|Sri Lanka innings (toss: India, who chose to bowl first)|
|Batsman||Dismissal||Runs scored||4s||6s||Strike rate|
|D Gunathilaka||caught Rohit, bowled Bumrah||13 (12)||2||0||108.33|
|U Tharanga||stumped Dhoni, bowled Kuldeep||95 (82)||12||3||115.85|
|S Samarawickrama||caught Dhawan, bowled Chahal||42 (57)||5||0||73.68|
|A Mathews||bowled Chahal||17 (28)||2||0||60.71|
|N Dickwella||caught Shreyas, bowled Kuldeep||8 (4)||2||0||200.00|
|A Gunaratne||caught Dhoni, bowled Bhuvneshwar||17 (51)||0||0||33.33|
|T Perera||lbw Chahal||6 (6)||0||0||100.00|
|S Pathirana||caught Chahal, bowled Pandya||7 (12)||1||0||58.33|
|A Dananjaya||bowled Kuldeep||1 (4)||0||0||25.00|
|S Lakmal||lbw Pandya||1 (2)||0||0||50.00|
|N Pradeep||not out||0 (11)||0||0||0.00|
|Extras: 8 (4 wides, 4 leg byes)|
|SL’s total: 215/10 in 44.5 overs, at 4.79 runs per over|
|Fall of wickets: 15/1 (D Gunathilaka, 3.4), 136/2 (S Samarawickrama, 22.3), 160/3 (U Tharanga, 27.1), 168/4 (N Dickwella, 27.5), 189/5 (A Mathews, 33.5), 197/6 (T Perera, 35.1), 208/7 (S Pathirana, 38.4), 210/8 (A Dananjaya, 39.5), 211/9 (S Lakmal, 40.1), 215/10 (A Gunaratne, 44.5|
|India innings (target: 216 runs in 50 overs, at 4.32 runs per over)|
|Batsman||Dismissal||Runs scored||4s||6s||Strike rate|
|R Sharma||bowled Dananjaya||7 (14)||0||1||50.00|
|S Dhawan||not out||100 (85)||13||2||117.64|
|S Iyer||caught Lakmal, bowled Perera||65 (63)||8||1||103.17|
|D Karthik||not out||26 (31)||3||0||83.87|
|Batsmen who didn’t bat: MS Dhoni, H Pandya, M Pandey, K Yadav, B Kumar, J Bumrah, Y Chahal|
|Extras: 21 (15 wides, 2 leg byes, 4 byes)|
|India’s total: 219/2 in 32.1 overs, at 6.80 runs per over|
|Fall of wickets: 14/1 (R Sharma, 3.4), 149/2 (S Iyer, 22.4)|
|Sri Lanka bowling|
Man of the match:
Kuldeep Yadav, for taking 3/42 in his 10 overs.
Top scorer in the 3rd ODI:
Shikhar Dhawan [100* off 85 balls,13 x4 and 2×6, strike rate 117.64]
Where was the 3rd ODI won and lost?
Sri Lanka shot themselves in the foot by losing 9/79 and being bowled out for 215 in the 45th over, having been 136 for the loss of one wicket in the 23rd over. Upul Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickrama had put them in a superb position at near the halfway stage, with a 121-run second-wicket partnership. Tharanga, in particular, was at his fluent best, stroking the ball all round the dial and finding the boundary with utter ease. His boundary hitting accelerated Sri Lanka’s scoring rate and they were scoring at close to seven runs per over quite easily.
The Islanders reached 68/1 at the end of the first powerplay (overs 1 to 10) and the foot wasn’t coming off the accelerator even after an additional two fielders dropped out of the circle. The Indian bowlers were not erring with their lines and lengths overly, but with a bit of luck (the edges didn’t carry to the fielders and uppish drives and cuts eluded them as well) and an aggressive approach from the visiting batsmen, the home team was made to feel the heat.
