Colombo, August 28: Jasprit Bumrah’s 5 wicket haul and Rohit Sharma’s sensational knock of the century led Indian cricket team to register a commanding win over Sri Lanka in the third ODI which was played in Pallekele. Notably, India has taken an unbeatable lead of 3-0 in the 5 match ODI series. It was India's seventh successive bilateral series victory against Sri Lanka. India last lost an ODI series to the island nation in 1997.
On the other side, Sri Lanka's on-field embarrassment became their off-field shame, as a bottle-flinging Pallekele crowd caused a 35-minute disruption before India were allowed to knock off the final eight runs that won them the match and sealed the series.
However, the day belonged to Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 124 off 145 balls, and forging a 157-run unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership with MS Dhoni in the match led a big and comprehensive win. Earlier in the day, it had been Jasprit Bumrah claimed 5 wickets after conceding only 27 runs. However, this was Bumrah’s first five-wicket haul in international ODI.
India achieved the modest total of 218 runs easily with six wickets and 4.5 overs to spare. The last seven balls, which were played out after the crowd had been dealt with were little more than a mere formality. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
Only Lahiru Thirimanne managed to rise above mediocrity, hitting 80 off 105 balls, relying largely on placement and field manipulation over ambitious stroke-making or power. None of the other Lankan batsmen were able to settle on the pitch in front of Indian bowling attack.
While Bumrah's lines and lengths were often good, the menace in his bowling was enhanced by his mixing of pace. His first wicket, in fact, had come under somewhat strange circumstances. Niroshan Dickwella missed a full, straight delivery in the fourth over, and was adjudged lbw, only for the ball to have been proved to pitch outside the leg stump when the batsman reviewed.
Three balls later, Bumrah pitched another full ball on the stumps, Dickwella missed again, and though given not out initially, India overturned that decision with a review of their own. Kusal Mendis soon edged Bumrah to a diving Rohit at second slip. The two-stroke trishaw had backfired twice in quick succession, and though Dinesh Chandimal would join Thirimanne for a third-wicket stand worth 72, no one else could muster a partnership.
Towards the end of the innings, Bumrah bowled Dananjaya and Milinda Siriwardana in successive overs, as both batsmen attempted to play aggressive strokes. In between, he had had Thirimanne caught at short cover. Sri Lanka lost three games in a row but they will now have to win their last two games in order to remain in contention for an automatic qualification in World Cup.