Last Update on: January 15th, 2023 at 08:16 pm
The dead rubber third ODI of the series between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team was played at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, January 15.
India National Cricket Team claimed a dominant 317-run victory over Sri Lanka National Cricket Team in the match to register a 3-0 clean sweep over the visitors. This was the biggest win in the history of ODI cricket in terms of runs and overall first-ever 300-run ODI victory.
India National Cricket Team won the toss and opted to bat first in the match. They made two changes to the playing XI as Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik were rested and were replaced by Washington Sundar and Suryakumar Yadav in the team.
Sri Lanka National Cricket Team also made two changes to the playing XI as Jeffrey Vandersay and Ashen Bandara replaced Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage.
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Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill provided India with an excellent start in the match. They were off to a cautious start, before going berserk against Lahiru Kumara in the 6th over, smashing him for 23. At the end of the first powerplay, the Men In Blue were at 75/0.
The Rohit-Gill duo fell just 5 runs short of a century partnership as they managed to stitch together 95 runs in 92 balls before Rohit Sharma got dismissed in the 16th over, which was bowled by Chamika Karunaratne. The skipper scored a good 42 runs off 49 balls, but he was extremely dejected after his dismissal.
Unlike Rohit Sharma, Gill managed to convert a good start into a big score. The Punjab-born batter played with great intent and completed his half-century off just 52 balls and the century off just 89 balls.
Overall, Shubman Gill smashed a terrific 116 runs off 97 balls, including 14 fours and 2 sixes, before being cleaned up by Kasun Rajitha in the 34th over. He also had a remarkable 131 runs partnership in 110 balls with the modern-day batting great Virat Kohli.
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Kohli displayed his class once again and registered his 46th ODI century and overall 74th ton in international cricket. He batted with an excellent strike rate and smashed an outstanding 166* runs off 110 balls, including 13 fours and 8 sixes.
He was involved in two century partnerships – with Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, who contributed a decent 38 runs with the bat. In the end, India posted a humongous 390/5 on the board in 50 overs.
In the second innings, India’s new-ball king Mohammed Siraj once again provided his side with an amazing start and he decimated the Sri Lankan batting unit.
He dismissed Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Nuwanidu Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga inside the first 10 overs and then produced a brilliant direct hit to dismiss Chamika Karunaratne in the 12th over. Siraj kept bowling good lines and lengths and completed his 10 over-spell, but was unable to grab a 5-wicket haul.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets and Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 73/9. After being involved in a scary collision with Jeffrey Vandersay, Ashen Bandara didn’t come out to bat and the visitors faced an embarrassing 317 runs defeat.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To India’s Dominant Performance In The 3rd ODI vs Sri Lanka:
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 15, 2023
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 15, 2023
Two heroes of India today – Virat Kohli and Mohammad Siraj. pic.twitter.com/sfIs5VpKOw
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 15, 2023
History: India becomes the first ever team to win by 300+ runs in ODI.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 15, 2023
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) January 15, 2023
— Alok Kumar 🇮🇳 (@Alok22748595) January 15, 2023
Recent lessons to ICT fans from team but we keep failing and later blame them.
NEVER trust or fall for white ball bi-laterals roadshows and moreover when it is SL, WI & NZ
We need GOALs from 🇮🇳 #HockeyWorldCup2023
🏴 penetrating too much i think. Harmanpreet 😠😡
— CricRoyale (@cricroyale) January 15, 2023
When Virat in the ground ball out of the ground. Outstanding Performance King Kohli. #INDvSL
— Ritik Rathore (@RITIK___RATHORE) January 15, 2023
This is embarrassing Sri Lanka! #INDvSL
— Ziiyaa (@Zee_Boii) January 15, 2023
Like aggresive batters, there are aggressive bowlers too and in @mdsirajofficial India have found a real aggressive pacer who's at the batters at all times. His rise as a white ball bowler has been phenomenal in last year or so. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/zDTa3KhIci
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 15, 2023
— Hawaldar Singh (@AamPoliceWala) January 15, 2023
The 6th bowling option..
— Veguli (@veguli_) January 15, 2023
— Raj kumar verma (@Iamrajkumarve) January 15, 2023
What a play #TeamIndia, It's very amazing to see our heroes of Cricket playing this historical Cricket Match
— Avinash Sharma. (@avinashs1000) January 15, 2023
KL Rahul is a makeshift wicketkeeper.#INDvSL
— 19741458161 (@Strike1AndOut) January 15, 2023
— Cricket With Laresh (@Lareshhere) January 15, 2023
Rohit:the frustrated Captain#INDvSL
— Red Ball Quarry (@CricketQuarry) January 15, 2023
— Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) January 15, 2023
Biggest Win in ODI History by
— Mohammad Salman Sam (@imsalmansam) January 15, 2023
— Kavinda Ratnapala 📖 (@Kavinda937) January 15, 2023
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 15, 2023
— Syed Hussain (@imsyedhussain) January 15, 2023
#INDvSL 3rd ODI summary : a thread
SL bowlers today : pic.twitter.com/FIrUe5bfq6
— Nidhi Surana (@Nids_surana) January 15, 2023
— Shubham SRKian (@SRKsChamp) January 15, 2023
I will never forget how much I prayed for such moments for Kohli. 🇮🇳✨ Everything about this man feels so personal, be it his success or his failure. Glad that jersey no. 18 is back where it belongs. 🐐#INDvSL
— Nainaaa (@nancy_katariya) January 15, 2023
— Anish84ya_06 (@Anishkumar367) January 15, 2023
— 𝗔𝗿𝘆𝗮𝗻 (@aryankaushik_) January 15, 2023