However, before India's innings could get underway, the heavens parted and India's target was revised to 231 runs off 47 overs. "We tried to keep it simple and not let the asking rate go beyond 6-7", he elaborated. However, the Dananjaya storm hit them soon after. India experimented with their batting order, with Kohli coming down and KL Rahul moving up, but that did not work. Virat Kohli's men, who are brimming with confidence after registering a cake-walk victory in Dambulla, will look to continue their winning streak.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman was in awe of "iceman" Dhoni and "gritty" Bhuvneshwar. Before the start of the series, Kohli had indicated that the team management had chose to use the five games to try out different personnel at different positions and see how they react. However, they were slow to get off the blokes and lost their opening encounters to the West Indies and Sri Lanka.
On the other side, Sri Lanka will hope for a change in fortunes under the stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera who will lead the team in absence of Upul Tharanga. Those things may happen after the competitive zone is over and done with the series.
Tharanga, as skipper, copped two suspension points, which equates to a ban of one Test, two ODIs or T20Is, whatever comes first. Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat first.More news: Trump's Afghan strategy: China asks U.S. to respect Pak's security concerns
Sri Lanka, trailing 2-0, last won a bilateral series against India in 1997 and don't seem to be in a shape to end that wait.
For the record, Kapugedera is Lanka's eighth change in captaincy in less than three months across all formats.
"Akila Dananjaya bowled brilliantly in the last game". With 99 ODI stumpings so far, equalling Kumar Sangakkara's tally, the 36-year-old could prove to be a key factor if India face a similar situation, like the one they faced in the 2nd ODI. Inspite of losing quick wickets Sri Lanka has made a strong comeback thanks to 72 run partnership between Chandimal and Thirimanne.The left hander Thirimanne scored his 17th ODI fifty. After all, who expected Kumar to put up a 100 run stand with Dhoni. The Indians had no answers of his variations, and ended by taking six wickets for his side. India is playing with an unchanged XI. This match should silence all the critics. Bhuvi score his half century in this match and Dhoni score 45 runs. He also sat out two matches during the Champions Trophy, in early June.