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Lahiru Kumara to Kuldeep and he punches it to mid-off as the ball races away for a boundary. With this, India wins this game by 6 wickets, winning the series 2-1!
Rajitha continues. Rajitha to Rahul, FOUR! he uses his wrist to flick it past square legs and a costly mistake from the fielder who dives it but could not stop it from touching the fence. Another FOUR! this time he cuts it harder and the ball edges and races away to the boundary. Make it three FOURS from the over. Rahul pulls and gets a thick edge and the result is same again, 12 off the over as India just need one run from 7 overs.
Lahiru Kumara replaces Dhananjaya de Silva. Kumara to Kuldeep and he pushes it for a single to give the strike back to Rahul. Good strategy to follow. Fourth ball of the over, Rahul takes a single and gives the strike back to Kuldeep. Can he survive the last two balls? He survives and counterattacks Rajitha with a boundary to end the over. He shifts his weight and goes to his back foot to cut the ball for a boundary. Brilliant from him. 6 from the over. India has set one foot over the winning line.
Kasun Rajitha comes back in the attack. Rajitha to KL and he steers it away for a single to complete his fifty! Error from Rajitha as it was a no-ball! Sri Lanka can not afford to give freebies like this. They have been extremely good with the ball but these mistakes could turn out to be very costly ones for them. To make matters worse, here comes a wide from Rajitha, this is unacceptable absolutely from him. Three singles to finish this over. 6 off it as India now requires 19 off 54 overs.
Dhananjaya de Silva continues from the other end. Two singles in the first four balls. Dhanajaya to Axar, OUT! A lapse in concentration for Axar as he chose for an aerial route once again over covers but could not clear the fence as Karunaratne dives in to complete a wonderful catch. The game is still on and KL is the key for both the teams here now. Just two from the over as India needs 25 from the last 10 overs and Sri Lanka needs 4 wicket to win from here.
Karunaratne continues from the other end, even after giving 15 off his last over. A tight over and a good comeback from him. Three off the over again as India now needs 27 in 11 overs.
Dhananjaya de Silva replaces Wanindu Hasaranga from the attack. A good over from him as he only gave three singles in six balls. India needs 30 off 72 now.
Shanaka is mixing pace with spin thus Karunaratne continues. Karunaratne to Axar, FOUR! he comes round the wicket and bowls a length delivery, Axar picks the line quite early and attempts a lofted drive for a boundary. Oh no! worry for SL, this was a no-ball! Axar will now look to get the maximum from this over. Free hit for Axar as Karunaratne goes over the wicket but bowls a short ball outside off, it is wide! pressure tuning in for Karunaratne. Another free hit for Axar and this time he went for the aerial route to register this for a SIX! This is turning out to be a big over for India, three singles to finish an expensive over, 15 off it as India requires 33 from 13 overs.
Wanindu Hasaranga holds one end. The pair of Axar and Rahul is making sure not to give any chance to Sri Lanka. Carefully avoids another over, just three runs from this over.
Karunaratne continues. OUT! Chamika has done the trick for Sri Lanka. A fuller length ball which Hardik edges to the keeper and the brilliant partnership breaks with it. Axar comes in the middle and he needs to be careful as this is India’s last recognized batting pair. A bouncer to welcome Axar but it went way too high, wide. Axar gets off the mark with the single in the next delivery. Four runs from the over but Sri Lanka is definitely back in the game. One more wicket and India will feel the pressure.
Hardik Pandya c Kusal Mendis b Karunaratne 36(53) [4s-4]
Hasaranga continues from the other end. A length ball to start the over, Hardik drives it for a single. Three singles from this over as India is nearing victory, over by over and Sri Lanka will be desperate to break through.
Chamika Karunaratne replaces Lahiru Kumara. Rahul starts with a single. Hardik uses the pace and punishes Chamika’s length ball for a boundary. More runs coming as this time Hardik drives through the mid-wicket for a double. Eight from the over as India needs 58 runs from 102 deliveries.
