Opener Rohit Sharma’s briliant unbeaten ton helped India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to seal the five match One-Day International series 3-0 here on Sunday.

Apart from Rohit (124 not out), former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (67 not out) played a perfect support role at the other end after India’s top order got exposed with the scoreboard reading 61/4 in 15.1 overs.

The duo forged an unbeaten 157-run partnership for the fifth wicket but just when eight runs were needed, the crowd hurled bottles in the ground and the match had to be stopped. After a long wait, the umpires decided to call off the match.

But, after the players left the field after the customary handshakes, security persons got the stadium emptied of spectators and the umpires then decided to resume the match. 

Rohit and Dhoni made short shrift of the required eight runs.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan (5), Virat Kohli (3), Lokesh Rahul (17) and Kedar Jadhav (0) failed to step up to the occasion and were dismissed cheaply.

For Sri Lanka, spinner Akila Dananjaya scalped two wickets while pacers Lasith Malinga and Vishwa Fernando took one wicket each.

Earlier, a patient stabilising innings by middle-order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne helped Sri Lanka post 217/9 against India in their third One Day International at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.

Apart from Thirimanne (80 runs off 108 balls), Dinesh Chandimal (36) contributed to the cause for the hosts.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat hoping to capitalise upon the overcast conditions. But it appeared as if their batsman had not learnt any lesson from their previous defeats as many in-form and experienced batters were dismissed while playing carelessly. 

Apart from Thirimanne and Chandimal, no other batsman applied themselves sensibly and thus were dismissed on sloppy shots.

India, too, were a little sloppy on the field but unlike other matches pace bowlers also contributed handsomely this time around.

Top-order batsmen Niroshan Dickwella (13) and Kusal Mendis (1) failed to support Chandimal at the other end and were sent packing early and the scoreboard read 28/2. 

Middle-order batsmen Angelo Mathews (11) and Chamara Kapugedera (14) also returned to the pavilion without adding much to the team’s score.

Milinda Siriwardana (29), however, tried to stabilise the innings but just when things seemed a little good for the hosts, rain played the spoilsport for a few minutes.

After the resumption of play, the hosts failed to continue the momentum as Siriwardana was removed quickly by Jasprit Bumrah to leave the hosts reeling at 201/8.

Lower-order batsmen — Akila Dananjaya (1), Dushmantha Chameera (6) and Vishwa Fernando (3) — then tried to pace up the innings but failed in doing so and the hosts were restricted to 217 runs.

For India, pacer Bumrah scalped five wickets while Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Kedar Jadhav chipped in with one wicket each.

Following is the scorecard of the third One-Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.

Sri Lanka Innings:

Niroshan Dickwella lbw b Jasprit Bumrah 13
Dinesh Chandimal c Jasprit Bumrah b Hardik Pandya 36
Kusal Mendis c Rohit Sharma b Jasprit Bumrah 1 
Lahiru Thirimanne c Kedar Jadhav b Jasprit Bumrah 80
Angelo Mathews lbw b Kedar Jadhav 11
Chamara Kapugedera b Axar 14
Milinda Siriwardana b Jasprit Bumrah 29
Akila Dananjaya b Jasprit Bumrah 2
Dushmantha Chameera run out (Dhoni/Bhuvneshwar) 6
Vishwa Fernando not out 5
Lasith Malinga not out 1

Extras: (b 4, lb 7, w 8) 19 
Total: in 50 overs 217/9 

Fall of Wickets:
18-1 (Niroshan Dickwella, 3.4 overs), 28-2 (Kusal Mendis, 7.4), 100-3 (Dinesh Chandimal, 25.4), 138-4 (Angelo Mathews, 34.4), 159-5 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 39.3), 181-6 (Chamara Kapugedera, 43.6), 191-7 (Akila Dananjaya, 45.5), 201-8 (Milinda Siriwardana, 47.4), 210-9 (Dushmantha Chameera, 48.4)

Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-2-41-0
Jasprit Bumrah 10-2-27-5
Yuzvendra Chahal 10-0-49-0
Hardik Pandya 8-0-42-1
Axar Patel 10-1-35-1
Kedar Jadhav 3-0-12-1 

India Innings:

Rohit Sharma not out 122
Shikhar Dhawan b Lasith Malinga 5
Virat Kohli c Dushmantha Chameera b Vishwa Fernando 3
Lokesh Rahul c Lahiru Thirimanne b Akila Dananjaya 17 
Kedar Jadhav lbw b Akila Dananjaya 0
MS Dhoni not out 61

Extras: (b 0, lb 1, w 1) 2
Total: in 44 overs 210/4 

Fall of Wickets:
9-1 (Shikhar Dhawan, 2.1 overs), 19-2 (Virat Kohli, 5.1), 61-3 (Lokesh Rahul, 13.5), 61-4 (Kedar Jadhav, 15.1)

Bowling:
Lasith Malinga 5-0-25-1
Vishwa Fernando 8-2-34-1
Dushmantha Chameera 9-1-52-0 
Angelo Mathews 3-0-17-0
Akila Dananjaya 10-0-38-2
Milinda Siriwardana 9-0-43-0

(With inputs from IANS)

Team Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera(c), Milinda Siriwardana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga

Team India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Live Updates

10:36 PM IST | That’s it, India has won the match by 6 wickets and claimed the 5-match series 3-0. India has been undefeated so far in their tour of Lanka.

10:36 PM IST | 45 overs bowled, India 210/4; Rohit Sharma 124(145), Dhoni 66(85)

Taking it comfortably, Dhoni and Rohit are relying on singles to go over the winning mark. Just 1 more run required as the match stands level after the 45th over.

10:31 PM IST | Dhoni and Rohit out on the pitch, the chase should be on in a few seconds

10:29 PM IST | Umpires and Players are coming out again to finish the match, India needs 8 more runs to win the 3rd ODI and win the series.

10:20 PM IST |Players are leaving the ground, So that should be it, What a tragic end to a stern encounter. 

10:00 PM IST | Agitated Lankan fans throwing bottles on their players, a whole bunch of bottles on the boundary lines. The umpires have paused the play and the players are standing near the pitch discussing what’s next. Shameful from the crowd, but they are clearly not happy with their team’s performance.

One thing has to be understood here, that this Lankan team is a comparatively new and amateur team which will need some time to gel together and perform at big stages, they are far from a stable leader who can carry the team forward and also injuries have been a regular issue for the lions. umpires are waiting for the things to get under control while Dhoni and Rohit grab some rest in between by sitting on the side of the pitch.

09:58 PM IST | 44 overs bowled, India 210/4; Rohit Sharma 122(143), Dhoni 61(81)

Whoo, that’s big from Dhoni, into the crowds as crowd cheers Dhoni, Dhoni. MS is now the 4th highest run getter for India, behind only Sachin, Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. 12 runs of the over from Siriwardana.

09:52 PM IST | 43 overs bowled, India 198/4; Rohit Sharma 117(140), Dhoni 54(78)

7 runs from the over, Chameera is not having best of days as Indian batsmen continue to get better of him. Malinga put in a brilliant effort to save a few runs on the boundary line but I guess it’s too late for the pacer now to do that.

09:53 PM IST | Fifty, Dhoni 52*(74)

Hammered down the ground, that would take a wall to be stopped swift and it races down to the fence giving Dhoni his 65th half century in International ODI cricket. Is he a human? Well he is definitely a finisher.  

09:52 PM IST | 42 overs bowled, India 191/4; Rohit Sharma 116(139), Dhoni 48(73)

Siriwardana finishes with his 8th over. He has been very disciplined with his line and length gave minimal room for the Indians to launch. But India are now closer than ever to the target and only a miracle from here could stop them from not getting to 217. 

09:45 PM IST | 40 overs bowled, India 186/4; Rohit Sharma 114(134), Dhoni 45(66)

Siriwardana was close to getting Rohit Sharma tricked in his spin as the Indian had a thick edge and the ball went into the air but it wasn’t a easy chance for Kapugedera who put it down. Chance dropped. Just 3 runs of that over from Wardana.

