Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the third ODI between India and Sri Lanka from the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
- 43 vs South Africa
- 55 vs West Indies
- 67 vs England
- 73 vs India - today*
- India beat Sri Lanka- 317 runs - today*
- New Zealand beat Ireland - 290 runs
- Australia beat Afghanistan - 275 runs
- South Africa beat Zimbabwe - 272 runs
- South Africa beat Sri Lanka - 258 runs
Kuldeep Yadav continues. Kuldeep to Kumara, OUT! Bowled, done and dusted as India wins by 317 runs, the biggest win by a margin of runs in the ODI. With this, India also whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the series. This is a top effort by the Indian team.
Siraj continues from the other end and will bowl his 10th over. Siraj’s plan is clear, he is bowling short-length deliveries, off the deck and trying to intimidate the tail of Sri Lanka. Siraj to Rajitha, last ball of his spell, huge appeal for lbw, and given! Umpire gives out but Rajitha straight away reviews this as he is confident that he had an inside edge. DRS confirms the inside edge as Rajitha survives. Rajitha and Kumara see off the Siraj’s over and did not let him take the fifer.
Kuldeep comes back into the attack. Yadav to Kumara, FOUR! this time played well, he goes on backfoot and plunges it over mid-wicket. Only four from the over as Siraj will bowl his last over now.
Siraj from the other end and bowls his 9th over. He starts with an intimidating bouncer. It was another short-length delivery but Rajitha played it awkwardly this time. Siraj to Rajitha misses this time. The fourth delivery takes an inside edge and looks like KL has taken it! On-field umpires refer it to the 3rd umpire, the soft signal is out. The referral shows that the ball has an inside edge but it bounces before it reaches KL. Siraj to Rajitha edged but did not carry this time. An intimidating over from Siraj but could not salvage a wicket, still one away from his fifer.
Rohit calls Shreyas Iyer to bowl the over, probably looking to surprise the tailenders. Iyer gets a lot of spin in the first ball. Only two singles off the over as Siraj gets another chance to complete his fifer!
Siraj bowls his eight over. India practically needs only one wicket to win as Bandara is injured and it is questionable whether he will come to bat or not. Rohit sets an aggressive field as most of the players are inside the 30-yard circle. Siraj to Rajitha, FOUR! lucky Rajitha as he gets an outside edge which goes for a boundary. Only four off the over as India is near to a world record win against Sri Lanka.
Mohammed Shami comes back in the attack for Siraj. Shami to Wellalage, OUT! He chips the ball via a square drive and an easy catch from Suryakumar Yadav to remove eight wicket. This is going down south for Sri Lanka. India eyes a 300+ run victory.
The spin from the other end continues, and Kuldeep bowls his third. Two singles from the first two balls before three dots. Kuldeep to Shanaka, OUT! He tosses up the delivery, and the ball turns off the pitch and goes through the bat and pads! Reminds you of the 2019 Babar Azam dismissal! Captain Shanaka departs for 11 as Sri Lanka 7 down at 50.
This is commendable from Siraj, he is bowling his 7 straight over. Only two runs from this over as Sri Lanka is nearing to 50 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav continues from the other end. The pressure mounts up for Sri Lanka as it can only go one way from here. Yadav gives only two singles from the first five delivery before Shanka punch the ball at the off side to end the over with a boundary.
Mohammed Siraj bowls his 6th consecutive over. Siraj to Karunaratne, full-length delivery, Karunaratne block it and runs halfway, Rohit tries to run out by throwing the ball but it misses the stumps. Siraj to Karunaratne, OUT! Run-out! Karunaratne hits straight back to Siraj and he hits the stumps back. The third umpire intervenes as India is appealing for a runout. The decision comes in the favour of India as Karunaratne was not in the crease. Misery continues Sri Lanka.
Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm wrist spinner, comes into the attack. He starts with a wrong’un. He keeps the line close to the stumps and starts with a maiden over.
Mohammed Siraj bowls his fifth over. Siraj to Hasaranga, OUT! What is happening here? Siraj bowls an outswinger with a cross seam and the ball goes past the bat straight to the wicket, bowled! Two off the last over in the powerplay. Sri Lanka is in deep trouble with 39 for 5 after 10.
Shami continues. Shami to Hasaranga, just a single, off thigh pads, leg byes. Shami bowls a good over with tight lines, just a single off the over. 9 gone, Sri Lanka 37 for 4.
Siraj bowls his fourth over. Siraj to Fernando, OUT! Nuwanidu tries to hit the outswinger but the ball gets an inside edge, and goes straight to the stumps, bowled! A single off the last delivery to avoid the maiden over. A wicket and a run from this over.
