Cricket: Rohit Sharma hits unbeaten ton as India clinch series against Sri Lanka

Sports Sunday 27/August/2017 21:44 PM
By: Times News Service
Cricket: Rohit Sharma hits unbeaten ton as India clinch series against Sri Lanka

Pallekele: Opening batsman Rohit Sharma smashed an unbeaten 124 to help India overcome a top-order wobble and register a series-clinching six-wicket victory in the third One-day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Paceman Jasprit Bumrah laid the foundation for India's victory with a career-best five for 27 to help restrict Sri Lanka to 217 for nine at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
India slumped to 61 for four in 14 overs but Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni accomplished the chase with an unbroken 157-run stand to put India 3-0 up in the five-match series.
The match was held up towards the end when irate fans, who have been protesting since India blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 in the preceding test series, hurled water bottles and forced the players off the ground for about half an hour.
Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Chamara Kapugedera won the toss but the hosts did not get the kind of start they needed.
Bumrah dismissed Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis to reduce Sri Lanka to 28-2 before Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal tried to steady the innings.
Once Hardik Pandya dismissed Chandimal for 36, Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and did not get any significant partnership.
Bumrah dismissed Thirimanne for 80 and accounted for the wickets of Akila Dananjaya and Milinda Siriwardana.
India started their reply weakly.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan dragged a Lasith Malinga delivery on to his stumps and skipper Virat Kohli flicked Vishwa Fernando to the long leg fielder.
Dananjaya's six-wicket haul had nearly derailed India's chase in the previous match and the off-spinner dismissed KL Rahul and the Kedar Jadhav cheaply to rekindle Sri Lanka's hopes of staying alive in the series.
Sharma's sensible batting, in the calming presence of former captain Dhoni, snuffed out home hopes as they calmly guided India home.
Sharma's 12th ODI century included two sixes and 16 boundaries. Dhoni hit a six and four fours in his 67 not out.
The teams move to Colombo for the fourth one-dayer on Thursday.
N. Dickwella lbw Bumrah 13
D. Chandimal c Bumrah b H. Pandya 36
K. Mendis c R. Sharma b Bumrah 1
L. Thirimanne c Jadhav b Bumrah 80
Angelo Mathews lbw Jadhav 11
C. Kapugedera b A. Patel 14
M. Siriwardana b Bumrah 29
Akila Dananjaya b Bumrah 2
Dushmantha Chameera run out 6
Vishwa Fernando not out 5
Lasith Malinga not out 1
Extras (b-4, lb-7, w-8) 19
Total (9 wkts, 50 overs) 217
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-28, 3-100, 4-138, 5-159, 6-181, 7-191, 8-201, 9-210.
Bowling: B. Kumar 9-2-41-0 (w-3); J. Bumrah 10-2-27-5 (w-1); Y. Chahal 10-0-49-0; H. Pandya 8-0-42-1 (w-2); A. Patel 10-1-35-1 (w-1); K. Jadhav 3-0-12-1 (w-1).
Rohit Sharma (not out) 124
S. Dhawan b Malinga 5
V. Kohli c Chameera b V. Fernando 3
L. Rahul c Thirimanne b Dananjaya 17
K. Jadhav lbw Dananjaya 0
MS Dhoni (not out) 67
Extras (lb-1, w-1) 2
Total (f4 wkts, 45.1 overs) 218
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-19, 3-61, 4-61.
Did not bat: H. Pandya, A. Patel, B. Kumar, J. Bumrah, Y. Chahal
Bowling: Lasith Malinga 5-0-25-1 (w-1); Vishwa Fernando 8.1-2-35-1; Dushmantha Chameera 10-1-59-0; Angelo Mathews 3-0-17-0; Akila Dananjaya 10-0-38-2; Milinda Siriwardana 9-0-43-0.
Umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Joel Wilson
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel
Match referee: Andy Pycroft