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3rd ODI: Rohit, Dhoni lift India to series-clinching win

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22:36   Rohit, Dhoni lift India to series-clinching win


India 218-4 (45.1 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Rohit Sharma slammed an unbeaten century while Mahendra Singh Dhoni provided good support with another half-century to carry India to an easy six-wicket win which helped them seal the five-match ODI series 3-0, in Pallekele, on Sunday.

Rohit stroked 124 from 145 balls, hitting 16 fours and two sixes, while Dhoni made 67 from 86 balls, with the duo putting on an unbroken stand of 157 runs from 180 balls for the fifth wicket to put the innings back on track after a few quick wickets.

India once again stuttered in their run chase, as they did in the previous match, as they slipped to 61 for four before Rohit and Dhoni put them back on track.

India continued their unbeaten run in Sri Lanka, claiming the ODI series 3-0, following their 3-0 whitewash in the Test series.
22:36   3rd ODI: Rohit, Dhoni lift India to series-clinching win


India 218-4 (45.1 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Chameera to bowl after the resumption. A single each to Dhoni and Rohit before the former strokes a wide past point for two runs and then takes a single.

A single off the last ball to Rohit levels scores.

Fernando bowls a full toss as Dhoni gets the leading edge over the midwicket region to carry India to an easy victory.
22:29   Play resumes with India needing eight for victory


India 210-4 (44 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

The game will get underway in Pallekele after a lot of confusion after some of the stands were emptied from which bottles were thrown onto to the field.

The players have strode out to the middle to resume the match with India needing just eight runs for victory in six overs.
22:25   Play halted in Pallekele after crowd trouble


India 210-4 (43 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Rohit in total control as he sweeps Siriwardana for a boundary behind square on the leg side to take India past the 200-run mark.

Dhoni decides to finish off things quickly as he jumps down the track and lofts the spinner down the ground for a huge six.

A single off the last ball leaves India with just eight runs for a series-clinching victory.

Meanwhile, play has been halted temporarily as the Sri Lankan spectators start throwing bottles and other rubbish onto the field of play in protest against their team's poor showing.
22:20   3rd ODI: Rohit, Dhoni guide India to series-clinching win

India 210-4 (44 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

The match has been called off early following the crowd trouble which means India emerge the series winners.

Rohit Sharma slammed an unbeaten century while Mahendra Singh Dhoni provided good support with another half-century to carry India to an easy six-wicket win which helped them seal the five-match ODI series 3-0, in Pallekele, on Sunday.

Rohit stroked 122 from 143 balls, hitting 16 fours and two sixes, while Dhoni made 61 from 81 balls, with the duo putting on an unbroken stand of 149 runs from 173 balls for the fifth wicket to put the innings back on track after a few quick wickets.

India once again stuttered in their run chase, as they did in the previous match, as they slipped to 61 for four before Rohit and Dhoni put them back on track.

India continued their unbeaten run in Sri Lanka, claiming the ODI series 3-0, following their 3-0 whitewash in the Test series.
21:54   Rohit slams ton, Dhoni hits 50; India close in on win


India 198-4 (43 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Three singles from Dananjaya's final over as he finishes with good figures of two for 38 in 10 overs, which gave Sri Lanka hope after a below-par batting effort.

It is proving to be too easy for the Indian batsmen as they calmly deal in singles and twos and inch closer to the target.

Chameera bowls a short ball as Dhoni cuts it powerfully over point for a four to bring up fifty in grand style, from 74 balls.

The last ball is again wide as Dhoni steers it past point but Malinga does well on the thirdman fence to keep it down to two.
21:44   Rohit hits century, India in control


India 186-4 (40 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Fernando comes back as the match starts to slip away from India's grasp. The pacer drops short as Rohit pulls it over square leg for a six and then takes a single.

The pacers continue to bowl loose deliveries. Chameera bowls a short ball and Dhoni pulls it through the leg side for a four and then takes two runs through the covers off the next ball followed by two more singles.

The boundaries are coming quite regularly for India. Rohit flicks a full delivery off his pads through midwicket for a four to take India to 182 for four in 38 overs, needing another 36 runs from 12 overs for victory.

Dananjaya comes back for a new spell with Sri Lanka needing a few wickets to make their way back into the contest.

