Sri Lanka finished their losing streak on Friday as Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa featured with the bat to direct their side to a consolatory, three-wicket win against India in the third and last ODI at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Requiring 227 runs to win from 47 overs in a downpour abridged match, debutant K Gowtham attracted first blood the second innings when Minod Bhanuka (7) holed out to Chetan Sakariya in the 6th over.
In any case, India were then made to work for their next wicket as Fernando and Rajapaksa sewed an amazing 109-run represent the subsequent wicket. Sakariya sent the last back to the structure on 65 and afterward improved of Dhananjaya de Silva (7) to decrease the Lankans to 151/3 at the midway imprint.
While Fernando kept on holding one end, India got two additional wickets at the other. Hardik Pandya got Charith Asalanka plumb in front on 24, while Rahul Chahar got his first worldwide wicket by excusing captain Dasun Shanaka for a first-ball duck.
The home side appeared to be in a spot of trouble as Fernando (76) was excused late in the innings by Chahar. Notwithstanding, the time of vulnerability didn’t keep going long as the hosts got over the line with eight overs to save.
Prior in the day, Dhawan won the throw and picked to bat first however India neglected to get off to a solid beginning as the skipper was excused in the third over for 13 by Dushmantha Chameera.
Individual opener Prithvi Shaw and debutant Sanju Samson steadied the guests’ boat, putting on 74 runs for the subsequent wicket. Notwithstanding, Shaw (49) and Samson (46) withdrew in a range of 17 balls as the hosts decreased India to 118/3 in 18.4 overs.
Manish Pandey (11) and Hardik Pandya (19) neglected to make an effect left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama asked both the batsman to leave for good inexpensively. Center request batsman Suryakumar Yadav scored an energetic 37-ball 40 yet couldn’t guide India to a solid all out as they continued losing wickets consistently at the opposite end.
In the long run, and graciousness of a three-wicket pull each by Akila Dananjaya and Jayawickrama, the hosts limited the ‘Men dressed in Blue’ to 225/10 in 43.1 overs. Other debutants Gowtham (2) and Nitish Rana (7) neglected to kick off the bat also.
The concentrate currently moves to the three-match T20I series, starting on Sunday, July 25. Very much like the ODI series, all T20Is will likewise be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.