India look to seal series

India look to seal series

Chamara Kapugedera won his first-ever toss as national captain and chose to bat first against India in the third One-Day International at Kandy.

Chasing 218 for victory, India 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.

Whereas the Lankans would want to keep the series alive by registering their first win in the ongoing India's tour.

The duo gradually stole runs before Bhuvaneshwar with his senior partner broke loose towards the end to take India past the readjusted arget of 231 (Sri Lanka had scored 236 for 8).

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Okuhara took the first point of the match on a fine line judgement while Sindhu bagged two successive points to take 2-1 lead. The 22-year-old Indian fought back from 13-16 down in the second game after losing the first to eventually come up trumps.

His ability to bowl googlies without any notable change in action that left the Indian top order bamboozled is a welcome addition to the Sri Lankan factory of mystery bowlers that had gone quiet for some time. So, the India Cricket team is with a 2-0 lead in the five-game series.

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For hosts Chamara Kapugedara will be the stand-in skipper as Upul Tharanga was handed a two-match suspension for slow over-rate. Totally, the young man of Sri Lanka made a little happiness for his team with six wickets in the second match.

Pallekele: Virat Kohli and co will hope to the seal the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the two Asian counterparts face-off in the third ODI here on Sunday.

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After India were tottering at 61 for loss of 4 wickets, former India captain, MS Dhoni, who played a big hand in the last match, and Rohit joined hands to form a solid partnership to cross the finishing line.

Dinesh Chandimal was struck on his right thumb by a bouncer from Hardik Pandya.

For Sri Lanka, spinner Akila Dananjaya scalped two wickets while pacers Lasith Malinga and Vishwa Fernando took one wicket each. Among the bowlers, mystery spinner Dananjaya will be expected to continue his fine form with the ball.

Post this, the players remained on the pitch, with MS Dhoni asleep, security cleared the hurls, and the match was resumed soon after with India clinching the match subsequently.

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