With an asking rate of three runs per over, India in no hurry as they pick just a single from Dananjaya's ninth over, not willing to take a risk and just see him off.

Spin from both ends as Siriwardana comes in from the other end. Dhoni picks a single before Rohit (113) looks for another big hit but mishits it on the leg side as Kapugedera fails to judge it and ends up dropping a simple catch.

India are looking comfortable on 186 for four in 40 overs with Rohit on 114 and Dhoni on 45, having put on 125 runs from 149 balls for the fifth wicket.

They need another 32 runs from the remaining 10 overs for victory.
21:26   Rohit hits century, India on top


India 160-4 (35 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Chameera comes back as Dhoni continues his job of picking up another single to get Rohit back on strike.

Another quick run to Rohit to mid-on brings up India's 150, in the 33rd over.

Chameera tries a short ball which Rohit pulls to fine leg for one, he intended to pull it fine but failed to beat the fielder in the deep.

Rohit easing his way to a century as he clips a short ball from Dananjaya to deep square leg for a couple to move to 99.

Chameera drops short as Dhoni pulls it on the leg side for a four. Rohit takes a single from the last ball to complete his century from 118 balls.
21:11   Rohit, Dhoni put India in control


India 148-4 (32 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Just a couple of overs for Malinga before Chameera comes back. Rohit plays an uppish shot past point as the fielder dives but in vain for a couple of runs to the deep.

Two balls later, he lofts a full delivery over mid-on for a four and then steers the last ball to deep point for one.

Rohit has looked in total control from the start to score 87 from 102 balls, while Dhoni has made 23 to take India to 137 for four in 30 overs.

They need another 81 runs from 20 overs for victory at just over four runs per over.

Two singles from Siriwardana's next over, who has done a steady job but not looked too threatening.

A desperate Sri Lanka bring back their wicket-taking option Dananjaya as they attempt to break this partnership.

Rohit goes after the young spinner as he comes down the track and lofts the spinner over midwicket for a six to take his score into the 90s.

India are back in control as they reach 148 for four in 32 overs, needing another 70 runs for victory at under four per over.
20:57   Rohit, Dhoni rally India


India 125-4 (28 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

No stopping Rohit as he plays another beautiful drive through the covers as Dananjaya offers some width for a boundary.

The duo bring up their 50-run stand in the next over from just 57 balls with Dhoni have contributed just nine runs but importantly has stood firm and proved to be a perfect foil for Rohit, who has scored freely in the last 10 overs or so.

At the halfway stage, India are well placed at 113 for four in 25 overs despite a few quick wickets earlier on.

Rohit, who is batting well on 76 from 89 balls, holds the key and so does Dhoni (10), who will again look to take things right at the end.

Sri Lanka's premier pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who has bowled just three overs in his first spell, comes back.

He bowls a tidy over conceding just three runs before Siriwardana gives away just a single in the next.

Malinga overpitches as Dhoni drives it through the covers for two runs before pulling the next through midwicket for a four.

Eight runs from the over as India reach 125 for four in 28 overs, needing 93 runs from 22 overs for victory.
20:39   Rohit hits half-century to rally India


India 102-4 (23 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Dhoni has looked comfortable against Dananjaya in this game and he also dealt with him quite well in the previous match. Maybe KL Rahul and Jadhav can watch videos of his batting against the spinner and learn something.

A single each for Dhoni and Rohit as India reach 87 for four in 20 overs, needing 131 runs in 30 overs for victory.

Left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana comes into the attack. Three dot balls in a row before Rohit lofts him over mid-on for a four and then picks a single after the fielder is pushed back.

Rohit getting a move on here, not letting the spinners settle down. Siriwardana also helps him by dropping short which the India opener cuts past point for a four.

On the other end, Dhoni goes about his job of collecting the singles and giving the strike back to the free-flowing Rohit.

Three more singles after the boundary as India cross the 100-run mark in the 23rd over.
20:28   Rohit hits half-century to rally India


India 85-4 (19 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

The pressure affecting Rohit as he goes after a wide delivery from Chameera but is beaten before he ducks under a short ball.

He then tries to pull but misses and gets a leg bye to the fine leg region.

In the next over, Rohit steers Dananjaya behind point for a couple and then hits the one through the covers for a four.

