India lost the third and final one-day international of the three matches on Friday Sri Lanka with 3 wickets.
The Men in Blue batted for the first time at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for just 225 runs in the rain-broken match. However, Sri Lanka got a revised target of 227 runs (DLS method) in their 47 overs.
The Islanders, who have already lost the ODI series after facing defeats in the previous two games, completed the chase in 39 overs with seven wickets in hand. Avishka Fernando (76 off 98 balls) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (65 off 56 balls) added 109 runs for the second wicket. Shikhar Dhawan and Co. dropped five catch shots, and that helped Sri Lanka get home.
Debutant Rahul Chahar bowled brilliantly for India and took three wickets in the form of Fernando, Dasun Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne.
Short counts: India 225 in 43.1 overs (Prithvi Shaw 49, Sanju Samson 46; Akila Dananjaya 3/44, Praveen Jayawickrama 3/59) lost in Sri Lanka 227-7 in 39 overs (Avishka Fernando 76, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 65; Rahul Chahar 3/54 ), Chetan Sakariya 2/34) by 3 wickets.
Here’s how Twitter responds:
Well played Sri Lanka, India totally surpassed 🙏
– Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) 23 July 2021
– I’m Sangram (@ TheSangram18) 23 July 2021
– Chennai Super Kings – Mask P Whdu Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) 24 July 2021
Two impressive debutants in bowling unit for India: Rahul Chahar 3/54 (10) & Chetan Sakariya 2/34 (8).
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 23 July 2021
Congratulations to Team India on the series victory. Away always wins special🇮🇳😊 Fixed batsmen who do not make it big cost us today. This is where they can learn @DonaldTrump and @imVkohli. Catch catches, 25+ extra also hurt. Congratulations on today’s victory @OfficialSLC They needed it. #SLvIND
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 23 July 2021
– Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) 23 July 2021
Despite five debutants, Team India nearly took out the third odi. The result does not matter, but the fighting spirit shown by boys. So many positives from #INDvsSL
– RP Singh Rudra Pratap Singh (@rpsingh) 23 July 2021
Had it not been for a missed stump and catch, Rahul Chahar would have had all five in turn! #SLvIND
– Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) 23 July 2021
Finally a victory for Sri Lanka. Oh for a little imagination in the 2nd ODI by the Sri Lankans! This could have been the series. But still many positive benefits for them. Congratulations to @ dasunshanaka1 and the boys.
– Roshan Abeysinghe (@RoshanCricket) 23 July 2021
A win .. A win … A win for SL #SlvInd Well done for hanging out there and getting over the line .. Indeed relief .. but a victory would bring faith and more work than when the series started.
– Russel Arnold (@ RusselArnold69) 23 July 2021
76 runs 👏
4 fours ⚡
1 ses 🔥
– ICC (@ICC) 23 July 2021
Bowlers fought hard but there just weren’t enough runs to defend.
India wins the series 2️⃣-1️⃣. 🏆
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 23 July 2021
Sri Lanka wen🎉
– Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 23 July 2021
Well done to Sri Lanka today – they win by three wickets. India wins the series 2-1. Rahul Chahar was impressive in his debut 👀 next stop: T20s. But let me have a good rest tomorrow night, hear? . It’s 4:10 here. #SLvIND
– Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) 23 July 2021