India vs Sri Lanka - Home side ends ODI series with 3-wicket win

India 225 (Shaw 49, Samson 46, Dananjaya 3-44, Jayawickrama 3-59) lost to Sri Lanka 227/7 (Fernando 76, Bhanuka 65, Rahul Chahar 3-54) by 3 wickets in 47-Over Game

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Team India lost 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka yet won the odi series by 2-1. India tour of Sri Lanka 2021
Team India lost 3rd ODI still took home series by 2-1. (Image: Getty/KKR)

In the ongoing India tour of Sri Lanka 2021, despite losing the ODI series 2-1, Sri Lanka would be happy with their performance against India in particular departments in the ODI series, especially their spinners’ performance. It was Sri Lanka's first win in the last 11 ODIs at home against Team India.

They were outclassed in the first game but played some good cricket in the following two ODIs. Avishka Fernando, who got starts in the first two ODIs made sure he plays a big knock in the final one and guide the team home.

India’s team management’s decision to make six changes, including five debutants, backfires

Team India rang in as many as six changes in the final ODI in a bid to give opportunities to youngsters included in the squad. All the front-line bowlers who played the first two ODIs were rested as India came up with a new bowling attack. They paid the price though, as they lost the game by 3 wickets in the end.

Debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and Prithvi Shaw stitched a 74-run partnership for the second wicket to give India a good start in the first innings. Samson scored 46 off 46, while Shaw amassed 49 off 49. At 147 for 3 in 23 overs, India were in a strong position before rain played spoilsport. However, the Men in Blue fell in quick succession in the second phase of the innings.

Suryakumar Yadav made a vital 40 off 37, however, none of the other middle-order batters made a strong impression. There wasn’t a single 50-run knock throughout the innings as India found themselves bundled out for 225 in 43.1 overs. Due to the rain delay, Sri Lanka’s revised target worked out to be 227 runs in 47 overs as per the Duckworth-Lewis system.

There were a couple of impressive performances from Rahul Chahar and Chetan Sakariya in the bowling unit during the second innings. In the field, India had a disappointed outing as they dropped as many as five catches. Overall, Team India lacked steam as Sri Lanka, on the back of Avishka Fernando’s 76 and Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 65, chased down the target in 39 overs in the end.