"Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that's quite freakish". Sri Lanka stand-in-skipper Kapugedera won the toss and chose to have a bat first.
However, the lack of support from the rest doesn't come in favor of the team Sri Lanka despite Sri Lanka is constantly trying to prove its worth. On Thursday night, Virat Kohli was sipping a hot beverage when the first two Indian wickets fell. So for the third time in this series, India will be chasing. Dhawan tries to chop the ball away without enough room, the ball takes a bit of inward shape for the batsman to play it on middle stump.
One wicket from his medium pace bowling followed in Sri Lanka's first innings, which he backed up with a particularly hostile spell of short deliveries in the second. Dinesh Chandimal, the Test skipper, returns to the side after being dropped for the earlier series against Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka take on India in the third match of the five-match ODI series later today.
While Chandimal's innings, which also witnessed him badgered by a barrage of bouncers from Hardik Pandya, came to an end after he had made 36, Thirimanne pressed on to reach 80 from 105 balls. In T20Is, he has taken 33 wickets in 24 matches. He claimed his fifth wicket when he bowled Milinda Siriwardana for 29 in the 48th over.
Chamara Kapugedera will captain the hosts in Tharanga's absence.
The visitors had suffered a batting collapse, losing seven wickets in the space of 22 runs to be reduced to 131/7 at one stage thanks to excellent bowling by Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, who returned a six-wicket haul. He eventually got to his half-century, his third successive 50 against India after 52 in Ranchi and 59 in Kolkata in 2014.
Bhuvneshwar scored 53 to guide India to a three-wicket win, and he hails MS Dhoni for his advice.
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Chandimal gets lifeline. Dhoni misses run out chance. No present team-mates could attend, of course, but that is not to say Sri Lankan cricket went unrepresented at the ceremony: none other than Rangana Herath was the witness at the registration of the marriage.