In the next over, Rohit hits Chameera for three boundaries in a row to complete his half-century, from 64 balls.

He flicks the pacer through mid-on for a four and then pulls the next two deliveries for a hat-trick of boundaries.
20:15   Dananjaya's twin strike leaves India in trouble


India 63-4 (16 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Chameera, who bowled just one over in his first spell, comes back. He bowls a maiden over to Rohit, who goes back to playing watchfully following Rahul's dismissal in the previous over.

Dananjaya strikes again in his next over. Jadhav goes for the sweep but misses it and is trapped leg before wicket for a duck.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets off the mark with a single and Rohit is nearly done in by one that stays low but he somehow gets his bat down and drives it to long-on for one.
20:02   Rahul out for 17, India 3 down


India 61-3 (14 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Mathews drops short as Rohit pulls it through square leg for a four and then takes one to thirdman.

Rahul plays a powerful cut shot but Kapugedera comes up with a diving stop to save a boundary at point before the right-hander inside edges the next ball for one.

Rahul living off inside edges as this time gets it off the inside half of the bat against Fernando for a boundary fine on the leg side.

However, he gets the last ball of the middle cutting it past point for a four to take India past the 50-run mark, in the 12th over.

Now Rohit gets an inside edge and it passes close to the stumps and goes to the wicketkeeper on the bounce.

Rohit has had enough of the defending as he comes down the track and lofts the medium pacer over the covers for a four.

The two Indian batsmen have a huge misunderstanding as they try to steal a quick single before hesitating but Rohit makes his crease safely in the end.

Mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya comes into the attack. He strikes in his very first over with the wicket of Rahul, who pulls a short ball but straight into the hands of the fielder at deep midwicket to perish for 17.
19:44   India struggle after early wickets


India 35-2 (10 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Dushmantha Chameera comes into the attack. He starts with a couple of dot balls before Rohit slaps a wide delivery through the covers for a four. He throws his bat at the next ball but it goes uppishly and just about manages to clear the fielder at point for another boundary.

Fernando in the midst of a wonderful spell. He bowls a slightly short ball of the body as Rahul is hurried into the defensive shot before he clips the third ball through the leg side for a couple and then takes one.

Fernando doing what Bumrah did for India early on, a couple of early wickets and keep the batsmen tied up with some tight bowling.

Another change for Sri Lanka as Angelo Mathews comes into the attack. Rohit defends the first five balls before he has a go at the last one but gets an edge which flies past the wicketkeeper for a four.

Fernando bowls another good over, giving away just two runs as India reach 35 for two in 10 overs.
19:25   Kohli fails with the bat, India in trouble


India 19-2 (6 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Fernando slanting the ball across Kohli to try and exploit his weakness outside the off-stump. Kohli defends the first two balls before he plays the drive but is beaten before he sees off the rest of the over as Fernando finishes with a maiden over.

Malinga has a fielder at deep square leg and Rohit flicks the first ball to that fielder to a full delivery on the pads.

Sri Lanka have an extra fielder in the slips for Kohli but he manages to get off strike with a single on the leg side.

Malinga drops short and Rohit slashes it past point for a four to release the pressure and then clips the next ball to deep square leg for one.

Fernando leaves India in a spot of bother with the key wicket of Virat Kohli. The India captain, who made three, flicks it uppishly on the leg side as Chameera does well to charge in and complete a sharp catch diving forward.

India in a spot of bother on 19 for two in the sixth over.

KL Rahul under some pressure as he looks to justify his spot at No. 4. He carefully defends the rest of the over as Fernando bowls his second maiden over on the trot.
19:10   India lose Dhawan early after SL post 217


India 10-1 (3 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

Malinga gives Sri Lanka a big boost with the early wicket of Dhawan in his second over. The left-hander plays a nothing shot and gets a big inside edge to be bowled for for five.

India have done away with the experiments as Virat Kohli walks in at his regular No. 3 position. He gets off the mark with a single on the leg side before Rohit watchfully defends the rest of the over.


19:04  


India 9-0 (2 ovs) vs SL 217-9 | Scorecard

The experienced Lasith Malinga to open the bowling for Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma defends the first two balls before he slaps the third through the covers for a four to get off the mark in some style and then defends the rest of the over.

