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Third ODI: Fernando, Rajapaksa star as Sri Lanka down India

  • July 24, 2021

Half-centuries from Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa helped Sri Lanka in registering a consolation win against India in the third ODI on Friday.

by three wickets for a consolation win in
the rain-hit third one-day international on Friday.

Chasing 226 for victory in a reduced
47-overs-a-side contest
which was effected by rain, the Islanders depended
on a 109-run second-wicket stand between Fernando (76) and Rajapaksa (65) to
achieve their target with 48 balls to spare at the expense of seven wickets in Colombo. India won the three-match series 2-1.

Debutant leg-spinner Rahul Chahar returned
figures of 3-54, taking key wickets including Fernando to put Sri Lanka in
trouble before Ramesh Mendis steered the team home with an unbeaten 15.

Earlier spinners Akila Dananjaya and
debutant Praveen Jayawickrama took three wickets each to help bowl out India
for 225 in 43.1 overs.

The two sides will now play three Twenty20
internationals starting Sunday at the same venue.

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