India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI Highlights: Sri Lanka overcome late India fightback to avoid scare and bag consolation win

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India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI Highlights: Rahul Chahar sent worrying signs in the Sri Lankan camp, picking up three wickets in his final spell but Sri Lanka pulled through to secure a nervy three-wicket win over India in the third ODI in Colombo on Friday. Avishka Fernando scored his second consecutive half-century of the series, while Rajapaksa registered his maiden ODI fifty as Sri Lanka seized control of their chase of 227 runs. Their partnership accounted for 109 runs before Sakariya broke the stand and picked up his maiden wicket. Before that, Krishnappa Gowtham had struck to remove Minod Bhanuka for his maiden ODI wicket for India. Debutant Chetan Sakariya picked up two wickets as he removed Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dhananjaya de Silva.

Earlier, Sri Lanka bowled India out for 225 in the 3rd ODI as left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama and Akila Dananjaya picked up three wickets each. After a 90-minute delay due to rain and wet outfield, play restarted in Colombo and the match was revised to a 47-overs-a-side contest.

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  • Jul 23, 2021 11:48 PM IST

    Suryakumar Yadav is the Player of the Series

    Here's what he had to say: "I think I have been doing the same things for the last two years. Just look to keep it simple and the mantra has been working. I would have loved to make it big in the last two games, but I am learning. The atmosphere in the camp is really positive and am looking forward to the T20 series."

  • Jul 23, 2021 11:46 PM IST

    Sri Lanka captain Shanaka congrats India on winning the series

    "Congrats to India for winning the series. It was a very good series throughout and I am really happy with how we played. The bowlers showed maturity, that's what I expect from the youngsters. I hope they will continue this in the future tours as well. When you play international cricket for long, the guys will improve and play consistently. It is a very big win for the fans. We have been waiting for very long and have won after very long against India at home. I want to thank all my players and the support staff. Actually I enjoy captaining."

  • Jul 23, 2021 11:33 PM IST

    Sri Lanka win, India take series 2-1

    That's the match: Sri Lanka (227/7) beat India (225 all out) by three wickets to bag consolation win

  • Jul 23, 2021 11:27 PM IST

    Chahar picks up his third wicket

    OUT! It's all happening out there. Rahul Chahar has picked up his 3rd wicket. Sri Lanka need 7 with three wickets remaining

  • Jul 23, 2021 11:14 PM IST

    OUT! Lanka six down

    OUT! Whoa, Chahar gets another, and it's the big wicket of Fernando as Shaw completes the catch at slips. Sri Lanka 214/6

  • Jul 23, 2021 11:11 PM IST

    Sakariya continues

    One of India's positives with the ball tonight has been Chetan Sakariya. He has picked up two wickets and bowled economically using his back-of-the-hand ball to good use. Sri Lanka need another 14 off 66 balls. Only a matter of time now.

  • Jul 23, 2021 11:02 PM IST

    Dropped, Again

    So close! It could have been two in two but Prithvi Shaw drops a sharp chance in the slips. It could have been the sixth wicket down for Sri Lanka and surely that would have added a lot of excitement to this game. Avishka Fernando key for the hosts who need 29 more to win.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:59 PM IST

    WICKET: Another one bites the dust

    OUT! It's not over yet as Rahul Chahar sends back Dasun Shanaka. Sri Lanka 195/5, need 32 off 86 balls.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:53 PM IST

    WICKET: Respite for Hardik Pandya

    OUT! Hardik traps Charith Asalanka out LBW, but it's a wicket that has come a bit too late. Hits him on the toe on the full and even though the umpire took some time, he raised his finger. Sri Lanka took the review but it's three reds. Even Suryakumar Yadav is sure about it as he reminds the batsman that he is indeed out. Sri Lanka 194/4, need another 33 to win off 90 balls.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:49 PM IST

    And now, Pandya gives away Five Wides

    Bangs the ball in the middle of the pitch and there's enough bounce for the ball to beat the keeper and fly for five wides. Fernando tried to poke at it but gets nothing. Not that he would be unhappy about it.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:48 PM IST

    Sloppy India made to work hard on the field

    Not the most clinical show on the field by India tonight. Asalanka continues to go after Pandya and gets another four down the ground. Rana chases it but to no avail. Tries to pull it back with his feet but fails to do so.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:43 PM IST

    And now Pandey grasses one

    Oh dear! Manish Pandey would want to forget this match as soon as possible. Drops a catch at mid wicket off the bowling of Gowtham and of Avishka Fernando to make matters worse.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:42 PM IST

    Hardik returns for his 3rd over

    His last two overs were expensive, having conceded 23 runs. The all-rounder returns for his second spell. Can he make something of it?