Wanindu Hasaranga replaces Dhananjaya de Silva. Short of a length delivery, Rahul punches through point for a couple of runs. Both Hardik and Rahul are playing smartly here, taking time but not giving away their wickets. Only three off the over as India reaches 150.
India needs 69 runs in 19 overs.
Lahiru Kumara continues from the other end. The third ball of the over angles into the pads of KL Rahul, Kumara appeals but the umpire denies this time as the ball was going down the line A wide and a single from this over.
Dhananjaya de Silva comes into the attack and Hardik welcomes him with a boundary. He drives it over cover for a four. Five dot balls in the over as India takes four off it.
A beautiful drive and Rahul gets going as the game is now in India’s control with India needing just 75 runs to seal the series.
The partnership is 49 off 82 balls and both batsmen have almost taken the game away from Sri Lanka as India needs just 81 runs to win the game. Sri Lanka needs a wicket and may be a couple more to get into this game. But with both Rahul and Hardik well-set in the middle, things seem difficult for Sri Lanka.
Hasaranga bowls a very good over giving just two runs but the good part is India is chopping down the runs and is getting closer to the target.
KL Rahul safely negotiates Shanaka’s over and takes just a single. The partnership is growing steadily and the smiles are back in the Indian dressing camp. Sri Lanka needs to break this stand if they need to bounce back into the game.
Runs are coming steadily for India with both Rahul and Hardik complementing each other and keeping the communication lines open with clear thought processes of not taking any unwanted risks and banking on good running between the wickets. Five runs from Dasun Shanaka’s over.
India has got a move on as six runs come from Wellalage over and most importantly both batsmen are into the groove and know exactly what they are doing. Rahul and Pandya now need to keep going on and forge at least another 50-run stand to put the game beyond Sri Lanka’s reach. Sri Lanka still has got runs to gamble.
Hardik Pandya breaks the shackles and scores a boundary after 60 deliveries as the all-rounder with a full face of the bat drive Rajitha down the ground and India is slowly taking the game in its control. Hardik smacks another boundary this time through the backward square as the partnership is 24 off 40 balls. India needs 106 runs.
The 100 is up for India as Hardik and Rahul take six singles from Dunith Wellalage’s over. The pitch which was so good for batting in the first half has slightly changed under lights but both batsmen are biding time and will cut loose at some point. A crucial passage of play and a wicket here will shift the momentum towards Sri Lanka’s favour.
Rajitha continues to be impressive as he gives just two runs and both Hardik and Rahul have decided not to take any risk and play to the merit of the ball. A partnership for India is the key here and both Hardik and Rahul are on the job.
Hasaranga is bowling a beautiful spell giving just three runs and conceding just 10 runs in his four overs. The good thing is India has the overs and the run-rate is well under control but can’t afford to lose a wicket. It’s been very watchful from the Indians as it’s beeen 45 deliveries since the last boundary.
Sri Lanka has slightly tied down India and both batsmen are yet to get into the groove as Rajitha bowls another good over, giving just two runs. There was a loud appeal for a lbw but the ball was going down the leg and Sri Lanka don’t review.
Sri Lankan bowlers have been disciplined and it now boils down to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to see India through the run chase as it has lost four wickets without even reaching the 100-run mark.
Kasun Rajitha picks his first wicket and Sri Lanka fights back with the wicket of Shreyas Iyer. Iyer took the review and India retained it as the ball was clipping on the leg stump as the ball missed Iyer’s swing and hit him on the pads. India in trouble in chase of 216 as Hardik Pandya joins KL Rahul.
Hasaranga continues to impress as he bowls a stump to stump line and concedes just three singles. There is no urgency from the Indian batsmen as they know a partnership here will place them in a very comfortable position and take the game away from India.
Kasun Rajitha is back in the attack and starts well as he gives just a single to start his second spell as a watchful Rahul plays with soft hands and doesn’t try to go after the bowler.
Wanindu Hasaranga into the attack and the right-arm leg break bowler starts well giving just a single. India needs another 136 runs at a required rate of 3.58 but is cruising at a current rate of 6.58.
