India aim to whitewash Sri Lanka in final ODI

India aim to whitewash Sri Lanka in final ODI

After clinching a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series, they continued their dominance in the shorter version of the game as well as they routed the already criticized Sri Lanka.

India seem to be on the other end of the spectrum as compared to the Lankans. Hitting rock-bottom is one thing, but it appears Sri Lanka is somehow losing some matches in the consecutive numbers.

"We had a chat about Mendis after the last game, and we feel that he is mentally drained", Gunawardene said. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was declared "Man of the Match".

Dhoni has been in sublime form in this series - both with the bat and behind the wickets.

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"To be brutally honest, the confidence level in the team is down".

On the contrary, India's fortunes have seen an upward swing and everything has gone according to plan. There is a one-off Twenty20 worldwide to be played on Wednesday, and that is when the tour formally comes to a close, but a win there will not mean as much as it would in the last ODI of this series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Nevertheless, he also had optional that the players will get numerous opportunities so that they will be carrying their roles perfectly.

The Indian skipper hailed Jasprit Bumrah, who finished with 15 wickets in the series, after claiming his maiden ODI five-wicket haul.

The two teams will now square-off in the lone T20I to be played on September 6.

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Still, some of the players who come in the previous game - Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, and Shardul Thakur - had their moments under the sun.

"We have to improve all three departments, especially our batting". Even after five games, we failed to post 250 runs even once.

Apart from Thirimanne and Mathews, skipper also contributed with a valuable 48 to the team's total.

"In all four ODIs, nearly everyone in the top six batsmen have taken starts. None of them, however, could go on to get a big score".

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The islanders were looking for the elusive victory which would seal their qualification for the 2019 ICC World Cup but will now have to wait for the results of West Indies' limited-overs clashes against England and Ireland to learn their fate. "This is one aspect we need to rectify", he added. We saw that in this series. That is nearly 50 per cent.

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