Dhawan, spinners help India complete eighth successive ODI series win

Yuzvendra Chahal (left) picked three wickets in the game
Yuzvendra Chahal (left) picked three wickets in the game

India 219-2 (Dhawan 100no) beat
Sri Lanka 215 (Tharanga 95) by eight wickets
Third One-Day International in Visakhapatnam

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked six wickets between them to dismiss Sri Lanka for 215 runs, Shikhar Dhawan led the chase with an unbeaten century to help India seal a comfortable eight-wicket win in the third and final One-Day International in Visakhapatnam to wrap up the series 2-1.

This is also India's eighth consecutive ODI series victory that will go with a brilliant record that saw them not lose a bilateral series this year in any format.

Earlier, India won the toss and decided to field first. Danush Gunathilaka (13) planned to attack the Indian bowlers early in the game but perished to Jasprit Bumrah (1-39) when he chipped a catch to mid on in the fourth over.

Upul Tharanga (95) looked in tremendous touch as he plundered 10 boundaries in the next five overs that also includes five consecutive fours in the ninth over from Hardik Pandya (2-49). Sri Lanka ended the first powerplay with a score of 68 for one.

Tharanga soon brought his 36th ODI fifty and with Sri Lanka dominating the proceedings, Rohit Sharma had to turn to the spinners Kuldeep (3-42) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3-46), who managed to reduce the scoring rate for a while but soon Tharanga hit a six and a four to bring the 100 run stand with debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama (42).

Samarawickrama was handed a reprieve in the 20th over when Dinesh Karthik dropped him but did not last long after that as he holed out to sweeper cover to give Chahal his first wicket. That also ended his 121 run stand for the second wicket with Tharanga.

Tharanga looked in ominous touch as he plundered two more sixes that saw him cross the 100-run mark in the calendar year but missed his century by five runs when he was stumped off Kuldeep, who also had Niroshan Dickwella (8) dismissed in the same over.

India capitalised on the opening as they ran through the middle and lower order of Sri Lanka to pick eight wickets in a span of 55 runs and bowl out the visitors for 215 runs in 44.5 overs with Kuldeep and Chahal picking three apiece.

Rohit (7) signalled his intention with a six in the fourth over from Akila Dananjaya (1-53) but the off-spinner got his revenge when he castled the Indian captain two deliveries later.

Dhawan (100 not out) was joined by an aggressive Shreyas Iyer (65), who looked to continue his good form from the previous game and even surpassed his partner comfortably at one stage with fluent boundary scoring.

With a six in the 16th over, Iyer reached his second consecutive half-century and just after bring the 100 run stand, Dhawan brought his fifty off 46 deliveries. The duo plundered Asela Gunaratne (0-30) for 17 runs in the 22nd over as India inched closer to the 150 run mark.

Thisara Perera (1-25) provided some respite for Sri Lanka by ending the 135 run stand with the wicket of Iyer but Dhawan, who became the second fastest Indian player to reach 4000 ODI runs completed a fine century and also ensured a comfortable eight wicket win for India.

Kuldeep was awarded the man of the match for his figures of 42 for three while Dhawan claimed the man of the series award after amassing 168 runs in the three matches.

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