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Friday, Sep 20, 2019

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Highlights: Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni guide IND to series win

Riding on Rohit Sharma’s 12th century and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 67, India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI here

india-vs-sri-lanka-2017 Updated: Aug 27, 2017 23:02 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni (L) in action during India vs Sri Lanka third ODI at Pallekele. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI here
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni (L) in action during India vs Sri Lanka third ODI at Pallekele. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI here (PTI)

Virat Kohli-led India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the third ODI in Pallekele to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Chasing 218 for victory, the visitors rode on an unbeaten 157-run stand between Rohit Sharma (124) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (67) to achieve the target with 29 balls to spare. The match was interrupted by unruly crowd behaviour, with play stopped for over 30 minutes as players walked off the field with India needing eight runs to win. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Pallekele here. (STREAMING INFO) (SCORECARD) (BAN vs AUS SCORES) (PV SINDHU vs NOZOMI OKUHARA HIGHLIGHTS)

10:56 PM IST: And that’s it. Thank you for joining us. Until next time, it’s goodbye. Cheers!

Virat Kohli: “Small targets are always tricky. If it happens 2-3 times, it isn’t an issue. We’ve chased small targets convincingly before. Here it was the case of the wicket being a little challenging. A couple of those wickets, you wouldn’t get those wickets 8 out of 10 times. Rohit was outstanding, MS was great as well.”

Chamara Kapugedera: “I thought it was a good wicket, so put some score on the board and hopefully we can defend, and like the last game we hoped it would grip a bit in the evening. Things didn’t go to our plans. We discussed about not playing dot balls in the middle overs, but things didn’t work out. 260-275 would have been a challenging score.”

Jasprit Bumrah (Man of the Match): “It’s always good when you get a break [being rested for India’s tour of the West Indies]. You can work on your strengths and refresh when you come back. This was a different wicket. Last match it was a bit slow, but this time there was a bit of seam movement with the new ball.”

10:36 PM IST: And that’s it. India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

10:28 PM IST: Play to resume after crowd trouble.

10:14 PM IST: Still no resumption. We’ll keep you posted.

10:04 PM IST: PV Sindhu played one of the best matches of her career but ended up second best in the World Badminton Championships final. Get a feeling she has it in her to be World No. 1 for a long time.

10:00 PM IST: Play stopped as fans throw bottles in playing area. India need 8 off 36

9:55 PM IST: SIX! Magnificent Mahendra! The Dhoni we now. India just eight runs away now

9:51 PM IST: FOUR! And that’s fifty for Dhoni. He still has a lot left in him, indeed!

9:46 PM IST: India are yet to be defeated on this tour. Sri Lanka need something special to get their campaign back on track.

9:39 PM IST: Does this mean India need Dhoni at No. 4 in ODIs? Well, he can manoeuvre the innings well if promoted.

9:32 PM IST: Another good over for India, eight runs off it. It’s all too easy now. They need 42 off 78.

9:27 PM IST: SIX! Short of a length delivery from Fernando, Rohit gets into position early and smacks it over fine-leg boundary.

9:24 PM IST: Single and that’s hundred for Rohit Sharma, first in Sri Lanka and 12th overall. What a player!

9:20 PM IST: FOUR! Short ball from Chameera and Dhoni smacks it towards long leg. Moves to 32.

9:14 hrs IST: A loose ball from Chameera, but Rohit failed to capitalize. India 152/4

9:10 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma moves to 95, just five runs away from a brilliant century.

9:06 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma is looking quite comfortable out in the middle as he moves to 88*.

9:03 PM IST: A risky shot by Rohit Sharma but the ball was well beyond the fielder’s reach. India 132/4

9:00 PM IST: India are 130/4 after 29 overs. Rohit 80*, Dhoni 23*

8:54 PM IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery from Malinga and Dhoni pulls it well to long leg boundary. Moves to 19

8:50 PM IST: Tidy over from Malinga. Just three runs off it. India are 116/4 after 26 overs.

8:45 PM IST: Single and that’s fifty partnership between Rohit-Dhoni

8:42 PM IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Dananjaya and Rohit times it sweetly in the gap between mid-off and cover. Moves to 74. India are 108/4 after 24 overs.

8:37 PM IST: Rohit looks in sublime form. With Dhoni at the other end, he can very well help India seal the series today.

8:31 PM IST: In World Badminton Championships final, PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara match has gone into the decider. Follow live updates here

8:27 PM IST: Costly over from Chameera, 13 runs off it. India are 85/4 after 19 overs.

8:24 PM IST: Consecutive boundaries for Rohit and that brings up his fifty, 33rd in ODIs. What a knock!

