India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets, seal ODI series 3-0!

22:36 IST MS Dhoni takes a single off the first ball of Fernando’s over. It’s over, India win by 6 wickets.

22:34 IST Dhoni takes a single off the first ball of Chameera’s over, 150 partnership for Dhoni-Rohit! Rohit guides the ball towards the third man for a single. Dhoni punches the ball on the back foot, Fernando cuts it off, a couple of runs off that delivery. Just 4 runs required now. A quick single off the next ball for Dhoni. 3 runs required now. Rohit guides the ball for a single towards the third man. 2 runs needed now. Last ball of the over, another single for Dhoni towards the third man, one run needed now. IND 217/4 in 45 overs

22:30 IST Dhoni on strike, India need 8 runs to win the match from 36 balls.

22:28 IST It is not over yet, Dhoni and Rohit are walking out to bat, IND 210/4 in 44 overs

22:18 IST The players are walking back to the pavilion. It means that the match is over.

22:15 IST Meanwhile, MS Dhoni is sleeping beside the pitch, as we say, he is cool as a cucumber.

22:11 IST The play has still not resumed, this is shameful behaviour. Meanwhile MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are relaxing in the middle of the ground.

22:05 IST Play has been suspended for a while due to crowd’s behaviour!

22:00 IST The game has been stopped as Sri Lankan fans are throwing bottles on the ground. Disappointing how the fans are reacting to their teams’ inability to win a single match on India’s tour. But, nothing gives them the right to throw bottles on to the ground. They were cheering when the Sri Lankan bowlers were taking wickets, they should support their team in tough times.

21:57 IST Siriwardana continues, a dot ball to Rohit. FOUR! A boundary for Rohit as he sweeps the ball for a boundary. He takes a single off the next ball. SIX! Dhoni at his very best, when he hits the ball it stays hit, a maximum for him. Two dot balls to end the over. IND 210/4 in 44 overs

21:54 IST Dushmantha Chameera is into the attack, a single off the first ball to Rohit. FOUR! Dhoni cuts the short ball fiercely, gets a boundary, 50 for Dhoni! He could not get to it the last time but this time had enough runs. Two dot balls to follow. Dhoni hits another one, wait! Malinga cuts it off, gets a couple of runs. IND 198/4 in 43 overs

21:48 IST Siriwardana continues, Dhoni once again defends the first ball and takes a single off the next. Two dot balls to Rohit. He plays the ball towards long on takes a single. Another dot ball to end the over. IND 191/4 in 42 overs

21:46 IST Dananjaya continues, Dhoni is still looking to play him cautiously, not giving Sri Lanka anything to capitalise now. He takes a single off the third delivery. Rohit guides the ball towards the third man, a dot ball. He goes back into the crease, gets a single towards sweeper cover. IND 189/4 in 41 overs

21:43 IST Siriwardana comes back into the attack, Dhoni defends the first two balls. He takes a quick single towards square leg. Rohit defends the ball on the front foot. Next ball, this one is in the air and dropped! Rohit gave Kapugedara a gift that he could not hold on to, a single off that one. Dhoni takes a single off the last ball, retains strike. IND 186/4 in 40 overs

21:40 IST Akila Dananjaya once again comes to bowl, his last spell probably. After two dot balls, Dhoni goes back into the crease and works the ball towards sweeper cover for a single. Rohit defends the ball, wanted a single but sent back. Another dot ball to follow. The next one was in the air for a while but safe. IND 183/4 in 39 overs

21:37 IST Fernando continues, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Dhoni is looking to attack now, this time he manages a single towards onside. Rohit flicks the ball, beautiful timing from him, FOUR! another boundary for him. He is batting brilliantly well, just keeping it simple. He plays the next ball back to the bowler. Swing and a miss, Rohit almost yorked himself. Another dot ball to end the over. IND 182/4 in 38 overs

21:33 IST Chameera continues, Dhoni on strike, a dot ball. FOUR! Dhoni pulls the ball for a boundary towards deep square leg for a boundary, he is looking to attack now in an attempt to end this early. He pushes the ball towards covers, good timing on that one, a couple of runs for him as the fielder misfields. Dhoni works the next ball towards fine leg takes a single. Rohit pushes the ball towards mid on, good fielding, a boundary saved for sure. Rohit drives the next ball towards covers, takes a single. IND 176/4 in 37 overs

21:28 IST Rohit on strike, Vishwa Fernando is back into the attack. SIX! He has been welcomed by a maximum off the short ball. A dot ball to continue. He takes a single wide off the mid on fielder. One more single from the over. IND 168/4 in 36 overs

21:24 IST Chameera continues after the break, Dhoni pulls the short ball, FOUR! there was a fielder but could not save that boundary. He plays the next ball towards mid off, a dot ball. He lets the next ball go to Dickwella, a dot ball. He pushes the next ball towards covers, a dot ball as it gets fielded inside the circle. A single off the next ball towards sweeper cover. Rohit is on strike, he is on 99! He works the ball towards third man for a single. 100 for Rohit! IND 160/4 in 35 overs

Drinks Break!

