They will play a five-match ODI series, followed by a one-off T20.
India captain Virat Kohli continued to be the worlds top-ranked One-day batsman in the latest ICC ODI rankings, released here today. India will be looking to get their middle order in place, trying out all possible combinations to see which fits them best. But, it is the spin department, which will lack experience, but not quality. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are likely to occupy the opening slots, and KL Rahul, who can play a floating role, has been asked to bat two down for this series. The middle order collapsed.
Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga (L) and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli. So far, we have seen them in parties together, shopping and holidaying too but this time they are seen planting a sapling together, in their ongoing vacation in Sri Lanka. You can't pick and choose. 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.
Sri Lanka chased down India's 322 quite comfortably in the end, winning the match by seven wickets after fine performances from Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka.
WICKET! Lakshan Sandakan departs. Tharanga took over the reins of the captaincy in the 50-over format following the resignation of Angelo Matthews following Sri Lanka's home series defeat to Zimbabwe in July 2017. All this with a new captain, Upul Tharanga, who will be leading the side for the first time despite being an experienced campaigner.
The county will hope Ashwin, ranked No. 3 in the bowler's Test world rankings and second in the all-rounder lists, propels it to promotion in their final four matches. The limited overs series is not going to be as easy like Test especially after the return of Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga in the squad.
While the ODI group was required to set up a superior show after the Test group was embarrassed in the three-coordinate arrangement, the Tharanga-drove unit did no better as they were given a disillusioning misfortune in the primary diversion. "We lack consistency and that has been a big drawback for us". "You can't fault anyone within that changing room".
Sri Lanka failed to challenge the world's top-ranked Test side during the three-match series and the gulf in quality between the two sides was clearly visible. Sri Lanka, with 88 points, now lie ahead of the ninth-ranked West Indies, who have 78 points.
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