3rd ODI, India vs Sri Lanka: As it Happened...
Welcome to our live blog of the third ODI between India and Sri Lanka
Kohli lauds the team and says he is happy with his team's effort. He says that he didn't know that he had to break Viv Richards' record and he is happy that he has achieved that. He also states that he will hope to learn more from MS Dhoni and lauds the Hydrebadi fans for their support.
Mahela Jayawardene gets the man-of-the-match award for his brilliant century. He also completed 12,000 runs in ODIs.
What a match for India. Brilliant all-round execution of game-plan seen. Good batting display from Dhawan, Rahane and Kohli. Also not to forget Mahela who struck a well made ton earlier for the visitors.
Over 44.1 || Score 245/4
India seal the 5-match ODI series witch this victory. They go 3-0 up. Saha with the winning runs there.
Over 43 || Score 237/4
India a few runs away from the target. Meanwhile, Kohli departs after scoring 53 runs. He looked for a big six over long on but found the fielder. Dilshan with the wicket there. Saha comes in. Priyanjan gets a maiden over with Saha facing him.
V Kohli c Gamage b Dilshan 53 (61b)
Over 39 || Score 230/3
India are nearing the target with ease. 22 runs come in the five overs. Kohli meanwhile becomes the fastest ever to complete 6000 ODI runs. He broke Sir Viv Richards' record. He also brought up his fifty in the process.
Over 34 || Score 201/3
First ball after the drinks break and Dhawan slams Kulasakera for a four. Meanwhile, the opener then departs after a well made 91. The umpire takes time and gives it out caught behind. Replays show it had brushed the helmet and missed the bat. Bad decision this but you got to feel for the umpire with everything happening so fast.
S Dhawan c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 91 (79b)
Over 33 || Score 193/2
The hosts have taken the batting power-play. Kulasekara comes back and Dhawan gets a boundary. Seven runs come from the over. Prasanna who impressed initially, gets the treatment this time. Dhawan gets a boundary followed by Kohli who goes for the maximum. Power-play overs can hurt you.
Over 31 || Score 173/2
Easy for India here. Kohli has stepped up and is looking to get runs at ease. 21 runs come from the last three overs. Kohli has picked up two boundaries off Prasanna and de Silva. Dhawan meanwhile is looking solid. 113, 79 in the first two ODIs. Already in the 70's here. Another ton?
Over 28 || Score 152/2
150 runs come up for the hosts. Pererra and Prasanna gives away just five runs in two overs with Kohli looking to settle in and Dhawan being happy to stay there. Gamage comes in and well runs come in a flurry. 13 runs come with three boundaries, Dhawan gets one before Kohli gets his traditional self going. He played two sublime shots and very few runs left now to chase. India will look to get them easily.
Meanwhile, Shikhar who has scored his fifty became the fastest Indian to get to 2000 runs in ODI cricket.
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Over 25 || Score 134/2
de Silva comes into the attack and concedes seven runs from the over. Rayudu plays a late shot through third man area and gets his first boundary. Mathews continues and gives just 4 runs as watchful Dhawan and Rayudu eke out singles. Dhawan brings up his fifty with a big six off de Silva after coming down the track. Rayudu then slams a four through extra-cover. 15 runs come from the over. Mathews then concedes 10 runs as these two overs prove vital in for India as they get some momentum. Dilshan comes in and well Rayudu departs after running himself out. He called for the run and Dhawan isn't interested. Kohli comes in.
AT Rayudu run out 35 (46b)
Over 20 || Score 94/1
Mathews brings himself into the attack and continues with the short-ball ploy bowling round the wicket. He concedes away two wide deliveries in the process and changes his position. Three runs come from the over.
Over 19 || Score 91/1
Indians are happy to eke out singles at this moment. 12 runs have come in the last three overs and Rayudu and Dhawan aren't taking any risks. The match is well under India's grasp at the moment.
Over 16 || Score 79/1
Sri Lankans are bowling with a plan and that has been good. The Indian batsmen are dealing with singles off Pererra and Prasanna. 16 runs have come in the last three overs with Dhawan on 35 and Rayudu on 7. The visitors need wickets in a heap here.
Over 13 || Score 63/1
Prasanna continues as he bowls a tight over with just three singles in it. Pererra continues and delivers the first wicket for the visitors. Rahane departs for 31. He tried to cut a ball outside off stump and edged it to slip. India lose first wicket as Rayudu comes in. Prasanna then gives away just a solitary run in the next over. Five runs have come in these three overs.