09:42 PM IST | 39 overs bowled, India 183/4; Rohit Sharma 113(132), Dhoni 43(62)

Dananjaya brought back in. Just 1 run of that over from the brilliant Sri Lanka turner. Two dot balls to Dhoni and three to Rohit, this man has to be the future of Lankan spin attack if he continues doing the good work. So far here even a maiden now wouldn’t be a problem for India as they are very much into the game.

09:39 PM IST | 38 overs bowled, India 182/4; Rohit Sharma 113(129), Dhoni 42(59)

The way these two have steered this innings is commendable. There was yet another classic Rohit Sharma shot here in this over as the Indian vice captain flicked it through the mid-wicket to earn 4 runs. Classic. 6 runs of that over India need 36 more runs to win from here, it hasn’t been an easy chase but these two have made it look very smooth.

09:34 PM IST | 37 overs bowled, India 176/4; Rohit Sharma 107(124), Dhoni 41(58)

So when everyone is failing, it’s Dhoni who most of the times comes forward to stitch the Indian innings, their is immense cricket left in Dhoni right now and I don’t see any reason him not making into the 2019 World Cup squad. 8 runs stolen of that over from Chameera, Dhoni close to his half century.

09:30 PM IST | 36 overs bowled, India 168/4; Rohit Sharma 107(122), Dhoni 34(54)

Sharma gets into the groove with that century, he hits Fernando for a six on the short leg, not timed well but the ball reaches the distance. Rohit is making clear that India would like to finish it as early as they can. 8 runs of that 36th over.

09:25 PM IST | 35 overs bowled, Century for Rohit Sharma, 12th ‘100’ in ODI, India 160/4

Rohit brings up his century in 118 balls, that’s the 12th international 100 for the Indian vice captain in the ODIs. He raises his bat for the audience and gives a friendly hug to Dhoni to celebrate the feat. India closing in on the victory gap, and things should be more quick from here.

09:20 PM IST | 34 overs bowled, India 154/4; Rohit Sharma 99(117), Dhoni 28(47)

Dananjaya back again, he troubles Rohit a bit as the Mumbai batsman is now in his 90s. Rohit dodges of  all 6 balls earning a couple runs of the 5th ball. So that’s 2 from the over by Dananjaya and he has just 2 more overs left for the day which will take off a lot of pressure from the two Indian batsmen.

09:16 PM IST | 33 overs bowled, India 152/4; Rohit Sharma 97(111), Dhoni 28(47)

4 runs of the over by Chameera, Dhoni and Rohit should be credited for the calm they have shown in leading this innings for India. I said this in my previous match coverage and  I will say it again, if Dhoni is their on the pitch the other batsman ultimately is relived all of his pressure, such is the presence. 

09:12 PM IST | 32 overs bowled, India 148/4; Rohit Sharma 95(109), Dhoni 26(43)

Good over for India this one, Rohit has hit Dananjaya for a six, there was catch appeal by the Lankan wicket keeper Dickwella but that ball went directly into the crowds, Rohit gets closer to his hundred. 9 runs of that over from Dananjaya.

09:08 PM IST | 31 overs bowled, India 139/4; Rohit Sharma 88(106), Dhoni 24(40)

Just 2 runs of that over from Siriwardana. Singles from both Indian batsmen to finish this one.

09:05 PM IST | 30 overs bowled, India 137/4; Rohit Sharma 87(102), Dhoni 23(38)

Chameera replaces Malinga. Brilliant loft from Rohit Sharma, what a shot this was he picked it very early and sent it out of the fence for four runs. A single to finish it, 7 runs of that over by Chameera.

09:02 PM IST | 29 overs bowled, India 130/4; Rohit Sharma 80(96), Dhoni 23(38)

Both Rohit and Dhoni are rotating the strike very well, but Dananjaya’s over are still to be faced as Kapugedera continues with Siriwardana. 5 runs of that over from Siriwardana. Things have so far looked neat for the two Indian batsmen except for a few fumbles in between.

