Match Over - India won by 8 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
  • Referee: JJ Crowe
  • When: 17 Dec 2017, 10:00 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: Kuldeep Yadav


  • Umpire1: Nitin Menon
  • Umpire2: SD Fry
  • Third Umpire: PR Reiffel



Overs: 32.1 / 50.0




Overs: 44.5 / 50.0

Sri Lanka

7.55pm Clinically, India have got the job done again. No fuss, no problems, no teasing, just plain efficient. Sri Lanka got off to a fantastic start today, but India have won almost every over after the 30th of the Sri Lankan innings. A target of 216 was easily achieved, led by another ODI hundred by Shikhar Dhawan, who made batting look incredibly easy. Shreyas Iyer struck another eye-catching fifty, but missed out on his maiden international ton. That won't matter much to India, who have taken their second consecutive three-match series after going 1-0 down.

India will be really pleased with this series, they were tested and still came out on top of a team that weren't really competitive after their triumphant Dharamsala visit. There are holes in that SL team, but you get the feeling, they aren't far away from finding their best combination and roles. I'd say go the England way, keep that attacking template and let players come up that way. It didn't quite work today, but it will at some point and they can beat some of the best.

That's all from us for the ODIs this season. The T20 series isn't too far away, join us then. Till then, ciao. Thanks for your company.


Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Series: "I feel like I'm batting my best, I know my game well now, which is why my consistency has gone up. A bit on technique and changed my guard. I'm an experienced player, I know how to handle situations, and my success rate has gone up. Most of the time I score fifty, I look to go for a century."

Kuldeep Yadav is the Man of the Match: "We're just looking for middle-order wickets. The wicket was good for spinners, we were getting sharp turn, that motivated me. It's just about preparation, working on my fitness."

Rohit Sharma wins his first series as India captain: "Terrific comeback after the first match. We showed a lot of character, at one point, they had a run-rate of six. That has been a hallmark of this team, when we have been put under pressure, we've responded. The first game was testing as a captain. The second game, we had enough runs, it was the perfect game for me to settle in as a captain."

Thisara Perera: "First match we won easily, a good chance to beat India in India, but didn't execute. We got a good start, but we couldn't execute with our middle order. We have to think about the T20s, everything is past, we have to think about the present."

Shreyas Iyer: "Really enjoying going out there and creating that atmosphere, even the team loves it. A great feeling, a great experience for me. Forgotten about Dharamsala, that kind of wicket was disheartening. I'm being positive, whatever the situation, will express myself."

32.1A Dananjaya to KD Karthik, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, and India take the series 2-1. Overpitched outside off, lofted over cover to finish the series as India cruise to their eighth straight ODI series win.
32.1A Dananjaya to KD Karthik, WIDE, 1 run, strays down leg, guess what? wide.
End of over 32. 10 runs this over. 214/2 after 191 balls.
S Dhawan 100 (84b 13x4 2x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 4-0-30-0
KD Karthik 22 (30b 2x4 0x6 ) more

4 and 6

End of over 31. 11 runs this over. 204/2 after 186 balls.
KD Karthik 21 (28b 2x4 0x6 ) AD Mathews 3-0-30-0
S Dhawan 92 (81b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 30. 12 runs this over. 193/2 after 180 balls.
KD Karthik 15 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) MD Gunathilaka 1-0-12-0
S Dhawan 87 (79b 10x4 2x6 ) more

Time for an old-fashioned block?

End of over 29. 7 runs this over. 181/2 after 174 balls.
S Dhawan 76 (74b 9x4 1x6 ) AD Mathews 2-0-19-0
KD Karthik 14 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Shankar: "Any first class or competitive game Rahane can play before going to SA tour to regain form and confidence. He is very vital, if India have to win the series" Not a bad time for some good old grade cricket in Mumbai's maidans?

Dhawan needs 25 of 36. Into that need-help-from-your-partner territory

End of over 28. 4 runs this over. 174/2 after 168 balls.
KD Karthik 13 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 3-0-20-0
S Dhawan 70 (70b 8x4 1x6 ) more

Siddhesh V: "Regarding 24.6 being a dead ball, shouldn't it be re-bowled? Less of a dead ball, and more of a dot ball. What if the batsman was given out lbw trying to sweep and the ball sped away to the boundary? Doesn't seem fair." C'est la vie.