21:17 IST Dananjaya continues, Rohit is on 97, he is trying to put more and more pressure on him, four dot balls. Rohit works the ball towards deep square leg, takes a couple of runs. He is on 99 now. A dot ball to end the over. IND 154/4 in 34 overs

21:15 IST Dushmantha Chameera is back into the attack, starts off with a dot ball. He takes a single off the next ball towards sweeper cover. Rohit is on strike, he is batting on 95. He plays the ball towards midwicket, takes a single, 150 up for India! Dhoni tries to hit the ball hard, a single for him there as he mistimes. Rohit is on 96, he pulls the ball for a single towards fine leg. Dhoni lets the next ball go. IND 152/4 in 33 overs

21:10 IST Dananjaya is back into the attack, he comes round the wicket, he takes a single towards long on. Rohit plays the next ball awkwardly, a dot ball. SIX! Rohit comes down the track and hits the ball over deep midwicket boundary for a maximum, he is looking to attack now, end this one early. He is in attack mode now. He plays the ball towards extra covers, takes a single. Rohit moves to 95! Another ODI century on cards. Dhoni plays the ball back to Dananjaya, a dot ball. He takes a quick single towards mid off. IND 148/4 in 32 overs

21:06 IST Siriwardana into his 6th over, Rohit takes a single off the second ball. Dhoni too takes a single off the second ball he plays. They are having it easy in the middle, frustrating the Sri Lankan bowlers. Rohit plays the ball back to the bowler, a dot one. He defends the next ball. IND 139/4 in 31 overs

21:04 IST Chameera continues, Rohit on strike, he blocks the first ball towards the offside, a dot ball. He punches the next ball towards covers, a dot ball. Rohit goes for a shot over cover but it takes an edge, goes past the point fielder by a minimal margin, a couple of runs for him. A dot ball to follow. FOUR! That was pitched up by Chameera, he hits it over the mid on fielder for a boundary, once bounce over the rope. He punches the ball off the back foot, takes a single towards sweeper cover. IND 137/4 in 30 overs

20:59 IST Siriwardana continues, Rohit guides the ball through covers for a single. A dot ball to continue. Dhoni pushes the ball towards deep extra cover, takes a single. Three more runs from the over. IND 130/4 in 29 overs

20:57 IST Malinga continues, Dhoni works the ball towards deep extra covers, gets a couple of runs, good running between the wickets. FOUR! Dhoni plays the pull shot and places it well, gets a boundary off that one towards the deep square leg. He plays the next one back to Malinga, a dot ball. He guides the ball towards deep midwicket, takes a single. Rohit defends the next ball, that was full from Malinga. A low full toss to follow, Rohit flicks it towards deep square leg for a single. IND 125/4 in 28 overs

20:52 IST Siriwardana to Dhoni, dot balls after dot balls, a single on the fifth ball of the over. Rohit plays a dot ball as well. IND 117/4 in 27 overs

20:50 IST Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack, Dhoni pushes the ball towards mid on, takes a single. Rohit tucks the ball towards deep square leg for a single. India are cruising towards the target now. Dhoni defends the ball in his typical fashion. The next ball is played towards point, another dot ball. Dhoni plays the ball towards covers, takes a single. A dot ball to end the over. IND 116/4 in 26 overs

20:46 IST Dhoni on strike, Siriwardana continues, takes a single towards covers lunging forward and pushing the ball. Rohit works the ball towards square leg, takes a single. Dhoni pushes the ball towards long on, takes a single. 50 partnership for Rohit-Dhoni! Rohit works the ball towards deep mid wicket for a single. A dot ball to follow as Dhoni plays it towards short cover. A single towards long on to end the over. IND 113/4 in 25 overs

20:42 IST Rohit defends the first ball of Dananjaya’s over. He takes a quick single off the next ball working it towards the leg side. Dhoni plays the ball on the full, takes a single towards long on. FOUR! Rohit plays it with the spin, hits it wide of the long off fielder for a boundary. He drives the next ball towards covers, a dot ball. Dananjaya comes round the wicket, Rohit defends on the front foot. IND 108/4 in 24 overs

20:39 IST Siriwardana continues, a single taken off the first ball towards long on by Dhoni. FOUR! Rohit cuts the ball for a boundary towards point, he is leading India’s runchase. Rohit creams the ball towards long on for a single. He takes a single towards extra covers for Dhoni. Rohit plays the ball back to the bowler. Onre more single from the over. IND 102/4 in 23 overs

20:36 IST Dananjaya continues, Rohit pushes hard for a couple of runs. The next two balls are dot ones. The plan seems to be playing out Dananjaya’s overs. Rohit is still playing him cautiously. Just a couple of runs from his over. IND 94/4 in 22 overs

20:33 IST Milinda Siriwardana comes to bowl, Rohit is not looking to attack him straight forward, three dot balls. FOUR! A boundary for him, gets past the mid on fielder. One more single from the over. IND 92/4 in 21 overs

20:30 IST Dananjaya continues, Dhoni plays the ball towards midwicket, a dot ball. Two singles to follow. Dhoni is trying to decode Dananjaya’s bowling. He is playing the balls cautiously. He is trying to cover his wickets and come dow the track. IND 87/4 in 20 overs

20:26 IST Chameera continues, Dhoni takes a single towards mid on. Rohit drives the ball towards mid off, a dot ball. He comes forward and works the ball through midwicket, FOUR! he gets a boundary and moves to 47 from 63 balls. He needs to stay there and anchor India’s innings. FOUR! Here comes another boundary, flicks it off the back foot. FOUR! Third boundary on the trot, short ball and he was on to it in a flash towards fine leg. A dot ball to end the over. IND 85/4 in 19 overs

