Rohit Sharma century seals series win for India
India 218-4 (Rohit 124no) beat
Sri Lanka 217-9 (Bumrah 5-27) by six wickets
Third One-Day International in Pallekele
Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 124 run knock after Jasprit Bumrah picked a five-wicket haul as India sealed a six wicket win against Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International in Pallekele, thereby completing a 3-0 series victory.
Dinesh Chandimal (36) opened the innings for Sri Lanka along with Niroshan Dickwella (13) after they opted to bat first. In the fourth over, Dickwella was given out LBW to a Bumrah (5-27) delivery but he used a review to overturn the decision with the ball pitching outside leg.
However, Bumrah got his scalp three deliveries later in a similar fashion. This time India using a review to overturn the decision. As Chandimal was slowly settling in, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Mendis (1) at the other end and the score was down to 37 for two at the end of the first powerplay.
When Chandimal was on 25, he was hit on the thumb by a Hardik Pandya (1-42) delivery. Even though he continued batting, he was later ruled out of the game and the series as well.
The blow did have an effect on Chandimal as he was caught at square leg off the same bowler few overs later, ending his 72 run stand with Lahiru Thirimanne (80).
Thirimanne on his comeback game completed a 69 ball half century but fell in the 40th over with a score of 159 for five on the board. Milinda Siriwardana (29) played an useful 27 ball knock at the end to ensure the home side posted 217 for nine in the 50 overs.
In the chase, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (5) and Virat Kohli (3) inside the first six overs to Lasith Malinga (1-25) and Vishwa Fernando (1-35) respectively.
Rohit (124 not out) and Lokesh Rahul (17) played confidently with a brief 42 run stand but Akila Dananjaya (2-38) once again put India in a spot of bother dismissing both Rahul and Kedar Jadav (0) to reduce India to 61 for four.
With a hat-trick of boundaries in the 19th over, Rohit completed his half-century and he was looking at his aggressive best while MS Dhoni (67 not out) was settling at the other end.
Rohit even went on to complete a fine century as Sri Lanka were left clueless while Dhoni too completed another half-century and with eight runs to win, the crowd went berserk, throwing plastic bottles towards the ground.
After a delay of 30 minutes, the play resumed and India eventually went on to complete the win in 45.1 overs with six wickets in hand. Bumrah was awarded the player of the match for his five wicket haul earlier in the game and India wrapped up the series 3-0 with two more games to go.
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