Left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando from the other and and facing him is left-hander Shikhar Dhawan. He starts with a wide half-volley which Dhawan crashes through the covers for a four as he also begins in confident fashion.

A single to Dhawan before Sri Lanka have a confident shout for LBW turned down against Rohit following which they take the DRS.

Rohit looks to clip it through the leg side but misses, however, the replays show that the ball had taken the inside edge which means Sri Lanka lose their review.
18:17   3rd ODI: Five-star Bumrah restricts Sri Lanka to 217


SL 217-9 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pacer Bumrah claimed career-best figures of five for 27 in 10 overs to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 217 in their 50 overs.

Bumrah was excellent with the ball as he claimed a couple of early wickets with the new ball before picking up a few more wickets at the end.

Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal also claimed a wicket each as Sri Lanka once again disappointed with the bat.

Comeback man Thirimanne offered the only resistance with the bat for Sri Lanka with a composed innings of 80, while Chandimal played a cautious innings of 36.

Siriwardana scored a few quick runs at the end with a quickfire 29 from 27 balls.
18:14  


SL 217-9 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bumrah to bowl the final over and facing him is his Mumbai Indians team mate Lasith Malinga.

Malinga is unable to get a run from the first three balls before Sri Lanka get four byes off the fourth ball. The slower ball had foxed Malinga but the ball bounced just in front of Dhoni, who was lucky that it didn't strike his face.

Malinga finally gets some bat, an edge to thirdman for a single and Fernando smashes the last ball through the covers for two runs as Jadhav's diving stop saves the four.
18:10   Sri Lanka lose 9th wicket


SL 210-9 (49 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar tries the slower ball as Chameera swings it over midwicket for a four. And immediately he resorts to the yorker as Chameera drives it to long-on for one.

Fernando punches the next ball down the ground as Kohli does well to run around from long-on to keep it down to one.

Bhuvneshwar tries a short ball as it goes high over the batsman as they look to steal a quick bye. But Dhoni is aware of the situation and throws the ball back quickly to the bowler who throws down the stumps to run out Chameera for six.
18:05   Bumrah picks 5th wicket to leave SL in a mess


SL 203-8 (48 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The delay has turned out be a brief one as players come out to resume the match.

Siriwardana goes on the attack against Bumrah. He heaves the second ball over square leg for a four and and then lofts the next ball over the off-side for the same result.

But Bumrah gets revenge with the wicket of Siriwardana, who plays all over a straight delivery and is bowled after a handy innings of 29 from 27 balls.

He tries a slower ball as Vishwa Fernando drives it uppishly through the covers for two runs to get off the mark.
17:53   Rain stops play; Sri Lanka 192-7 in 47 ovs


SL 192-7 (47 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Dushmantha Chameera struggling to get bat to ball as Bhuvneshwar does well to mix his length and speed and keep the right-hander guessing.

A few short balls which he tries to swing but fails to connect and also misses the glance to a full delivery on the pads.

The last ball is short and outside the off-stump as Chameera leaves it alone to with Bhuvneshwar sending down a maiden over, the 47th of the innings.

Meanwhile, it has started raining and pretty heavy at that as the players are forced off the field.
17:46   Bumrah leaves Sri Lanka in a mess


SL 192-7 (46 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Sri Lanka's hopes of getting a total around the 220-run mark rests largely on Siriwardana.

The left-hander sweeps Chahal powerfully through square leg for a four and then tries the slog sweep but mistimes it to long-on for one.

Chahal gives away nine runs in his final over to finish with 49 runs in his 10 overs.

Sri Lanka's No. 8 Akila Danajaya has no answers against Bumrah's guile. He pushes him back with a couple of quick bouncers before bowling a straight ball which beats the right-hander for pace and bowls him for two.

Bumrah continues his superb showing with the ball, having taken four for 13 in eight overs.
17:36   Sri Lanka lose 6th wicket, India on top


SL 181-6 (44 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Kohli brings back pacer Bhuvneshwar as he looks for more wickets, knowing that another wicket here will expose the Sri Lankan tailenders.

Sri Lanka's batsmen have struggled to rotate the strike right from the start. Captain Kapugedera plays two dot balls before taking one and Milinda Siriwardana also picks a single from the next ball.

