Sri Lanka vs India: Hosts win toss, elect to bat

Virat Kohli believes that the 24 limited-over matches at home will help the former skipper MS Dhoni in getting some momentum and consistency going his way

Chasing 218 for victory, India rode on an unbeaten 157-run stand between Rohit Sharma (124) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (67) to achieve the target with 29 balls to spare.

The death-overs specialist returned in the fag-end to remove the unsafe looking Lahiru Thirimanne with a clever slower-delivery after the batsman had made a valuable 80. Apart from this, Sri Lanka will be expected to field the same 9 for their do-or-die game at the same venue.

A win in the match will give India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) deemed Sri Lanka to be lagging three overs behind when their allotted time to bowl 50 overs was complete in the second ODI in Pallekele on Thursday.

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Pallekele: Virat Kohli and co will hope to the seal the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the two Asian counterparts face-off in the third ODI here on Sunday.

This is just the latest in a spate of bad luck that has set Sri Lanka back during India's tour. In the second ODI, India won their game by losing seven wickets.

With 3-0 up and series in the bag, it remains to be seen if Kohli will make some changes for the remaining two ODIs.

Whereas Lasith Malinga's poor run seems to have no impact on the team Sri Lanka, on the other side Dushmantha Chameera and Vishwa Fernando also failed to show their required worth, which allowed the Indians to have added advantage. Apart from him, Dinesh Chandimal (36) and Milinda Siriwardana (29) made some notable contributions. With Lahiru Thirimanne as his opening partner for the next ODI, the two could look to get the batting to a strong start, as the middle-order has struggled to find form.

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India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur. Sri Lanka had a chances to beat India, but they can't do that till the end of the match.

Crowd trouble took the spotlight away from India's series win as disgruntled fans held up play for more than 30 minutes on Sunday.

Bumrah dismissed Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis to reduce Sri Lanka to 28-2 before Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal tried to steady the innings.

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