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:32 PM IST

    All too easy for Sri Lanka

    The required rate is just over 3.2 an over. They need another 62 off 113 balls which should be taken care of judging by the position this match is in.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    Sakariya oversteps twice in a row

    Ok then. That kind of sums up the day for India. There has been batting collapses, dropped catches and now back-to-back no balls conceded. Happens with the best of teams. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka on the move. They need just another 67 to win.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:21 PM IST

    Run out chance missed

    The last wicket has just made things exciting it seems. A bit of miscommunication between Charith Asalanka and Fernando almost saw another wicket go down. Yes, No and before you knew it, Fernando was half way down the pitch. A direct hit was needed but the fielder missed. Dravid has his hands in on the head.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:16 PM IST

    WICKET! Sakariya strikes again

    OUT! Sakariya picks up his second. The back of the hand ball does the trick. Hits Dhananjaya de Silva on the gloves and lobs in the air before the bowler completes the catch. Sri Lanka 151/3 after 25 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:06 PM IST

    Maiden India wicket for Sakariya

    OUT! Taken this time. Gowtham takes a brilliant catch to give India a needed breakthrough. Sakariya with the wicket. Rajapaksa chips it in the air next ball and Gowtham covers good ground to hold on to that catch. Sri Lanka 144/2 in 23 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 10:05 PM IST

    Another opportunity missed

    Dropped. Another chance goes begging. Sakariya and India can't believe it as Nitish Rana makes an absolute mess of a Rajapaksa pull near the boundary. What more, it goes for a four. Shocking

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:59 PM IST

    Live Score, 3rd ODI: 100 partnership up

    Wow! These two have scored at an electric pace. Runs continue to come thick and fast. In fact, boundaries continue to come at a lightning quick speed. Sri Lanka 138/1 in 22 overs. The partnership between Rajapaksa and Fernando climbs to 103 off 99 balls.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:50 PM IST

    Fifty for Rajapaksa

    After Avishka Fernando, it's Bhanuka Rajapaksa's turn to raise the bat now as he gets to his half-century with back-to-back boundaries. Goes for the slog sweep and followed it with a reverse sweep, which gets the batsman his maiden ODI fifty.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:48 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: The game just slipping away from India it seems

    Sri Lanka are getting away with the game. It's been a long time since a wicket went down and ever since, Indian bowlers haven't found a way to budge either Fernando or Rajapaksa.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:39 PM IST

    Fifty for Avishka Fernando

    While all the attention has been on Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Avishka Fernando has brought up a second successive half-century. He scored 41 in the 1st ODI, 50 in the second and is now unbeaten on 51 here. Fine performance, one that may end Sri Lanka's losing streak to India in ODIs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:33 PM IST

    Runs continue to come for Sri Lanka

    Rahul Chahar resumes for India after the drinks break and Sri Lanka continue to muscle their way through. Two fours in the over as the 100 is up for the hosts in just 16 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:23 PM IST

    Sri Lanka scoring at 6.5 an over

    That is a healthy run-rate at which Sri Lanka are scoring. Avishka Fernando is approaching his half-century having hit four boundaries and a six. 14 overs gone and the hosts have already reached 91 in chase of 22.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:19 PM IST

    Pandya proving expensive

    Second boundary off the over as Rajapaksa creams a cover drive off Pandya. Chetan Sakariya throws himself in an attempt to stop the ball but couldn't stop it. Slaps the ground down in frustration. Pandya has conceded 23 off his 2 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:15 PM IST

    Inside edge and FOUR

    It's all happening with Rajapaksa. Hardik Pandya cuts him into half and the ball takes the inside edge of his bat and flies past Sanju Samson for a four behind the wicket. The partnership between him and Fernando is 42 off 44 balls.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:13 PM IST

    Gowtham appeals but no review

    The off-spinner looked confident but the appeal was turned down. Turns it was a wise decision not to review. No inner edge but the hawk eye suggests it was too high. 12 overs gone and Sri Lanka are 71/1.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:10 PM IST

    Rajapaksa takes Pandya on

    The short ball is not working for Hardik Pandya and he has to realise it. He concedes 13 runs off his first over as Rajapaksa takes him for back-to-back boundaries. Sri Lanka 68/1 after 11 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:05 PM IST

    Saini off, Pandya in

    Just three overs for Saini and he is replaced by Hardik Pandya. Is all well? Doesn't seem so. Saini looked in slight discomfort as he bowled the last ball of his previous over. We'll be back with more updated on him.