08:59 PM IST | 28 overs bowled, India 125/4; Rohit Sharma 78(94), Dhoni 20(34)

A couple  and then a smacking boundary of Malinga to start the over, Dhoni takes on Malinga here. The required run rate from here is close to 4.30. 8 runs from the 28th over by Malinga.

08:55 PM IST | 27 overs bowled, India 117/4; Rohit Sharma 77(92), Dhoni 13(30)

Siriwardana continues from the other end, he has been very effective for his captain today. The scoring rate has slowed down a bit but considering that their are only 101 odd runs required from here, it shouldn’t be a worrying thing for India.

08:52 PM IST | 26 overs bowled, India 116/4; Rohit Sharma 77(91), Dhoni 12(25)

Malinga brought back into the attack, that’s a surprise change from the Sri Lankan skipper perhaps to save Dananjaya’s overs for a later assault. Things are looking good for India now as Rohit is close to his eighties now. 3 runs of that Malinga over

08:48 PM IST | 25 overs bowled, India 113/4; Rohit Sharma 76(89), Dhoni 10(21)

Dhoni’s helmet is off as Kapugedera continues with his spinners. Both the batsman are playing sensible and making the most of the bad deliveries. Dhoni has rotated the strike well in this over. 5 runs of this over by Siriwardana. 

08:45 PM IST | 24 overs bowled, India 108/4; Rohit Sharma 74(87), Dhoni 7(17)

Brilliant from Rohit Sharma, he picks a fantastic boundary of Dananjaya, the fear is now slowly depletuing with the two batsman known for their spin playing skill sets. Dhoni is that motivating factor it seems here as the two batsman are having long chats before taking strike.

08:36 PM IST | 22 overs bowled, India 94/4; Rohit Sharma 63(78), Dhoni 4(14)

Things have slowed down for India but the two players out there can make a turn around anytime. 2 runs of the 22nd over from Dananjaya, India are trying to play him out without losing anymore wicket so it can be a lot easier in the 2nd half of the game with less of danger from the spinner.

08:20 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, India 87/4; Rohit Sharma 56(67), Dhoni 4(13)

There are two best finishers out on the pitch for India, one is the current Vice captain other is the former captain. They both very well know how to get to that total and they are keeping it safe and easy to move towards the total.

08:27 PM IST | Fifty, Rohit Sharma 51*(64), India 81/4 (18.4 overs)

Half century up for the vice-captain. he hasn’t succumbed under pressure to keep the Indian innings intact. Now he has Dhoni alongside him which will give him more confidence to steer this home for India. Brilliant fifty under pressure for Rohit Sharma. What a way to get to the fifty though, 2 boundaries in a row by the hitman.

08:20 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, India 64/4; Rohit Sharma 36(56), Dhoni 1(6)

2 runs of the over from Dananjaya and now just 1 of Chameera’s as Dhoni takes his time to settle down a bit. The balls are not a problem here but India need to check their wickets. 

MS Dhoni comes in to bat for India

08:14 PM IST | Wicket! Kedar Jadhav lbw b Dananjaya 0(2) India 61/4 (15.1 overs)

All the energy has returned back in the Lankan squad with the introduction of Dananjaya, his mysterious spell continues as Jadhav fells prey to the turner. Jadhav had no idea what was coming, he failed to read that and got beaten in that sweep attempt as the ball hit his pads. LBW Jadhav goes back. 2nd for Dannajaya. India has a lot to do from here as the spinner still has 8 overs in his bucket for the day. Lankans are celebrating.

08:10 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, India 61/3; Rohit Sharma 34(51), Jadhav 0(1)

Now India will have to be a lot more safer and aware from here, Kohli and Rahul have both failed to deliver yet again. Will it be an easy chase from here or will Lanka tighten their grip on the match. A maiden 15th over from Dushmantha Chameera.

