India maintained their winning run leading to the 2015 World Cup as they trashed Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the third ODI at Hyderabad. With this win, India have now pocketed the five match ODI 3-0 series after winning the first two matches quite comprehensively with the last two matches yet to be played.
Shikhar Dhawan’s third fifty of the series propelled India’s chase as he completely stamped his authority on the Lankan bowlers. After stitching on 62 for the first wickets in 12 overs, Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Thisara Perera for a 47 ball 31. Dhawan, in the company of the centurion from last match, Ambati Rayudu put on 69 in 12.3 overs before Ambati was run-out courtesy a mix-up between the duo.
Skipper Virat Kohli walked in and increased the tempo and when it all looked for Dhawan’s second 100 of the series, he was dismissed for 91 (off 79 balls), with the replays showed the ball clipping the way on its way to the keeper. Kohli followed Dhawan soon after his fifty as Suresh Raina, in the company of Wriddhiman Saha took India home.
Earlier choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka managed to put on 241-8 on the board courtesy some lethargic batting from the Lankans combined by some decent bowling performances from the Indians. Mahela Jayawardene tried all he could in his 124 ball 118 (12 fours and 1 six) but the wickets kept tumbling in the other end. Jayawardene got some support from Tillakratne Dilshan (53 off 80) and Seekkuge Prasanna (29 off 32) with whom he shared a 105 run and 69 run partnership. Umesh Yadav finished with figures of 4-53, his career best figures in ODIs.