8:18 PM IST: Only three runs scored in the last three overs. India are 64/4 after 17 overs.

8:12 PM IST: Dhoni at No. 5

8:10 PM IST: OUT! Jadhav’s poor run continues. Dananjaya gets his second wicket. India again in a spot of bother.

8:06 PM IST: Maiden over from Chameera. Sri Lanka need more of these. India are 61/3 after 15 overs. Time for drinks.

8:00 PM IST: OUT! Poor delivery and there’s not much power in the shot. Too short from Dananjaya, Rahul rocks back and hits it over mid-wicket but finds Thirimanne. First wicket for Dananjaya.

7:56 PM IST: And Akila Dananjaya, who took six wickets in the last ODI, comes into the attack.

7:54 PM IST: Seven runs off Mathews’ third. India are 58/2 after 13 overs.

7:49 PM IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Fernando and Rahul clobbers it through cover. India are 51/2 after 12 overs.

7:45 PM IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Mathews and Rohit pulls it to deep square leg boundary. India are 41/2 after 11 overs.

7:38 PM IST: Rohit needs to hang in, at least till the 25th over or else it could get tough for India.

7:31 PM IST: Decent start from Chameera. Rohit moves to 16. India are 25/2 after 7 overs.

7:27 PM IST: Dushmantha Chameera comes into the attack

7:25 PM IST: Two maidens in a row from Fernando. India are 19/2 after 6 overs.

7:21 PM IST: KL Rahul now

7:19 PM IST: WICKET! Length ball on Kohli’s pads, he flicks it in the air but finds Chameera at long leg. First of the night for Fernando.

7:16 PM IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Malinga, Rohit gets into position and cuts it well to the right of the fielder at point.

7:13 PM IST: Maiden over from Fernando. India are 10/1 after 4 overs.

7:09 PM IST: So no further experimentation from India. Virat Kohli is the next man in.

7:07 PM IST: WICKET! Short of length ball from Malinga, Dhawan looks to play it towards mid-wicket but gets an inside edge onto his middle-stump.

7:04 PM IST: Dot delivery to finish off. India 9/0 after 2 overs.

7:00 pm IST: FOUR! Half-volley and Dhawan eases it through cover. Shot from a man in top form.

6:59 PM IST: Vishwa Fernando to share the new ball with Malinga.

6:58 PM IST: Good start from Malinga despite the boundary. India 4/0 after first over.

6:56 PM IST: FOUR! Too much width and Rohit dispatches it in the gap between cover and cover point for his first boundary.

6:55 PM IST: Straightaway some shape for Malinga

6:54 PM IST: And we’re underway. Rohit to face the first ball. Malinga to open the attack.

6:14 PM IST: And that’s it. Sri Lanka finish at 217/9. What a day it has been for Bumrah! We’ll be back in a few minutes time.

6:10 PM IST: Six runs and a wicket. This is superb stuff from Virat Kohli’s men. Sri Lanka are 210/9 after 49 overs.

6:06 PM IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the second last over.

6:05 PM IST: OUT! Jasprit Bumrah takes maiden five-wicket haul. What a spell! Well deserved! Sri Lanka 203/8 after 48 overs.

6:01 PM IST: Consecutive boundaries for Siriwardana. And that’s 200 up for Sri Lanka.

5:59 PM IST: And Bumrah to bowl the penultimate over of his spell.

5:57 PM IST: Good news. Covers being taken off. We could have a start soon.

5:50 PM IST: And rain stops play at Pallekele. It’s getting heavy now. We’ll keep you posted.

5:48 PM IST: A maiden over at this stage. Speaks a lot about India’s bowling. Sri Lanka are 192/7 after 47 overs.

5:44 PM IST: Dushmantha Chameera now. Sri Lanka are 192/7 after 46 overs.

5:42 PM IST: WICKET! Sri Lanka continue to crumble under pressure. Dananjaya departs. Fourth wicket for Bumrah.

5:39 PM IST: Five overs left. Can Sri Lanka get past 250?

5:35 PM IST: WICKET! And Axar finally gets the reward of keeping it tight. Kapugedera back in the hut. Sri Lanka are 181/6 after 44 overs.

5:32 PM IST: Only 13 runs in the last three overs. Sri Lanka need a few big ones here

5:27 PM IST: Despite no wickets, it has been a brilliant spell from Axar Patel. Sri Lanka are 173/5 after 42 overs.

5:23 PM IST:FOUR! Slower delivery from Bhuvi, Kapugedera slaps it through cover for his first boundary. Sri Lanka are 165/5 after 41 overs.

