Sri Lanka succumbed to an 8 wicket defeat in the third and final ODI late this afternoon (27th October).
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka elected to bat first. Sri Lanka was in a slight dilemma at 25 for the loss of 2 wickets. A much needed 185 run partnership between Suranga and Chandana helped Sri Lanka post a mammoth 369 runs in their allocated 40 overs. Suranga’s 84 consisted of 9 fours and a six which proved to be a decisive supporting role to Chandana, who scored a valiant 190 runs racking up 27 boundaries. In the bowling department, R. Ajay picked up 2 wickets for 58 runs whilst the rest of the Indian bowlers were quite expensive.
One would expect Sri Lanka to have the match in their favour. But such was not the case for the Lankans. The Indian pair of G. Anilbhai and M. Deepak‘s 299 run partnership took the game away from the Sri Lankans. Sri Lankan skipper S. Pathum’s last minute efforts proved to be a bit late as the Indian batsmen inched closer to the target. Deepak was unbeaten on 164 as India secured a comfortable 8 wicket victory in the 35th over. Deepak’s 164 which consisted of 20 boundaries earned him the man of the match award.
With this victory, the Indian blind cricket team whitewashed the Sri Lankans 3-0 at Kolkata.
Sri Lanka 369 (40 overs) D Chandana 190*, S Suranga 84. R Ajay 2/58, M Deepak 1/64
India 370 (34.4 overs) M Deepak 164*, G Anilbhai 120, R Sunil 39* S Pathum 2/70