20:22 IST Dananjaya continues, starts off with a dot ball to Rohit. He takes a single towards long on, Dhoni on strike. Dhoni works the next ball towards square leg for a single. Rohit defends the ball awkwardly. He works the next ball towards square of the wicket, the edge gives Rohit a couple of runs. He goes back into the crease, FOUR! Rohit finds a boundary under these circumstances. IND 72/4 in 18 overs

20:19 IST Chameera continues, a short ball to Rohit, a dot ball to start with. Another bouncer, this one bounced way above Dickwella, he does well to catch hold of that one. Rohit wanted a quick single off the next ball, sent back by Dhoni. Rohit plays the next ball towards fine leg, a single for him. Dhoni on strike, he could not get that one from the middle of the bat, wanted a single but sent back, a dot ball. Dhoni lets the next ball go to Dickwella. IND 64/4 in 17 overs

20:14 IST MS Dhoni comes to bat, he plays the low full toss towards long on for a single. Rohit on strike, that one kept really low, a single towards mid on. Three dot balls to Dhoni. IND 63/4 in 16 overs

20:11 IST WICKET! Kedar Jadhav lbw Dananjaya 0(2) 

Drinks Break!

20:07 IST Rohit Sharma on strike, Dushmantha Chameera has come to bowl. Rohit is being too cautious, just playing the ball towards off side, four dot balls. Sri Lanka are not leaking runs here, making Indian batsmen work hard for them. Rohit works the next ball towards point, a dot ball. A maiden over for Chameera. IND 61/3 in 15 overs

20:02 IST Kedar Jadhav comes to bat, he defends the first ball with caution. IND 61/3 in 14 overs

20:01 IST WICKET! Rahul c Thirimanne b Dananjaya 17(24) 

20:01 IST Akila Dananjaya has been introduced into the attack, will he work his magic tonight? Rohit is on strike, he takes a single off the first ball, that one took an edge. Dananjaya is still lethal! Rahul is on strike, he got clean bowled the last time he played him. He defends the ball on the back foot, a dot ball. He goes for the drive, misses the ball, beaten by the flight. He plays the ball on the back foot, gets a couple of runs towards covers. Rahul hits the ball in the air, he is gone, caught! Dananjaya has got a wicket in the first over. WICKET! IND 61/3 in 13.5 overs 

19:55 IST Mathews continues, an inside edge off Rohit’s bat, lucky again it did not hit the stumps. FOUR! He comes down the track and plays it inside out, gets a boundary. He defends the next ball. A single for Rohit towards midwicket. Rahul plays the ball towards covers, a mix-up between the two, gets a single in the end, that could have been close. Another single off the last ball of the over. IND 58/2 in 12 overs

19:50 IST Rahul on strike, Fernando continues, FOUR! The ball takes a massive inside edge and runs towards the fine leg for a boundary. He plays the ball towards long off, takes a single. Rohit on strike, the ball hits his pads, Fernando goes for a wild appeal but the Umpire says no, spot-on decision. Rohit sneaks a single playing the ball with soft hands. Rahul tries to play the cut shot, could not get it past the point fielder. FOUR! This time he finds the gap, hits it from the middle of the bat, a boundary for him. IND 51/2 in 11 overs

19:46 IST The first powerplay is over but Sri Lanka have decided to keep only three players outside the 30-yard circle. FOUR! Rohit pulls the short delivery for a boundary, the fielder does well but could not cut it off. He takes a single off the next ball. Rahul cuts the ball fiercely, Hasaranga gets to it and saves a boundary for his country. Next ball, he plays it towards covers, a dot ball. Next ball, that one goes past the batsman to the wicketkeeper. IND 41/2 in 10 overs

19:42 IST Rahul on strike, the ball takes an inside edge, close call for him. Fernando is dominating Indian batsmen. He takes a quick single off the next ball. A back of the length delivery to Rohit, a dot ball. He punches the next ball towards mid off, another dot ball. He defends this time, waiting for loose deliveries. An inside edge off the next ball, Rohit gets a single off thelast ball of the over. SL 35/2 in 9 overs

19:38 IST Angelo Mathews comes to bowl, Rohit lets the first ball go to Dickwella, a dot ball. He manages to defend the next ball, another dot ball. He plays the next ball towards offside, a dot ball. Rohit plays the next one towards mid off, another dot ball to follow, four in a row. He tries to cut the next one towards point, a dot ball. FOUR! Rohit edges the ball towards the third man for a boundary. IND 33/2 in 8 overs

19:34 IST Fernando continues, that one hurried on to Rahul, a dot ball. He defends the next ball on the back foot. Rahul flicks the ball towards square leg, picks up a couple of runs, he is off the mark. He takes a single off the next ball. An lbw shout off the next ball as Rohit tries to flick, turned down by the Umpire, a single by leg byes. Rahul lets the next ball go to Dickwella. IND 29/2 in 7 overs