Kedhar Jadhav is the new man in for India

08:02 PM IST | Wicket! Rahul c Thirimanne b Dananjaya 17(24) India 61/3 (13.5 overs)

OUT! Sri Lanka’s weapon is back to destruction, Dananjaya strikes in his very first over. Rahul went to the back-foot and tried to pull it over the boundary line, but the ball landed straight into the hands of Thirimanne who had a safe pair of hands. Is Dananjaya going to be the nightmare for India again?

07: 53 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, India 51/2; Rohit Sharma 27(39), Rahul 14(19)

KL Rahul getting back on the Lankans, drives the ball away in a brilliant fashion to get a boundary out of Fernanado’s last delivery of the 12th over. Two boundaries from that over for Rahul, India gets 9 runs added to their score board.

07: 48 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, India 41/2; Rohit Sharma 26(37), Rahul 5(15)

Vishwa Fernando is looking good here with his strict bowling, strong line from the medium pacer up till now. Just 2 runs of his over. 6 runs of the 11th over bowled by Mathews. Rohit Sharma is still not very much comfortable there.

07: 40 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, India 33/2; Rohit Sharma 20(30), Rahul 3(10)

A good 8th over from Vishwa Fernando as he keeps it full and compact to trouble Rahul. Just 4 runs of that over. Angelo Mathews brought in for the 9th over, again just 4 runs of that over. Sri Lanka is doing fair bit of good bowling to protect their cause.

07: 30 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, India 25/2; Rohit Sharma 16(23), Rahul 0(5)

Rohit Sharma is getting into the groove here, Rahul meanwhile playing more balls to get himself settled a bit. 6 runs of the 7th over, the odds of the game are equally shared between the two teams. The one who plays well takes it from here.

KL Rahul joins Rohit Sharma in the middle

07: 21 PM IST | Wicket! Kohli c Chameera b Vishwa Fernando 3(11) India 19/2

That’s out, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has played it straight into the hands of Chameera. Not a very difficult delivery to play that should have been smashed away but Kohli gently gave it away and Fernando’s expression after getting his man says it all. It’s one of the most important wickets for Lanka if they see themselves in this game. 

07: 16 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, India 10/0; Rohit Sharma 4(14), Kohli 1(7)

That’s a fantastic maiden over from Fernanado, Virat Kohli takes his time to get to the ball as he looks to read a few balls of the medium pacer before he could charge on him. Though Kohli was on a look-out for a run but Fernando kept him staying on the other end. Good over for Sri Lanka.

07: 12 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, India 10/1; Rohit Sharma 4(14), Kohli 1(1)

Too early to say this but a good start for Lanka, after a miserable batting display they have really got up to the occasion and their strike bowler is leading them perfectly well. 

Virat Kohli comes on the crease for India

07: 06 PM IST | Wicket! Dhawan b Malinga 5(3) (2.1 overs) India 9/1

Malinga has bowled the in-form Dhawan. Loud cheer in the Lankan crowds as their favourite Malinga does the magic in his second over itself to get Lanka their first breakthrough. Dhawan tried to play the cut shot but couldn’t time it well only to see the ball rip through the stumps. A bad shot selection from Dhawan and an equally lethal delivery from the legendary Lankan pacer.

07: 00 PM IST | 1 over bowled, India 4/0; Rohit Sharma 4(6), Dhawan 0(0)

Good length deliveries from Malinga to start off his bowling spell, but Rohit here manages to clinch a boundary to finish it on 4 runs of the 1st over. 

06: 50 PM IST | Indian openers Dhawan and Rohit come in to bat, Malinga to open the attack for Lanka

06: 16 PM IST | 50 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 217/9; Vishwa Fernando 5(6), Malinga 1(5)

That’s it, Sri Lanka have managed to put up 217 on board with 8 runs coming in the last over. Bumrah’s fifer makes him stand out in the brilliant bowling performance India displayed today.