Though a bit impetuous to say at that stage, Sri Lanka looked set to post at least 300 after having been invited to bat first by Rohit Sharma. They were 100/1 at the end of the 17th over, the pitch was playing really well and the Lankan Lions gave the impression that they had transformed themselves from being the unreliable, indecisive outfit who sealed automatic qualification for the Cricket World Cup 2019 by the skin of their teeth to a team who suddenly were taking this must-win match by the scruff of its neck. Make no mistake, they had caught India off guard for a brief period and Rohit cut a frustrated figure fielding inside the circle.
Tharanga was the first to bring up his half-century (his 16th, off just 36 balls and in the 12th over of the innings) and he threatened to make a big score and, in the process, leading Sri Lanka to a big total. At the other end, Samarawickrama was in a hurry and was not at all composed at the crease. He stepped out of his crease to seamers and spinners alike and batted in scrappy fashion, to say the least; he was immensely helped by Tharanga’s fluency and a gifted ability to find the boundary playing conventional strokes.
The introduction of spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) did stem the run flow a touch, but Tharanga and Samarawickrama were still able to find the boundary fairly regularly and so, the pressure was on the fielding team as long as this duo was out in the middle. Kuldeep was unfortunate during the initial stage of his spell: he flighted the ball and bowled slower through the air, a combination which was already troubling the Sri Lankan batsmen (even the well-set Tharanga), but in addition, his variations were barely discernible and a considerable number of deliveries went past the outside and inside edges, prompting uhhs and ahhs from MS Dhoni and the spinner himself.
Chahal was the one who broke the Tharanga-Samarawickrama partnership. The right-handed Samarawickrama went after a flighted delivery that pitched on off stump and turned prodigiously, and didn’t manage to get the elevation or the distance on his stroke; an on-rushing Shikhar Dhawan from sweeper cover gobbled up an easy chance to dismiss the right-hander for a 57-ball 42.
The floodgates had opened for India and the Men in Blue made the most of this opening they had been given by Sri Lanka. The street-smart, highly-aware Dhoni whipped the bails off at just the right moment to stump Tharanga off Kuldeep’s bowling and produce the third wicket for India with the score at 160. The fall of Tharanga triggered the collapse of the Sri Lankan innings.
Hardik Pandya, who had conceded 37 runs off his first five overs, redeemed himself and not only stemmed the flow of runs of boundaries being hit but also picked up two wickets. Impressively, he finished with 2/49 in his 10 overs and hastened the end of the Sri Lankan innings.
Kuldeep Yadav added Niroshan Dickwella and Akila Dananjaya (two more left-handers) to his list of victims, while Yuzvendra Chahal also finished with three wickets (the most impressive of them being his castling Angelo Mathews with a leg-spinner that drifted in the air, dipped on right-hander and spun sharply past the outside edge to destroy the furniture).
216 was unlikely to bother India and without breaking a sweat, they sealed the series win in emphatic fashion. Rohit Sharma fell early, but Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer batted aggressively and with the intent getting the job done quickly, in the process entertaining the Vizag crowd. Iyer was virtually looking hit a boundary off every ball and nearly managed to, and, while he was at the crease, Dhawan played second fiddle largely. This Mumbai right-hander got to his second successive ODI half-century and a hundred was for the taking. But in trying to pull a length ball from Thisara Perera, Iyer, who had been cramped for room, hit the ball down mid-on’s throat. He departed after making 65 off 63 balls and having shared a 135-run partnershp with Dhawan for the second wicket.
The pace of Dhawan’s innings went up by a notch after Iyer fell and he made his 12th ODI century, staying unbeaten on 100 off 85 balls while Dinesh Karthik hit the winning runs and stayed unbeaten himself, with 26 off 31 balls. India reached the target on the first ball of the 33rd over, sealing the series with an eight-wicket victory in the 3rd ODI.
Shikhar Dhawan also bagged the man of the series award for scoring 168 runs in three innings.