19:29 IST Dushmantha Chameera comes to bowl, replaces Lasith Malinga. Rohit on strike, he turns the ball towards midwicket, a dot ball. He shoulders arms on the next delivery. Sri Lanka are on top of their game. FOUR! Rohit punches it off the back foot, gets a boundary, he is playing the ball to it’s merit. He needs to stick in there to get India past this phase of the match. Rohit cuts again, it was in the air for a while but goes past the point fielder, a couple of runs for him. He defends the next ball towards offside, a dot ball. IND 25/2 in 6 overs

19:25 IST KL Rahul comes to bat, he lets the first ball go to Dickwella, a dot ball. He defends the next ball cautiously, a dot ball. He lets the next two ball go, shouldering arms. The ball goes just past the outside edge, a wicket-maiden for Fernando. IND 19/2 in 5 overs

19:19 IST WICKET! Kohli c Chameera b Vishwa Fernando 3(11) He flicks the ball towards deep square leg, Chameera takes a brilliant catch to dismiss Kohli. IND 19/2 in 4.1 overs

19:18 IST Malinga continues, a single for Rohit as he works the ball towards mid wicket. Kohli on strike, he punches the ball towards short cover, a dot ball. Kohli plays the ball towards short midwicket, a quick single for him. FOUR! Rohit hits the short ball on the up, that was too close to point fielder, gets a boundary, that will release some pressure. He flicks the next ball for a single towards midwicket. The crowd is getting behind Malinga, WIDE! That one went down the leg side, a short ball from him. Kohli guides the ball towards third man, takes a single. IND 19/1 in 4 overs

19:14 IST Fernando continues, Kohli defends the first ball, a dot one. He opens the face of the bat towards extra covers, another dot ball. Swing and a miss! Kohli was lured into a drive, and the ball goes past his bat. Kohli defends the ball and does something funny, bouncing it on the bat and giving it back to the fielder. He plays the next ball towards short cover, a dot ball. He drives again but no run off that one either. A maiden over for Fernando. IND 10/1 in 4 overs

19:10 IST Virat Kohli comes to bat, two slips, and a gully in place for him. Kohli plays the ball on the onside, picks up a quick single. Rohit defends the first ball on the offside. He punches the ball towards covers, good fielding inside the circle, a dot ball. He watchfully defends the ball towards offside, another dot ball. Just a single and a wicket from Malinga’s over. IND 10/1 in 3 overs

19:05 IST WICKET! Dhawan b Malinga 5(3) He played on that one, swing does the trick for Malinga, he is delighted. Is this the breakthrough which will poise the game between the two teams? IND 9/1 in 2.1 overs

19:02 IST Vishwa Fernando comes to bow, Shikhar Dhawan on strike, FOUR! A boundary straight away for him, drives the ball through covers for a boundary, he is carrying forward his form. Dhawan guides the ball towards the third man for a single. Next ball, Rohit guides the ball towards point, a dot ball. He plays the next one towards midwicket, a dot ball. A fuller delivery from Fernando, Rohit plays it towards mid on, did not time it well. That one came back in, hits Rohit’s pads. The Umpire says no but Dickwella is adamant on taking the review. That’s close. IND 9/0 in 2 overs

18:58 IST Malinga to Rohit, he defends the first ball coming half-forward. A punch off the back foot towards cover, a dot ball. FOUR! First runs for Rohit, a boundary past covers for him, that will boost his spirits. He defends the next ball towards offside. Next ball, a similar shot from Rohit, another dot ball. He defends the fuller delivery with a straight bat. IND 4/0 in 1 over

18:54 IST Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan come out to bat, Lasith Malinga comes to bowl.

18:50 IST Jasprit Bumrah is the first Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in three years.

18:40 IST India need 218 to win. Will openers Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma once again provide India a fiery start? Stay tuned to find out!

Innings Break! 

18:13 IST Lasith Malinga comes to bat, Bumrah to bowl the final over, three dot balls. That’s not good for Sri Lanka. FOUR BYES! Awkward bounce there for Dhoni, he almost got hit by that one, Bumrah is smiling despite the boundary. He works the next ball for a single towards third man. Fernando tries to hit the ball over mid off fielder, Jadhav tries to stop that one but a couple of runs leaked. Good effort though. SL 217/9 in 50 overs

18:10 IST Fernando could not get a single off the last two balls. SL 210/9 in 49 overs

18:10 IST Chameera run out (Dhoni/Bhuvneshwar) 6(10) 

18:09 IST Bhuvneshwar comes to bowl, FOUR! Chameera uses the long handle to best effect, gets a boundary towards midwicket. A single off the next ball. Fernando takes another single. Bhuvneshwar bowls a short ball, a dot there. That’s a wide! A need for quick single, Dhoni gives the ball to Bhuvneshwar and he runs Chameera out. SL 210/9 in 48.4 overs

18:04 IS TVishwa Fernando comes to bat, he gets a couple of runs off the first ball. A dot ball to end the over. SL 203/8 in 48 overs

17:59 IST WICKET! Siriwardana b Bumrah 29(27)

17:59 IST Siriwardana defends the first ball from Bumrah. FOUR! Siriwardana goes for a slog, gets a boundary towards square leg, he is looking to get Sri Lanka past 220 or 230. FOUR! This time he goes inside out, another boundary for him, excellent placement from him. WIDE! That one goes down the leg side, Bumrah is struggling to grip the ball. CLEAN BOWLED! Bumrah gets his first five-wicket haul. SL 201/8 in 47.4 overs

17:58 IST Play resumes at Pallekele.