Shreyas Iyer eased some nerves with two boundaries - first a pull over the mid-wicket and then sits deep in his crease and pulls Karunaratne for another boundary as India moves on after the fall of Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli got off the mark with an authoritative pull over the mid-wicket and then walked back in disappointment as an inside edge clattered his stumps. Sri Lanka fighting back and that’s a huge wicket that Lahiru Kumara has taken. The ball nipped back after pitching and took a little inside edge before castling the stumps. KL Rahul walks in and gets off the mark with a beautiful cover drive.
Frustrating for Sri Lanka as Wellalage slips and lets one through his legs to the boundary and the pressure is released as Shreyas Iyer collects another boundary. Kohli, meanwhile, is yet to get off the mark.
The 50 is up for India with Shreyas Iyer getting a leading edge to the backward point boundary as Sri Lanka has tightened the screws with Lahiru Kumara delivering a top over. There is plenty of luxury for the Indian batsmen as the target isn’t mammoth and they will look to chase down the total but presently they need a partnership.
Karunaratne continues to impress as he bowls just two wides to keep and hasn’t allowed Kohli to get off the mark. Kohli has played six deliveries and the two quick wickets have just slowed down India’s momentum.
Lahiru Kumara strikes and that’s a double blow for India as Shubman Gill, who looked in sublime touch departs for a 12-ball 21. Gill smashed Lahiru for consecutive boundaries and then pulled straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. Shreyas Iyer survived a lbw call as Sri Lanka lost the review. Iyer then drills Lahiru through the covers to open his account.
Chamika Karunaratne is introduced into the attack and he strikes on arrival with the wicket of Rohit Sharma. The bowler induces a healthy nick as Rohit falls while playing away from his body without any feet movement. Virat Kohli walks out to the middle as there isn’t any Rohit magic at the Eden Gardens on this occasion.
Rohit Sharma and his love affair with the short ball continues as he smokes Lahiru Kumara over the fine leg boundary for a maximum and a very good bouncer was just dispatched into the Eden Gardens crowd. India up and running in a small run chase of 216.
There is no stopping Rohit Sharma as the India captain slaps a shot and wide delivery over the point region for a boundary and this has been an incredible start from India. Gill isn’t far behind and is relying on pure timing as he gets his wrists into play and runs the ball through the square for a boundary.
Shubman Gill drills Lahiru Kumara through the covers and collects two boundaries to open his account and both shots were simply gorgeous as India gets to a sound start in chase of 216.
Positive start from Rohit Sharma as the Indian captain charged down the track and smashed Rajitha over the covers to begin the Indian run chase with a crisp boundary. Top shot from Rohit and Sri Lanka needs wickets to stay alive in the series.
Right then Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are out in the middle and India needs just 216 runs to win the series. On a good batting surface, India will fancy its chances to go 2-0 up. Time for the chase to begin at the Eden Gardens.
Siraj comes back into the attack and he bundles the Sri Lanka innings in just four balls. First, he starts with a well-aimed short ball to Wellalage, who tries to punch it over point but Axar was well placed at the backward point to cover the ground and he does it by catching the ball to remove Wellalage. Lahiru Kumara, last man for Sri Lanka comes in. A short ball by Siraj to welcome him. A fuller-length delivery followed and Kumara couldn’t do much as the ball sneaked past him to hit the stumps. Bowled! Sri Lanka ends its innings with 215 runs.
Change of plan by Rohit, he calls Hardik to wrap this Sri Lanka side who is somehow keeping India at work. Hardik tires hard to find a breakthrough but Sri Lanka is not giving up easily. Three runs from the over as the duo of Rajitha and Wellalage kept their wickets intact.
Kuldeep to Rajitha and he slams it for four, with this Sri Lanka breaches the 200-run mark in the 38th over. Three runs from the last three as Sri Lanka takes 7 runs from the over.
Shami turns out to be the expensive bowler today as he gives 14 runs off this over. First Rajitha starts with a boundary on the second delivery, followed by Wellalage who hits Shami for two fours in this over.
