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India vs Sri Lanka 2021, 3rd ODI: All-round Lanka tames India by 3 wickets

India and Sri Lanka face off in a three-match One-Day Internationals at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. While India had an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Lanka looked to finish the series on a high in the final ODI.

India vs Sri Lanka 2021, 3rd ODI report, result and scorecard-ayh
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Colombo, First Published Jul 23, 2021, 10:31 PM IST
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India felt the heat of Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday. The visitor was shot out for 225 in 43.1 overs in a rain-interrupted innings. In reply, Avishka Fernando (76) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (65) played adventurous twin knocks to steer the host home, winning by three wickets.

Winning the toss, Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan elected to bat first, making six changes, besides handing five players their debut. As for Lanka, Dasun Shanaka made three changes, bringing in Praveen Jayawickrama, Akila Dananjaya and Ramesh Mendis.

India was off to a slow start, losing opener Dhawan for 13 in the third over to pacer Dushmantha Chameera. A 74-run stand followed it for the second wicket between fellow opener Prithvi Shaw and wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson before the former fell a run short of his maiden ODI half-century to Shanaka in the 16th over.

At 118, Samson was dismissed for 46 by Jayawickrama in the 19th over. After 26 runs, in the 23rd over, rain interrupted, as the game was reduced to 47 overs per side.

As India looked to accelerate the innings, it kept losing wickets at regular intervals, failing to build substantial partnerships. In the middle-order, Suryakumar Yadav played a valiant knock of 40.

In contrast, the others, including the tail-enders, were unable to impress, struggling to score even 20. The side was eventually bundled out for 225 within the 44th over.

For Lanka, six bowlers were utilised, with Dananjaya and Jayawickrama being the most effective, claiming three each. Meanwhile, Shanaka happened to be the most economical of all.

During the chase, Lanka's target was revised to 227 as per the Duckworth-Lewis method. After posting 35 runs on the board, the side lost opener Minod Bhanuka for a mere seven to pacer Krishnappa Gowtham in the sixth over.

Nonetheless, it was followed by a 109-run epic stand between Fernando and Rajapaksa that set the tone for the Lankan chase. It was in the 23rd over when the latter fell to pacer Chetan Sakariya. At the same time, just seven runs later, Dhananjaya de Silva departed for just a couple to the same man two overs later.

At 194, Charith Asalanka was trapped leg-before by pacer Hardik Pandya for 24 in the 32nd over. At the same time, just a run later, it lost its fifth wicket, with Shanka being dismissed for an unfortunate duck to spinner Rahul Chahar in the next over.

Nevertheless, Lanka had got the job nearly done by then, as the middle-order batsmen ensured that they just kept steering the innings. At 214, it was finally Fernando's turn to go back, with Chahar getting rid of him for 76 in the 37th over, while six runs later, in the following over, he also dismissed Chamika Karunaratne for three after being stumped. However, the situation was under control and quickly finished, with the host winning by three wickets.

As for India, it too utilised six bowlers, with Chahar being the most effective, claiming a three-for. However, spinner Nitish Rana was the most economical in his three overs.
Brief scores: India 225 in 43.1 overs (Shaw- 49, Samson- 46; Dananjaya- 3/44, Jayawickrama- 3/59) lost to Sri Lanka 227/7 in 39 overs (Fernando- 76, Rajapaksa- 65; Chahar- 3/54) by 3 wickets (D/L method).

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