17:57 IST Good news, covers are being taken off the field, expect play to start soon!

17:49 IST Rain stops play at Pallekele!

17:47 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back into the attack, Chameera defends the first ball. Next ball, a bouncer from him, Chameera could not get to that one. Next ball, it hits the pads on the way to Dhoni’s gloves. Another one down the leg side, clips his pads, fourth dot delivery on the trot. Short ball, Chameera goes for the shot and misses the ball. A maiden over from Bhuvneshwar at this stage, golden! SL 192/7 in 47 overs

17:44 IST Dushmantha Chameera comes to bat, he works the full-pitched delivery for a single towards square leg. SL 192/7 in 46 overs

17:42 IST WICKET!  Dananjaya b Bumrah 2(6)

17:42 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes to bowl, he hits Siriwardana’s pads, a single through leg byes. A yorker to follow, Dananjaya manages to keep that out, a dot ball. A short ball to follow it up, another dot ball. He goes for a big shot but misses the ball, third dot ball in the row. BOWLED! Cleaned him up, Dananjaya’s stumps have been shattered. SL 191/7 in 45.5 overs

17:37 IST Chahal continues, Siriwardana takes a single off the first ball. Akila Dananjaya comes to bat, will he be able to do any damage with the bat? He takes a quick single to get Siriwardana on strike. FOUR! He goes for the slog sweep once again, gets a boundary towards square leg. He works the next ball for a single towards square leg. Dananjaya on strike, he takes a single towards long on. Siriwardana pushes the ball for a single towards covers. SL 190/6 in 45 overs

17:33 IST WICKET! Kapugedera b Axar 14(22) 

17:33 IS TPatel continues, he starts off with a dot ball. Siriwardana goes for the big shot down the ground but has to manage with just a single. Kapugedara drives the ball towards covers, Dhawan cuts it off and keeps it for a single only. A dot ball to follow as Sirirwardana tried to cut that one towards point but could not time. A sweep towards Dhawan, just a single off that one. BOWLED! Kapugedara has to depart, Patel finally gets a wicket. SL 181/6 in 44 overs

17:31 IST Chahal comes back into the bowling attack, Siriwardana takes a single off the second ball of the over. Kapugedara flicks the ball towards midwicket for a single. A leaning edge off the next ball, Siriwardana gets a single, wrong one from Chahal. Kapugedara drives it towards long off, takes a single. Another single to end the over. SL 178/5 in 43 overs

17:28 IST Patel continues, Siriwardana on strike, FOUR! The edge travels past Dhoni and towards the boundary. WIDE! That one was down the leg side. A straighter delivery to follow, Siriwardana plays it towards midwicket. He plays the next one towards covers, a dot ball. He flicks the ball this time, a couple of runs as Bumrah cuts it off. He pushes the next one towards left of Patel, he puts in a dive to save that. Siriwardana drives the ball towards covers, takes a single. SL 173/5 in 42 overs

17:23 IST The last powerplay is on now, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has come to bowl now. Kapugedara plays the ball towards mid off, a dot ball. Another dot delivery, Kapugedara needs to accelerate now. He flicks the next ball towards square leg, takes a single. Siriwardana drives, gets a single as the covers fielder misfields. Kapugedara pushes the ball towards mid off, another dot ball as he could not identify the leg cutter. FOUR! That’s the shot he was looking for, a boundary to end the over. SL 165/5 in 41 overs

17:20 IST Milinda Siriwardana comes to bat, he defends the three deliveries shot at him. SL 159/5 in 40 overs

17:17 IST WICKET! Thirimanne c Kedar Jadhav b Bumrah 80(105) 

17:17 IST Bumrah continues, beats Kapugedara on the first ball, a dot one. Next ball, that one was worked away for a single towards third man. In the air and gone, Thirimanne has to go, WICKET! Softt dismissal for him. SL 159/5 in 39.3 overs

17:14 IST Patel into his 8th over, FOUR! Thirimanne picks the short ball and cuts it away for a boundary towards point. A dot ball to continue. He slogs the ball along the ground, gets a single towards midwicket. Kapugedara pushes the ball towards long off, takes a single. Thirimanne plays the ball towards backward square leg, takes a single. Another single towards long off for Kapugedara. bL 158/3 in 39 overs

17:11 IST Bumrah has been brought back into the attack, Thirimanne defends the first ball going on the back foot. An inside edge off the next ball another dot. A slower ball from him, Thirimanne could do nothing but plays it towards short cover, a dot ball. A single off the next ball towards point. Kapugedara defends the ball on the back foot, wanted a single but sent back by Thirimanne. Next one hits the pads, another dot ball. SL 150/4 in 38 overs

17:07 IST Jadhav continues, a single for Thirimanne towards long on. A mere push fromKapugedara, a single off that one. Thirimanne tries to get past the midwicket fielder, a dot ball. He plays the next one towards fine leg, takes a couple of runs. Inside edge off the next one, another couple of runs for him. A single towards fine leg to end the over. SL 149/4 in 37 overs

17:04 IST Axar continues, Kapugedara defends the first ball. Two singles to continue, Axar has been economical. Dot balls after dot balls. SL 142/4 in 36 overs

17:02 IST Chamara Kapugedara comes to bat, a WIDE to start with. He works the ball towards square leg, takes a single. Thirimanne plays it towards mid off, a dot ball to end the over. SL 140/4 in 35 overs

