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His opening spell of 5-2-9-2 helped India check Sri Lanka on a good pitch.

Sri Lanka: Chamara Kapugedera (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Akila Dhananjay, Milinda Siriwardana, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga.

However, he was unable to convert it into a bigger score as he was caught by Rohit Sharma at cover off the bowling of Bumrah for 58, which came off 58 balls and included two boundaries and a six.

Mendis was a rage in the media too with the army boy from little-known Moratuwa town who could not speak or understand English pushed to do one-on-ones with Indian TV channels using the aid of a translator.

Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Kedar Jadhav all chipped in with a wicket each.

However, before India's innings could get underway, the heavens parted and India's target was revised to 231 runs off 47 overs.

Sharma and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who hit an unbeaten 67, shared an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 157 as India - who won the Test series 3-0 - chased down Sri Lanka's modest total.

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In the last five matches of Sri Lanka, they have lost four matches and won one match. Virat Kohli & Co will not be looking to repeat the same mistakes they made in the 2nd ODI.

He dealt two more blows to leave India reeling on 131-7 when Dhoni reprised his finisher's role and Kumar proved a ideal foil as they bailed out India with a century partnership.

But Rohit remained defiant even as Lokesh Rahul (17) and Kedar Jadhav (0) fell, the 30-year-old paying fluently and chalking up his century from 118 deliveries.

Virat Kohli's men, who are brimming with confidence after registering a cake-walk victory in Dambulla, will look to continue their winning streak. We didn't capitalise again.

It was not easy at the start with Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah on fire, but they stuck it out. He is now the only batsman to average over 100 among those with at least 1000 runs. "Our bowling and fielding has improved".

Sri Lanka cricket fans are known to be one of the best in the world, supporting their team with lots of energy. We don't have any regrets. We would not leave that because by adding singles we wouldn't reach a stage of needing 6-7 runs per over as we didn't have many batsmen left. We'll be more careful next time. Taped up, Chandimal gritted it out a while longer before flicking a short of length ball from Pandya right down Bumrah's throat at deep square-leg.

"The off-spin was working, so continuously used the variations".

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