Shikhar Dhawan's 12th hundred takes India to 8th consecutive ODI series victory

India vs Sri Lanka third ODI: India wins toss; elects to bowl

The third One Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka is taking place in Visakhapatnam.

The three-match ODI series is now locked at 1-1 after Sri Lanka won the opener in Dharamsala and then the hosts rode on skipper Rohit Sharma's historic third ODI double ton to clinch the second tie. Later, Dhawan and Iyer made the 2nd wicket partnership and added more than 130 runs.

India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan's brilliant, unbeaten 100 helped India to its eighth consecutive bilateral series win at home since June 2016. The frontline pairing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were repeatedly picked for boundaries by Tharanga.

It was only when spin was brought on that Indian regained some semblance of control.

Chahal eventually broke through, tempting Samarawickrama with a loopy delivery that turned sharply, prompting a mistimed slog to deep cover. However, what followed after the 1st ODI is what concerns Sri Lanka. Both have scored six centuries. Between the overs 22.3 and 44.5, they made 79 runs and lost 8 wickets.

Tharanga, though missed his century, went for 12 fours and 3 sixes, frustrating the Indian bowlers.

This was a start of a self-destruction, the Sri Lankan style. Sri Lanka's plan was a different one.

If India thought things would be straightforward, Sri Lanka tried their darndest to make things awkward.

Rohit Sharma got clean bowled on the bowling of Dananjaya for 7 runs, it was a googly by the Lankan spinner that did the trick. The second ODI was a thriller. Dhawan looked in good nick, putting away a couple of boundaries off Lakmal, but with Iyer's intent evident, even the senior batsman took a step back. Shreyas Iyer also played a handy role scoring a 70-ball 88.

SRI LANKA: Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danusha Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Matthews, Sachith Pathirana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dhanajaya, Chathuranga de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Kusal Perera.

By the time Dinesh Karthik came to the crease, India was nearly on the verge of victory, but he kept rotating the crease with Dhawan during his 26-run knock, which came off 31 balls and was laced with 3 boundaries.

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