AM Rahane c Jayawardene b NLTC Perera 31 (47b)
Over 10 || Score 58/0
India have got off to a flier here. 10 overs gone and the Indian duo of Rahane and Dhawan have compiled 58 runs already. Gamage continues with the sixth over and concedes 6 runs which included a boundary. Rahane getting lucky there after a ball flies over slip after a cut. Kulasekara continues and Rahane this time plays a beautiful shot through extra-cover for four. He has looked good. Gamage then concedes another boundary to Dhawan this time who lashes on to him over mid-wicket. India getting a boundary each over here.Prasanna comes in which signals the first bowling change and after a decent five deliveries, he concedes a boundary after Rahane finds gap through cover and extra-cover. Pererra is brought in and Rahane clobbers him for a four over point. Great batting this.
Over 5 || Score 23/0
India have started the game very cautiously as Lankans are searching for the first wicket. Dhawan got off with a sublime boundary off Kulasekara who opened the bowling. Gamage bowls next and concedes five runs from his over. Rahane lucky there after getting a thick inside edge as the ball goes to the boundary. Kulasekara continues and gives away just two runs. Good over by him there. Gamage then gives away to boundaries to Dhawan who hits one through cover and the next straight past the bowler's head. Kulasekara continues and is tidy once again. Three runs come from his third over.
Indians have come out to bat with Dhawan and Rahane out to face the Lankan duo of Kulasekara and Gamage.
Over 49 || Score 242/10
That's it! Kulkani picked up his first wicket of the match to polish off the Lankan innings for 242. Kulasekara tried to clear the wide long on boundary; he did not connect it as well as he would have liked and Rahane completed a smart running catch.
Over 48 || Score 239/9
Umesh Yadav picked up his 4th wicket as he clean bowled Prasanna off a low full toss. Umesh has now figures of 9-0-53-4, which is a career best. Gamage is the last man in for the Lankans.
Over 45 || Score 225/8
After a fantastic rearguard, Mahela's gritty innings came to an end as he was stumped off Ashwin's bowling by Saha. The right-handers danced down the track to dispatch the offie back over his head, but missed the line of the delivery and Sha took off the bails in a flash. Kulasekara is the next man in.
Over 43 || Score 212/7
Mahela and Prasanna took Sri Lanka past the 200-run mark. They have not put on 54 runs for the 8th wicket. The duo put on a brave fight after Sri Lanka lost Perera. They now have an opportunity to put a fighting total on board.
Over 38 || Score 165/7
Umesh picked up the 7th Lankan wicket as Perera tried to play a delivery off his pads. Substitute Binny picked up an easy catch at extra cover. The new man in was Prasanna. He was dropped on a duck by Raina in the slips in the same over.
Perera c sub Binny b Yadav 1 (4b)
Over 35 || Score 154/6
Axar Patel continued with his dream run in the Indian cricket team as he picked up three quick wickets to leave the Sri Lanks reeling. The visitors looked like they were in a position to push for a big score afte Dilshan-Mahel partnership. But Axar's tripple strike has destabilized their innigs. Thisara Perera walked in the middle to join Mahela.
Silva c Dhawan b Patel 2 (7b)
Priyanjan c Yadav b Patel 2 (8b)
Mathews c Kohli b Patel 10 (14b)
Over 30 || Score 138/3
After a brief spell from Raina and Rayudu, Ashwin was brought back into the attack. Mathews played a delightful reverse sweep off the spinner to pick up his first boundary.
Over 28 || Score 112/3
Kohli continued to persist with two part timers Raina and Rayudu. After Dilshan's dismissal, captain Angelo Mathews walked out to the middle. At the other end, Mahela is batting on unbeaten 63 runs.
Over 25 || Score 128/3
Kohli with an inspired bowling change there. He introduced Rayudu into the attack who picked up the wicket of dangerous Dilshan. The right-hander tried to play a shot over extra-cover; Rahane was the fielder who leapt up and safely pulled off the catch. The local boy Rayudu is cheered on by his home crowd for giving India that important breakthrough. Mahela too completed his fifty in this over.
Over 24 || Score 105/2
Dilshan completed his fifty. This has been a fine effort from him. Kohli introduced Suresh Raina into the attack. The skipper is hoping the part-time off-spinner can provide him with a much-need breakthrough.
Over 21 || Score 87/2
The spinners have done a wonderful job for India. Since Ashwin has come on, Sri Lanka have scored just one boundary in the last four overs. The runs have dried up and the duo now need to get a move on and play bit more aggressively.
Over 18 || Score 81/2
Kohli introduced Ashwin and Axar into the bowling attack. The spinners are now operating and tandem in a hope to find a breakthrough. Dilshan is batting on 41, while Mahela on 33.