16:59 IST WICKET! Mathews lbw b Kedar Jadhav 11(23)

16:58 IST Jadhav continues, Thirimanne goes deep into the crease and works the ball towards long on for a single. Mathews flicks the ball towards square leg, takes a single. Thirimanne plays the fuller delivery towards long off, takes a single. A reverse sweep to follow, Mathews is out, he has to go now, wait! he has asked for a review here. WICKET! SL 138/4 in 34.4 overs

16:55 IST Chahal continues, Thirimanne tries to work the ball for singles off the first two deliveries but could not get it. SIX! He comes down the track and plays the ball with the spin, gets a maximum, first one of the day. He comes down the track again, but this time has to settle for just a single. Mathews plays the ball towards long on, takes a single. Another single to end the over. SL 135/3 in 34 overs

Drinks Break!

16:50 IST Kedar Jadhav comes to bowl, Thirimanne on strike. What an over from Jadhav, five dot balls from it folowed by just a single. SL 126/3 in 33 overs

16:47 IST Chahal comes back into the attack, defended by Mathews. Next ball, he plays it towards covers, what should have been a dot ball converted into a single due to overthrow from Patel. Thirimanne plays the ball towards long off, takes a single. FOUR! That was a poor delivery from Chahal and got the treatment it deserved, a boundary for him. A single off the next ball. Thirimanne takes a single off the last ball. SL 125/3 in 32 overs

16:43 IST Patel continues, he has been economical so far, Thirimanne and Mathews are struggling to score off him, just 2 singles from the first five balls. Cheeky shot from Thirimanne, a couple of runs off the last ball. SL 117/3 in 31 overs

16:41 IST Fifty for Thirimanne, he takes a single off the first ball of Pandya’s over. Mathews on strike, he defends the first ball. Next ball, he goes for a pull shot, an appeal from Pandya but Umpire says no. He plays the next one back to the bowler, another dot ball, knuckleball from him. He guides the ball towards point, takes a single. Thirimanne works the ball towards midwicket, takes a single. SL 113/3 in 30 overs

16:37 IST Patel continues, Thirimanne defends the first ball. He takes a single off the next ball. Mathews is trying to break free, comes down the wicket on the second ball, takes a single as he mistimes. A dot ball to continue. SL 110/3 in 29 overs

16:34 IST Pandya continues, bowls a back of the length delivery, defended on the back foot, a dot ball. Thirimanne has become a bit cautious after Chandimal’s wicket, two more dot balls. FOUR! He throws the caution to the wind, goes for a lofted shot over midwicket for a boundary. One more single from the over. SL 107/3 in 28 overs

16:30 IST Axar continues, Mathews is looking to defend, just play himself in, first three deliveries he tries to knock around. The fourth one hits his pad, causes a few problems, a dot ball. An arm ball to continue, Mathews plays it towards point, a dot ball. Another maiden for India. SL 102/3 in 27 overs

16:27 IST Thirimanne takes a single off the next ball, he has moved to 42 now. Angelo Mathews comes to bat, he takes a single off the first ball towards midwicket. SL 102/3 in 26 overs

16:25 IST WICKET! Chandimal c Bumrah b Hardik Pandya 36(71)

16:25 IST Pandya continues, a single for Thirimanne off the first ball towards deep midwicket. Next ball, Chandimal flicks it towards fine leg for a single. Thirimanne flicks the ball towards square leg, 100 up for Sri Lanka! A flick from Chandimal, in the air and gone, he has to depart after a few lucky chances, WICKET! SL 100/3 in 25.4 overs

16:21 IST Patel continues, a single for Thirimanne off the first ball. Three dot balls to follow. Dhoni misses a runout chance, that is one of the rarest moment. Just one single from the over. SL 97/2 in 25 overs

16:16 IST: Pandya starts off with a wide. He is not somebody who is erratic. This time he cramps the batsman for room, the ball goes to point, no runs. Short from Pandya, Thirmimanne pulls, the ball was in the air, but one bounce to fine leg, they take a single. Chandimal plays with a soft forehand looking to sneak a single, no runs available. Chandimal looks to pull a ball close to him, it was in the air, but luckily evaded Kohli, two runs. This time he guides it to the third man will get a single. This time he pulls in front of square, he picks up a FOUR. SL 96/2 in 24 overs

16:12 IST Axar continues, he is putting pressure on Thirimanne, making him work hard for even singles. He manages to take a single off the fifth ball towards fine leg, good agile fielding from Chahal. Chandimal comes down the track again, another dot ball. SL 88/2 in 23 overs

16:10 IST Chahal continues, Thirimanne plays the ball towards backward point, takes a couple of runs. Next ball, takes an inside edge off the ball, a dot one. He pushes the next ball back to the bowler, a dot ball. He drives but not convincingly, a dot ball. He takes a single off the next ball. Chandimal comes down the wicket but mistimes it back to the bowler. SL 85/2 in 22 overs

16:07 IST Axar Patel comes to bowl, Thrimanne cuts the ball for a single. A dot ball to continue. Next ball, Rahul misfields again, Kohli is not happy with that effort. One more single from the over. SL 82/2 in 21 overs