Bhuvi tries a slower ball as Kapugedera hammers through the covers for a four but Sri Lanka still get only six from the over.

Change of ends for Axar as he takes over from Bumrah, who has three overs left.

Siriwardana edges the first ball from Axar as he looks to cut and it goes fine off wicketkeeper Dhoni for a four. He then bowls a leg side before the left-hander glances the fourth ball fine for a couple and picks a single from the last ball to make it eight runs from the over.

Chahal comes in from the other end, to bowl the 43rd over the innings with India holding back the pacers for the end.

Still no boundary for Sri Lanka as they collect five singles from the leg-spinner's  ninth over.

Axar finishes his spell with a wicket. Kapugedera looks for the inside out lofted shot but misses one which comes in with the arm to be bowled for 14.

Axar finishes with good figures of one for 35 in 10 overs as Sri Lanka are reduced to 181 for six in 44 overs.
17:21   Thirimanne out for 80, SL in trouble


SL 159-5 (40 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Axar comes back into the attack. He continues to bowl tight, conceding just two singles in his seventh over.

Thirimanne flicks Kedar fine on the leg side for a couple and he repeats the shot again for another two runs.

Bumrah, who has five overs in hand, comes back. He starts with three dot balls before Thirimanne takes a single on the off-side and Chamara Kapugedera defends the last two balls to end a good over.

Thirimanne looking to be positive. A short delivery from Axar is cut past point for a four followed by four singles to get eight runs from the over.

Bumrah deals Sri Lanka's hopes of posting a decent total with the wicket of the well-set Thirimanne, who is caught on the leg side after a good innings of 80 from 105 balls.

Bumrah has been splendid with the ball with sensational figures of three for 11 in seven overs to leave Sri Lanka struggling on 159 for five in 40 overs.
17:06   Mathews falls for 11, SL lose 4th wicket


SL 140-4 (35 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Axar bowling to his field and sending down a lot of dot balls to build up the pressure. A couple of singles before Thirimanne paddles the last ball fine for a couple against the left-arm spinner.

Chahal comes back, replacing Pandya, who has bowled eight overs for 42 runs.

India's sloppy fielding gifts Mathews a much-needed single as Axar sends down an unwanted throw from mid-off, hitting the stumps direct and giving away a run.

Chahal drops short as Mathews pulls it over midwicket for a much-needed boundary for Sri Lanka.

Part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav comes into the attack. He makes a good start, bowling five dot balls to Thirimanne, who manages just a single from the last ball.

Chahal has an appeal for LBW turned down against Thirimanne as the left-hander tries to reverse but misses. Two balls later, he comes down the track and heaves it over midwicket for a six followed by three singles to get nine from the over.

Jadhav makes a key strike with the ball, with the wicket of Mathews, who plays a rash to give his wicket away. The right-hander looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is given out leg before wicket as he decides to take the DRS despite it look dead plumb.

As expected the referral goes against Sri Lanka and Mathews has to make his way after a poor innings of 11 from 23 balls with Sri Lanka slipping to 138 for four in the 35th over.
16:41   Chandimal out for 36, SL 3 down


SL 113-3 (30 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The short ball finally does the trick for Pandya. The struggling Chandimal pulls it straight into the hands of Bumrah at deep square leg to perish after a lacklustre innings of 36 from 71 balls.

Thirimanne takes a single on the leg side before Angelo Mathews clips the last ball to midwicket for one.

Axar keeps it tight as he bowls a maiden over to Mathews as the pressure continues to build.

After three dot balls in a row, Thirimanne takes the risk as he lofts Pandya over midwicket for a four and then takes one.

Mathews struggling to get going as he scores just a single from 10 balls, increasing the pressure on Thirimanne to take a few risks and relieve the pressure.

Thirimanne takes a single off Pandya to bring up his half-century from 69 balls to give the Sri Lankans a lift.

Meanwhile, Pandya bowls a quick bouncer to Mathews, who tries to pull but is beaten down the leg side. He follows it with the knuckle ball, with a huge dip in pace and Mathews manages to defend it before he takes one to thirdman for just his second run from 14 balls.