A slog sweep off Rajitha takes Sri Lanka to 185 as kuldeep Yadav finished his penultimate over giving just four runs. What an impact Kuldeep had on this game as it was his three wickets that changed the momentum of the game.
Shami finished his sixth over and has been spot on with his lengths but hasn’t picked a wicket. He has been steaming in all afternoon and now has a chance to feature in the wickets column and help India bowl out Sri Lanka.
Umran Malik picks his second wicket and ends Karunaratne’s stay at the wicket. A similar kind of dismissal to his earlier one as Axar Patel once again at backward point took a brilliant catch diving to his left to leave Sri Lanka eight down.
Mohammed Shami is back into the attack and Chamika Karunaratne has held fort and put a brave fight, dragging the Sri Lankan tail and keeping the Indian fielders on the ground a bit longer. The runs aren’t coming thick and fast after the fall of Hasaranga and India will look to pick three more wickets and bowl out Sri Lanka below 200.
Umran Malik is bowling with some serious pace as Karunaratne copes a blow on his muscle as he takes the eye off the ball and Umran has been consistently bowling fast, looking to unsettle the batsmen and pick his second wicket. Concedes a boundary but has been threatening with his pace and bounce.
Kuldeep Yadav has got two more overs to try and get his five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka try to pick some runs and target at least 200 with three wickets in hand. Time for a Drinks break.
Umran Malik is really cranking up pace as both Chamika Karunaratne and Dunith Wellalage are batting with caution and trying to stay clear of the ball as the fast bowler is eyeing to pick his second wicket.
Kuldeep wraps up his seventh over and despite getting a bit of treatment from Hasaranga, the Chinaman has bowled excellently taking three wickets and putting India well on top at the Eden Gardens.
Umran Malik packs off Hasaranga and ends an entertaining innings as Hasaranga went deep into his crease, fearing pace and guided a 150kph delivery to Axar Patel who was stationed at backward point. Sri Lanka seven down.
Hasaranga has taken on the Chinaman and has disrupted the rhythm of Kuldeep by tonking the spinner for a six and two boundaries. By the way, Sri Lanka has lost 5/22 in no time and Kuldeep has a chance to pick a five-wicket haul.
The last five overs, only 16 runs have been scored and India has picked three wickets with Kuldeep taking a three-wicket haul. What a turnaround this has been for India after the drinks break and Sri Lanka has just free fallen from a position of strength. Three runs from the Axar Patel over and both Kuldeep and Axar have bowled 10 overs and took four wickets among themselves.
Kuldeep Yadav to Shanaka, OUT! This is dominating play by India, Shanaka deceives by Kuldeep and the balls went straight to the stumps. Captain has to go back just for two runs as Sri Lanka is five down already. Three of the over.
Axar to Fernando, he tries to flick this but the ball just bounces before it goes to Shubman Gill meanwhile Fernando is halfway on the pitch looking for a single and oh dear, what a blunder by him. He is run out! Only four runs from the over as Sri Lanka is sinking here.
Fernando run out (Shubman Gill/Rahul) 50(63) [4s-6]
Kuldeep from the other end. Kuldeep to Nuwanidu, he sweeps for a single to complete his well-deserved fifty on debut! Well done young man. Two singles from this over.
Axar to Fernando, he steps out to punch it for a single Axar to Asalanka, FOUR! A length delivery and Asalnka tries to hit with hard hands but the ball races away after taking a thick edge for a boundary. 6 off the over as Sri Lanka ends the first 20 overs with 116 runs.
Kuldeep continues as India’s plan is quite simple, use the spin twin and weave the spin web against Sri Lanka batters. Five singles off the over.
Axar comes into the attack, so it’s spin from both ends. First ball to Fernando and he steers it away for a single. Axar to Dhanajaya and boom! Takes a wicket in the second ball of his spell!Spin twins have done the job for India. A quick slider by Axar and de Silva misses it and the ball goes straight to the stumps. Only two singles from the last four as India is slowly coming back in this game.