16:04 IST Chahal continues, he is trying to ball fuller delivery to Thirimanne, two dot balls. He takes a single towards long on. Two more singles from the over, good one for Chahal. SL 79/2 in 20 overs

16:01 IST Pandya continues, Thirimanne plays the ball towards backward point, takes a single. WIDE! A bouncer to follow, that was too high for him to hit, a single to follow after. FOUR! Thirimanne gets a boundary, he is settled now, might be dangerous in his comeback match. One more single from the match. SL 76/2 in 19 overs

15:56 IST Chahal continues, Lahiru takes a single off the first ball. Chandimal is on strike, he comes down the wicket and plays the ball towards long off, takes a single. Another single to follow, Lahiru is looking  comfortable against Chahal. Chandimal plays the ball towards mid on, a dot ball. Next ball, he plays it towards midwicket, wanted a single off the misfield but turned down. An lbw appeal off the next ball but Umpire says no. SL 68/2 in 18 overs

15:53 IST Pandya continues after the drinks break, Lahiru on strike, FOUR! That was full and down the leg side, as if it was asking to be smashed, a boundary to start with. Next ball, he defends it on the offside, picks up a single. Chandimal on strike, the short ball hits his glove and hits his helmet, he is in pain now. Chandimal is on knees, his thumb has been injured. Chandimal has been patched up, it looks like he will continue. Yes, he does. Another short ball from Pandya, that one hurried on to Chandimal, almost an action replay of the previous delivery. He defends another ball on the back foot. Pandya is firing short ball after short ball, SL 65/2 in 17 overs

Drinks Break!

15:42 IST The Sri Lankan batsmen have started to score now, they are looking comfortable at the crease. Three singles from the first three balls. Chahal gets an outside edge off the bat, the ball goes past the first slip, a couple of runs off that ball. Good over so far for Sri Lanka. He plays the next ball fine, a single off that delivery. Chandimal drives the ball back to the bowler. SL 60/2 in 16 overs

15:38 IST Pandya continues, good over from him. Thirimanne and Chandimal are trying to preserve wickets , just three singles from the over. SL 54/2 in 15 overs

15:34 IST Chahal continues, Chandimal defends the first ball. Next ball, an lbw appeal off that one, turned down by the Umpire. He guides the next ball towards long off, takes a single. One more single from the over. SL 50/2 in 14 overs

15:31 IST Hardik Pandya comes to bowl, Thirimanne takes a single off the first ball. Chandimal plays the ball towards short midwicket, a single taken off that ball. FOUR! Thirimanne finds the gap on the onside, the ball goes towards the midwicket boundary for four. Next two balls were defended back to the bowler, 6 runs from the over. SL 48/2 in 13 overs

15:27 IST Yuzvendra Chahal is into the attack, Lahiru on strike, he defends the ball on the back foot. He turns the next one towards the square leg, a dot ball. Another one defended, he is struggling to score runs. He defends again, scored just 1 run from 11 balls. He plays the ball towards long on, takes a single. Another dot ball to end the over. SL 42/2 in 12 overs

15:24 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, into his 6th over now. Chandimal defends the ball on the back foot, a dot ball. Next ball, a huge lbw appeal but the Umpire says no, an inside edge on that one. FOUR! A top edge off Chandimal’s bat, a boundary over the head of Dhoni. Next ball, a bouncer left alone by him. Chandimal defends the next ball back to the bowler. The ball goes past the outside edge again, some swing there for Bhuvneshwar, a huge appeal for caught behind turned down. SL 41/2 in 11 overs

15:18 IST Bumrah continues, a single for Chandimal off the first ball towards long leg. Thirimanne is struggling, the ball is whizzing past the edge. Bumrah is moving the ball away from the new batsman, he is keeping him on the back foot, making him play every ball. Just a single from the over. SL 37/2 in 10 overs

15:14 IST Chandimal on strike, Bhuvneshwar continues, FOUR! Oh, that is poor fielding from Bumrah at the third man region, a boundary leaked. Three dot balls to follow. WIDE! Bhuvneshwar is not happy with that. A single off the next ball. A dot ball to end the over, as Thirimanne plays it cautiously. SL 36/2 in 9 overs

15:11 IST Lahiru Thirimanne comes to bat, a single for him straight away. Another single from Chandimal to end the over. SL 30/2 in 8 overs

15:07 IST WICKET! Kusal Mendis c Rohit b Bumrah 1(10) Rohit dives to his right to take an amazing catch, Bumrah gets another wicket. SL 28/2 in 7.4 overs

15:07 IST Bumrah continues, Mendis plays the ball towards mid on, a single for him. Chandimal takes a single off the next ball. Mendis plays it straight to Rohit, a wonderful catch to get rid off him, WICKET! SL 28/2 in 7.4 overs

15:03 IST Chandimal defends the first ball from Bhuvneshwar’s over. FOUR! That one hits the pad of Chandimal, Dhoni could not stop that one from going towards the boundary, rare miss from him. Next ball, Bhuvneshwar brings the ball back into Chandimal, a dot ball. A bouncer to follow, Chandimal tries to pull it but fails, a dot ball. He plays the next one towards offside, another dot ball. Just four runs from the over. SL 26/1 in 7 overs