Shami continues from the other end. Shami to Asalanka, OUT! Shami strikes this time! Asalanka cuts it to the point and the ball goes straight to Axar Patel as Sri Lanka is three down in just 31 runs! This is a brilliant display by the Indian team. Another successful over for India, only 4 came along with a wicket.
Mohammed Siraj bowls his 3rd over. Siraj to Fernando, FOUR! he flicks the full-length delivery for a boundary. WOW! This is some shot by Nuwanidu Fernando, a brilliant cover drive registers for a back-to-back FOUR! Nine from of the over.
Dunith Wellalage is being substituted for Jeffrey Vandersay.
Mohammed Shami continues. Shami holds his tight line and kept bowling there. Fernando sees off the over. Maiden over for Shami.
Siraj to Fernando, a thick outside edge goes in between the two slips - Kohli and Shubman for a FOUR! Siraj to Fernando, edged again but fells short this time. Siraj to Kusal, third time charm for Siraj! OUT! Thick edge and this time the ball carries to the keeper and Rahul makes sure to catch it. Five from the over, another wicket to India.
Shami continues. Kusal Mendis opens his account with a beautiful FOUR, off the pads. The ball was going down the leg and Kusal guided it for a boundary between mid-on and midwicket. An error from Shami this time as the ball goes down the leg and Rahul could not offer much as the ball raced away for a boundary. 5 wides! Better from Shami as he holds the line in the last three deliveries, no runs give in that as SL takes 10 off the over.
Mohammed Siraj comes in the attack from the other. He starts with a good line and gave no room to Nuwanidu. Siraj is holding the line, this time the ball shaped outside. Defended well by Nuwanidu. Siraj to Nuwanidu, an outside edge goes to the third man for a single. Siraj to Avishka, OUT! Siraj strikes in the powerplay, yet again! The ball shapes outside and gets an edge, Shubman makes no mistake at wide slip to catch the ball safely. Only 1 off the over but one wicket as well for India.
Mohammed Shami starts the bowling attack for India. Shami to Avishka and straight away gets off the mark with a quick single at the third man. Shami to Nuwanidu, FOUR! he too gets off the mark, with a boundary in the third delivery. He drives the fuller-length delivery over the backward point for a boundary. Six off the first over. .
Avishka Fernando and Nuwanidu Fernando are opening for Sri Lanka. Mohammed Shami starts the proceedings for India.
- Kohli went past Tendulkar’s record of most ODI tons at home. Today’s century was his 21st in India.
- Kohli went past Tendulkar’s record of most ODI centuries against a single opposition. He scored his 10th hundred vs Sri Lanka, going past Tendulkar’s nine vs Australia.
- Kohli became the fifth-highest run-getter in ODI cricket, going past Mahela Jayawardene’s tally.
- Kohli is now just three ODI hundreds behind Tendulkar. He scored his 46th century today.
Kumara bowls the final over. Kohli steps out and flat-bats this over midwicket. The fielder in the deep seems to have parried this back in but replays show that he had stepped on the cushion when the ball was in his hand. That’s a SIX! 150 up for Kohli off 106 balls. Take a bow! SIX! Short and this is pulled away by Kohli over deep midwicket. FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Full and wide outside off and Kohli squirts it to the backward point boundary. Kohli not out 166 (110).
Rajitha bowls the penultimate over. Starts with a wide outside off. SKY goes over an aerial drive and collects a couple as the fielder stops the ball just inside the rope at deep cover. Dropped again! Suryakumar goes for the reverse-sweep and this is dropped by Kumara at short third. Sri Lanka not having the best of days in the field today. OUT! Suryakumar ends up slicing this to deep extra cover. Axar comes in. A couple of singles to end the over.
FOUR! Full-toss on the pads from Kumara and Kohli whips it to the square-leg boundary. Slower one down leg again, Kohli cannot put it away and it goes off the thigh pad for one leg-bye. Rahul is dropped on 6 by Shanaka at mid-off as the SL captain is too early into the jump. OUT! Rahul departs. He is caught at deep cover. Suryakumar comes in and gets into the act right away. Shuffles across and scoops but cue ends it to short fine for a single.
SIX! In the slot from Rajitha and heaved over deep midwicket for a maximum. SIX! Too full again and too straight and another checked lofted-drive over long-on for six more. Kohli steps out next ball and slices this to deep point for one. FOUR! Full toss outside off and Rahul creams a drive through covers to the boundary.