Over 15 || Score 66/2
Sharma and Kulkarni have kept the Lankan batsmen under pressure. Dilshan and Mahela have stitched a tidy 59 run partnership to steady things after what looked like an initial collapse. India need to continue with the good work before the duo build a big partnership.
Over 11 || Score 45/2
Dhawal Kulkarni, who is playing in place of Jadeja, was introduced in the attack. He conceded just four singles off his first over.
Over 10 || Score 40/2
Excellent second over by Ishant Sharma. He bowled a maiden over to Dilshan cramping him for room and not allowing him to free his arms.
Over 8 || Score 35/2
Ishant Sharma was introduced into the attack by Kohli. After bowling 5 dot balls, Mahela played the last delivery down fine leg for four. Dhawan chased the ball and even put in a dive but the ball won the race to the boundary.
Over 7 || Score 31/2
Dilshan as played very positively despite the Lankans losing two early wickets.He along with the experienced Jayawardene have a rebuilding task at hand. Dilshan is batting on 18 and has already accumulated four boundaries.
Over 3 || Score 12/2
Another big wicket for India! Umesh picked up the prized scalp of Sanga for a first ball duck. The ball rose sharply and the left-hander edge the ball to first slip as it left him. Ashwin made no mistake. Sri Lanka is trouble.
Sangakkara c Ashwin b Yadav 0 (1b)
Over 1 || Score 5/1
Sri Lanka got off to a poor start in the 3rd ODI as they lost the wicket of Perera in the first over. Umesh Yadav's delivery moved past the batsman who nicked the ball to Saha. The opener looked positive as he had smashed a four off the third ball.
Perera c Saha b Yadav 4 (6b)
Dhawal Kulkarni comes in for Ravindra Jadeja for India. While, Sri Lanka replace Suraj Randiv and Dhammika Prasad with Chaturanga de Silva and Nuwan Kulasekara.
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first.
Following are the two teams for the match:
IND XI: S Dhawan, A Rahane, V Kohli, A Rayudu, S Raina, W Saha, A Patel, R Ashwin, U Yadav, D Kulkarni, I Sharma
SL XI: T Dilshan, K Perera, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, A Mathews, A Priyanjan, T Perera, C de Silva, S Prasanna, N Kulasekara, L Gamage
Having taken a comfortable 2-0 lead, a confident India will look to seal the five-match series against Sri Lanka when they lock horns in the third cricket one-dayer today.
Virat Kohli and company have not made the fans feel the absence of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was rested for the first three ODIs, as the Men in Blue have outplayed the Islanders in the first two matches with clinical performances.
If openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan made the Sri Lankan bowlers look ordinary in Cuttack then the Indian batting line-up, led by Ambati Rayudu, once again showed their might at Motera.
India posted a mammoth 363 to win the opening game by a 169-run margin and then achieved their 275-run target with more than five overs to spare in the next match.
All the three centurions - Rahane, Dhawan and Rayudu, have literally toyed with the Lankan bowling, who are struggling on batting friendly pitches.
The track at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal also looks no different and a score of 300 plus is once again in the offing, with the stadium having a history of big run chases.
The Indian bowling also stood the test against an experienced Sri Lankan batting with Ishant Sharma bagging four wickets in the first ODI and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel making it count in the second.
With young Axar Patel making his presence felt with impressive figures of 2-39 in his 10-over spell at Sardar Patel Stadium, Kohli is unlikely to tinker with the winning combination and will certainly look to shut the Lankans out in the third game itself.
The hosts would always be wary of a counter-attack from a dangerous Lankan outfit, which has the knack of surprising its opposition time and again.
With their backs to the wall in a must-win game to stay alive in the series, Sri Lanka will certainly try and come back with a vengeance to prove a point as worthy replacements after the West Indies pull-out.
Led by the gutsy Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka showed glimpses of what they can do in Ahmedabad on Thursday when the visitors gave India a hard time before finally caving in.
The visitors fought back from early blows to put up a respectable score courtesy Mathews' unbeaten 92 and a fighting 61 by old warhorse Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara and Thisara Perera would take this as their home game in regards to their association with Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.
The skipper though was critical of his batsmen after the team's abject surrender while chasing 364 in the first match. Even in the second game, the batsmen faltered on a good wicket.
The bowling is also a cause for concern for the Lankan's with the likes of Dhammika Prasad, Perera and Suraj Randiv failing to live up to expectations.
Off-spinner Randiv did pick up thre wickets in the first game and leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna also helped the team with a triple strike in Ahmedabad but both the spinners conceded too many runs to be effective.
So if things go as per script for the home team, they might end up rejoicing early but Lanka will surely look for a twist in the tale.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Lahiru Gamage, Chaturanga de Silva, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv.