Virat Kohli & Co eye series win
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 27, 2017,
Aug 27, 2017, 16:54
Akila Dananjaya's mad spell gave India a scare at Pallekele in the 2nd ODI before Dhoni took control of the situation and guided his side home along with a courageous effort from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Dhoni hoisting Nuwan Kulasekara for a six to finish off the final will remain etched in the minds of all Indian cricket lovers.
The teams meet again on Sunday with India, who whitewashed Sri Lanka in the preceding test series, hoping to clinch the five-match series with two one-dayers to go. India experimented with their batting order, with Kohli coming down and KL Rahul moving up, but that did not work.
Shastri, who was appointed India's coach till 2019 World Cup in July after Anil Kumble's resignation, took to Twitter to express his feelings.
India, too, were a little sloppy on the field but unlike other matches pace bowlers also contributed handsomely this time around. His stock ball is the offbreak, but when he feels the situation suits it, he can deliver the ball out of the back of his hand, to make it turn away from the right-handed batsman. He has so far played 19 ODI matches (including this match) taking 37 wickets. So for the third time in this series, India will be chasing.
"You have to give credit to a guy who bowled an outstanding spell", Kohli said afterward, dismissing suggestions that rejigging the batting order led to their collapse. India is playing with an unchanged XI. It would not be wrong to state Dananjaya might have instilled a fear in the Indian dressing room.
Dananjaya joined the team just ahead of the second ODI after his wedding. Though Hardik Pandya has a niggle, he should be fit for selection.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MS Dhoni walk back after sealing Indias win against Sri Lanka with their eighth-wicket partnership at Pallekele, on Thursday. Their biggest change is in their leadership.
The SriLanka skipper Tharanga won't be seen in the 3rd and 4th ODI as he was banned in the 2nd ODI for a slow over rate offense.
Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga said: "Disappointed, we came really close". The venue remains unchanged from the second ODI as the picturesque Pallekele in the Kandy suburbs is set to host the third game of the series.
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