06: 10 PM IST | WICKET! Chameera run out (Dhoni/Bhuvneshwar) 6(10), (48.5 overs)

A wide ball from Bhuvneshwar, Chameera tries to take advantage but fells prey to Dhoni’s quick hands as he swiftly gives it away towards Bhuvneshwar who hits the stumps without making any mistake. 

06: 06 PM IST | 48 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 203/8;  Chameera 1(7), Vishwa Fernando 2 (2)

11 runs of that over from Bumrah but he manages to get his 5th wicket of the day. Sri Lanka once again has failed to post big on the score board, Bumrah has pulled off a stunning spell despite some ups and downs in between.

Vishwa Fernando is the new man on the crease for Lanka

06: 03 PM IST | WICKET! Siriwardana b Bumrah 29(27)  (47.4 overs)

Siriwardana was taking Bumrah on, he hit him for two consequtive boundaries in the last two deliveries but the Indian pacer came back stronger and kept his line intact to run over the Lankan’s stumps. Clean bowled

05: 50 PM IST | 47 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 192/7; Siriwardana 21 (23), Chameera 1(7)

A maiden 47th over from Bhuvneshwar as he finishes his 8th over conceding just 34 runs of it till now. Earlier Bumrah gave just 2 runs and picked a wicket in the 46th over. Brilliant depth bowling from India. 

05: 45 PM IST | WICKET! Dananjaya b Bumrah 2(6) (45.5 overs)

Bumrah has been sensational today, another bad shot from another Lankan batsman and Bumrah makes sure he pays for that. Akila Dananjaya’s middle stumps dismantled as the right-hander walks back after scoring just 2 runs. 4th wicket for Bumrah.

Dananjaya is the new batsman on crease for Sri Lanka

05: 36 PM IST | WICKET!  Kapugedera b Axar 14(22) (43.6 overs)

After troubling almost every Lankan batsman with his spin, Axar finally get his reward as he cleans up Kapugedera. Legs stump distorted as Kapugedera was trying to play it towards the extra covers. Sri Lankan innings is falling now, wickets after wickets as even 250 seems a distant dream. 

05: 30 PM IST | 42 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 173/5; Kapugedera 11(18), Siriwardana 8 (10)

6 and 8 runs of the 41st and the 42nd over for Sri Lanka. They really need to up the ante now to post a moderate total for India to chase. Things still are in India’s control as their are two completely new batsmen on the crease.

Siriwardana is the new batsman on crease for Lanka

05: 18 PM IST | WICKET!  Thirimanne c Kedar Jadhav b Bumrah 80(105) (39.3 overs)

Bumrah to Thirimanne caught by Kedar Jadhav. A full length delivery from the pacer as Thirimanne struggles to play it gives away an easy catch to Jadhav who makes no mistake with that. 3rd wicket for Bumrah and the fifth blow to Lanka.

05: 14 PM IST | 38 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 150/4; Thirimanne 74(100), Kapugedera 3(9)

Bumrah brought back into the attack, gives away just 1 run of the 39th over. Kohli has been good with the bowling changes today, he has used the right combination to keep the pressure piled up on Lankans.

05: 06 PM IST | 36 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 142/4; Thirimanne 68(91), Kapugedera 2(6)

Thirimanne seems to not have been distracted by Mathews loss, he continues to battle. Just 2 runs of the 36th over from Axar Patel, he has been absolutely economical in the game. 

Kapugedera is the new man in for Lanka

05: 00 PM IST | WICKET!  Mathews lbw b Kedar Jadhav 11(23) (34.4 overs)

Jadhav has yet again pulled off a trick for India, ball strikes into the pads of Mathews who was trying to sweep it away. Adding to Sri Lanka’s miseries they have wasted a review on that one. That was straight with loaded pace and Mathews perhaps didn’t expect it to be so fast, beaten by the delivery he has to go.

04: 57 PM IST | 34 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 135/3; Thirimanne 65(87), Mathews 10 (21)

Thirimanne looking dangerous now, he lofted Chahal for a big six, brilliant shot by the batsman. 9 runs of that over, a good one for Sri Lanka. 

