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Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI at Visakhapatnam: Shikhar Dhawan's ton powers hosts to series win

Date: Sunday, 17 December, 2017 21:15 IST Match Status: Yet to Start
  • India haven't lost a single bilateral series in 2017. Let that sink in. Another series to go. Can they continue their rich vein of form in the T20s? Join us on 20 December to find out. Tell then, it is time to say good bye. Cheers! 

  • Lot of hardwork needed

  • Rohit Sharma, India captain: Terrific comeback after the first game in Dharamshala. We showed a lot of character. This has been the hallmark of this team, whenever we are put under the pressure we have comeback strongly. Very proud of the boys. First game was a bit testing as a captain, because we didn't have many runs on the board. Second game was good for me to settle into captain's role. Good to have such bowlers, whenever the ball is thrown to them, they give wickets. Batting of Shreyas Iyer was positive, he showed a lot of intent. From the outside it didn't look like he has played only a couple of games. Whenever the spin-twins have played together they have played well, they have brought us back into the game. This time has shown again and again that whenever we are under the pressure we have done well. Ready for the overseas run now. Excited to lead the young side for the upcoming T20Is.  

  • Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Series (168 runs at an average of 84): I feel I am batting at my best and that is why my consistency has gone up. (On what has he worked on) A bit on technique and on the guard. Once you keep scoring, it becomes easier to handle situation and that is why my success rate has gone up. Whenever I score fifty, I go for a hundred and the conversion rate is good as well. 

  • Kuldeep Yadav, Man of the Match: We are were looking wickets in the middle over and I got two wickets in an over that changed the momentum for us. Wicket was turning and working on my length. When I wasn't getting games, I was working my fitness and my bowling.

  • Kuldeep Yadav is awarded the Man of the Match

  • Sri Lanka captain, Thisara Perera: It is really disappointing for us. We played well in the first game, and it was a good chance to beat India in India, but our bowlers didn't execute the plans well in the last couple of games. We got good start today, but the middle order didn't capitalise and so we couldn't put enough runs on the board.

  • Shantanu Srivastava, Firstpost correspondent at Vizag

    What a season this has been for India. They have pocketed each of the six odi bilateral series they have played this year. That's some form.

    Dhawan wins it for India but the crowd is deliriously chanting for Dhoni. The man does have a following here.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Shikhar Dhawan becomes the second batsman to score 1000-plus runs against Sri Lanka in a calendar year in ODIs after Virat Kohli (also in 2017). 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most consecutive bilateral ODI series wins:

    14 - West Indies (May 1980 - Mar 1988)
    8 - Australia (Apr 2009 - Jun 2010)
    8 - INDIA (Jun 2016 - present) *
    7 - Pakistan (Jan 2011 - Feb 2012)
    7 - South Africa (Aug 2015 - Feb 2017)

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Good series win for India. They fought long and hard to turn a 0-1 loss in the first ODI to a series winning 2-1 verdict. It was the 8th consecutive bilateral series win for India since 2016.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is the 10th bi-lateral ODI series which Sri Lanka have lost in India. They are yet to win a bi-lateral ODI series in India.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Dhawan has paced his innings very well. He saw through the mini crisis when Rohit got out cheaply. Was the solid presence in the middle when Shreyas Iyer batted aggressively in that wonderful 135-run partnership and now with Dinesh Karthik has put on a third wicket stand. His century, his 12th in ODI, was a mixture of caution and aggression and sealed the series for India. Sri Lanka must be his favourite opponent without doubt. 

  • India win the Vizag ODI by eight wickets. Karthik ends with a boundary to the cover fence. 

  • After 32 overs,India 215/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 100 , Dinesh Karthik 22)

    10 runs off the over. India are two runs away from a series-clinching win. 

  • CENTURY! And Dhawan gets there with a boundary behind square. A fine knock from the southpaw. Accelerated well in the end to get to the three-figure mark. 