Kumara comes back. OUT! Sheyas is gone! His bottom hand comes off and he ends up chipping it to extra-cover. KL Rahul comes in next. That would have raised some eyebrows at this stage with SKY sitting in the dugout. Rahul starts off with a single. He almost chips one into the hands of mid-off as the ball lands just short of the fielder.
Karunaratne continues. Shreyas pulls it for a single off the first ball. SIX! Full and lofted over the bowler by Kohli with ease for another maximum. SIX! Length ball and Kohli picks it up with from outside off and deposits it over midwicket. FOUR! Kohli just toying with the bowling now. Lifts this over extra cover off the backfoot. A couple more at deep midwicket to end the over.
Rajitha comes on. SIX! Kohli steps out and whips this one from wide outside off over wide long-on. Ten runs from the over. Can India still get 400?
Karunaratne back at the death. FOUR! Pitched up, slow, and Shreyas shovels this down the ground for four runs. Loose ball outside leg and full and Shreyas could have done better than that flick to fine-leg for a single. Kohli drives though cover-point for one more. Moves to 95. Shorter one, stays low and swatted away awkwardly by Shreyas for a single. FOUR! Kohli moves to 99 with that boundary. But there has been an ugly collision at the square-leg boundary between Vandersay and Bandara, who is being stretchered off. Kohli enquires about the players to Shanaka before resuming. Single to Kohli and ANOTHER HUNDRED FOR KOHLI! His third century in the last four innings. King Kohli is well and truly back! ODI hundred number 46 for Kohli and muted celebrations from the master.
Here comes Hasaranga. Shreyas stays back and flays this flat one outside off for two. Good over from Hasaranga as just five come from it. Kohli moves to 94.
Lahiru continues. Last 10 overs coming up. SIX! Kohli steps out, lofts this with the inner half of the bat and just goes over Vandersay at long-on for a maximum. Kohli gets into his nineties with a couple more. Kohli does well to dig out a yorker to midwicket and steals a couple after a misfield.
FOUR! Imperious from Kohli. He steps out to Hasaranga and slams it down the ground with the turn. Pushed off the front foot by Kohli for a single off the final ball.
Kumara comes back. Shreyas is beaten here by a quick one outside off as he looks to poke at it and misses. Tight over from the pacer.
SIX! Hasaranga with the ball. Shreyas slog sweeps the first ball of the over to the wide long-on boundary. Hasaranga pulls it back by conceding just four singles and keeping it flatter.
A bit of a bottom edge for Shreyas on the pull and only a single as Karunaratne steams in. FOUR! Short, doesn’t bounce much and goes off the top edge and over the keeper for a boundary. Single to end the over and 250 up for India in exactly 37 overs.
FOUR! Sliding down leg from Rajitha and Kohli won’t miss that, flicks it behind for a four. He has gone past Mahela Jayawardene to become the fifth highest run-getter in ODI cricket. Kohli steps out, tucks one off his pads and sets off for a couple but only gets a single as Shreyas doesn’t want the second.
FOUR! Very slow outside off from Karunaratne, Kohli waits on it and crunches that through extra-cover. Length ball turned away to square leg off the backfoot for a couple more. Slow again, outside off but this is pitched short and Kohli lets it go, probably thinking it will be called wide. Kohli keep strike with a single.
Rajitha is back. OUT! Gill is clean bowled. Slower one, keeps low and Gill is too early into the shot and misses the ball completely. Shreyas Iyer clips a length ball off his pads for as a single at square leg and is off the mark. Slower one to end the over and Kohli tucks it away on leg for one more.
Karunaratne back into the attack. Kohli gives the ball a bit of a charge and pushes it on off for a single. Four singles from the over. Karunaratne deceives Kohli on a couple of occasions, first with a short one that doesn’t much as much as expected and then a length that goes off Kohli’s inside half of the bat. Drinks Break!
Vandersay comes. Back to back fours for Gill. First is one short and Gill thumps it to the midwicket boundary off the backfoot. Next up is a full toss and this is crashed through covers by Gill. Now, Kohli on the charge. He steps out and hammers it down the ground for four more. Both batters have cut loose after reaching their respective milestones. FOUR! Another boundary for Gill to end the over.
Fernando continues. FOUR! Kohli wants to push this through covers but gets an outside edge that runs away to the third man fence. Tucked away by Kohli to deep midwicket for a single and 50 up for him off 48 balls. Single next ball for Gill and that’s a hundred for him off 89 balls.
