Sri Lanka lost the third and final ODI by 317 and in the process were clean swept by India in the three-match ODI series. India scored a mammoth 390/5 on the back of centuries from Virat Kohli (166) and Shubman Gill (116). The Indian bowlers then bowled out Sri Lankan for just 73. The Lankans lost the first ODI by 67 runs and the second by four wickets.
None of the Sri Lankan batters stood tall in front of the Indian bowlers as the batting lineup was dismantled under pressure to chase down the score. Mohammed Siraj took four wickets and Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav took two each.
Does Someone Call This A Match: Aakash Chopra After Sri Lanka’s Cleansweep
Reviewing Sri Lanka’s performance in the series, Aakash Chopra said that teams do not lose by this big margin in the modern game and said that the visitors were no match for the Indian team.
“Does someone call this a match? Teams don’t make as many runs as what Sri Lanka lost by, what are you doing? Virat Kohli scored 166 and the opposition team scored 73, you lost to just one guy. A 317-run win, teams don’t score 317 runs these days. You lost the series 3-0” he said on his Youtube channel while speaking about the third ODI.
Thiruvananthapuram Crowd Protested Against Sanju Samson’s Absence: Aakash Chopra
The crowd in Thiruvananthapuram protested the absence of Sanju Samson after he was snubbed from India’s squad for the series. Chopra said that the local fans protested the absence of Samson which is why there was less number of people on the stands.
“ODI cricket, personally, is not exciting to watch for me and how will it work if it is like this? Very few people came to the Thiruvanthapuram ground also. Was it a protest for Samson’s absence or was it because it was a dead rubber but we expected more people to come, it was a Sunday.”
Sanju Samson was not picked in the ODI series after he coped with a knee injury in the first T20I against Sri Lanka. Samson was not picked for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, probably because the Indian squad already has two wicketkeeper-batters in KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan.
India next plays an ODI and T20I series against New Zealand at home and Samson is not a part of that series as well.