  • FOUR! Dhawan whips one to deep backward square leg fence. 

  • After 31 overs,India 204/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 92 , Dinesh Karthik 21)

    The runs are flowing. Dhawan is itching to get to his hundred. He is eight runs away from it. 

  • FOUR! Overpitched and outside off, Karthik goes forward and drives it down the ground.

  • FOUR! Dhawan tickles a length delivery to the fine leg fence. 

  • Shantanu Srivastava, Firstpost correspondent at Vizag

    Dhawan into his 90s now. He must get his hundred here. Would be a great way to end the ODI calendar.

  • After 30 overs,India 193/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 87 , Dinesh Karthik 15)

    12 off the over. Now the attention has shifted to Dhawan's hundred. Can he get there? He is 13 runs away from it and India need 23 off it. 

  • FOUR! Dhawan kneels and slogs this tossed up delivery over deep square leg. 

  • SIX! Dhawan gets to the pitch of the ball and wallops one over the long on fence. 

  • After 29 overs,India 181/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 76 , Dinesh Karthik 14)

    Mathews is back into the attack. His first over went for 12. Can he improve here?  Yes, he does. Seven off this over. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Less than 40 runs needed as India enter the homestretch of the chase. Dhawan needs 25 runs to get to his ton. Would be interesting to see if he makes the milestone in the elbow room available at the chase

  • FOUR! Slogged! Dhawan goes down the track and swats it over square leg. 

  • After 28 overs,India 174/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 70 , Dinesh Karthik 13)

    Karthik runs one down to third man for a brace. Then he picks another single to backward square leg. Dhawan punches the third delivery through cover for another run. Four off the over. 

  • After 27 overs,India 170/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 69 , Dinesh Karthik 10)

    Eight runs off the over. Dhawan is playing beautifully here. He is putting away all the bad balls. 

  • FOUR! Full and on the sticks, Dhawan lifts it over mid on for a boundary. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Shikhar Dhawan becomes the 15th Indian batsman to score 4000-plus runs in ODIs. He is the second fastest among Indians. Virat Kohli is the fastest who achieved the feat in 93 innings.


  • After 26 overs,India 162/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 63 , Dinesh Karthik 8)

    Asela Gunaratne is reintroduced. Dhawan completes 4000 ODI runs witha  single to long off. Two more singles are taken on the fifth and sixth deliveries. Decent over from Gunaratne. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Shreyas Iyer had a century for the taking. A 65 from 63 balls showed him to be on top of the bowling. Wasn't ambitious enough on the day to work towards the ton. But he had done a good job in that wonderful second wicket stand of 135 runs with Dhawan. 

  • After 25 overs,India 159/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 61 , Dinesh Karthik 7)

    The only scoring ball in the over is a boundary. On the final ball, Karthik is given out LBW. But he reviews it straightaway and replays show that he has inside edged it. Decision overturned. 

  • FOUR! Brilliant stroke. Karthik flicks a straight delivery through midwicket. 

  • After 24 overs,India 155/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 61 , Dinesh Karthik 3)

    India need 65 off 27 overs. Kind of indicates how below-par Sri Lanka's score is. Four runs come in the over. On the final ball, the mid on fielder scored a direct hit at the striker's end but Dhawan had made his ground. 

  • Shantanu Srivastava, Firstpost correspondent at Vizag

    That's 150 up for India. Looks like another series in the bag, but for an unlikely collapse.

  • After 23 overs,India 151/2 ( Shikhar Dhawan 59 , Dinesh Karthik 1)

    Dhawan inside edges one to fine leg. Single taken. Shreyas Iyer throws his wicket away. Karthik walks out to the centre. Gets off the mark immediately with a single to backward point. The 150-run mark is up for India. 

  • OUT! Shreyas will be kicking himself. He had a great opportunity to score a century but is departing for 65. He tries to slam one over mid on but miscues and Lakmal pouches it safely.  Shreyas Iyer c Lakmal b Perera 65(63) 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Gunaratne's first over went for 17 runs , including the 7 wides and 4 byes. A costly experiment for Lanka

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Runs coming at a fair clip. Part-time bowler Gunaratne helping India's cause with his 7 wide runs in his opening over

  • After 22 overs,India 148/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 58 , Shreyas Iyer 65)

    Gunaratne comes into the attack. Starts with seven wides. That isn't going to help his team at all. To worsen the situation, Dickwella fails to collect a ball and it races away to the fence. A boundary follows and the last ball goes for a single. 17 off the over! 

  • FOUR! Lovely shot. Dhawan was looking to sweep but eventually late cut it behind backward point.

  • After 21 overs,India 137/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 53 , Shreyas Iyer 64)

    Perera continues. Four singles off the over. These two aren't taking any risks. Plus Sri Lanka seem to lack the intensity and feels like they have already given up. 

  • After 20 overs,India 127/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 51 , Shreyas Iyer 62)

    India's target is below 100 runs now. And Dhawan reduces it more with a maximum. Slight delay. Some issues with the ball. Are they going to replace it? No, don't think so, they haven't. 11 off the over as Shreyas ends it with a boundary. 

  • FOUR! All bottom hand this. Got under this delivery and lofted it over cover. Had he connected it well it would've surely gone for a six.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most 50-plus scores in ODIs in 2017: 

    13 - Virat Kohli 
    11 - Rohit Sharma 
    9 - Quinton de Kock, SHIKHAR DHAWAN*

  • FIFTY! 24th 50 for Shikhar Dhawan. Has dropped anchor and let Shreyas do the hitting but still his strike rate is over 100. He is in great form. Gets there with a huge six over midwicket. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    The stand between Iyer and Dhawan is now 100 and it's coming in just 90 balls. Iyer has been authoritative and so as Shikhar Dhawan so far.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Dhawan and Shreyas' second wicket stand has put India on a firm footing and hurtling towards a series win. Shreyas has been the more aggressive one, with Dhawan being watchfully aggressive. Runs are coming at a fast gallop and Lanka look a very ordinary side when under the pump. They have already added more than 100 runs and still going strong

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI at Visakhapatnam: India win the Vizag ODI by eight wickets. Karthik ends with a boundary to the cover fence.

Preview: Rohit Sharma will aim to maintain his superb batting form and win his first series as captain when India take on Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

After a thumping seven-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in the first match, Rohit created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double century in ODIs as India bounced to back to win by 141 runs and level the series at 1-1.

If Sri Lanka do pull of a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.

India on the other hand, will aim to keep up their superb form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Thisara Perera. Agencies

Indian captain Rohit Sharma (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Thisara Perera. Agencies

If India's past record at this venue is anything to go by, they have an excellent chance to keep their unbeaten run going.

The hosts have lost only one of the seven matches they have played at this ground and a generally unimpressive Sri Lanka will have to be at the top their game to get past the Indians.

Placed second in the ODI rankings, India will look to Rohit to lead from the front and give the side a flying start. Along side the skipper all eyes will be on fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a brilliant half-century in the previous match to dominate the innings from the beginning.

One-down batsman Shreyas Iyer who scored his maiden ODI half-century in the previous match will only add strength to the formidable Indian batting line-up along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey .

The bowling will however depend on new ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who bagged a three-wicket haul in the last match will be the key in the middle overs to provide crucial breaks and stem the flow of runs.

For Sri Lanka, captain Thisara Perera will look to re-work his team's strategies to help the visitors return to winning ways.

Perera will also be a vital player in the bowling department along side Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and Akila Dananjaya who have failed to trick the Indian batsmen and pick up key wickets.

For the eighth ranked ODI side, the batting will heavily rely on experienced campaigners Upul Tharanga and Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka will also hope Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne to get amongst runs.


India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Ajinkya Rahane, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel.

Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Chaturanga de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Dec 17, 2017

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