India are presently playing five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which Virat Kohli and his men have already clinched with two matches yet to be played. “I enjoyed captaincy – it was pressure, but I enjoyed it, and hopefully we can win next time”, said the losing skipper Chamara Kapugedara.
Opting to bat first, Sri Lankan batsman struggled to gather runs at home.
Here, we look at 5 talking points which changed the match.
Bumrah had been outstanding in Pallekele where he garnered four wickets in an impressive display of subtle variations in pace. But the left-hander somehow survived as the fast bowler ended his first spell at 5-2-9-2.
He first had Niroshan Dickwella with a searing yorker on leg-stump which wrapped the batsman on the pads.
Your thoughts on the third ODI? Rohit Sharma took a great diving catch to his right, plucking his 100th catch in worldwide cricket.
Siriwardana’s stumps are shattered by Bumrah. “It’s always good to contribute to the team’s success, be it with the new ball or the old ball”, Bumrah concluded. Ganguly scored a mind boggling 183, along with Rahul Dravid, who scored a fine 145.
Chasing a revised target of 231 due to rain, India were cruising at 108 for no loss in the 16th over. A flurry of off-breaks followed by a wrong un – which was picked by Rahul but hit straight to deep-midwicket saw his downfall.
The choice to send KL Rahul at No. 3, Kedar Jadhav at four and the captain Virat Kohli come at number 5, bounce back for the nation, and it will be done to go down and almost out of the contest. The side has three finishers, in the form of Dhoni, Pandya, and Jadhav, the last of who is unlikely to be selected for the next match given his performance and the likes of Pandey and Rahane waiting for a chance. From 2-61, all of a sudden India were reduced to 4-61, handing the initiative to the islanders.
Dananjaya is another product of Sri Lanka’s seemingly endless reserves of special bowlers, an off-spinner who can also bowl leg-spin, googly, “doosra”, and even the carrom ball. This was after the unruly crowd stopped the play.
Ok, so there are silly people everywhere.
“It was a normal plan because we knew that we didn’t need to do anything different”. Security just watching people throw bottles. This time India using a review to overturn the decision.
Lying face-down in the grass, Dhoni took a nap while the play was halted for more than half-an-hour.
“Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal will be out of action for the rest of series after sustaining a hairline fracture to his right thumb”, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.