- India won by 8 wickets
- SL made 215
- Dhawan made 100
- India won the series 2-1
It’s all getting too monotonous now. Every time Sri Lanka have played India this season the outcome has come out to be the same leaving one wondering how long it will take for Sri Lankan cricket to bounce back and compete with the big boys. It was the same story on Sunday when Indian and Sri Lanka squared off in the third and final ODI of the Paytm series. Playing each other under warm conditions in Vizag, India for the umpteenth time this year ended up trashing Sri Lanka by 8 wickets to win the final match of the series and win another series against their neighbors.
With the series level at 1-1, the match on Sunday was expected to be fiercely contested as both the teams took on each other for the final time in the 50 over format this season. It turned out to be a different match but the same story for a Sri Lankan side that has now for quite some time been struggling against the mighty Indians. After having lost all the series they have contested against India this year, Sri Lanka had a golden chance to finally turn the tables against the hosts by winning the final match and ending the year on a high. However, their frailties with the bat came to haunt them once again as an embarrassing batting collapse saw them go down.
Batting first Sri Lanka got off to an amazing start courtesy of opener Tharanga who made a well made 95.Aided well by Sadira(42) Sri Lanka were sitting pretty at 136-2 as the pair played well to see out the middle overs, negotiating the Indian bowlers with ease and keeping the scorecard moving at a good pace. Kuldeep Yadav, however, had different plans as a good spell of 3-42 by him saw him break the partnership. There was no coming back for the Lankans from there as they, lost 8 wickets for a meager 45 runs to end their innings at 215 and even failed to see out their 50 overs.
Chasing a small total India chased it down comfortably as Dhawan continued his purple patch to notch up another hundred. He along with newcomer Iyer (65) destroyed Lankan dreams as Indian reached 219-2 to take home the series 2-1.