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:04 PM IST

    Gowtham to Rajapaksa: FOUR

    Arm ball picked up well from Rajapaksa, who plays through the line and gets another four. Sri Lanka motoring along here in chase of 227. They've reached 55/1 after 10 overs

  • Jul 23, 2021 09:00 PM IST

    FOUR for Rajapaksa: Fifty up for Sri Lanka

    Short ball from Saini but Rajapaksa didn't have to do much. He just threw his bat on the ball and even though the first bounce was mid-pitch, it had enough to carry the ball to the fence. The broadcasters just showed Sanath Jayasuriya's batting highlights against India from an ODI in 2009 and this was very much like the 'Matara Mauler'.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:56 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Live: Saini returns for his 3rd over

    His first two overs went for 15 but now that Minod Bhanuka is out, Dhawan brings back his premier fast bowler in the match. Saini's speed is his USP and India would be hoping he could crack up some pace and get a wicket here. In fact, he nearly does it as he forces Fernando to play a uppish drive wide off the point fielder.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:51 PM IST

    Cracked for FOUR

    Loop and room on offer and Avishka Fernando is too good to miss out on that one. Creams that one through the off side for a wonderful boundary. Sri Lanka moving well at 40/1 after 7 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa yet to get off the mark.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:50 PM IST

    OUT! Maiden strike for Gowtham

    It's a wicket. Krishnappa Gowtham strikes in his first over as Minod Bhanuka holes out to Chetan Sakariya, who takes a fine low catch. Tries to slog Gowtham but Bhanuka hardly got any room. Got the inner half of the bat on the ball and chipped it to square leg. Maiden India wicket for Gowtham. Sri Lanka 35/1 in the sixth over.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:44 PM IST

    Poor start from Gowtham

    Not the ball you'd want to bowl first up. Too short and it's easy pickings for Bhanuka, who rocks on to the backfoot and swivels across to dispatch the ball for a four. The next ball isn't any better as it beats Sanju Samson and goes for five wides. 10 off 2 balls already in this over.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:42 PM IST

    Brilliant first over from Rahul Chahar

    Rahul Chahar's first over in ODI cricket turns out to be pretty good one. He got the ball to turn straight away, beat the right-hander on a couple of occasions and gave away only 1 run in the over.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:35 PM IST

    Productive over for Sri Lanka

    10 runs from the Saini over. Just the kind of over that gives you momentum in a small run-chase. India need to rethink their strategies, otherwise Sri Lanka could run away with this. They are 20 for no loss after 3.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:31 PM IST

    Fernando goes big

    SIX! A poor delivery from Saini. He dragged it down and it was on the pads. All Fernando had to do was to just help it along the way and he did that to perfection. The ball sailed over the fine leg boundary for a six.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:27 PM IST

    Cracking shot

    FOUR! That made a great sound off the bat. Short and wide from debutant Chetan Sakariya and Fernando cuts it away through the gap and there is no stopping that one. First boundary of the Sri Lanka innings.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:21 PM IST

    In the air but in the gap

    That could have gone anywhere but thankfully for Minod Bhanuka, it lobbed through the vacant cover region and resulted in a couple of runs. A fiery start from Navdeep Saini, easily India's quickest bowlers on this tour.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:19 PM IST

    Sri Lanka's chase begins

    Sri Lankan openers Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka are out in the centre and it will be Navdeep Saini with the new ball for India.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:07 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Live: What a turnaround after rain

    India were 147/3 when the rain intervened. After the break, Suryakumar Yadav resumed his innings with a few wonderful boundaries, but from there, it all went downhill. Praveen Jayawickrama and Akila Dananjaya completed turned things around, and some of the shots India's batsmen played - especially Manish Pandey - would raise a few questions.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:04 PM IST

    No starts converted

    Seven wickets for 68 runs is not what India could have wanted, especially after the way they started. Three batsmen got to 40s. Shaw got 49, debutant Samson scored 46 and Suryakumar batted so well to get to 41. Strangely, all batsmen got out when it mattered the most.

  • Jul 23, 2021 08:02 PM IST

    End of the innings, India score 225

    OUT! It's all over. India have been bowled out for 225 in 43.1 overs. Chameera picks up his second wicket as Saini top edges to Avishka Fernando. India losing their last seven wickets for 68 runs, and the one thing the Men in Blue would be disappointed with is not lasting full 47 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:57 PM IST

    WICKET! India lose their 9th

    OUT! The partnership comes to an end. India lose their 9th wicket for 224. Chahar tries to go after the short ball but absolutely no timing there. Karunaratne completes the return catch successfully.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:53 PM IST

    Full toss, Saini misses out

    A golden opportunity there for Navdeep Saini, but he misses it. Chameera bowls a full toss and he hits it straight to the fielder. Rahul Chahar backs too much but has enough time to return to the crease. India won't mind that as this pair continues to fight on. Chahar on 13 off 23 and Saini 13 off 34. Five overs remain.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:50 PM IST

