Dominant India Seal ODI Series

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan hit 91 in 79 balls to help India win
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India 245-4 (Dhawan 91, Kohli 53) beat
Sri Lanka 242 (Jayawardene 118) by six wickets
Third One-Day International, Hyderabad
Scorecard

India produced another dominant performance to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the third One-Day International in Hyderabad and move into an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

Despite a classy century from Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 242 after winning the toss, well short of a score that would have pushed India hard.

Umesh Yadav took four for 53 and Akshar Patel three for 40 as a succession of Sri Lankan batsmen threw their wickets away leaving Jayawardene stranded.

There was no such charity from India when they came to bat as Shikhar Dhawan (91) became the quickest Indian batsman to reach 2,000 ODI runs and Virat Kohli (53)  reached 6,000 ODI runs quicker than anybody.

Ajinkya Rahane (31) and Ambati Rayudu (35) also made useful contributions before India reached their target in 44.1 overs.

Jayawardene's 17th ODI century was a sublime effort and he added 105 with Tillakaratne Dilshan (53) for the fourth wicket after Yadav had removed Kusal Perera (4) and Kumar Sangakkara (0).

However, once Dilshan was brilliantly caught by Rahane off the bowling of Rayudu, Sri Lanka quickly lost their way.

Angelo Mathews (10), Ashan Priyanjan (2) and Chathuranga de Silva (2) fell to left-arm spinner Patel and after Yadav struck again to dismiss Thisara Perera for one, Jayawardene, who reached his century with the only six he struck, found some support from Seekkuge Prasanna.

Prasanna made 29 in 32 balls to help Jayawardene add 67 runs for the eighth wicket, which fell when a frustrated Jayawardene was stumped by Wriddhiman Saha off Ravichandran Ashwin.

And Sri Lanka failed to bat out their 50 overs when Prasanna was bowled by Yadav and Nuwan Kulasekara (7) was caught by Rahane off Dhawal Kulkarni.

Rahane and Dhawan then got India's run chase off to a strong start and they added 62 in 12 overs before Rahane was hurried by a Thisara Perera short ball and gloved a catch to Jayawardene.

Dhawan, who struck a century in the first game and then hit 79 in game two, reached his third consecutive score of 50 or more as the Sri Lanka bowlers hardly troubled him.

He and Rayudu more than doubled India's score during a 69-run stand for the second wicket with Rayudu making a fluent 35 in 46 balls despite Sri Lanka's best efforts to attack with a barrage of short balls.

The stand came to an end when Rayudu pushed the ball into the off-side and set off for a single. Dhawan was unmoved at the non-striker's end and Rayudu was easily run out.

Dhawan looked set to make another century before he was unlucky to be given out caught behind - the ball clipping his helmet - off Kulasekara for a fine 91 in 79 balls including eight fours and a six.

Kohli cracked a quickfire 53 in 61 balls, passing Sir Viv Richards' record by reaching 6,000 runs in his 136th innings, but couldn't quite see his side home when he was caught by Perera off Dilshan.

Suresh Raina (18 not out) and Saha (6 not out) ensured there would be no late fightback from Sri Lanka.

The fourth match in Kolkata is on Wednesday (12th November).

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