Pallekelle: Team India opener Rohit Sharma was in his best of form on Sunday after an unbeaten 124 and an unbeaten 157-run partnership with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, which helped the Men in Blue seal a six-wicket win, and clinch the series 3-0.
Rohit, who last scored an ODI century against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal (123 not out), took to Twitter to express his happiness of winning the match with an unbeaten partnership.
Special night with the special man. Great way to win the series. #WeMarchOn #IceMan&Hitman pic.twitter.com/qad1WfGaR8— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 28, 2017
Later on, the match was halted for about half an hour during India's chase, after the Sri Lankan fans started throwing bottles onto the stadium. During the time, MS Dhoni was seen lying on the ground and taking a nap.
Simply Dhoni Things 😂#SLvIND #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/V5v0Gb95gr— M S DHONI (@ImShanTanu29) August 27, 2017
This was India’s seventh successive bilateral series victory against Sri Lanka, with the Islanders searching for a series victory against their Asian neighbours since 1997.
Sri Lanka will have to win the remaining two matches in order to keep the ICC World Cup 2019 direct qualification hopes alive.
The teams now travel to the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo, where they will play the remaining two ODIs (August 31 and September 3), followed by the one-off T20 international on September 6....