Chetan Sakaria was the most impressive Indian debut. Over the past 12-plus months, tragedy and ecstasy have played hide and seek in his life. In his first ODI, the left cutter from Saurashtra briefly brought his team back into play, demanding two quick wickets. But the Indian bowlers ran out of runs to defend, and Avishka Fernando, helped by a 68th catch, pushed Sri Lanka over the line.
In the end, the islanders won the ODI against India; Victory with three wickets in a 227 round chase with 38 spare balls. But more than the result, India will regret the sub-par demonstration, which has a tinge of complacency.
The streak of three has already been won and, from India’s perspective, the appointment of five debutants for the third ODI made it exciting.
Sanju Samson was in the T20I mix, but this was his first ODI and he would have been disappointed if he hadn’t made a good start. When he timing the ball correctly, Samson exudes elegance. He read the mysterious spinner Akil Dananjaya by hand, his work was deft, and his treatment of Ophi Ramesh Mendis bordered on contempt. The 46 ball runner on Friday was pleasing to the eye, but Samson got greedy and was caught for extra cover trying to play out one raised drive too much.
K. Goutham missed Dananjai’s full throw when he tried to plan ahead for the paddle. He then revisited the final decision of the LBW, from which even the bowler hat scratched his head. When he played bowling, Goutham was a little nervous from the start, but got his first ODI wicket the first time by firing Minoda Bhanuku.
Flurry of gates
Nitish Rana finished seventh and this situation provided him with a great opportunity to hit long and revive India’s innings. Tourists were 147/3 after 23 overs when rain stopped play. When play resumed, the ball began to cling to the surface due to some additional moisture. Four wickets fell in quick succession and Rana was the last surviving batsman. But he tried to turn around, disrespecting the loop and turn from Dananjay. Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s dropped ball added insult to injury.
Rahul Chahar, despite being in the tail, showed the app and added 29 runs with Navdeep Saini for the ninth wicket, to give India some respectability. His bowling (3/54) caught lightning near the end of Sri Lanka’s serve. Prithvi Show could not resist Ramesh Mendis. Another gate following Dasun Shanaka’s departure could have made the case interesting.
When India hit Shikhar Dhavan was completed by moving away from Dushmanta Chamir. Manish Pandey left the game again after playing with himself and Hardik Pandya got a square as a result of the sharp turn of the left-handed spinner Pravin Jayavikrama and was caught right in front.
Shaw fought well for his 49s. With only half a century behind his first ODI, the rookie overdid Shanaka a bit and got trapped in his foot earlier. Suryakumar Yadav blinked at a higher level. For example, on a delivery, to which Samson walked forward to drive through the hideout area, Yadav just stood there and rumbled. But after scoring 40 goals with 37 goals, he was unable to cope with Dananjay’s sharp turn. The last 3/44 of 10 overs was well deserved. Jayavikrama is back from 3/59.
The game shrank to 47s and India dropped out at 43.1. The owners needed a brisk start to conquer dominance. A partnership between Fernando and Rajapaksa of 109 second wicket starts secured them a consolation victory despite some late turmoil.