried to sweep the ball that was full and hits him in front.
India 61-3 from 15 overs
Maiden over from Chameera, Sri Lanka bowlers have managed to keep Indian batsman on their toes with some great bowling. Indian batsman have been hardly given room to free heir arms. For India Rohti Sharma will be crucial as he has set his eye on the wicket.
India 61-3 from 14 overs
Excellent first over from Akila Dananjaya who dismissed Rahul for 17. Short ball from Dananjaya and Rahul goes on backfoot to pull the ball only to find Thirimanne at deep mid-wicket. India in trouble
India 35-2 from 10 overs
After losing two early wickets, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are trying to steady Indian innings. Sri Lanka bowlers have come out all guns blazing and have managed to get early breakthrough and put pressure on India batting line up.
India19-2 from 5.1 overs
Sri Lanka pick up second wicket. Vishwa Fernando dismiss Virat Kohli for 3 runs. Length ball on the pads and Virat Kohli tries to flick the ball but ends up giving catch to Chameera at Long leg who dived forward to take a brilliant catch.
India 9-1 from 2.1 overs
India lose their first wicket, Shikhar Dhawan departs for 5 runs. Dhawan tries to chop the ball away without enough room, the ball takes a bit of inward shape for the batsman to play it on middle stump.
Sri Lanka 217-9 from 50 overs
Sri Lanka finish their innings at 217-9 from their quota of 50 overs. A very low total set by the Lankans for Team India. Dinesh Chandimal (36) and Lahiru Thiramanne (80) top scored for the hosts, as they failed to post competitive total in spite of 57-run partnership between the two.
Jasprit Bumrah once again, was the most successful bowler for Team India picking up five wicket,and ending with figures of 5-27 .
The total seems to be very low for Team India’s strong batting line up and Sri Lanka bowlers will have to bowl really well to win the match and stay alive in the series.
SriLanka 217/9 from 50 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 36, Chamara Kapugedera 80; Jasprit Bumrah 5-27).
India need 218 runs to win from 50 overs, at 4.36 runs per over.
Sri Lanka 203-8 from 48 overs
Jasprit Bumrah dismisses Siriwardana to pick up his fifth wicket of the match. Bumrah bowls full, and the ball goes straight and hits the stumps
Sri Lanka 192-7 from 46 overs
Jasprit Bumhrah picks up his fourth wicket of the innings as he clean bowls Akila Dhananjaya. India coming back strongly into the match, with Bumrah inflicting damange on Lankans
Sri Lanka 190-6 from 45 overs
India are making a strong comeback picking up crucial wickets of Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne and Chamara Kapugedara. With just five more overs oto go Will India be able to restrict Lankan for modest total
Sri Lanka 181-6 from 44 overs
Axar gets a little more drift on the delivery which goes on to hit the leg stump Sri Lanka lose their captain
Sri Lanka 159-5 from 40 overs
Sri Lanka lose their fourth wicket, Lahiru Thirimanne who was closing in on his century dismissed by Bumrah for 80 caught by Kedar Jadhav. Bumrah bowls a slightly slower ball,Thirimanne tries to flick it but ends up giving catch to Jadhav at midwicket
Sri Lanka 140-4 from 35 overs
Yet another wicket for Team India Kedhar Jadhav strikes as he removes Angelo Mathews for 11. This was a bad shot from senior batsman as he tried to play reverse sweep, the ball skidded through and hits him right in front
Sri Lanka 113-3 from 30 overs
Lahiru Thirimanne completes his half century in just 69 balls. Inspite of losing quick wickets Sri Lanka has made a strong comeback thanks to 72 run partnership between Chandimal and Thirimanne.The left hander Thirimanne scored his 17th ODI fifty.
Sri Lanka 100-3 from 25 overs
Hardik Pandya breaks partnership,wicket for Team India.Short ball from Pandya and Chandimal couldn't keep this one down as the ball takes edge and goes straight into hands of Jasprit Bumrah at deep mid-wicket. The 72 run stand finally comes to an end.
Sri Lanka 97-2 from 24.4 overs
Chandimal gets lifeline. Dhoni misses run out chance. KL Rahul with the throw after mix up between Sri Lankan batsman, Chandimal was way out of his crease, but Dhoni fumbles to collect the ball.
Sri Lanka 79-2 from 20 overs
After Jasprit Bumrah's early strikes Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 50 run partnership to steady Sri Lanka innings.
Sri Lanka 28-1 from 7.4 overs
WICKET! What a gem of a catch by Rohit Sharma at second slip! The ball was travelling hard after taking an edge off Kusal Menids' bat. It was flying at knots, as Rohit showed great reflexes to wrap his fingers around it. Bhumrah deserves this second wicket. He has bowled brilliantly so far.
Sri Lanka 18-1 from 3.4 overs
WICKET! What drama out there. Two reviews in the same over, and both taken correctly. Niroshan Dickwella has an lbw appeal by Jasprit Bumrah overturned, but a couple of balls later, the Indian pacer comes back with another yorker to trap the Sri Lanka opener. The umpire, unlike last time, did not give an out. However, Virat Kohli immediately signalled for a review, which showed that Dickwella was caught plumb in front of the stumps.
Pallekele: Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat in the third ODI against India here on Sunday. After surviving a scare in Pallekele, Virat Kohli-led India will aim to clinch five-match ODI series as they take on Sri Lanka.
Chamara Kapugedara, who is leading the Sri Lankan side in place of Upul Tharanga, and Virat Kohli seemed to have their respective wish granted. While Sri Lanka seemed keen to bat first, India, as Kohli said, wanted to bowl first.
India have retained their winning combination from the last two ODIs while Sri Lanka have brought in Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal in place of injured Gunathilaka and suspended Tharanga.
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, 2017
While the hometeam gave itself a chance to level the series in the second ODI as Akila Dananjaya ran through the Indian middle order, MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s “jailbreak” stand stopped the Lankan march.
While Sri Lanka will be without the services of Upul Tharanga as he is facing suspension following slow over-rate, India will be bolstered as Hardik Pandya is declared fit following an injury in the second ODI.
Indian skipper Kohli, who had made it clear that the team management will experiment in the ODIs, will look to continue the same policy even after a collapse. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have an uphill task to avoid a series with two games still to be played.
Sri Lanka: Chamara Kapugedara (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur....