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Last chance for Sri Lanka to redeem wretched home run

06 September 2017

Lack of experience, injuries, poor form, insufficient application and discipline probably did not work in the favor of the team Sri Lankan. From India's point of view, Virat Kohli made it clear that he had his eyes set on the 2019 cricket World Cup.

It must be noted that Kumara Sangakkara took 404 ODIs (One Day Internationals) to reach this figure, while MS Dhoni aka captain cool achieved the record breaking fete of 100 stumpings in just 301 ODIs.

"So I am quite lucky that I have a bunch of players that do not oppose anything that the management and me as captain address to them".

When a team wins a five-match series 5-0, you would assume most of the bases are covered. This match is struggling for consistency alongside the stability with players coming in and out.

Kohli has time and again proven that he is one of the best batsman in the world and his cricketing skills were at display on Monday as showed how he cannot only bat with his right hand but the left one too. Mystery spinner Akila Dananjay has also been added to the squad. Or Kohli could include both at the expense of Shardul Thakur, though the skipper will most probably want the younger one to play.

Kohli celebrated his century in the 5th ODI against the West Indies
Kohli celebrated his century in the 5th ODI against the West Indies

KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, and Hardik Pandya failed to leave such a huge impact. Even a diminished Lasith Malinga can be a threat over four overs. "We didn't win three games in the shorter format before this, and now we have six in a row including the West Indies series". Last time India witnessed whitewash in the overseas.

Tharanga was disappointed to have lost again, and said: "It is a very hard time for us".

Upul Tharanga will lead Sri Lanka in T20s for the first time after Angelo Mathews gave up captaincy post the loss to Zimbabwe prior to the Indian tour.

Danushka Gunathilaka hasn't recovered from a shoulder strain but still, he is considered for selection. Whatever the case, Sri Lanka have only picked four specialist batsmen, so the side will be full of bowling options.

The Indians, on the other hand, will fancy their chances for a series whitewash and may retain the same combination which played on Thursday, with the likes of Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur given a further opportunity to impress. With the series already in their kitty, Kohli might opt to make a few changes in the playing XI and rest opener Shikhar Dhawan or Lokesh Rahul to accommodate Ajinkya Rahane, who has been warming the bench throughout the series.

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Last chance for Sri Lanka to redeem wretched home run