S.Dhawan strikes ton leads India to series win
S.Dhawan strikes ton leads India to series win
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S.Dhawan strikes ton leads India to series win

P.V.Anandpadmanabhan

India finished with an impressive victory against Sri lanka. Sri Lanka wasted another brilliant start to their innings as they collapsed to 215 in 44.5 overs.

India needing 216 runs to win and win the series 2-1. India having a brilliant home record as they have not lost a series here since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.

Earlier, India won the toss and put Sri Lanka to bat first. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah got the first wicket for India, as he dismissed Danushka Gunathilaka for 13.

S. Dhawan scored an unbeaten ton as India cruised to an emphatic eight-wicket win in the decider against Sri Lanka today. Chasing 215, India won with 17.5 overs to spare and registered their eighth successive bilateral ODI series win.

With the professional performance tonight, India won their sixth ODI series of the year and eighth in a row since July 2016.

Sri Lanka were never in the game with the ball despite getting Rohit Sharma for just 7. India skipper Rohit Sharma was not able to reproduce his Mohali magic here as he fell in the fourth over after hitting a big six off Akila Dhananjaya. Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer continued to pulverise an attack that barely threatened. Iyer racked up his second successive half-century after a slow start and raced past Dhawan to get to the fifty-run milestone first. The 135-run stand for the second wicket ensured that there were no hiccups for India in the chase. Dhawan and Iyer made light of the early departure of their skipper and put on 135 runs in 19 overs to put India on the road to victory.

Iyer, who scored his maiden ODI fifty at Mohali, hit a flurry of boundaries after a cautious start and hoisted Pathirana for six over long-on. And while Iyer fell for 65, Dhawan continued to raise the gears as India wrapped up the victory in style.

Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared three wickets each for India as Sri Lanka squandered a blistering start provided by Tharanga (95 off 82).

The wicket offered decent turn for the spinners but the visitors failed to apply themselves, losing the last five wickets in the space of 18 runs and the last eight for 55 runs.

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