End of over 27. 8 runs this over. 170/2 after 162 balls.
KD Karthik 10 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 5-0-25-1
S Dhawan 69 (69b 8x4 1x6 ) more

Arjun: "On 24.6, isn't that an opportunity lost for the batsman to score a run considering the decision was incorrect? What are the rules around this?" Dead ball once the umpire says out. Remember James Taylor in the World Cup?

End of over 26. 3 runs this over. 162/2 after 156 balls.
S Dhawan 63 (66b 7x4 1x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 2-0-16-0
KD Karthik 8 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Om Deshmukh: "How much difference between gross total of batting averages of India & Sri Lanka?" Lost me at gross

End of over 25. 4 runs this over. 159/2 after 150 balls.
KD Karthik 7 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 4-0-17-1
S Dhawan 61 (62b 7x4 1x6 ) more

Sumanth: ""I feel commentator was too critical about iyer throwing his wicket and comparing to virat..young lad let him learn even virat made mistakes early in his career""

End of over 24. 4 runs this over. 155/2 after 144 balls.
KD Karthik 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) SS Pathirana 4-0-33-0
S Dhawan 61 (62b 7x4 1x6 ) more

Poojan Shah: "Irrespective of the way he got out, Iyer has done enough to slot in at No 4 in those 6 ODIs in SA. DK is nowhere close to capable of doing what No 4 should be doing!" After that shot, I'm not so sure.

End of over 23. 3 runs this over. 151/2 after 138 balls.
S Dhawan 59 (60b 7x4 1x6 ) NLTC Perera 3-0-13-1
KD Karthik 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Parang: "At last! Our weak middle order is exposed! Am biting my nails..."

When Gunaratne and Perera are bowling with 216 to defend, you know it's not your day

End of over 22. 8 runs this over. 139/1 after 129 balls.
S Dhawan 53 (53b 6x4 1x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 0-0-8-0
SS Iyer 65 (62b 8x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 21. 4 runs this over. 131/1 after 126 balls.
SS Iyer 64 (61b 8x4 1x6 ) NLTC Perera 2-0-11-0
S Dhawan 53 (51b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 20. 11 runs this over. 127/1 after 120 balls.
SS Iyer 62 (59b 8x4 1x6 ) A Dananjaya 7-0-48-1
S Dhawan 51 (47b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 19. 7 runs this over. 116/1 after 114 balls.
S Dhawan 44 (43b 6x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 1-0-7-0
SS Iyer 58 (57b 7x4 1x6 ) more

Rohan: "How come everyone is missing the obvious here? Iyer's technique, or the lack of it, is too easy to exploit for a team with a decent seam attack. He opens up his stance on every ball, all hands and is always reaching for the ball from gully. He will not be able to score a 50 outside Ind with this game" That's what they said about Steven Smith.

End of over 18. 3 runs this over. 109/1 after 108 balls.
SS Iyer 57 (55b 7x4 1x6 ) A Dananjaya 6-0-37-1
S Dhawan 38 (39b 5x4 0x6 ) more

That's drinks and here's Nikhil Kalro with a few lullabies.

Nissar: "Too early to jump to the conclusions regarding Iyer at the number 4 slot for India."

End of over 17. 3 runs this over. 106/1 after 102 balls.
SS Iyer 55 (51b 7x4 1x6 ) N Pradeep 3-0-10-0
S Dhawan 37 (37b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Saket: "All those doubting and questioning middle order went napping? Why do we jump to the conclusion so early. It is a sport, and India is a cricket fanatic country. A Kohli and Rohit is born everyday Go Iyer!!"

Darshan Shah: "India has found their no. 4 for ODIs. Iyer should play whole SA series at no. 4 even he fails. He is only 23 and talented. If that investment paid off India will have solid middle order for 2019 and 2023. He will be next big thing for India."

