Sri Lanka the opening batsman, Avishka Fernando, did just enough in the third one-dayer against India in Colombo when the host took a three-wicket victory. Avishka Fernando scored his second fifty of the series; on this occasion, however, he went the distance to bat more responsibly. The right-handed batsman praised the young men in his team and hopes that they are doing well going forward.
Sri Lanka have limited India exceptionally well to 225 after losing the toss for the first time in the three-match series. India, which started briskly, watched more than 300 offline until rain halted their progress. India kicked off 23-3 from 23 overs and batted another 24. However, their downfall began from the second innings after the break caused by the rain. Akila Dananjaya and Praveen Jayawickrama each took three wickets and wrapped a web around the middle order of India.
Avishka Fernando was the attacker in the opening period of 35 runs between Minod Bhanuka. After the departure of the latter, Fernando added 109 with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, making the chase look like a jaw-dropping one. But India continued to tear down when the leggy Rahul Chahar recovered from a slightly expensive first six overs to take three wickets. Chahar’s three wickets also included Avishka Fernando’s scalp, which perished 76 off 98 balls, with four fours and a six. But the hosts eventually retained their nerves to get home.
We have a very young team and I believe we will do well going forward: Avishka Fernando
Avishka Fernando did not do well in the second ODI that Sri Lanka could have given the series. However, the 23-year-old was delighted to receive the man of the match award today, revealing that he was working on his batting after the English tour. Fernando also hopes that their young team will thrive over time.
“If we had done well in the second game, we would have won the series. However, I am very happy for the award of the Player-of-the-Match today. After the English tour I worked on my batting and it helped. We have a very young team, and I believe we will do well going forward. ” Fernando tells in the presentation after the game.