Sri Lanka have still not got their run rate over the four-run per over mark as they reach 113 for three in 30 overs, with Thirimanne on 51 and Mathews on 2.
16:21   Chandimal, Thirimanne steady Sri Lanka


SL 97-2 (25 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel comes into the attack in place of Pandya, who bowled four overs for 22 runs. The left-arm spinner also bowls a tight over, giving away just three singles.

Thirimanne looks to break the shackles as he plays the inside out lofted shot against Chahal but gets two runs to deep point. He looks to drive the next ball but gets an inside edge which nearly goes back on to the stumps. He sneaks a single to make it three runs from the over with India continuing to build the pressure by drying up the boundaries.

Both the spinners are going at exactly three runs per over, with Chahal giving away 18 runs in six overs, while Axar has conceded six runs in two overs.

Change of ends for Pandya as he takes over from Chahal. He starts with a leg side wide before he pulls one to fine leg for a single.

Chandimal again top edges the pull but it falls away from Kohli, who rushes back from square leg. However he pulls the last ball confidently through the middle for a boundary.

Chandimal, on 35, gets a lifeline as Dhoni misses an easy run out chance. The right-hander had gone down a long way to steal a quick single and was sent back. KL Rahul sent in a good throw from midwicket inside the circle and Dhoni collected it front of the stumps but fails to break the stumps with the batsman long way out.

Sri Lanka continue to make steady progress to reach 97 for two in 25 overs, with Chandimal on 35 and Thirimanne on 39.

16:07   Chandimal, Thirimanne steady Sri Lanka


SL 79-2 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pandya bowls a loose delivery, full and down the leg side as Thirimanne helps it fine down the leg side for a four and then takes one.

Pandya bowls a quick bouncer as Chandimal looks to defend but is hit on the right thumb and he is in a lot of pain. The physio comes out to attend the right-hander and his thumb is bandaged before he continues.

Pandya follows it up with another quick bouncer and Chandimal does well to keep it out, taking the thumb off at the last minute.

The last ball is again a bouncer and Chandimal has no idea as he looks to defend but it falls safely on the off-side off the outside half of the bat.

Chandimal in considerable pain as he looks to tap it around against Chahal and take the singles. There is a confident appeal for LBW turned down against Chandimal off the leg-spinner with the ball looking to go down the leg side.

Pandya continues his short ball tactics against Chandimal, who ducks under one before finally playing the pull shot for one to deep square leg.

Pandya overpitches as Thirimanne punches it straight down the ground back past the bowler for a four as eight runs come from the over.

Chahal sends down another tidy over, conceding just three, for a total of 15 runs from five overs.

Sri Lanka have recovered well to reach 79 for two in 20 overs with Chandimal on 28 and Thirimanne on 29.
15:43   Sri Lanka recover after early wickets


SL 60-2 (16 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar's bouncer trick nearly works as Chandimal goes for the pull but gets a top edge which goes over the wicketkeeper for a four behind the stumps.

He survived a close shout for LBW off the previous shot and Chandimal tries to assert himself off the next ball by looking to play a few shots.

Chandimal goes after a wide delivery but is beaten as India appeal for caught behind but the umpire is unmoved and Kohli doesn't take the DRS.

Spin introduced as leggie Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack to bowl the 12th over.

He makes a good start as Thirimanne gets a single off the fifth ball for the only run of the over.

Another change as Hardik Pandya replaces Bumrah, who bowled a splendid first spell of two for nine in five overs, including two maidens.

Two singles from the two balls before Thirimanne flicks a full delivery through midwicket for a four.

In the next over, Chandimal looks to flick Chahal across the line on the leg side but is beaten. There is an appeal for LBW but the umpire turns it down.

Two singles from the over as Sri Lanka bring up their 50 after 14 overs.

Panyda beats Thirimanne outside the off-stump as he goes after a wide delivery and Dhoni to pouch a low take.

The two batsmen looking to deal in singles and twos and build the Sri Lankan innings in the middle overs without taking any undue risks.

At the first drinks break, Sri Lanka recover to 60 for two in 16 overs with Chandimal on 25 and Thirimanne on 14.
15:21  


SL 37-2 (10 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India again mess up on the thirdman boundary as Bumrah lets one go through after Chandimal had gone a thick outside edge off Bhuvneshwar and ends up giving away a four.