04: 52 PM IST | 33 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 126/3; Thirimanne 57(82), Mathews 9 (20)

Kedhar Jadhav brought into attack, as expected. He has kept the trust by giving just 1 run of that 33rd over. But Thirimanne is slowly settling down there, he has played more than 10 overs now and will be looking forward to create an attacking platform for the hosts for some finishing fire power. Introducing Jadhav reflects on Kohli’s awareness to stop another partnership from budding.

04: 45 PM IST | 31 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 117/3; Thirimanne 54(74), Mathews 3 (16)

Axar Patel gives away just 4 runs of the 31st over. Thirimanne taking it easy against the spinner. 

04: 40 PM IST | FIFTY* for Thirimane 50 (69)

He has played well absorbing the pressure from early fall of wickets and has paced his innings accordingly well. 17th ODI fifty for the left-hander and a third straight one against India.

04: 39 PM IST | 29 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 110/3; Thirimanne 49(68), Mathews 1 (10)

Another good over from Axar Patel, just 3 runs of it.

04: 35 PM IST | 28 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 107/3; Thirimanne 47(64), Mathews 0 (8)

Mathew has played 8 dot ball in quest of a run, while Thirimanne closes in towards his half century. The 27th was a maiden by Axar Patel, he has simply been very difficult to read today. Hardik gave 5 of the 28th over with a boundary from Thirimanne.

Angelo Mathews is the new man in for Sri Lanka

04: 26 PM IST | WICKET! Chandimal c Bumrah b Hardik Pandya 36(71) (25.4 Overs)

CAUGHT, the 72 run stand between Chandimal and Thirimanne comes to an end as Bumrah takes a good catch at deep square leg. Hardik Pandya gets his 1st wicket of the match and its of Chandimal who well set and was batting comfortably. Much needed breakthrough for India and a compensation of Dhoni’s unlucky mistake. 

04: 23 PM IST | 25 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 97/2; Chandimal 35(69), Thirimanne 39(56)

There was a very close chance for Dhoni, it was certainly a wicket if the former Indian skipper could have held the ball. Dhoni has missed an opportunity to send Chandimal back, KL Rahul is disappointed as the throw as accurate. Just 1 run of that over from Axar Patel.

04: 18 PM IST | 24 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 96/2; Chandimal 35(64), Thirimanne 38(55)

That was some pull from Chandimal as he sends the last ball from Hardik Pandya over the fence for 4 runs. He connected it very well and sent the ball rolling. 8 runs scored of the 24th over.

04: 15 PM IST | 23 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 88/2; Chandimal 29(60), Thirimanne 37(53)

Only 3 runs of the over by Axar Patel. Thirimanne plays 5 balls from that over before changing strikes with Chandimal on the last delivery. 

04: 12 PM IST | 22 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 85/2; Chandimal 29(59), Thirimanne 34(48)

Thirimane lofts Chahal for a boundary but the ball was cutoff by Rohit Sharma before it could have crossed the boundaries. 3 runs conceded by Chahal in the 22nd. Axar gives away just 3 of the 21st over.

04: 06 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 79/2; Chandimal 28(56), Thirimanne 29(39)

Fifty runs partnership up Chandimal and Thirimanne. Chahal gives away just 3 runs of the 2oth. 5 Overs completed by Chahal, he has conceded just 15 runs till now without any wicket.

04: 02 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 76/2; Chandimal 27(55), Thirimanne 26(33)

Thirimanne slowly getting into the groove, He has hit Pandya for a brilliant four. Ball picked well and raced away to the fence. Meanwhile Chahal keeps it tight giving just three runs of the 18th over.

03: 55 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 65/2; Chandimal 25(50), Thirimanne 19(27)

Hardik Pandya on a short ball spree here, he is troubling Chandimal. The Lankan right-hander seems to have hurt his fingers here as Physio comes to out to ensure there is no injury scare. Only 5 runs from the over. Chahal bowled the 16th with brilliant confidence, giving away just 5 of it.

