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PHOTOS: Kuldeep, Chahal spin India to series win over Lanka

December 17, 2017 21:10 IST

Images from the 3rd ODI between India and Sri Lanka played in Vizag on Sunday

India's Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal celebrate the wicket of Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella during the 3rd ODI at the The ACA-VDCA Stadium, in Visakhapatnam on Sunday

IMAGE: India's Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal celebrate the wicket of Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella during the 3rd ODI at the The ACA-VDCA Stadium, in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up three wickets each to set up a comfortable eight-wicket win for India against Sri Lanka in the deciding third and final one-day international in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

 

The wrist-spinners scythed through the Sri Lankan batting order to bundle them out for 215 in under 45 overs after the touring side had made a blazing start.

Shikhar Dhawan celebrates on completing his century  

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan celebrates on completing his century. Photograph: BCCI

The hosts, who won the three-Test series between the sides 1-0, breezed to their target with almost 18 overs to spare to secure their eighth series victory in a row in the 50-over format.

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, filling in for the rested Virat Kohli, fell for seven to off-spinner Akila Dananjaya but Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten on 100 to guide India home.

Shreyas Iyer plays a deft shot en route his well-made 65 

IMAGE: Shreyas Iyer plays a deft shot en route his well-made 65. Photograph: BCCI

Dhawan added 135 for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer and an unbroken 70 with Dinesh Karthik, who finished on 26 not out.

The left-handed opener reached his 12th ODI hundred in 84 balls, hitting 13 fours and two sixes.

Playing his third ODI, Iyer compiled his second successive half-century before he was out for 65, his knock including eight fours and a six.

 Upul Tharanga acknowledges the crowd after scoring his half-century

IMAGE: Upul Tharanga acknowledges the crowd after scoring his half-century. Photograph: BCCI

After Rohit won the toss and opted to field fearing the evening dew would make it difficult for his spinners to grip the ball, Sri Lanka lost opener Danushka Gunathilaka for 13.

But former captain Upul Tharanga launched a brutal counter-attack on the Indian quicks, smashing all-rounder Hardik Pandya being smashed for five successive boundaries in his second over.

Sadeera Samarawickrama in action during his innings of 42 

IMAGE: Sadeera Samarawickrama in action during his innings of 42. Photograph: BCCI

Tharanga hit 12 fours and three sixes in his 83-ball 95 and gave Sri Lanka a strong platform and shared a second-wicket stand of 121 with Sadeera Samarawickrama.

Leg-spinner Chahal broke the stand when Samarawickrama was out caught at deep cover for 42.

Left-armer Kuldeep, who took 3-42, then struck twice in one over to dismiss Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella, who was out after hitting the spinner for two fours.

Angelo Mathews is bowled out by Yuzvendra Chahal

IMAGE: Angelo Mathews is bowled out by Yuzvendra Chahal. Photograph: BCCI

Chahal, who finished with 3-46, compounded Sri Lanka's problems by spinning one past Angelo Mathews's bat with the right-handed batsman stunned by the amount of turn generated by the leg-spinner to bowl him.

From being 136-1 in 22 overs and looking set to post a tough target for India, Sri Lanka completely lost their way with the bat.

The teams will next play a three-match Twenty20 series starting in Cuttack on Wednesday.

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