5:19 PM IST: Milinda Siriwardana comes to the crease

5:17 PM IST: WICKET! Bumrah strikes again. Thirimanne chips it to mid-wicket and Jadhav takes a simple catch. Hosts five down.

5:11 PM IST: Magnificent over from Bumrah. Just one run off it. Using his variations well. Sri Lanka are 150/4 after 38 overs.

5:07 PM IST: Jasprit Bumrah comes back for his second spell.

5:04 PM IST: Another great over from Axar. Just two runs off it. Sri Lanka are 142/4 after 36 overs.

5:00 PM IST: WICKET! Straight ball from Jadhav, Mathews looks to reverse sweep but misses and gets trapped in front.

4:56 PM IST: Expensive over from Chahal. Nine runs off it. Sri Lanka are 135/3 after 34 overs.

4:54 PM IST: SIX! Tossed up from Chahal, Thirimanne dances down the track and creams it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

4:50 PM IST:Sri Lanka are 126/3 after 33 overs. Thirimanne 57*, Mathews 9*. Time for drinks.

4:47 PM IST: Single off the final ball for Thirimanne. Moves to 56. Sri Lanka are 125/3 after 32 overs.

4:46 PM IST: FOUR! Stand and deliver! Too short from Chahal and Mathews pulls it to deep mid-wicket boundary.

4:44 PM IST: Twenty balls since the boundary. Sri Lanka are 117/3 after 31 overs.

STAT ATTACK - Thirimanne last five innings against India: 46, 38, 59, 52, 50*.

4:38 PM IST: Single and that’s fifty for Lahiru Thirimanne, 17th in ODIs. Well deserved!

4:35 PM IST: Five runs off the over. Sri Lanka are 107/3 after 28 overs.

4:34 PM IST: FOUR! Slower delivery from Pandya, Thirimanne gets into position and hits it well over mid-wicket.

4:31 PM IST: Pandya to continue

4:29 PM IST: Maiden over from Axar (4-1-7-0). Sri Lanka are 102/3 after 27 overs.

4:24 PM IST: WICKET! Pandya breaks the 72-run partnership. Chandimal, who didn’t look comfortable at all, departs for 36(71). Sri Lanka 100/3

4:17 PM IST:FOUR! Short ball from Pandya and Chandimal pulls it away to the mid-wicket boundary. Sri Lanka 96/2 after 24 overs.

4:13 PM IST: Good strategy by India to not give away easy singles and doubles. Despite the good partnership, Sri Lanka still under pressure.

4:08 PM IST: Another good over for India. 14 balls since the last boundary. Sri Lanka are 82/2 after 21 overs.

4:05 PM IST: Axar Patel comes into the attack

4:03 PM IST: Single and that’s fifty partnership between Chandimal-Thirimanne.

4:01 PM IST: Costly over from Pandya. Eight runs off it. Sri Lanka are 76/2 after 19 overs.

3:59 PM IST: FOUR! Gentle half-volley from Pandya and Thirimanne dispatches it straight down the ground. As good as it gets!

3:56 PM IST: Solid partnership building up between Chandimal-Thirimanne. Sri Lanka are 68/2 after 18 overs.

3:52 PM IST: And Pandya continues to trouble him with short ones. Sri Lanka are 65/2 after 17 overs.

3:48 PM IST: Short delivery from Hardik Pandya and Chandimal gets hit on his right thumb. Looks in pain

3:43 PM IST: Another decent over from Chahal. Six runs off it. Sri Lanka are 60/2 after 16 overs. Time for drinks.

3:40 PM IST: The way Axar, Kuldeep, Chahal have performed since the Champions Trophy, it would be difficult for Ashwin-Jadeja to get back into the ODI playing XI.

3:37 PM IST: Single for Thirimanne and he moves into double figures. Sri Lanka are 54/2 after 15 overs.

3:31 PM IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Pandya and Thirimanne flicks it fine in the gap between mid-on and mid wicket. Sri Lanka are 48/2 after 13 overs.

3:28 PM IST: Hardik Pandya comes into the attack

3:27 PM IST: Solid start from Chahal. No margin for error. Sri Lanka in desperate need of boundaries. They are 42/2 after 12 overs.

3:25 PM IST: Here comes the first change in bowling - Yuzvendra Chahal

3:23 PM IST: Dot ball to finish off. Sri Lanka are 41/2 after 11 overs.

3:20 PM IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Bhuvi, Chandimal gets a top edge and it flies over the wicket-keeper.

