"It is always challenging because it is my first visit to Sri Lanka". He had to leave the field on three separate occasions during the game, and the team management has repeated that the problem was cramping and not a calf injury.
The second-highest run getter in Sri Lanka, amassing 309 in three games, which included two centuries, Pujara has been India's most consistent batsman alongside Kohli since the team's return from the tour of the West Indies a year ago. By the time he came back for his second spell in the 38th over of the innings, the hosts had lost two more wickets with the score on 149. The 72 run stand finally comes to an end.
This time the umpire had given him not out after the yorker hit him on the back pad. Chief selector MSK Prasad announced that Rahul will be batting at number 4, a position that Dhoni had been coming more often than not in last two years.
The visitors had defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the ODI at Dambulla. The 23-year-old seamer then had Kusal Mendis edging to a lovely out-swinger as Rohit Sharma at second-slip pulled off an outstanding diving catch. Kusal Mendis had no idea which way the ball was moving. He has bowled brilliantly so far.
"We will have to have different gameplans and strategies when we play in South Africa, but playing against Sri Lanka in India will help us continue with our form".
Hours after India trounced Sri Lanka by six wickets to take an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the five match ODI series, Rohit Sharma, a prankster at heart off the field, made a decision to throw a beamer at teammate Jasprit Bumrah.
In the disappearances of Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera became captain of the team Sri Lanka.
Kohli said that after winning the first three matches and sealing the series, India can afford to give chances to players who have been warming the bench. The scenes were reminiscent of 1996 World Cup semifinals at the Eden Gardens where India had to forfeit the match against Sri Lanka following crowd trouble. After that, an unbeaten 100-run partnership came between MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar which helped India in its victory.
In the third ODI, The batting line-up failed to put in a big total on board as the Indian batsman chased down the target easily despite losing early wickets. Kumar's brilliant half century under pressure is also a great sign for Indian cricket, giving the team another potential batsman if he can do this with some level of consistency.
The match was held up with India needing only eight runs to win after a few Sri Lankan fans threw water bottles onto the field.