Dhananjaya b Axar 0(1)
Captain Rohit introduces the spinner for the first time in the innings as Kuldeep bowls this over. A good start from Kuldeep as he only gives away just three singles in first five deliveries. Kuldeep to Mendis, OUT! The ball kept its line and went straight to the pads of Mendis. A loud shout from others and the umpire waste no time giving this out. A brilliant ploy by Kuldeep to remove the set and good-looking Mendis. Dhananjaya joins Nuwanidu in the middle.
Kusal Mendis lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 34(34) [4s-3 6s-1]
Umran continues after the drinks break. Umran to Nuwanidu, leaves the short length ball. Nuwanidu takes a single off the next ball. Umran to Mendis, SIX! Mendis pulls the half volley over on-side to register a maximum. A couple of singles and a double to end the over with 11 runs.
A good start for Sri Lanka as it proceeds with almost 6 runs per over after a tentative start.
Hardik starts the over with a dot ball. Another dot delivery. This time he bowls a length delivery, slightly going down the legs and Nuwanidu places towards the fine leg for two runs. Three runs from the last three balls as 15 gone, Sri Lanka looks steady with 88 for 1.
Umran Malik continues from the other end. A short length delivery to start the over and Fernando angles it over the short leg for a single. A fuller length to follow and Mendis defends this time. Another fuller length delivery, this time Mendis steers towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Two runs from the last delivery as Sri Lanka manages five from the over.
Runs are coming thick and fast and the partnership is inching towards the 50-run mark with both batsmen playing to the merit of the ball and punishing anything that is bowled on the pads and wide of the off-stump. Hardik did produce an outside edge but the debutant was lucky as there was no slip in place. India needs to break the partnership.
Umran Malik is into the attack and it will be an interesting battle with the young fast bowler steaming in. Umran started in a coast fashion as Nuwanidu first cuts the fast bowler behind the square as Shami’s poor effort allows the ball to cross the fence and then Umran digs it short and the batsmen cuts it hard over the slips for another boundary. Kusal then cashed in as he cut Umran to the wide third-man boundary to make it 14 off Umran’s first over.
Hardik Pandya is yet to find his rhythm as he bowls another length ball on the pads and Nuwanidu gets it away to the boundary - courtesy an inside edge but Sri Lanka will take that. India will be eyeing another breakthrough as this partnership is building nicely with Nuwanidu getting his eye in.
Sri Lanka will be satisfied with its score at the end of the first PowerPlay and India might have picked another wicket but the good part is they haven’t let the Sri Lankans run away with the game. Siraj has been excellent, getting the first breakthrough and so as Shami, who steamed in with intent and purpose.
Hardik Pandya is the first change and he replaces Mohammed Shami. The all-rounder starts well as he kept Kusal Mendis on strike for the first four deliveries before offering a half-volley and Mendis delightfully drove it through the covers for a boundary.
Siraj has the ability to produce an early breakthrough and has once again given India the perfect start. The fast bowler is pumped up after castling Avishka Fernando and will be eyeing to pick another one before Rohit rings in the first change. Nuwanidu, the debutant has looked calm and composed but it’s very early in the innings.
After the fall of Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis has joined Nuwanidu in the middle. Shami has been bowling consistently on the off-stump line, posing questions to the batsmen and is looking threatening. Mendis meanwhile is off the mark with a boundary to the fine-leg region.
After an expensive over, Siraj has corrected his line and length and got the first breakthrough for India. Avishka Fernando gets an inside edge as the ball caromed onto the stumps. Siraj started the over well with three dot balls, not allowing Nuwanidu to take a single. An aerial shot over point got the batsmen a single and brought Avishka on strike. Siraj bowled one with the scrambled seam and the ball did the rest.
Nuwanidu Fernando opened his account in international cricket with a boundary off Shami and Sri Lanka is off to a good start inside the PowerPlay. Shami is bowling well and has produced an opportunity and will be looking to make a breakthrough.
