India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to clinch series 3-0

Upul Tharanga

Some of us from the Indian media covering the series had the luxury to lounge back in the evenings besides the swimming pool at the team hotel with the coverage being superseded by Beijing Olympics where India had begun to register some glory.

With Lahiru Thirimanne threatening to cut loose later, Virat Kohli turned to Bumrah again, and he delivered a flawless slower ball which the batsman chipped straight to midwicket. The visitors have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series after pulling out a three-wicket victory from the jaws of defeat in the last match. Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that's quite freaky. Also a concern for the captain ahead of the third game is match fitness of in-form all rounder Hardik Pandya, who wore a light strap ahead of the second game on his left knee and then pulled up with pain in the same region.

Sharing his experience with the new head coach, Ravi Shastri, Bumrah said the former has always been supportive and advised him to not to take much pressure. A clever strategy by the Indian captain. Chandimal and Thiramane will try to anchor the Sri Lankan team. Brings in the spinners early. Bhuvi at the bowling end.

Bumrah also caught batsmen off-guard with subtle variation in his high-arm action, and Kusal Mendis was beaten for pace, misjudging the line outside off-stump to be caught in the cordon. Rahul got out after scoring 4 runs off 6 balls. He departs for 13.

Bhuvneshwar concedes four leg byes at the start of the seventh over, as a rare error by veteran keeper Dhoni results in the ball running away to the long-stop boundary. This is turning out to be a quick start.

KL Rahul who made a comeback in India's ODI side after nearly a year did not have the best of the starts against Sri Lanka. While Rahul had gifted his wicket to a poor delivery, there was no doubt about the quality of Dananjaya's dismissal of Kedar Jadhav in his very next over.

The India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI will be broadcast live on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Ten 3.