End of over 16. 12 runs this over. 103/1 after 96 balls.
SS Iyer 54 (47b 7x4 1x6 ) SS Pathirana 3-0-29-0
S Dhawan 35 (35b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 5 runs this over. 91/1 after 90 balls.
SS Iyer 43 (42b 6x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 2-0-7-0
S Dhawan 34 (34b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 9 runs this over. 86/1 after 84 balls.
SS Iyer 38 (36b 5x4 0x6 ) SS Pathirana 2-0-17-0
S Dhawan 34 (34b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 77/1 after 78 balls.
S Dhawan 32 (32b 5x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 1-0-2-0
SS Iyer 31 (32b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Mukul: "Dhawan is nearing 4000 ODI runs, will he be the fastest Indian if he gets to the milestone tonight?" ---- Kohli got it in 93 innings, Dhawan is already past that. Amla has the record with 81.

End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 75/1 after 72 balls.
SS Iyer 30 (29b 4x4 0x6 ) SS Pathirana 1-0-8-0
S Dhawan 31 (29b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Suryadeep: "Iyer batting style, especially that pull shots even adjusting helmet reminds Steve Smith's... Is he trying to copy? I don't mind if he's going to be India's Steve Smith..."

India have scored 40 runs off their last 20 balls...

End of over 11. 12 runs this over. 67/1 after 66 balls.
SS Iyer 25 (25b 3x4 0x6 ) AD Mathews 1-0-12-0
S Dhawan 28 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 10 runs this over. 55/1 after 60 balls.
SS Iyer 14 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 5-0-34-1
S Dhawan 27 (26b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Akshay: "Jeez! The romantics here! One wicket has fallen, and people are out there hoping to make a game of this match, when there is none. Its going to be over by the 42nd over, with half the Indian batting lineup not getting a chance to bat!"

End of over 9. 13 runs this over. 45/1 after 54 balls.
S Dhawan 22 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 4-1-20-0
SS Iyer 9 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pradeep D: "Sri Lanka does not have a lot of spinners in their lineup, India need to plan their chase accordingly. Getting too defensive against spinners can also be counter-productive."

End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 32/1 after 48 balls.
S Dhawan 14 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 4-0-24-1
SS Iyer 4 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 2 runs this over. 28/1 after 42 balls.
S Dhawan 12 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 2-1-7-0
SS Iyer 2 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more

sai: "@syed : I think u all forgeting M.S . he will soak in the pressure make team cross the finishing line. wait and see..."

End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 26/1 after 35 balls.
S Dhawan 11 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 3-0-20-1
SS Iyer 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ashoke: "Sorry Indian fans, Akila is much better a LB bowler that any of the 2 Indians LBers"

Hemal: "Feeling !! This would be a hell of a chase ! "

End of over 5. 1 runs this over. 17/1 after 30 balls.
SS Iyer 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 3-1-5-0
S Dhawan 7 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Rakesh: "35/3 and 54/4 should be the score and then maybe this game might become a interesting chase. Give Lakmal 3 slips and put pressure on Dhawan. He will crack by edging to slips"

Smit Shah: "Hoping that Manish Pandey comes good today. Would be a shame if he doesn't become a regular fixture in this team."

End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 16/1 after 24 balls.
S Dhawan 7 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 2-0-11-1
SS Iyer 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 1 runs this over. 4/0 after 17 balls.
S Dhawan 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 2-1-1-0
RG Sharma 1 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 3 runs this over. 3/0 after 12 balls.
RG Sharma 1 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 1-0-3-0
S Dhawan 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1.  A maiden over! 0/0 after 6 balls.
RG Sharma 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 1-1-0-0
S Dhawan 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Dhaval : "Hello Al : SL doing similar things with their fans as England did. Gave them hope for a big one only to collapse later. India and Australia have been ruthless. "

RG SharmaB A Dananjaya7140150
S Dhawannot out 10085132117.65
SS IyerC RAS Lakmal B NLTC Perera656381103.17
KD Karthiknot out 26313083.87
MS Dhoni -
HH Pandya -
MK Pandey -
B Kumar -
Kuldeep Yadav -
JJ Bumrah -
YS Chahal -
Total 219/2
RAS Lakmal5.022004
A Dananjaya7.105317.4
AD Mathews3.0030010
SS Pathirana4.003308.25
N Pradeep3.001003.33
NLTC Perera5.002515
DAS Gunaratne4.003007.5
MD Gunathilaka1.0012012