03: 40 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 53/2; Chandimal 23(43), Thirimanne 10(22)

Four runs from that Hardik Pandya over, Indian bowlers so far have kept it very clean here at Pallekele not giving the Lankan batsmen any room to open up and go for big shots.

03: 35 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 50/2; Chandimal 22(40), Thirimanne 8(19)

Bowling change here from Indian skipper Virat Kohli as Hardik Pandya and Chahal take the attack forward. Thirimanne trying to settle down in the middle as he hits Pandya for a boundary but three dot ball after that and the all-rounder gets on him again.

03: 27 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 42/2; Chandimal 20(34), Thirimanne 2(12)

Bhuvneshwar seems to have gathered a lot of confidence from the lat match, he has had another chance at the pads of Chandimal, it was very close but was denied by the umpire. MS Dhoni too had a loud cheer but in vain as umpire stood firm. Meanwhile Chahal brought into the attack, he just conceded 1 run of that over. 

03: 18 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 37/2; Chandimal 16(28), Thirimanne 1(7)

Brilliant start for India, the Indian pacers are utilizing the moisture on the pitch in their favour. Bhumrah and Bhuvi both are  keeping it tight here at Pallekele.

Lahiru Thirimanne, left handed bat, comes to the crease

03: 10 PM IST |  Wicket! Kusal Mendis c Rohit b Bumrah 1(10) (7.3 overs) 

WICKET! STUNNER by Rohit Sharma at the second slip, Bumrah gets his man, Kusal Mendis has to go after a steady start. Kusal Mendis was one of the biggest hopes for Lankans if they wanted to put a good strong total today, a big blow for the hosts.

02: 53 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 22/1; Chandimal 8(13), Kusal Mendis 0(2)

Unlucky that Bhuvneshwar is still wicketless despite superb bowling. He is getting the ball to do all the chatting so far, taking benefit of the cast condition. Bumrah, on the other hand, is razor sharp; pressure building on Sri Lanka.

02: 48 PM IST | WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah gets Dickwella. That was lbw from the word go. Indians appeal, umpire says NOT OUT. Virat Kohli takes review after a small chat with Bumrah — boy the bowler is confident. The review suggests Dickwella was plumb in front of the wicket. Umpire reverses his decision.  Dickwella lbw b Bumrah 13(15); Sri Lanka 18/1

02: 32 PM IST | 1 over bowled, Sri Lanka 6/0; Chandimal 0(4), Dickwella 5(2)

A very good first over from Bhuvneshwar. He is getting the ball to move well. 

02: 35 PM IST | Dickwella and Chandimal are at the crease. Dickwella is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack. Slight drizzle but no harm done.

02: 10 PM IST | QUICK RECAP: In the last outing, India suffered a batting collapse, losing seven wickets in the space of 22 runs to be reduced to 131/7 at one stage thanks to excellent bowling by Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, who returned a six-wicket haul.

But former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (45 not out) and tailender Bhuvneshwar Kumar (53 not out) put together 100-run partnership to help the visitors chase down the target.

Openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan had put India off to a fine start with a stand of 109 runs and the visitors will bank them and Dhoni to continue their fine form.

The Indians will also hope that batsmen Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav and skipper Virat Kohli will get back to form after all three failed to reach double figures in the last match.

In the bowling department, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, alongside spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel, will look to put breaks on the Sri Lankan batting which has failed to pose a threat in the previous matches.

Sri Lanka will hope batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne, who have been called up for the remaining ODIs as a replacement for Danushka Gunathilaka and captain Upul Tharanga bring some positives into the side.

Stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera along with batsmen Niroshan Dickwella and Milinda Siriwardana will look to play a key role in the batting department.

02: 01 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for India and Sri Lanka:

Team Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera(c), Milinda Siriwardana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga

Team India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

02: 00 PM IST | TOSS! Sri Lanka’s captain Chamara Kapugedera has won the toss and decided to bat first; inviting India to set a chasing total on the board.

First Published | 27 August 2017 2:13 PM
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