SL v IND 2021: Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa star in Sri Lanka’s consolation three-wicket win in 3rd ODI

Sri Lanka chased down India's target of 226 with 48 balls to spare.

Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa added 109 runs for the second wicket | GettySri Lanka and India faced each other in the final game of the three-match ODI series at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday (July 23).

Opting to bat first, the visitors got bowled out for a below-par 225 in 43.1 overs in a rain-marred 47-over-per-side contest.

It was a disappointing batting performance from India as none of the batters managed to touch the 50-run mark. Prithvi Shaw was the top scorer with 49.

Akila Dananjaya (3-44) and Praveen Jayawickrama (3-59) were the stand-out bowlers for Sri Lanka, claiming three wickets each in their stipulated 10 overs.

Chasing the revised target of 227, the hosts rode on Avishka Fernando’s 98-ball 76 and Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 56-ball 65 to get over the line with 3 wickets in hand and 48 balls to spare.

For India, debutants Rahul Chahar (3-54) Chetan Sakariya (2-34) were the pick of the bowlers but their effort with the ball wasn’t good enough on the day.

Despite the loss, Team India clinched the ODI series 2-1, having registered victories in the first two games.

Brief Scores:

India – 225/10 in 43.1 overs (Prithvi Shaw 49; Akila Dananjaya 3-44) lost to Sri Lanka – 227/7 in 39 overs (Avishka Fernando 76; Rahul Chahar 3-54) by three wickets.


By Salman Anjum - 23 Jul, 2021

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