Avishka Fernando gets Sri Lanka up and running with a hat-trick of boundaries as Siraj errs in line and Avishka clips the fast. bowler through the square leg then slashes hard over the slip for a boundary before exhibiting a neat flick through the wide of mid-wicket for a boundary. Expensive from Siraj
Mohammed Shami is letting the ball do the talking with perfect seam position and the length has been excellent from Shami. The bowler draws the batsman to play the shot as the ball beats the defence of Nuwanidu. Sri Lanka will look for a productive PowerPlay but India will be keen to break the opening stand and make early inroads. Just two runs from Shami’s over.
Mohammed Siraj partners Mohammed Shami with the second new ball. The fast bowler bowled excellently at Guwahati and will look to continue the same form and strike early, as he always does. Just two runs from Siraj’s first over.
Mohammed Shami almost had a wicket first ball as he snared an outside edge off Avishka Fernando with the batsmen’s feet planted at the crease and the ball took the outside edge and flew just wide away from the fielder at second slip. Nuwanidu Fernando, making his debut is yet to get off the mark. Good start from Shami.
The Indians sprint out with legendary wicket-keeper batsman and former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara ringing the bell at the Eden Gardens. Avishka Fernando will open the innings along with Nuwanidu Fernando and it will be Mohammed Shami who will start proceedings with the new ball.
“Rohit Sharma is back so it is much more relaxed. I can focus more on my well-being and try to share all my knowledge. If they need my help or advice, I’m always there. Body is very good, we are following a plan and the workload is being managed rightly with the WC just 6-7 months away. (On Axar Patel) It has made a big difference, the only request I had from him was more contribution from his batting. He has worked tremendously well, helps my life knowing Axar is after me, helps the team play a certain balance. He’s upped his game massively in the recent past, makes the team feel more confident.”
Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis(w), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha
Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj
“I was in two minds. Wanted to bat first because of how we played last time, but looking at this ground, I wanted to field. Overall, improvements are as a team, nothing in particular. What we’ve done in the past is in the past, we need to look ahead and keep doing better. I love playing here, the crowd is also energetic and that motivates me always. But it is in the past, I need to start fresh. One enforced change for us, Chahal in the last game put in a dive and hasn’t recovered well today, so Kuldeep Yadav comes in.”
“We’ll bat first. Very good wicket to bad first, also looking at the venue stats. Important to score, be relaxed and play our natural game. Two changes - Madhushanka and Pathum Nissanka out.”
Sri Lanka wins toss, opts to bat first
“One of the features of this venue is the lightning quick outfield. This venue isn’t that big which doesn’t help the bowling side. Looks like a belter. We’re on another road just like Guwahati. Hard ground to defend. Batters will love it. The pitch is hard, very good covering of grass and it’s very difficult to see there being sideways movement. The spinners will have to vary their pace and so will the faster bowlers.”
The sun is out and it is bright and sunny with the Indian team going through the warm-up paces. The pitch report and toss in a bit.
Virat Kohli with a century in today’s game will score 10 centuries against Sri Lanka - a record and also score a hat-trick of tons.
Both teams are up and running at Eden Gardens and India will look to seal the deal at the iconic stadium and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
The last time Rohit Sharma played against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens the India skipper has smashed a brilliant double hundred.
Wicketkeeper: K L Rahul
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Dasun Shanaka, Shubman Gill, Pathum Nissanka
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers: Kasun Rajitha, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik
Team Composition: SL 4:7 IND Credits Left: 12.0
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, Dilshan Madushanka, Chamika Karunaratne
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik/Arshdeep Singh
Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc, wk), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwanidu Fernando, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan and Lahiru Kumara.
Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh
Shubman Gill’s guile was yet again on display. Rohit Sharma sizzled in his maiden hit of the year. And Virat Kohli lent the knockout punch.
As if that wasn’t an ideal start to the preparation for the ODI World Cup, Mohammed Siraj’s exploits with the new ball and Umran Malik’s magical spell in the middle meant India had Sri Lanka on the mat for most of the opening ODI on Tuesday.
As the touring entourage moves from the north-eastern region to the holy grail of cricket in the eastern metro, Rohit and co. will be keen to extend head coach Rahul Dravid’s birthday celebrations by sealing another series at the Eden Gardens.