3rd ODI: India eye series win, Lanka look to stay alive

Posted August 27, 2017

I bowled a lot of variations and it went really well. Gave away only 4 runs from the first two overs. In the past two matches, India won the match against Sri Lanka on the same ground. Apart from this, Sri Lanka will be expected to field the same 9 for their do-or-die game at the same venue. Virat Kohli & Co will not be looking to repeat the same mistakes they made in the 2nd ODI. While the throw dipped on Dhoni, he claimed the ball cleanly but then lost it as he tried to flick it onto the stumps.

The home fans will hope that a new captain for the third ODI will change Sri Lanka's fortunes. India is playing with an unchanged XI. Dinesh Chandimal led Lanka in the lone Test against Zimbabwe but missed the first Test against India in Galle late last month due to pneumonia.

Bhuvneshwar scored 53 and raised a 100-run partnership with Dhoni for the unbeaten eight wicket to guide India to a three-wicket win over the hosts last night.

India reached 231/7 in 44.2 overs. In T20Is, he has taken 33 wickets in 24 matches. Lahiru Thirimanne who has also been drafted into the side will in all probability open the innings with Niroshan Dickwella as Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out with injury.

The third ODI of the five-match series between India and Sri Lanka will start on Sunday, August 27.

Yet another wicket for Team India Kedhar Jadhav strikes as he removes Angelo Mathews for 11. He eventually got to his half-century, his third successive 50 against India after 52 in Ranchi and 59 in Kolkata in 2014.

Sri Lanka will be without skipper Upal Tharanaga for Sunday's third one-day global against India after he was suspended for two matches for a serious over-rate offence. The 72 run stand finally comes to an end. KL Rahul with the throw after mix up between Sri Lankan batsman, Chandimal was way out of his crease, but Dhoni fumbles to collect the ball.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, Sri Lanka's Cricket Manager said: "Dinesh has suffered a hairline fracture and will not take further part in the game". Perhaps luck had something do with Mendis having to walk back because few could have taken the catch Rohit held on to.