Vandersay with the ball. Six singles as Gill moves to 97 off 86. Kohli on 44.
Nuwanidu Fernando into the attack. Hasaranga has walked out. Off-spinner Fernando keeps it flat on back of a length. FOUR! Lucky runs for Gill as he gets an outside edge after stepping out. SIX! This is more like Gill. Steps out and goes inside out to clear deep extra cover.
Seventh over for Hasaranga. A short one to start with and Gill pulls it to square-leg for a single. Hasaranga darts one in with a horizontal arm as Kohli heaves it on off-side for a single. Six ones make it six from the over.
Shanaka bowls his third. The players taking a drinks break after the first ball of the over. Quite a hot day in Thiruvananthapuram today. Gill with an exquisite on-drive but mid-on cuts it off to keep it to a single. Seven from the over, without a boundary, and Gill and Kohli keep the score ticking with ones and twos.
Hasaranga continues from the other end. Just three singles from the over as the leg-spinner keeps things quiet by pulling his length back and bowling a lot flatter.
Shanaka continues. Shanaka to Gill, flat bat short arm jab from Gill to register this for a boundary. Only one single in the last five balls. 5 off this over.
Wanindu Hasaranga replaces Lahiru Kumara. Hasaranga to GIll and another loud shout for an lbw. Hasaraga is confident as Shanaka goes for a rivew. A review shows Gill had an underage as Sri Lanka loses their first review. Four off the over as India crosses the 150-run mark.
Dasun Shanaka comes into the attack as he replaces Jeffrey Vandersay. A slower ball to start the over as Gill tries to drive but settles with a dot delivery. This time the ball stays low. Shanka to Gill, FOUR! he drives off the front foot for a boundary. Two singles and a wide to end the over as India takes seven off Shanaka’s first over.
Lahiru Kumara to Kohli, a loud appeal for an lbw! The height is the problem for Kumara this time as Kohli does not need to worry much about this appeal. Kumara to Kohli and he flicks it for a double. 6 runs from this over.
Vandersay to Kohli and he takes a single from the first delivery. Vandersay to Gill, SIX! he goes down low and slog sweeps to register a maximum! A wonderful shot! Three singles from the last three deliveries.
Lahiru Kumara comes back into the attack as he replaces Chamika. Kumara to Kohli, FOUR! He tucks the good length delivery over fine leg for a boundary. Three singles follow as eight runs comes from it.
Vandersay continues. Vandersay to Gill, he steers it away to the long-off for a single to complete his 6th FIFTY in ODI cricket. He has been in sublime touch as he completes his 50 in just 52 balls. Five from the over as India is now at 118 for 1 after 19 overs.
Just two off Chamika Karunaratne’s over. Shubman Gill nears 50 and Kohli looks solid from the start today. Interesting passage of play as India will look to build another partnership from here and Sri Lanka will look for more breakthroughs.
Vandersay continues from the other end. A couple of singles to start the over. Vandersay to Kolhi, FOUR! wonderfully driven over covers for a boundary. Make it two of two, another FOUR! this time he cuts it off his back foot at a backward point. A good over for India, 11 off it.
Chamika Karunaratne continues. Karunaratne to Rohit, FOUR! short length delivery and Rohit tries to flick this one but the ball comes off thighs, leg byes. Karunaratne to Rohit, OUT! Rohit tries to pull this time but the ball goes straight to the fielder. Rohit was near to his half-century and looks visibly frustrated as he misses to make it big after a lovely start. Virat Kolhi walks in at the no. 3 for India. Karunaratne to Kohli, no run, a good delivery to start. Karunarante to Kohli, FOUR! Kohli gets off the mark with a boundary. A confidence booster shot as he drives it the classical way for a boundary.
Rohit c Avishka Fernando b Karunaratne 42(49) [4s-2 6s-3]
Jeffrey Vandersay from the other end. Three singles from the over as Sri Lanka has broken the flow of runs. India closing in on 100 run mark.
Chamika Karunaratne comes into the attack. He replaces Vandesay. Another quiet over for India as he holds the tight line and gives only 2 runs from his first over.
Hasaranga continues from the other end and gives only one run from this over. The spinner has been the most economical bowler for Sri Lanka till now.
Jeffrey Vandersay comes into the attack. He holds the line and length and gives 6 runs from his first over.
Gill drives the first ball of the over to long-on for a single. Hasaranga to Rohit, and he chose long-off for another single. Three dots balls before Gill tucks the last ball for a double as India takes 4 runs from the over.
