#India is already 2-0 up in the series and would want to seal the series in the 3rd One Day. #SriLanka on the other hand will have to find ways to win this match and keep the series alive. #SriLanka took a lot of positives from the second ODI. The one-sided affair series came alive after #SriLanka’s new mystery spinner gave Indian batting a huge scare.
#SriLanka has always had some good partnerships on the top before faltering like rank pins after being 2-3 down. Sri Lanka’s woes with selection and will continue in third ODI as well as their captain Tharanga has been banned from two matches. A shoulder injury has also made their in-form batsman Gunathilaka have brought back in Lahiru Thirmane and Dinesh Chandimal. Hope they bring some solidity to the Sri Lanka’s middle order. In the last match Milina Sriwardana and Chamara Kapugedera ensured that Sri Lanka bats their full 50 overs. Having said that if Sri Lanka has to have any chance of winning the match their openers will have to convert their starts in a meaningful inning. Their bowing too has let them down badly. With 100 required and just 3 wickets in hand, India still managed to find a way to win the last match. Lasith Malinga has been a massive disappointment for them. Not just he has leaked runs but also remained wicket-less in both the games. He will have to come good and the only chance of Sri Lanka winning the match will come if Sri Lanka keeps on picking wicket regularly and their batsmen’s convert their starts.
On the other hand, India has just been ruthless. Shikhar Dhawan’s red hot form has ensured that India gets a good start and their middle order too looks composed and solid. There’s hardly any chance that India will make any changes. Manish Pandey can be given a chance in the place of K L Rahul otherwise they will persist with the winning combination. Their spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahahl and Axar Patel not just dry up the runs but also keeps chipping with wickets and that is what has hurt Sri Lanka the most. Bhuvneshwar though hasn’t had a good time with the ball in hand but he is arguably India’s best death bowler and he will certainly deliver in the matches to come.
Predictions are that India should win it comfortably unless Sri Lanka does something out of their skin to have any chance of winning the match.
Srilanka has won the toss and elected to bat first.
2:30 Sri Lanka’s . Niroshan Dickwella takes the strike.
2:42 Sri Lanka – 18 for no loss with 3 overs. Sri lanka starts with a good start.
2:46 Sri Lanka scores 18, India appeals for LBW.
2:48 Sri Lanka looses first wicket. Third empire confirms the LBW. Virat kohli confident with his team.
2:50 Dilip mendis comes to strike after the first wicket. 18 runs with 1 wicket loss – 4 overs.
2:54: Sri lanka scores 22-1, current run rate 4.71
2:55 Sri Lanka completes 5 overs with 22 runs and loss of one wicket.
2: 58: Bumrah appeals for a LBW in his third delivery. Empire confirms not out. completes 6 overs. Bumrah closes with maiden over.
3:00 Bhuvneshwar kumar starts with an over giving four runs to Chandimal.
3: 05 Mendies scores a run. Tries to defend the second ball.
3: 06 Mendies out. Caught by rohit bowled by bumrah.
3: 06 mendies out for 2 runs, faced 10 balls. Got out by trying to hit a back four.
3:08 Sri Lanka 30-2 at 8 overs with 3.75 run rate.
3: 10 Chandimal hits for four. Bumrah misses the ball for the second time. sri lanka at 34-2.
3: 13 Bhuvneshwar kumar gives a wide and completes the over by giving 6 runs. Sri Lanka 36 -2 in 9 overs.
3:20 at 10.3 overs Chandimal scores a back four and sri Lanka completes the Powerplay 1 with 37 runs with 2 wickets.
3: 23 Sri Lanka competes 11 overs with 41 runs with 2 wickets loss. Dhoni appeals for out which was not accepted by the empire.
3.25 Chahal Starts the over. First ball dot.
3.27 Chahal completes the over with one run and five dots. Sri Lanka completes 12 overs with 42 runs and 2 wickets loss.
3.30 Pandya starts the over. Chandimal scores a four. Sri Lanka scores 48
3.34 SL at 50 -2 at 14 overs. Chahal bowls well and restricts SL by giving only 2 runs.
3.37 Pandya tries hard to take a wicket. Chandimal completes 15 overs with 23 runs and thirimanne at 10 runs. SL at 55 -2
3.41 SL completes 16 overs with 60 -2 with run rate 3.75.
3.43 Drinks Break
3.45 Pandya gives away a four in the first ball after the drinks break. Thirimanne at 19(27) and Chandimal at 25 (46).
3.47 Chandimal hit by the ball on hand while trying to hit g=for a four. Medical team arrives. SL partnership 37(54).
3.54 SL enters 17th over scores 66 runs. Present run rate at 68-2.
4.06 Sri Lanka score 81-2 Rahul mis-fields. Axar completes his overs by giving 3 runs.
4.10 Chahal completes the 21st over by giving three runs. SL covers 85 runs in with loss of 2 wickets.
4.24 SL looses it 3rd wicket. Chandimal(38) Tries to hit for a 6 and gets caught by pandya. SL at 100-3
4.38 Tirimanne completes his 17th 50 in 69 balls. Mathews 2(14). SL at 112-3 at 30 overs with run rate of 3.76
4.58 Mathews out with LBW. Appeals for 3 rd empire.
5.00 Mathews out. SL at 140-4 with 35 overs.
5.10 SL completes 150 – 4 at 38 overs. Thirmanne at 74(100) and kapurguda 2(8).
5.21 SL looses another wicket Thirmanne at 80 bowled by bumrah and caught by jhadav. SL at 165-5 in 41 overs.
5.43 SL at 192-7 at 46.4 overs.
5.50 Sri Lanka vs India match stops due to rain.
5.55 Match continues
6.02 SL 201 -8 at 48 overs. Bumrah gets 5 wickets
6.08 SL 210 – 9 at 49 overs. runout by B.Kumar.
6.14 SL closes with 219-9 for 50 overs.Ends with a four. India needs 220 to win the match.
6:58 Malinga starts the first over . India 4/0 after first over.
7:04 India 9/0 after 2 overs.
7:07 Dhawan tries to play mid-wicket but gets an inside edge. India looses its first wicket.
7.20 India looses second wicket Virat Kohli at 3 runs.
7.27 India 25-2 at at 7 overs with run rate of 3.5. Rohit 14(21) rahul 0(5).
8.13 India at 64- 4 at 15.2 overs . Rohit at 34 dhoni 1
10.07 Match stopped due to audience. India stops at 210 -4 with 6 overs remaining.
10.30 India resumes play, Dhoni takes the strike.
10.31 Dhoni scores a single , India 211-4 at 44.2
10.35 India scores 218 leading to a win.
India wins the micromax cup with 3-0 series lead. India wins the 3rd ODI with 6 wickets in hand.
Article by Navneet.