Dananjaya bowled an outstanding spell: Kohli

Georgia Reed
August 28, 2017

India will be looking to take an unbeatable lead in the five match ODI series against Sri Lanka when they play the third ODI against the Lankans tomorrow at Kandy.

MS Dhoni was at his vintage best in the previous match, coming from behind to put an unbeaten 100-run partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to seal a sensational victory.

Earlier, Bumrah took his maiden five-wicket haul to overshadow a composed 80 from Lahiru Thirimanne, who was on his worldwide return after more than a year.

While India's head selector MSK Prasad believes Pandya has the talent to match even Dev's considerable exploits, captain Virat Kohli preferred a comparison with the best fast-bowling all-rounder in the modern game. Milinda Siriwardana's hard work and Chamara Kapugedera's performances for Sri Lanka will probably support to bat out 50 overs. It was the first toss Sri Lanka had won since India landed on their shores over a month ago.

Chamara Kapugedara, who is leading the Sri Lankan side in place of Upul Tharanga, and Virat Kohli seemed to have their respective wish granted.

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For Sri Lanka, spinner Akila Dananjaya scalped two wickets while pacers Lasith Malinga and Vishwa Fernando took one wicket each.

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India lost seven wickets for 22 runs after a 109-run opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and in-form Shikhar Dhawan.

India slumped to 61-4 when spinner Akila Dananjaya dismissed Lokesh Rahul (17) and Kedar Jadhav (0).

It was a struggle from the start for Sri Lanka, who won the toss and opted to bat first, as only Lahiru Thirimanne (80) impressed before becoming one of Bumrah's victims in his first worldwide five-for.

Sri Lanka had earlier made 236/8 in their fifty overs before a rain shower shortened the India chase.

The third ODI of the five-match series between India and Sri Lanka will start on Sunday, August 27.

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Dananjaya took six wickets to almost derail India's chase in the previous match and impressed once again with 2-38 from his 10 overs - the offspinner dismissed KL Rahul (17) and the Kedar Jadhav (0) to add to India's woes.

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