    Today's story: Slowness of wickets has gotten India

    The slow balls have led to India's downfall today, especially after the rain interval. Only Shikhar Dhawan's wicket was the one that fell to decent pace. Barring that one, most of the batsmen have fallen to either spinner, or the slower ones from the quicks.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:48 PM IST

    Golden runs added by Chahar and Saini here

    Come to think of it, this partnership between Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini is now India's fourth-highest of the match. Samson and Shaw put on 74. Yadav and Pandey added 39 and Shaw and Dhawan added 28 off 15 balls.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:45 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Saini tries to up the ante

    He tried to clear the infield but only manages to take a couple of runs. Once again, not bad. Leaves the next ball which is a bouncer. He does have a best score of 45 in ODIs, which came against New Zealand in 2020.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:44 PM IST

    Ouch! Chahar cops a blow to his chest

    Chameera bowls a short one to Chahar, which the batsman takes on his chest. He appeared in immediate pain and is down on the ground. The gloves are off too. Doesn't get in line of the ball and as he tries to fend the ball, the ball hits him on the chest.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:42 PM IST

    Chahar, Saini continue to work singles

    Not a bad idea at all. This seems the safest approach for India. At 218/8, even if milking singles and doubles can take them to 240, India would have a target they think they can defend.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:38 PM IST

    Dananjaya, Jayawickrama bowls out

    Impressive figures from both spinners as they finish with three wickets each. Eight overs to go. It will be interesting to see what approach India's remaining batters take to the Lankan quicks.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:33 PM IST

    In the air, but safe

    Nervy moments for India as Rahul Chahar tried to go after Dananjaya, but the no damage done. Jayawickrama came running in and although he did get his hands underneath the ball, he couldn't hold on to it. Dananjaya isn't impressed but that's more than a decent effort. India 209/8 after 37

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:32 PM IST

    11 overs to go, can India's last two wickets add 40 somehow?

    36 overs gone and India are 206/8. Even if the last two wickets can rally to add another 34 runs from here, India should give themselves a chance. Especially now that there is a lot in this surface for the spinners. Rahul Chahar would be smacking his lips.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:28 PM IST

    3rd ODI, Live score: 200 up for India in the 36th over

    India have brought up their 200 with Navdeep Saini and debutant Rahul Chahar hoping to add a semblance of respect to the total. Not that 200 is bad, but based on what Sri Lanka's batsmen have showed in the series, this looks their game.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    India 8 down: What a turnaround

    Two wickets in the over from Akila Dananjaya and India in all sorts of trouble at the moment at 195/8. Surely, they cannot last the entire 47 overs from here? Sri Lankan spinners look more threatening with each over.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:14 PM IST

    India in danger of not playing out 47 overs?

    They are six wickets down and there are 15 overs to go. But the rate at which India are losing wickets, it seems improbable that they would last the entire 47 overs. Can Gowtham and Rana stitch something remarkable here?

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:10 PM IST

    OUT: Suryakumar falls, India in trouble

    OUT! Big wicket for Sri Lanka as India lose Suryakumar Yadav. They are 190/6 in 31 overs. Another excellent review taken by the hosts. Initially, the umpire thought it might be bat first, but it wasn't. The first impact was on the pads and right in front of the stumps.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:05 PM IST

    Rana, Surya in need of a partnership

    Gowtham is yet to come but in all fairness, this is India's last recognised batting pair. With 17 overs to go, it would be a great time for India to get a partnership going with these two. Suddenly, the Indians are not appearing too confident against the turn on offer.

  • Jul 23, 2021 07:02 PM IST

    FOUR: Suryakumar continues to play his shots

    Wickets might be falling at one end but Suryakumar Yadav continues to bat splendidly. Slightly short from Jayawickrama and the batsman's eyes light up as he slices the ball over point and gets his 7th four of the innings. India 187/5 after 30 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:57 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: WICKET

    OUT! Fifth wicket down for India for 179 as Hardik Pandya is out LBW. Jayawickrama picks up his third scalp of the match. Pandya missed the tuner and even though the umpire gave it not out, the Lankan sounded confident and went for the review. This time, their celebrations were valid as three reds displayed on the screen.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:52 PM IST

    19 overs left

    India 179/4 after 28 overs. With 19 overs to go, India should target a minimum of 280 from here on. With Suryakumar and Pandya out there and with Nitish Rana to follow, India have decent firepower in the tank to play the T20 brand.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:46 PM IST

