The eighth consecutive series victory of India in the format. Winning the final ODI of the series against Sri Lanka, the team is now equal with Australia’s tally, being second on the record list of longest winning stretches. The victory by eight wickets and 107 balls remaining followed with the 85-ball 100 off Shikhar Dhawan aided by an impressive half century off Shreyas Iyer. Winning the toss, Rohit Sharma sent Sri Lanka to bat first at Vishakhapatnam. The visitors were all out at 215 runs lasting only 44.5 overs.
India bowlers Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal dominated the inning taking down three wickets each. Hardik Pandya struck twice, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah nicked a single wicket each. The inning was not all devoid of good runs. Upul Tharanga scored 95 off 82 balls in a partnership of more than 15 overs at the second wicket. Danushka Gunathilaka was an early loss nicking a catch to Sharma at the over from Bumrah.
Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickrama returned at the gap of a couple of overs hauling the score to 160. The wobble set off the same over when Tharanga got out as Niroshan Dickwella followed in the fifth ball of the same. The middle order collapse was on with Chahal and Yadav attacking Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera. It was the turning point of the inning, when Sri Lanka lost the complete momentum. The rest was easy for India, wrapping up the inning in less than 10 overs.
The chase was easy for India owing to the low target. The only moment of celebration for Sri Lanka was Rohit Sharma’s wicket in the fourth over. But it did not have much impact as Sri Lanka bowlers failed to take down the next for the next 19 overs. Dhawan knocked his impressive unbeaten 100 reaching the 4000 ODI run mark as the second fastest India batsman. Meanwhile, Iyer was a strong resistance against spin attacks. Dinesh Karthik and Dhawan walked the last mile reaching the winning mark in 32.1 overs.
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