Sharma helps India clinch ODI series

SL vs IND Virat Kohli ready to help Sri Lanka in transition

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The rest have all gotten off to healthy starts, but have failed to convert it into a game-changing innings. While Rohit Sharma made a briliant unbeaten 100, Mahendra Singh Dhoni also played a flawless support role at the other end after India's top order suffered a major setback with the scoreboard reading 61/4 in 15.1 overs.

India captain Virat Kohli doffed his cap to Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya after the 23-year-old's mesmerizing spin spell in the second one-day worldwide. Chameeras selection over Pushpakumara is a conundrum only the selectors can answer. "So one have to keep evolving according to the situation, I think one need to adapt because if you are just a one-trick pony, you wouldn't be successful in the long run", Bumrah told reporters after India's six-wicket win against the Islanders. Sri Lanka on the other hand have barely stood up to the challenge presented by Virat Kohli's side. The Sri Lankan pacers are yet to take a wicket in two matches and 42.2 overs of bowling. The men-in-blue started with a good momentum and were at 109-0, but soon, they landed at 131-7. Before the series began, many expressed their doubts regarding Dhoni's role down the order, and if he was still as effective as before.

In the pre-match press conference on Wednesday, the Indian skipper hinted on continuing with the same team combination as first ODI. After a long wait, the umpires chose to call off the match. He has won the 50-over World Cup, the T20 World Cup, the Champions Trophy, the Indian Premier League and will go down in history as one of India's greatest limited-overs cricketers - batsman, wicketkeeper, captain, strategist - of all time. His failure means the team's failure. "So I made a decision to get back to my variations". The side has three finishers, in the form of Dhoni, Pandya, and Jadhav, the last of who is unlikely to be selected for the next match given his performance and the likes of Pandey and Rahane waiting for a chance. So you want to perform well. With India having a rich pool of players, it would not be wrong to rotate players on a consistent basis, depending on the opponents they face. Axar might just give Ashwin or Jadeja a run for their money if he can improve with the bat, and Chahal is a worthy leg spinner in a team dominated by offies. Pothas insisted that the team will come into its own with time.

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The 23-year-old once again threatened to derail India's innings. "I am happy as far as I am able to contribute to the team's success".

Sri Lanka are due a big score, but India should win regardless. He now has 9,434 ODI runs, with only Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid ahead of him.

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