    FOUR: Third boundary in no time for Hardik

    This time, it's Hardik being cheeky. Brings out the deft paddle and steers the ball away to the boundary behind for his third boundary. He races away to 16 off nine balls. India 176/4 after 27 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:44 PM IST

    FOUR more to Hardik Pandya

    Lovely. Another sign of confidence as Hardik drives the ball through the vacant region on the leg side to get himself a second boundary in the over. Follows it with a couple of runs. 10 runs off the over as India reach 168/4 in 26 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:42 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Live: Chameera to Pandya - FOUR

    Good, positive start for Hardik Pandya, who hammers a pull shot for a four. Just what he needed after getting dismissed for a duck in the previous ODI.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:38 PM IST

    OUT! Wicket right after the interval for Sri Lanka

    OUT! Faint edge and it's another failure for Manish Pandey. Loose shot from Pandey, who seems to have poked lazily at that ball from Jayawickrama, who slowed it nicely through the air. Soft dismissal and he is gutted. Sri Lanka rejoice. India 157/4 in 24.5 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:34 PM IST

    Chameera to Suryakumar: FOUR more

    Well, it doesn't look as if the delay or the break... whatever you want to call it... has had any effect on Suryakumar Yadav as he continues to blaze through. Hits second four in the over as India reach 155/3 in 24 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:31 PM IST

    Welcome back! Chameera to resume proceedings for Sri Lanka

    And it's FOUR runs to begin with. Second ball after play resumes, Suryakumar clips the ball off his pads for a boundary. The lights are on at the Premadasa Stadium.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:10 PM IST

    Update: We have the revised playing conditions

    As expected, with almost 90 minutes worth of play affected due to rain, the 3rd ODI between India and Sri Lanka will now be a 47-over-a-side contest upon resumption. The innings break has reduced to 20 minutes as well.

  • Jul 23, 2021 06:05 PM IST

    Big Update: Play to resume at 6:30 PM IST

    Alright then! Now we're talking. The update we all had been waiting for is finally here. The ground seems to be in a decent condition at the moment and play will resume at 6:30 PM IST, which is another 25 minutes from now.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    Reduction in overs now possible

    Although there has been no official update on this, it's been an hour that play has been halted. Surely, any further delay and there is a strong chance that the number of overs might start getting deducted from here.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:43 PM IST

    Update: Rain stops, outfield covers are on

    Like we said, seems like there's quite a bit of water on those outfield covers. However, the sky looks a bit more promising but it would be too ambitious to say that we could have seen the last of rain today.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:39 PM IST

    Ground staff working on drying the outfield

    Well, Sri Lankan rains are relentless. So it was only a matter of time before the ground was left with patches of water. The word from the venue is that the ground staff is out there trying to clear the water. There is plenty of it on the outfield covers and only once it is dried is when they are going to come off.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:30 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka: No news about reduction in overs

    As of now, there has been no reduction in the number of overs. Looks like despite the rain interruption, we might still get a full 100 over of a cricket match, provided there are no further weather delays.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:20 PM IST

    Update: Rains has stopped at Premadasa, covers being taken off

    Great news! The rain has subsided and the covers are on their way off. However, the ground is still waterlogged and it may take some time for it to clear off entirely. So technically, we may have to wait for the match to resume.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:14 PM IST

    Here's how it's looking right now in Colombo

    Now the update we needed.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:07 PM IST

    Rain update: We could be in for a long delay

    Reports from the venue suggest that the rain has settled in nicely in Colombo and that the ground has been covered entirely. We don't want to say it but it looks like it could be a long delay before the match could resume.

  • Jul 23, 2021 05:05 PM IST

    Let's talk about that celebration from the Sri Lankan player

    Drama of epic proportions. Going back to the LBW appeal against Suryakumar Yadav, the ball landed and impacted outside off stump, and yet when it went on to hit the stumps as per the ball tracker, Sri Lanka players exploded in celebration. To an extent that even Suryakumar Yadav thought he was on his way back to the dressing room. How was it out? It was never going to be out after two greens. Incredible scenes.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:59 PM IST

    The covers are on and the drizzle has picked up

    Those dark clouds had looked threatening for a while and they finally make their presence felt. The drizzle has picked up pace and it's raining properly in Colombo as we speak. The covers are out as well. Here's hoping there isn't much damage done.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:53 PM IST

    It's raining in Colombo, play halted

    Play has been interrupted at the R Premadasa Stadium due to rain. India 147/3 in 23 overs. Thankfully, it looks nothing more than passing showers at the moment. Suryakumar Yadav (22*), Manish Pandey (10*).

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:48 PM IST

    FOUR! Suryakumar rubs salt on Sri Lanka's wounds

    Suryakumar sweeps and gets another boundary. Plays the same shot that landed him in trouble the previous ball but this time he gets a lot of bat on the ball and it spins away to the boundary.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:47 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: Suryakumar survives, India retain review

    A long review taken but India are happy that Suryakumar Yadav has survived an LBW appeal here. Yadav went for the sweep but missed it as the ball hit him on the boots. The umpire originally declared Yadav out but he timely went upstairs to review. The tracker showed that the ball pitched and landed outside the off-stump, which means it was going to be not out from there. Sri Lankans celebrated as the tracker showed the ball hitting the stumps, but it doesn't matter. In fact, Yadav started walking back before he realised he could carry on.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:40 PM IST

    Upper Cut! FOUR more

    That's two in two. Shanaka pulls back his length and goes short. But an alert Suryakumar brings out the upper cut and sends the ball flying over the keeper for another boundary. That would make Sachin Tendulkar proud. It would mean ominous signs for Sri Lanka if Suryakumar can continue like this. India 142/3 in 22 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:38 PM IST

    Shanaka to Suryakumar: FOUR

    Oh! Scintillating. What a shot. A phenomenal straight drive from Suryakumar Yadav gets him his second boundary. Nothing too wrong with the delivery. Just impeccable batting from India's No. 5 batsman. Incredible.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:35 PM IST

    Live, 3rd ODI, India vs Sri Lanka: Turn for Jayawickrama

    A bit off purchase off the wicket for the left-arm spinner. That would give Indian batsmen something to think about. It's been a hard deck so far but perhaps now is the time when the spinners might be a little interested. India 132/3 in 21 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:31 PM IST

    FOUR! Suryakumar Yadav away in style

    Just the second ball he has faced, and Suryakumar Yadav places the ball prolifically to get himself his first four. Brilliant placement, impeccable timing and the ball races away to the boundary.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:26 PM IST

    WICKET! Jayawickrama gets Samson

    OUT! Got him. Big wicket for Sri Lanka and Sanju Samson holes out for 46. Oh dear! Just what we were talking about. Samson started the over well with a couple of singles but just when he tried to do something clever, the batsman paid the price for it. Tried to chip down the wicket and hit the ball to Avishka Fernando at cover. Samson goes for 46. India 118/.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:22 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Shanaka to Samson: Single taken

    Samson has moved to a run-a-ball 42. It's been a carefully-assessed innings from the debutant. He hasn't thrown his bat away at balls in this innings but batted with ample presence of mind. Need to make it count now, though. A fifty is definitely there for the taking.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:18 PM IST

    Mendis to Samson: Back-to-back FOURS

    Delightful! Samson takes over after Shaw's dismissal. Ramesh Mendis is welcomed into the attack with a couple of sumptuous boundaries. Two full balls and Samson goes over the in-field both times and does it with tremendous timing and perfection. India 110/2 after 17 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:11 PM IST

    OUT! Shaw misses 50 by one run

    GONE! Shaw falls for 49. India lose their 2nd wicket for 102 in the 15h over. Four dot balls in a row from Shanaka forced Shaw to do something. The batsman went across but could not put bat to ball and was given out LBW. He reviewed but it always looked plumb. Three reds and Shaw has to go.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:08 PM IST

    Make that 3: 100 up for India, Shaw on 49

    Wow! Incredible batting. Shaw gets his third four of the over. Slightly short and he loves that leg side. He moves to 49. India bring up their 100 inside 15 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:07 PM IST

    Consecutive fours for Shaw

    He is not holding back. Shaw cracks back-to-back boundaries off Jayawickrama as he approaches a half-century.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:04 PM IST

    3rd ODI, Live: Shaw sweeps for a couple of runs

    After a tight last over, Shaw tried to stamp his authority again. Goes for a sweep but doesn't get the timing too right. He and Samson complete a couple.

  • Jul 23, 2021 04:00 PM IST

    Shaw, Samson bring up rapid 50-run stand

    Fifty partnership up off 61 balls between Samson and Shaw. And what a way to do it. Samson goes inside out off Jayawickrama and pierces the gap with precision. India 83/1 in 13 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:56 PM IST

    A joy to watch these youngsters bat

    It's an experience to watch these talented Indian youngsters bat. The best part about it is that it's not always attack. Shaw and Samson haven't done anything exuberant. Just made the most of the bad balls and dispatched them to the boundaries. The phrase, 'mixing caution with aggression', has been exemplified well by these two. India 76/1 after 12 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:53 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, Live: Karunaratne to Samson - FOUR

    No messing around here from the debutant. If the ball is there to be hit, he will do it. Slightly short and Samson brings out the pull. Gets on top of the ball well and hammers it through the leg side. India motoring along at 71/1 after 11 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:47 PM IST