14:59 IST Bumrah continues, Mendis has been beaten once again around the outside off stump line, a dot ball. He defends the next ball on the front foot, a dot ball. Another one goes past the outside edge, Bumrah is shaping the ball away well from the batsman, he is hitting the right areas today and getting lateral movement. Next ball, that one came back in, a dot ball. No review was taken off that ball as line and bounce were an issue there. Mendis defends the ball on the offside, a dot ball. Last ball the over, defended again, two maiden overs in a row for Bumrah. SL 22/1 in 6 overs

14:55 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, Chandimal shoulders arms on the first ball, a dot one. FOUR! That one was punched on the front foot, a boundary for him, gets his first of the day. Next ball is defended by him, a dot ball. Another one defended on the back foot, a dot ball. Just a boundary from the over. SL 22/1 in 5 overs

14:51 IST Kusal Mendis comes to bat, two slips in place for him, he defends the first ball on the back foot. The next ball goes past the outside edge, a wicket-maiden for Bumrah. SL 18/1 in 4 overs

14:48 IST WICKET! Dickwella lbw b Bumrah 13(15)

14:48 IST Bumrah continues, a yorker to Dickwella, that one was stuck in front, a huge shout for lbw and the Umpire gives him out. Dickwella goes for the review, the ball is pitching outside the leg, the decision is reversed! Dickwella survives. He defends the next ball, not looking to attack. A slower delivery to follow, Dickwella plays it back to the bowler. Next ball, stuck in front again, this time Bumrah takes the review as the Umpire gives him not out. Whoa! mother of coincidence, WICKET! SL 18/1 in 3.4 overs

14:43 IST Chandmial guides the ball towards the third man, takes a couple of runs, sloppy fielding from Bumrah. A single off the next ball for him. Dickwella is beaten by the swing this time. FOUR! Dickwella plays that one with bottom hand, tucks that one away for a boundary towards square leg. He defends the next one on the back foot, a dot ball. Dickwella guides the ball towards the third man, gets a single. SL 18/0 in 3 overs

14:38 IST Jasprit Bumrah to open the bowling from the other end, Dickwella flicks the ball towards square leg, a couple of runs there for the left-handed opener. A fuller delivery to follow, Dickwella defends it, a dot ball. He guides the next ball towards the third man, takes a single. Chandimal takes a single off the next ball. Two dot balls to end the over. SL 10/0 in 2 overs

14:33 IST Dinesh Chandimal comes to bat with Niroshan Dickwella. First ball from Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! He guides the ball towards the third man fielder Kedar Jadhav, misfield and the ball goes past the boundary. Next ball, a similar shot, this time Jadhav gets hold of the ball, a single off that one. Chandimal on strike, WIDE! Movement for him today, the ball goes down the leg side. Next ball comes back in and takes an inside edge off the bat onto the pads, a dot ball. Next ball, that one moved a bit in the air, Chandimal defends it, a dot ball. Whoa! another inside edge but safe, a dot ball. Chandimal lets the next ball go to the wicketkeeper. SL 6/0 in 1 over

14:29 IST The players are in the field for the first innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be opening the bowling attack.

14:26 IST The match will be starting in a few minutes, stay tuned for updates.

14:21 IST The rain threat still looms over the 3rd ODI at Pallekele. Sri Lanka would have to score

14:12 IST Two changes in the Sri Lankan side. Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirmanne are back in the side replacing banned Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka respectively.

14:10 IST No change in the Indian side, Virat Kohli has decided to go with the winning combination.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera(c), Milinda Siriwardana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

14:01 IST Kapugedara is fit to play, he will be leading the side. For the first time, Sri Lanka have won the toss on this tour, Sri Lanka wins the toss elects to bat first!

14:00 TOSS TIME!

13:53 IST The toss will take place in a few minutes. Only then we will know who will be captaining Sri Lankan side in a do or die match for them to keep the ODI series alive.

13:47 IST Kapugedara was rushed to hospital after he incurred an injury. The questions remains, who will captain the Sri Lankan side in the 3rd ODI?

13:31 IST Chamara Kapugedara has been injured while practising in the nets before the 3rd ODI.

Welcome to inUth’s live digital coverage of India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Pallekele. A chance for India to seal the ODI series and continue their tour with another win and take a step towards whitewashing another series.  Virat Kohli & Co were seen sweating it out in the nets after the middle order batting collapse at the same venue. They sure would have done their homework in order to tackle Akila Dananjaya, the spinner who canceled his honeymoon to haunt Indian batsmen.

Will Manish Pandey play?

The previous ODI saw Kedar Jadhav struggling in both batting and bowling department. It might be a possibility that Pandey who has been out of the side for a while now due to injury makes his way back into the middle order. Also, Hardik Pandya suffered an injury and was limping on the field. He might get replaced by Shardul Thakur and Pandey gets a nod ahead of Jadhav.

Pitch Report: 

The Pallekele pitch has no demons in it. The Indian batsmen could not read the mystery spinner Dananjaya and ended up losing wickets in a flurry. It is not a batting paradise but 300 plus scores are expected if India bats first. Sri Lanka batting order will have to do a much more to threaten India in the 3rd ODI and keep the series alive.

Weather Report: 

The island weather is hard to predict, There were barely any signs of thunderstorms in the previous ODI but it rained heavily for a while hindering with the usual flow. There is a slight possibility of a thunderstorm in the first innings only. Hope it is not a major one and the play continues.

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera(c), Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Thisara Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga