India captain Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and opted to bat first in the third and final ODI at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today. India made six changes. Nitish Rana, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, K Gowtham and Sanju Samson are making their debuts while right-arm seamer Navdeep Saini gets a game. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, made three changes. The Indian side are looking for a clean sweep.
- JUL 23, 2021 03:20 PM IST
FOUR: Shaw flicks for his second boundary
Bread and butter as they say. Chameera a bit full and onto the pads and Prithvi Shaw, the kind of form he is in, would punish those 24/7. Flicked off his pads brilliantly for his second boundary. Sanju Samson meanwhile is off the mark in ODI cricket as he gets off the mark with a single.
- JUL 23, 2021 03:16 PM IST
WICKET! Dhawan out caught behind
OUT! And that’s a wicket for Sri Lanka, as Shikhar Dhawan is out caught behind for 13. Outside off and the Indian captain tried to go after it but managed a faint nick to give the catch to Minod Bhanuka.
India 29/1 after 3 overs.
- JUL 23, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Hat-trick of boundaries for Dhawan
Three identical balls and three identical shots from Dhawan gets him three fours in a row. The only difference was that the last two fours were kept down on the ground. Not the start Dananjaya or Sri Lanka wanted. India 23/0 in 2 overs.
- JUL 23, 2021 03:08 PM IST
Spin introduced up front: Akila Dananjaya has the ball
Well, it doesn’t make a difference. Second four off the bat for India, first of the innings off the bat of Shikhar Dhawan. Long half volley and the India skipper goes inside out for a handsome boundary.
- JUL 23, 2021 03:06 PM IST
Chameera to Shaw: FOUR
What a first over for India. They are 11 for no loss. Prithvi Shaw bottom edged the final ball of the over and it surprisingly bounced over the slip cordon for four. Perfect start for the Men in Blue.
- JUL 23, 2021 03:04 PM IST
Five Wides: First runs for India
Excessive swing for Dushmantha Chameera as he sends down five wides down the leg side. Bonus runs and India are off the mark.
- JUL 23, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Dhawan and Shaw walk out to open for India
Captain Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have walked out to open the batting for India. It will be Dushmantha Chameera with the new ball for Sri Lanka. Here we go!
- JUL 23, 2021 02:50 PM IST
A few records up for grabs for India
A win in the 3rd ODI will make India the 2nd team to win 11 or more successive ODIs in 2 away countries after West Indies. If India manage to win today, it will be India’s 12th whitewash series win. India is also a win away from imposing their 4th whitewash vs Sri Lanka in an ODI series of min. 3 matches, it will be the most whitewashes by a team against Sri Lanka in ODIs.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:43 PM IST
Sri Lanka XI for 3rd ODI
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama
- JUL 23, 2021 02:38 PM IST
India Playing XI for 3rd ODI
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Sanju Samson(w), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya
- JUL 23, 2021 02:38 PM IST
Three changes for Sri Lanka
Praveen Jayawickrama, Akila Dananjaya and Ramesh Mendis come into the side for the 3rd ODI against India.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:35 PM IST
Six changes for India in total
India have made six changes – five of them debutants. Nitish Rana, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, K Gowtham and Sanju Samson are making their debuts while right-arm seamer Navdeep Saini gets a game.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:32 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI – Toss update
India win toss and opt to bat first against Sri Lanka in 3rd ODI.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:26 PM IST
5 debuts for India
BREAKING NEWS: India have handed ODI caps to five cricketers – Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar and Chetan Sakariya.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:25 PM IST
Shikhar Dhawan full of confidence
India captain Shikhar Dhawan has been in good touch. He scored an unbeaten 86 to take India home in the first ODI. Dhawan missed out on the second ODI but there is no reason he can’t get a big one today against Sri Lanka.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:21 PM IST
Will Kuldeep and Chahal continue?
There is no reason why they shouldn’t, especially considering that they haven’t played together consistently for two years. But at the same time, India would also like to have a look at Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy. Chahal has picked up 5 wickets in this series while Kuldeep bagged a couple in the first ODI but went wicketless in the second.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:16 PM IST
Problems for Prithvi Shaw against spin
Prithvi Shaw has looked unstoppable against the seamers. Cut, cover drive, back foot punch, flick, on drive, straight drive – he has brought out his full range against the Sri Lanka new-ball bowlers but the same has not been the case whenever they have switched to spin. If it was Dhananjaya de Silva in the first ODI, it was Hasaranga in the second that brought an end to Shaw’s innings.
- JUL 23, 2021 02:09 PM IST
Sanju Samson vs Manish Pandey
It’s a real tough one. After the exploits of Ishan Kishan in the first game, it is unlikely that India would drop the left-hander but it is an equally difficult task to keep someone like Sanju Samson in the bench for long. That leaves Dravid and Dhawan only one option and that is to play Samson and Kishan both. Then who will they drop? Manish Pandey looked a million dollars before he was run out in an unfortunate manner, won’t it be too harsh on him? Well, you don’t want to be the Indian coach and captain now.
- JUL 23, 2021 01:58 PM IST
Will Rahul Dravid try out new players?
India have only 4 limited-overs fixtures (including IND vs SL 3rd ODI) before the T20 World Cup. It will be interesting to see if that and the series result (India are 2-0 ahead) prompts coach Rahul Dravid to make a few changes to the Indian XI and give a go to few other youngsters, who are waiting in the wings.
- JUL 23, 2021 01:53 PM IST
Hardik Pandya’s fitness, form a concern
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has bowled only 9 overs in the two ODIs so far without much success. On top of that, he had issues with his lower back while bowling in the 2nd ODI. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did confirm that the injury was not serious, which means Hardik is set to play today but his ability to bowl full quota of 10 overs still remains doubtful. In his only opportunity to bat in this series, he bagged a duck.
- JUL 23, 2021 01:46 PM IST
Can Sri Lanka stop the whitewash?
A tough question. The hosts were the favourites to win the previous ODI but they somehow could not close it. India’s No.8 and No.9 put on an unbroken 84-run stand. That would be Sri Lanka’s biggest worry. As they say winning is a habit and Sri Lanka are far away from that hobby right now.
- JUL 23, 2021 01:35 PM IST
Deepak Chahar, man of the moment
Deepak Chahar could do no wrong the other night. He was disciplined with the ball, his knuckleballs had Sri Lanka’s middle-order in a frenzy. When all odds were against India, Chahar put his hand up and scored an unbeaten 69 to take India to an improbable victory. The only thing missing from his cabinet was a wicket with the new ball. The right-arm seamer would be looking to get that today in the 3rd ODI.
- JUL 23, 2021 01:26 PM IST
A recap of the 2nd ODI
Sri Lanka put together a decent batting performance to give India a target of 276. The hosts showed a drastic improvement in their plans against the Indian batsman while defending the target. Their ploy brining spinner Wanindu Hasaranga early worked wonders as they got openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw out cheaply. India kept on losing wickets and were reduced to 116 for 5. Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya then put on a partnership with the fomer scoring his maiden fifty. But both of them fell in quick succession. India were 193 for 7 when Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got together to put on an unbroken 84-stand for the eighth wicket and take India home.
- JUL 23, 2021 01:21 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka live score, 3rd ODI
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI in Colombo. India have already won the series but there will not let up from their side, which has some of the most prolific young cricketers in the world now. We are in for another exciting contest.