Sri Lanka had failed to win a toss in the entire series against India. They finally managed to win the toss with the different skipper in Chamara Kapugedara. But to everyone’s surprise, he chose to bat first. When asked Virat promptly said I wanted to bowl first anyway.
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
- Sri Lanka put 217/9 on the board at the end of 50 overs. It is the second lowest ODI score for Sri Lanka against India on the Sri Lankan soil when they batted full 50-overs. Their lowest ODI total against India on the home soil, in this case, is 204/7 (50 overs) at Colombo (RPS) on 12th August 1993.
- Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah bowled superbly in this match as his bowling figure was 10-2-27-5. It is the second best ODI bowling figure by an Indian bowler on the Sri Lankan soil. The best bowling figure in this list is 6/59 (10-1-59-6) by Indian left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra against Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS) on 9thAugust 2005.
- Indian batsman MS Dhoni became the fourth most ODI run-scorer for India. At the end of the match, Dhoni has scored 9,434 runs in his ODI career. The top 5 list is given below:
|Name||Matches||Innings||Runs scored||Average||Highest Score||100s/50s|
In the earlier 2 games, Sri Lanka had got a decent opening stand. Dickwella and Gunathilka provided them early stability with good run-rates. But with the ball moving a bit, Indian pacers, specially Bumrah was utilizing the conditions well. In his second over, he pinned Dickwella in-front of the stumps and umpire Wilson raised his finger. Dickwella after a brief discussion went for the DRS. The ball had pitched outside of the leg-stump. The decision overruled, Deickwella survived but only to last another couple of balls. Bumrah was bowling quick, her bowled a yorker pinning Dickwella again but this time umpire shook his head. Kohli went for the review after Bumrah asked and the replays showed it was crashing the middle stump.
Mendis was grabbed in the slip by Rohit Sharma when he edged one to off Bumrah. On the other hand wicket-less Bhuvneshwar Kumar was swinging the ball beautifully but had few unlucky fours under his name when fielder didn’t support him well. Coming back into the side after January 2016 was Thirimane, he along with Chandimal steadied the ship for the Sri Lankans with a good partnership. Chandimal was pouched by Bumrah when he pulled a bouncer straight to his throat. Part-timer Jadhav took the big wicket of Mathews. After reaching his 50, Thirimanne was
Part-timer Jadhav took the big wicket of Mathews. After reaching his 50, Thirimanne was deceived by a slower one from Bumrah when he tried to flick him off his pads. Rest of the Sri Lankan team couldn’t do much. Chahal and Patel bowled their quota of overs very economically in the middle without giving much to the Sri Lankans. The rain came down heavily and players were taken off for a short period of time. Bumrah nailed down the stumps to get his 1st five wicket haul in the ODIs. Sri Lanka were restricted to a small total of 217.
Shikhar Dhawan became Malinga’s 299th victim in the 3rd over of the innings when he was bowled. Rohit Sharma was looking in great touch but looked like he was running out of partners when Kohli, Rahul, and Jadhav were back in the pavilion by 15th over with the score of 60. Last match’s sensation Dananjayan again cause troubles to Rahul and Jadhav and accounting both of them again. Kohli flicked a poor ball which was meant to be flicked to the long-leg where fielder took a diving catch.
Things were again looking bleak for India like the last game. Last game’s savior, the ever cool skipper walked in. Sri Lankans were looked spirited with 4 quick wickets but only to be defused by Rohit and Dhoni. Rohit played beautiful shots in his innings of 125 unbeaten which included 16 fours and 2 sixes.
His first century in the island. On the other hand, MS Dhoni playing his 299th ODI went past Azharuddin to become India’s 4th highest run-scorer in the ODI history and remained unbeaten at 67 runs. From the moment Dhoni walked in, It never looked that Sri Lanka could win the game. Sharma and Dhoni kept taking the game away from them. The match was held for 35 minutes when the upset Sri Lankan fans started throwing the empty bottles.
From the moment Dhoni walked in, It never looked that Sri Lanka could win the game. Sharma and Dhoni kept taking the game away from them. The match was held for 35 minutes when the upset Sri Lankan fans started throwing the empty bottles in the ground.
Soon the target was chased down with MS Dhoni hitting the winning runs and giving India their 8th consecutive series win against the Sri Lanka.