Sri Lanka opt to bat in final ODI against India

Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bat

It was a familiar story for Sri Lanka as the scoreboard read 64/3 after the first powerplay.

Kumar got into action to bowl Thirimanne off the inside edge and the dismissal triggered a collapse that saw Sri Lanka losing their last seven wickets for 53 runs in under 11 overs.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has added another feather to his illustrious cap, he becomes the first wicket-keeper in the history of ODI cricket to effect 100 stumping dismissals. He accounted for Dilshan Munaweera (4) caught by captain Virat Kohli with the total on 40.

The India skipper was already the highest ODI run-getter for 2017 going into the match.

Thirimanne reached his 35th ODI half-century off 83 balls and it was his second fifty of the series. Sri Lanka is in the severe practice to win at least a single match in the series. One could downplay these knocks, saying they came against a toothless bowling attack, but to not pay heed to how methodically he has built each of his innings, never mind the quality of bowling, is discrediting Dhoni, the batsman.

Virat Kohli and his men completed a 5-0 sweep of Sri Lanka in their one-day series which ended yesterday in Colombo Sri Lanka
Virat Kohli and his men completed a 5-0 sweep of Sri Lanka in their one-day series which ended yesterday in Colombo Sri Lanka

So far, they have not been successful in their attempts, and a large part of those failed tries have come about because of how clinical their opponents have been.

6 - This was only the sixth time that an Indian captain has whitewashed an opponent in an ODI series of five matches or more. Wanidu Hasaranga (9) departed few deliveries later and then Dhoni got his record-scripting 100 stumpings in ODIs when Yuzvendra Chahal outfoxed Akila Dananjaya (4) in the 43rd over of their innings.

Earlier, the record for the most stumps was in the name of retired Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara who had 99 stumps to his name.

He accounted for Milinda Siriwardana (18) and Lasith Malinga (2). Indian bowlers are keeping it straight and simple on the wicket, Sri Lankan openers are happy to play the waiting game. He overtook Australian Clint McKay?s 14 wickets versus Pakistan in 2010.

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