March 21 2018

Rohit Sharma century seals series win for India

March 21 2018, 10:01 | Sammy Rose

The Lankan team bus was held up by angry fans after their defeat to India in Dambulla

The Lankan team bus was held up by angry fans after their defeat to India in Dambulla

India last failed to win a series against Sri Lanka in 1997 when a three-match rubber was drawn. Dhoni hit a six and four fours in his 67 not out.

India were 210 for four in 44 overs in pursuit of Sri Lanka's total of 217 for nine in 50 overs when the frustrated crowd rained bottles down the ground from either side of the grass beds. It starts at time 2:30 pm IST and Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Ten 3 will do the live broadcast / telecast on TV.

The left hander showed Sri Lanka what they missed in their batting line up.

India slumped to 61-4 when spinner Akila Dananjaya dismissed Lokesh Rahul (17) and Kedar Jadhav (0).

After a 35 minute forced break, Dhoni and Rohit returned to score the remaining 8 runs and take a 3-0 lead. Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that's quite weird.

Chasing a target of 232 runs to win, team India made a strong start to their innings, with openers Rohit Sharma (54) and Shikhar Dhawan (49) stitching a pivotal 109-run stand to provide the visitors with an initial thrust.

Kandy: After delivering a stupendous bowling performance in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah said for staying in the game for a longer period of time, it is important to evolve new tactics, which need to be constantly developed during net practice sessions held prior to the game.

Apart from Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (36) contributed to the cause for the hosts.

However, Siriwardana and Kapugedera played the ball to its merit to stabilise the innings.

Australia bowled out Bangladesh for 260 runs but then suffered a top-order collapse of their own after ending the day 1 of the first test at 18 for three. The fielding was also up to the mark. While the dot percentage hasn't come down dramatically after 25th overs, Sri Lanka have taken almost nine more deliveries per boundary when compared with the first 25 overs.

The former Indian skipper who put on a courageous partnership with Rohit Sharma to lead the Indian cricket team to victory, was seen taking a nap of sorts when play was halted. There was no message as such from the dressing room or MS Dhoni. After giving a tough fight in the middle, the duo was, however, sent packing by Jasprit Bumrah.

After Bumrah grabbed the vital wicket of well-set Thirimanne, Sri Lanka the lower order failed to kick on once again.

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