3:17 PM IST: Tidy over from Bumrah. Only one run off it. Sri Lanka 37/2 after 10 overs. Chandimal 16*, Thirimanne 1*

3:12 PM IST: Excellent bowling from Bhuvneshwar but without luck. Matter of time before he joins the party.

3:08 PM IST: Lahiru Thirimanne is in at No. 4

3:06 PM IST: OUT! Another one for Bumrah. Mendis goes. Thick outside edge, Mendis doesn’t look in control of the shot and Rohit Sharma does the rest at second slip.

3:03 PM IST: Another maiden over. Pressure piling up on the hosts. Boundaries - need of the hour.

2:59 PM IST: Superb stuff from Bumrah! Two maidens in a row. Sri Lanka 22/1 after 6 overs.

2:55 PM IST: Decent over from Bhuvneshwar despite the boundary. Sri Lanka 22/1 after 5 overs.

2:53 PM IST: FOUR! Too much width on offer from Bhuvi and Chandimal drives it on the up through cover for the first boundary of the day.

2:50 PM IST: Kusal Mendis comes to the crease. Maiden over from Bumrah. Sri Lanka 18/1 after 4 overs.

2:47 PM IST: WICKET! Just the breakthrough India would’ve wanted. ‘Dangerous’ Dickwella departs. Bumrah gets his first.

2:44 PM IST: Bumrah to continue

2:42 PM IST: Single off the last ball for Dickwella. Moves to 13. Sri Lanka are 18/0 after 3 overs.

2:39 PM IST: The decision to open with Chandimal seems good. Left-Right combination also a good thing to start with!

2:38 PM IST: Dot ball to finish off. An appeal for LBW but the umpire isn’t interested. Sri Lanka 10/2 after 2 overs.

2:37 PM IST: First runs of the day for Chandimal. Pushes a length ball to backward square leg for a single.

2:35 PM IST: Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack. He took four wickets in the last match.

2:33 PM IST: Chandimal yet to get off the mark. Sri Lanka are 6/0 after first over.

2:31 PM IST: FOUR! Poor ball, Dickwella gets an outside edge past the two slips, Kedar Jadhav misfields and it touches the boundary.

2:30 PM IST: Time for live action. Niroshan Dickwella to take strike. Bhuvi to start the proceedings for visitors.

2:25 PM IST: There is rain expected later in the evening. Let’s hope we get a full game.

2:15 PM IST: Sri Lankan side looks better today with the addition of Thirimanne and Chandimal.

2:06 PM IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams -

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

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

2:02 PM IST: Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat.

1:45 PM IST: Toss in a short while.

1:20 PM IST: Lasith Malinga needs just two wickets to become the fourth Sri Lankan and 13th bowler overall to complete a triple century of wickets in one day internationals. Will he get there today? Sri Lankan fans will sure hope so,

1:00 PM IST: Chamara Kapugedera will lead the Sri Lankan side in Upul Tharanga’s absence. Click here to find out why that might not exactly be good news for the hosts.

12:50 PM IST: Interestingly, Sri Lanka have lost more ODIs at Pallekele than they’ve won. Their overall record at the ground? P17, W8, L9. India, on the other hand, have won both ODIs they’ve played at this ground.

12:40 PM IST: The manner in which India have dominated Sri Lanka so far during the tour has been mind-boggling, with the hosts yet to register a single victory so far. Can Sri Lanka buck the trend today? We shall find out.

12:30 PM IST: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the third ODI between India and Sri Lanka.

Thanks to MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s unbeaten 100-run partnership, India recovered from a precarious 131/7 to clinch a three-wicket thriller in Pallekele on Thursday. This was also India’s second win in as many matches at the venue. Chasing 231 in 47 overs for a win, India’s top order came under pressure for the first time in the series but the Lankans could not trump the Indians.

After a brilliant start, Virat Kohli sent in KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav at No. 3 and 4, respectively. The experiment failed because they couldn’t read Akila Dananjay’s wrong ones properly. Kohli said the shuffling of the batting order didn’t hurt the team. It’ll be interesting to see whether Rahul and Jadhav continue to bat up or the skipper returns to his original batting position.

While India could yet field an unchanged combination, there will be changes in Sri Lanka’s playing XI. Captain Upul Tharanga has been handed a two-match ban for slow over-rate for the second time since the ICC Champions Trophy in June, and he’ll sit out of the next two ODIs. Chamara Kapugedera will lead the hosts in his absence.

Dinesh Chandimal is expected to slot into Tharanga’s No. 4 spot while Lahiru Thirimanne is likely to open alongside Niroshan Dickwella, after Danushka Gunathilaka injured his shoulder whilst fielding in the second ODI.

First Published: Aug 27, 2017 12:25 IST