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India won ODI series against Sri Lanka

19 December 2017, 08:35 | Sylvia Adams

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked three wickets each

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked three wickets each

The way Sri Lanka began despite losing a quick wicket in form of Danushka Gunathilaka at the score of 13 might have made Rohit regret the decision at the toss.

He has had fantastic 2017 and thanks to his ton in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, he overtook South African Quinton de Kock in the list of most ODI runs in the calendar year of 2017. The luck has finally run out for the Sri Lankan youngster.

Smith's partnership of 301 runs for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh proved to be decisive as Australia claimed 259 run first innings lead while Josh Hazlewood claimed a five-fer in the final innings to bowl out the visitors for 218 on the final day to reclaim the Urn following wins in all the three games of the series so far. One of the most famous ones read like this - Sri Lanka's second wicket gone, now starts their tail.

The bowlers, on the other hand, will look to recover quickly from the horror show as Rohit turned on the heat. He, however, bowled two maidens in his 5 overs and went for 20 runs but his captain would be expecting some wickets from his most successful bowler of the series. Both have scored six centuries. Sri Lanka's plan was a different one.

Sharma and his men will look to ride the momentum after a big win in the second game and seal the series at the ACA-VDCA stadium.

Throughout the series or should we say throughout this year, Sri Lanka's problem has not been skills but the lack of self-confidence.

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, M S Dhoni (Wicket keeper), Hardik Pandya, M S Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, Siddarth Kaul.

WICKET! Rohit Sharma has departed for 7 runs, as the Lankans get a crucial wicket. There isn't trump card left in the team anymore, who can pick wickets at will. Hopefully, they will listen to their great past and make their present a better place. Sri Lanka are on the verge of getting bowled out once again.

Tharanga scored 95 off 82 balls, including 12 fours and three sixes. Then, with Dhawan scoring an unbeaten 85-ball 100 and Shreyas Iyer impressing with his second consecutive half-century, India finished at 219 for 2, bringing up the victory in 31.2 overs.

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