It made for a flawless spectacle if you are a fast bowler or a fastbowling lover.
Unsavoury crowd scenes detracted from India's win over Sri Lanka as Sunday's six-wicket triumph at Pallekele gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the one-day worldwide series. The Virat Kohli-led side will be eyeing to make it 3-0 and clinch the five-match series. While the dot percentage hasn't come down dramatically after 25th overs, Sri Lanka have taken almost nine more deliveries per boundary when compared with the first 25 overs.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya, another product of the T20 and Indian Premier League, also backed his skills. Rahul and Jadhav were promoted ahead of Kohli at 3 and 4 but found themselves in the middle of a dream spell by Dananjaya. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is getting the ball to swing but has not been able to draw blood as of yet. I just wanted to play him for the wrong one or the googlies, which he was brought in to me. Yesterday Bumrah changed his line and kept it further up, nearly in the block-hole.
Niroshan Dickwella hitting Bumrah for a couple of sixes before being dismissed by the paceman for 31. On the fifth and the sixth ball he survived getting out. "Credit to him for pitching the ball in the right areas". Bumrah's second victim was a set up too. Kusal Mendis goes cheap for one run. The ball moved out, Mendis dangled his bat, it came in and he was struck on the pad. As such, it is only to be expected that Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal will continue to be frontline spinners then. His absence from the team because of his shoulder injury give chance to appear Dhanushka Gunathilaka in this match and it also marks the return of Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne to the ODI set-up.
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Although the rally was nixed, city leaders say they worry that unrest may still break out at the news conference. City officials had shut down the park and erected fencing around it Saturday morning.
"In 2014 India were in the same situation", said Pothas, the interim coach, with a touch more grace than he had after his side lost the first game.
And it was nearly the spirit of Ajantha Mendis that Dananjaya invoked on Wednesday night - most of his wickets coming through deception. Thirimanne was going strong at 73 and he had skipper Chamara Kapugedera for company.
Sri Lanka is having now the same position which once had by the Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Pandya did have the final laugh in the contest getting Chandimal's wicket for 36.