India won the third and final ODI of the series against Sri Lanka and with that clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1 in Vizag.
India scripted a fabulous comeback in the series, as they won the second and third ODI after losing the first game in Dharamshala by a huge margin.
India won the toss and chose to bowl first in Vizag. Sri Lanka was dismissed for a mere 215 and could only play 44.5 overs. Sri Lanka started well, as Upul Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickram steadied the Sri Lankan ship after an early hiccup. The two were involved in a 121 runs partnership before Sadeera got dismissed for 42.
Upul Tharanga was the top scorer for the tourists, as he scored 95 runs, falling short of a well-deserved century. Tharanga’s dismissal sparked a collapse for the Sri Lankan team, as they lost their last eight wickets for just 55 runs.
For India, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan continued their good form in the third ODI as well. Iyer scored his consecutive half-century, as he scored 65 off 63 deliveries. Shikhar Dhawan scored his 12th ODI century and guided India to a convincing win by eight wickets. India chased down the target in just 32.1 overs.
The series had some very impressive individual performances. Looking at their performances let’s see who made it to the combined XI of the two teams.
Rohit Sharma (C)
Rohit Sharma created history in the series, as he scored his third double century in the ODI’s in the second match in Mohali. He was the highest run-getter in the series with 217 runs in three ODI’s. As a captain, this was his first series leading the men in blue, and after being hammered in the first ODI, he inspired the team for a fantastic comeback and won the remaining two ODI’s.
Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged the man of the series for his fifty in the second ODI and then a match-winning hundred in the third ODI. He scored 168 runs in the three-match series and laid the base for the batsmen in the last two games.
Upul Tharanga impressed with his 95 in the third ODI and was the only bright spot for the tourists in the match. Tharanga was the second highest run scorers for the tourists with 151 runs.
Shreyas Iyer batted at the number three position in the absence of Virat Kohli, and he showed a lot of character in the series. He scored two consecutive fifties and was the third highest run-getter in the series with 162 runs.
Relieved of the captaincy responsibilities, Angelo Matthews impressed with both bat and ball in the series. Matthews scored a century in the second ODI and was the highest run-scorer for the tourists with 153 runs. He bowled 12 overs in the series, picked up just one wicket but at a low economy of 3.91.
MS Dhoni (Wk)
MS Dhoni took India past 100 in the first ODI on a pitch where the Indian top-order failed miserably. He scored a 65 in the match. He was also involved in six dismissals which included two stumpings and four catches.
Thisara Perera led the senior side for the first time and impressed in the first match as a captain. As a bowler, he had an impressive series picking up five wickets and was the second highest wicket-taker in the series.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the Indian bowling and picked up three wickets in the series at an economy of 4.77 runs per over.
Suranga Lakmal has been the most impressive bowler from the Sri Lankan side throughout the tour and picked up five wickets in the series.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the highest wicket-taker in the series from both the sides picking up six wickets in the three matches.
Jasprit Bumrah picked up four wickets in three matches at an economy of 4.56 runs per over.