India sealed the five match ODI series against Sri Lanka winning three of three matches so far. The latest was a win by six wickets where Rohit Sharma blitzed an unbeaten 124. India's chase was delayed by the aggrieved crowd of Pallekele, who could not handle Sri Lanka's consecutive defeat in the tournament. In the Test series preceding the ODI, the hosts were whitewashed, and the way India is nicking win after wins, it is highly probable that this series will also turn out as a whitewash for Sri Lanka. The 35 minutes of situation in the stadium was nothing but a call to Sri Lanka to change its game.
The host scored 217 for nine wickets batting first. Although the score was average, the inning was routed by Jasprit Bumrah, who toppled five wickets for 27 runs. Sri Lanka's batting line up was inconsistent by the lower order. Bumrah was dominant right from the beginning of the inning. He toppled opener Niroshan Dickwella starting the array of wicket on his name. Bumrah took down the next two wickets slogging the inning to 100 for 3 wickets in 25.4 overs. The only resistance in the inning was from Lahiru Thirimanne, who knocked 80 runs off 105 balls.
The third wicket partnership between Dinesh Chandimal and Thirimanne brough 72 runs. After the stretch, Bumrah attacked Dhananjaya and Milinda Siriwardana in consecutive overs starting the wobble. Rest of the players could not contribute much, while the lower order was trapped in single digit scores.
India's chase too was slogged with quick wickets. The chase plummeted to 61 for 4 wickets by 15 overs. Shikhar Dhawan was removed on the first ball of the third over. Virat Kohli followed in two overs. There was a brief partnership between Sharma and Rahul, which pulled the score to 61 until Dhananjaya trapped the latter. India's woes did not end up with Kedhar Jadhav returning to pavilion after two overs. By this time, India began to feel the pressure and Sri Lanka's attack was upfront. In 32 balls India could score 11 runs losing 2 wickets.
However, former captain MS Dhoni emerged as the salvage for the team, as he did in the previous match. Dhoni and Sharma forged a fifth wicket partnership of 157 runs. It was unbeaten, pulling up the chase right into the victory mark. Dhoni, known as the ultimate finisher, scored 67 off 86 remaining not out. The enterprise steered India's chase to end up with the victory in 45.1 overs. Team is somehow managing Sri Lanka's bowling ensemble by one of the other way. The host seems to need only a little more thrust on their attack to topple India.
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