India bowl again, SL make three changes and bring back Chameera

India bowl again, SL make three changes and bring back Chameera

However, his stunning six wicket haul did not prove to be enough as former India captain MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar played a patient game in the second innings to help the visitors beat Sri Lanka by three wickets.

But still, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, and Dushmantha Chameera can be replacing them which will be clear in the today's match.

In reply, Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan shared an impressive 197-run partnership as India reached the total within 29 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. "For me, if we were left alone and you could work with this group of players, you could get some stability and consistency over a period of six months", said interim head coach Nic Pothas, urging the selectors to show some patience. Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that's quite freakish.

India lost seven wickets for 22 runs after a 109-run opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and in-form Shikhar Dhawan. Look at his ODI numbers and take a call.

The Indian team management chose to shuffle the batting order in this match as KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav were promoted up the batting order ahead of Kohli. Also, he is going to do the keeping for the hosts.

"But you can't really control what's happening from another person, you can only control what you can do on the park and the mindset that you can be in", he added. Virat Kohli and his men thrashed a listless Sri Lanka by nine wickets, thanks to Axar Patel's figures of 3/34 which helped them to restrict the hosts for 216.

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It was Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who finally saw India home.

On the other hand, Lanka, under Upul Tharanga's captaincy, will look to bounce back and level the series.

"Once they needed 100 runs, we tried everything". The pair added exactly an unbeaten hundred as Dhoni remained unbeaten on 45. "With the new ball, he can get a bit of extra bounce because of his height", the swashbuckling batsman insisted.

Dananjaya made it five wickets in 15 deliveries for Sri Lanka by bamboozling Jadhav, Kohli and KL Rahul in the 18th over, finding a gap between pad and bat to knock down the stumps on each occasion and Hardik Pandya did not learn from their exits.

However, Siriwardana (58) and Kapugedera (40) played the ball to its merit to stabilise the innings.