Kasun Rajitha, in the last over of the PowerPlay. He mixes the length and gives no runs in the first three balls. Rohit compensates with three back-to-back boundaries. First, he pulls the short ball for a SIX in the long-on region. Then he steps out and registers another SIX, down the ground. He flicks the last ball of the over to register the third boundary of the over. This is brilliant batting from both openers, they took their to get set and then dominated the second half of the PowerPlay.
Hasaranga from the other end. Hasaranga to Gill, no run as the ball gets an edge but lands safely. Hasaranaga to Rohit, he flicks it over deep mid-wicket and the ball races away but Bandara gives full commitment and saves one run this time. Hasaranga to Gill, FOUR! Fearless, Gill steps out and registers for a boundary.
Kasun Rajitha comes back into the attack from the other end this time. Three dot balls to start the over as Rajitha is holding a good line here. Rajitha to Rohit, FOUR! Rohit picks the slower delivery and punches it for a boundary down the ground. A couple from the last delivery to finish off the over. 6 runs from it.
Wanindu Hasaranga, right arm leg-break comes into the attack and replaces Kasun Rajitha. Spins puts some break on the flow of run, only three singles from the over.
Kumara to Rohit, SIX! Rohit waited for quite some time to pounce on this delivery, he chooses the aerial route to flick the full-length delivery and register over the boundary for a maximum. Kumara to Gill, this is pure timing. He uses the pace and drives it for a boundary. Another FOUR, Gill is now in his grooves as he steers the full length, outside off delivery for another boundary. Make it three in a row for Gill, this time he flicks it over mid-wicket for the third FOUR! of the over. Kumara to GIll, this is pure annihilation, fourth FOUR from the over. 6,1,4,4,4,4 as India takes 23 from this over.
Rajitha from the other end. Rajitha to Gill, FOUR! he is taking the charge here as this time, he punches away to the fine leg for a boundary. Rajitha to Gill, FOUR! WOW! this is classic Shubman. He reads the line early this time and drives it by leaning forward. 8 runs from this over.
Kumara from the other end. Kumara to Rohit, the ball comes slightly in and gets an edge to the third man for a single. Kumara to Gill, FOUR! a beautiful drive over the backward point opens the account for Gill in this match. Rohit and Shubman Gill are taking their time and trying to build a solid start for India here. 6 off the over.
Rajitha continues from the other end. Rajitha to Rohit, he punches a length delivery for a single to get off the mark. Gill comes back in the strike and sees off the last four deliveries. Only one from this over as India is 5 for no loss after three.
Lahiru Kumara, right arm fast, comes into the attack from the other end. Kumara to Gill, FOUR! The ball was going down the leg and it sneaks past the pads to run away for a boundary. Leg byes as the first runs come for India as extras Kumara to Gill, the ball swirl in this time and get an inside edge this time. 4 off the second over.
Kusan Rajitha starts with a short-length delivery, it swings away as Rohit leaves it. Rajitha is getting early movement in the air but nothing much happens in the first over as Rohit plays a maiden over. No runs in the first oer.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill open for India, Kusan Rajitha starts the proceedings for Sri Lanka!
Two changes for the visitors too. Ashen Bandara and Jeffrey Vandersay are in for Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage.
Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Ashen Bandara, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik are rested and in come Suryakumar Yadav and Washington Sundar.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
India wins the toss and elects to bat.
The wicket is almost in the centre of the ground so no skewed boundaries. Sangakkara says with dew likely to come into play, teams would want to bowl first.
With the series in the bag, India is unbeaten in 11 ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. The best Sri Lanka managed was a 1-1 in a three-match series in 1997. India has won the remaining 10 ODI series against the Lankans at home.
Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara.
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik.
With the series in the bag, India could look at making some changes. But considering it is a World Cup year, the management could also want its core to get as much game time as possible. Kuldeep Yadav came in for the injured Yuzvendra Chahal in the last game and impressed with three for 51. Will he get another game today if Chahal is fit?
Virat Kohli needs 63 runs to become the fifth-highest run-scorer in ODIs. He will go past Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka, who has 12,650 runs in the format, compared to Kohli’s 12,588.
The third between India and Sri Lanka will be aired LIVE on the Star Sports Network at 1:30 PM IST. The match will also be streamed LIVE on Disney+Hotstar.
Wicketkeeper: K L Rahul, Kusal Mendis
Batters: Nuwanidu Fernando, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Lahiru Kumara, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Chamika Karunaratne
Team Composition: SL 4:7 IND Credits Left: 16.5
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Kusal Mendis (vice-captain & 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, Lahiru Kumara.