India beat Sri Lanka by 168 runs

Frederick Owens
September 1, 2017

"It was a good toss to win".

Ahead of the five-match ODI series, Sri Lanka had a tough deal ahead of them.

Bumrah then scalped his first wicket of the day as Munaweera was dismissed in an identical fashion as Dickwella. By the end of the 29th over, they had put on 219 in 165 balls. MS Dhoni writes his own script and he has always had a "midas touch" and is destiny's child. The umpire called it a wide, but India reviewed the decision on Dhoni's insistence, and came away with the wicket.

Sri Lanka will take on India in the fourth ODI on August 31, in Colombo.

Courtesy of centuries by India skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the Men in Blue got off to a solid start. Also, Dhoni (101.84) has the best average in successful ODI run chases.

It was a special occasion for Thakur, whose debut coincided with Dhoni's 300th match. 100 partnership comes up between the duo. Rahul tries to flick over mid-wicket, fails.

Rohit Sharma was caught out with 104 runs from 88 balls.

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After Kohli got out, it was Rohit, who took over from the captain and completed a wonderful ton. Sinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal have so far played for Virat Kohli's side in the three ties after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were given rest. He has bulldozed Sri Lanka. Ominous signs for Sri Lanka.

After running off to 225/1 in 28 overs, India were well on their way to a 400-plus score.

By the 25th over, Kohli had already raced to his hundred, off just 76 balls, reaching the landmark with a whippy pick-up shot off Siriwardana.

Stop them if you can, Sri Lanka! .

The visitors received an early jolt after aggressive opener Shikhar Dhawan was removed by pacer Vishwa Fernando in the second over of the innings.

Indian cricket has over the years produced legends such as Mansoor Ali Khan "Pataudi", Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who today (August 31) will be playing his 300th one day worldwide for India against Sri Lanka at Colombo. However, the India captain departed for 131 just as Lasith Malinga got the crucial breakthrough for the Lankans. This series includes the five matches in which three matches won by India. The fifth and final ODI will be played in Colombo on Sunday. It was an all-around bowling show by India as Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav all snatched 2 wickets apiece. It will basically feature the bottom four sides as per the latest ODI team rankings, top-four teams from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top-two nations ICC World Cricket League. The 3 more matches b/w India and SL to be held at this Stadium ( 2 ODI and 1 T 20). The rotation may come as a golden opportunity for young lad Shardul Thakur. This made their Test Cricket Ranking to a grade up after the Ind v West Indies Cricket Update.

Sri Lanka are now going through a bad phase, the team have been unable to find winning combination for their first XI.

Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the series with a hairline fracture on his right thumb after enduring a hit in the previous ODI. Another casualty is the stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedara who has been ruled out of the remainder of the series as well, owing to an aggravated back injury. Whereas, the Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne are also out of the series. Dhoni, who made 49 not out, became only the sixth Indian and the second wicketkeeper-batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to play 300 ODIs. With 9608 runs from 296 games, the only players above him are Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Sourav Ganguly (11,221) and Rahul Dravid (10,768).

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