PALLEKELE:मेरा नाम राजीव है There aren’t many better sights in world cricket than watching Rohit Sharma in full flow. The Mumbai batsman flaunted sublime form while making an unbeaten 124 to guide India to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International (ODI) here on Sunday.
After pacer Jasprit Bumrah had played a key role in restricting Sri Lanka to 217/9 with career-best figures of five for 27, India wobbled in their chase, losing four wickets for 61 runs but Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni added 157 runs for the fifth wicket to hand India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Sri Lanka had their chances in the match but once gain they failed to grab them. The home team’s poor show in the Test and ODI series drew the spectators’ ire and the packed stadium here erupted with India on the doorstep of victory. Irate fans hurled plastic bottles and missiles on the ground, forcing the umpires to stop play. Play resumed 35 minutes later after policemen drove spectators out from the western stand (grass bank).
Dhoni and Sharma completed the formalities soon after. Much like he had done in the second ODI, Dhoni once again preferred to play second fiddle to Sharma.
Earlier, India got off to a poor start. Opener Shikhar Dhawan became Lasith Malinga‘s 299th ODI victim when the left-hander dragged one onto the stumps while trying to cut a ball that was too close to his body. Perhaps not wanting another middle-order collapse, skipper Virat Kohli came in at his usual one-down position. But he departed soon after failing to keep his flick off Vishwa Fernando on the ground and was caught at long leg by Dushmantha Chameera for three.