Bhuvneshwar tries a bouncer but it goes high over the batsman and is called a wide for height before Chandimal takes a single from the last ball.

Lahiru Thirimanne, playing in his first ODI since January last year, is all at sea against Bumrah, who beats him twice off successive deliveries outside the off-stump.

Two balls later, Bumrah gets some bounce along with the movement and Thirimanne is beaten off the backfoot this time.

He manages to leave the last ball as Sri Lanka struggle to 37 for two in 10 overs with Chandimal on 16 and Thirimanne on one.
15:12   Bumrah strikes again, Mendis out for 1


SL 30-2 (8 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Chandimal hits a wide delivery from Bhuvneshwar for a boundary through the off-side.

However, Bhuvneshwar giving Chandimal a few problems as he gets the ball to move away from the right-hander.

In the next over, Bumrah beats Mendis outside the off-stump as he plays a loose shot and he does it again two balls later. He then survives a close shout for leg before wicket as the ball comes in this time.

Four leg byes for Sri Lanka as Chandimal tries to flick it on the leg side but misses and the ball hits the pads and goes fine.

Bumrah ends Mendis's struggling innings. Once again, Mendis plays away from his body without any feet movement and ends up getting an edge as Rohit comes up with a brilliant diving catch to his left.

14:51   Dickwella out for 13, SL lose early wicket


SL 18-1 (4 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Sri Lanka have a new opening pair as the in-form Niroshan Dickwella walks out to open the batting with Dinesh Chandimal, who replaced the injured Gunathilaka.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the mark from the very first delivery. The first ball is full and moves away slightly as Dickwella goes after it but gets an edge which flies past the slips and Kedar Jadhav messes up on the boundary to give away a four. The same shot off the next ball as Dickwell again gets an edge but this time Jadhav stops it cleanly for just a single.

Chandimal is beaten all ends up as he looks to turn it across the line on the leg side but misses.

Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the second over. Dickwella clips the first ball on the leg side for two runs followed by a couple of singles. Dickwella is beaten off the last ball by a full delivery but the LBW appeal is turned down with the ball pitching well outside the leg stump.

India's fielding looking a bit shy. This time Bumrah fumbles at thirdman to give Chandimal two runs before he takes one.

Dickwella flashes his bat at a wide delivery from Bhuvneshwar but is beaten before he pulls the next ball square for a four. He edges the last ball but it flies past a diving Rohit Sharma in the gully.

Bumrah strikes early with the wicket of Dickwella, who is beaten by the yorker and is given out leg before wicket for 13.

He has a brief chat with his partner and asks for the review, which turns out to be a good decision. The ball had pitched outside the leg stump which means the on-field umpire's decision is overturned and Dickwella survives.

A few deliveries Bumrah again beats Dickwella who has a wild swing but misses and is struck in front of the stumps. This time the umpire turns it down but a confident Bumrah asks his captain to take the review.

The decision is overturned now as Dickwella is given out leg before wicket for 13.

Bumrah nearly picks another as new batsman Kusal Mendis is beaten by one which swings away and also bounces a bit more.
14:25   Sri Lanka elect to bat; India unchanged
Check out the playing elevens of the two teams:

India:
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (w/k), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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

14:05   Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bat vs India
The change of captains has worked for Sri Lanka as far as the toss is concerned.

Replacement captain Chamara Kapugedera, who leads Sri Lanka in place of the suspended Upul Tharanga, has won the toss and has no hesitation in electing to bat.

This is the first toss win for the hosts after Virat Kohli had won five straight tosses including the three Tests.

Meanwhile, India captain Kohli stated that they are going in with the same playing eleven.

Sri Lanka have made a few changes with Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal coming into the team.
14:00   3rd ODI: Unbeaten India hope to seal series
Welcome to the coverage of third One-Day International between Sri Lanka and India in Pallekele, on Sunday.

India, who are yet to lose a match on this tour, will fancy their chances of wrapping up the five-match series when they lock horns with a beleaguered Sri Lanka.

The visitors have a 2-0 lead in the series and can wrap up the contest with another win 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 at this venue, and Thursday's match was only their second at this venue, having played previously in 2012. It does reflect on their hundred per cent 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.

The Indian skipper might just revert to the original batting order and close out the series before ringing in any changes in the last two ODIs in Colombo.

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.

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