    Dananjaya to Samson: SIX

    Ah, we were wondering where Samson's big heave has been until now. And the answer has been provided. He dances down the wicket and launches Dananjaya for a huge six. Was it the google? Possibly, but it doesn't matter to Samson. India 66/1 after 10 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:44 PM IST

    Karunaratne to Samson: FOUR

    Close but Samson survives. Short ball and Samson went after the aerial cut shot. But the fielder was just a little off point there. Not only could he not get to the ball on time but he made a mess of it and it goes to the boundary. The bowler is not impressed. That is Samson's first four in ODI cricket.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:39 PM IST

    A moment to savour for these youngsters

    Five players making their debuts for India, and here's their moment under the sun - receiving India's ODI cap.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:36 PM IST

    Another one! Shaw dealing in boundaries

    Phew! He is unstoppable at the moment. If the previous ball was full and straight, this one was marginally short. But no difference in the result. Shaw used that bat like a whip and slaps it through the cover region for a boundary. Fifty up for India inside 7 overs. They reach 52/1

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:34 PM IST

    Chameera to Shaw: FOUR

    Slapped down the ground. Just a hint of swing but Shaw brings that bat down and in some style. Lovely, crisp, elegant straight drive and that's another four for the youngster. A sight to behold, the transfer of weight is phenomenal. India 48/1 in just 6.2 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:29 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: Edged but safe

    Shaw pokes at the ball tentatively outside off-stump. Thankfully, there was no second slip and a single is taken as the ball goes down to the fielder at third man. Next ball, Samson pushes the ball wide of mid-on for a couple of runs. He moves to 7 off 8 balls.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:28 PM IST

    Just five off the over: India 40/1 after 5

    Five overs bowled and India have raced to 40 for the loss of one wicket. And to think of it, this was the first real tight over from Sri Lanka with just five coming off it. Shaw, once again, looking in great nick, while Samson is trying to get his eye in.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:23 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Stunning timing from Shaw

    Oh boy! When Prithvi Shaw is on song, fewer sights are pleasing to the eyes. The youngster gets his third four of the innings. Good length ball, slightly outside and Shaw carves it through covers for a four. Superb timing. Four overs gone and India are 35/1, scoring at over 8.5 an over.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    FOUR: Shaw flicks for his second boundary

    Bread and butter as they say. Chameera a bit full and onto the pads and Prithvi Shaw, the kind of form he is in, would punish those 24/7. Flicked off his pads brilliantly for his second boundary. Sanju Samson meanwhile is off the mark in ODI cricket as he gets off the mark with a single.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:16 PM IST

    WICKET! Dhawan out caught behind

    OUT! And that's a wicket for Sri Lanka, as Shikhar Dhawan is out caught behind for 13. Outside off and the Indian captain tried to go after it but managed a faint nick to give the catch to Minod Bhanuka.

    India 29/1 after 3 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:09 PM IST

    Hat-trick of boundaries for Dhawan

    Three identical balls and three identical shots from Dhawan gets him three fours in a row. The only difference was that the last two fours were kept down on the ground. Not the start Dananjaya or Sri Lanka wanted. India 23/0 in 2 overs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:08 PM IST

    Spin introduced up front: Akila Dananjaya has the ball

    Well, it doesn't make a difference. Second four off the bat for India, first of the innings off the bat of Shikhar Dhawan. Long half volley and the India skipper goes inside out for a handsome boundary.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:06 PM IST

    Chameera to Shaw: FOUR

    What a first over for India. They are 11 for no loss. Prithvi Shaw bottom edged the final ball of the over and it surprisingly bounced over the slip cordon for four. Perfect start for the Men in Blue.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:04 PM IST

    Five Wides: First runs for India

    Excessive swing for Dushmantha Chameera as he sends down five wides down the leg side. Bonus runs and India are off the mark.

  • Jul 23, 2021 03:01 PM IST

    Dhawan and Shaw walk out to open for India

    Captain Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have walked out to open the batting for India. It will be Dushmantha Chameera with the new ball for Sri Lanka. Here we go!

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:50 PM IST

    A few records up for grabs for India

    A win in the 3rd ODI will make India the 2nd team to win 11 or more successive ODIs in 2 away countries after West Indies. If India manage to win today, it will be India’s 12th whitewash series win. India is also a win away from imposing their 4th whitewash vs Sri Lanka in an ODI series of min. 3 matches, it will be the most whitewashes by a team against Sri Lanka in ODIs.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:43 PM IST

    Sri Lanka XI for 3rd ODI

    Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:38 PM IST

    India Playing XI for 3rd ODI

    Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Sanju Samson(w), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:38 PM IST

    Three changes for Sri Lanka

    Praveen Jayawickrama, Akila Dananjaya and Ramesh Mendis come into the side for the 3rd ODI against India.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    Six changes for India in total

    India have made six changes - five of them debutants. Nitish Rana, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, K Gowtham and Sanju Samson are making their debuts while right-arm seamer Navdeep Saini gets a game.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:32 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI - Toss update

    India win toss and opt to bat first against Sri Lanka in 3rd ODI.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:26 PM IST

    5 debuts for India

    BREAKING NEWS: India have handed ODI caps to five cricketers - Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar and Chetan Sakariya.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:25 PM IST

    Shikhar Dhawan full of confidence

    India captain Shikhar Dhawan has been in good touch. He scored an unbeaten 86 to take India home in the first ODI. Dhawan missed out on the second ODI but there is no reason he can't get a big one today against Sri Lanka.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:21 PM IST

    Will Kuldeep and Chahal continue?

    There is no reason why they shouldn't, especially considering that they haven't played together consistently for two years. But at the same time, India would also like to have a look at Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy. Chahal has picked up 5 wickets in this series while Kuldeep bagged a couple in the first ODI but went wicketless in the second.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:16 PM IST

    Problems for Prithvi Shaw against spin

    Prithvi Shaw has looked unstoppable against the seamers. Cut, cover drive, back foot punch, flick, on drive, straight drive - he has brought out his full range against the Sri Lanka new-ball bowlers but the same has not been the case whenever they have switched to spin. If it was Dhananjaya de Silva in the first ODI, it was Hasaranga in the second that brought an end to Shaw's innings.

  • Jul 23, 2021 02:09 PM IST

    Sanju Samson vs Manish Pandey

    It's a real tough one. After the exploits of Ishan Kishan in the first game, it is unlikely that India would drop the left-hander but it is an equally difficult task to keep someone like Sanju Samson in the bench for long. That leaves Dravid and Dhawan only one option and that is to play Samson and Kishan both. Then who will they drop? Manish Pandey looked a million dollars before he was run out in an unfortunate manner, won't it be too harsh on him? Well, you don't want to be the Indian coach and captain now.

  • Jul 23, 2021 01:58 PM IST

    Will Rahul Dravid try out new players?

    India have only 4 limited-overs fixtures (including IND vs SL 3rd ODI) before the T20 World Cup. It will be interesting to see if that and the series result (India are 2-0 ahead) prompts coach Rahul Dravid to make a few changes to the Indian XI and give a go to few other youngsters, who are waiting in the wings.

  • Jul 23, 2021 01:53 PM IST

    Hardik Pandya's fitness, form a concern

    India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has bowled only 9 overs in the two ODIs so far without much success. On top of that, he had issues with his lower back while bowling in the 2nd ODI. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did confirm that the injury was not serious, which means Hardik is set to play today but his ability to bowl full quota of 10 overs still remains doubtful. In his only opportunity to bat in this series, he bagged a duck.

  • Jul 23, 2021 01:46 PM IST

    Can Sri Lanka stop the whitewash?

    A tough question. The hosts were the favourites to win the previous ODI but they somehow could not close it. India's No.8 and No.9 put on an unbroken 84-run stand. That would be Sri Lanka's biggest worry. As they say winning is a habit and Sri Lanka are far away from that hobby right now.

  • Jul 23, 2021 01:35 PM IST

    Deepak Chahar, man of the moment

    Deepak Chahar could do no wrong the other night. He was disciplined with the ball, his knuckleballs had Sri Lanka's middle-order in a frenzy. When all odds were against India, Chahar put his hand up and scored an unbeaten 69 to take India to an improbable victory. The only thing missing from his cabinet was a wicket with the new ball. The right-arm seamer would be looking to get that today in the 3rd ODI.

  • Jul 23, 2021 01:26 PM IST

    A recap of the 2nd ODI

    Sri Lanka put together a decent batting performance to give India a target of 276. The hosts showed a drastic improvement in their plans against the Indian batsman while defending the target. Their ploy brining spinner Wanindu Hasaranga early worked wonders as they got openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw out cheaply. India kept on losing wickets and were reduced to 116 for 5. Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya then put on a partnership with the fomer scoring his maiden fifty. But both of them fell in quick succession. India were 193 for 7 when Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got together to put on an unbroken 84-stand for the eighth wicket and take India home.

  • Jul 23, 2021 01:21 PM IST

    India vs Sri Lanka live score, 3rd ODI

    Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI in Colombo. India have already won the series but there will not let up from their side, which has some of the most prolific young cricketers in the world now. We are in for another exciting contest.


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