Sri Lanka and India are currently locking horns in the third One-Day International in Colombo, where the hosts are at the top of the game. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Team India got off to a good start but lost wickets in a cluster and got all-out for 225.
Indian batsmen started the innings on a good note and were in a good position before the rain arrived at the 23rd over mark. Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey were batting in the middle but the resumption of the game changed the momentum as Sri Lanka pulled their way back into the game.
Meanwhile, an interesting thing was captured by cameras during the rain break. Indian coach Rahul Dravid was seen having a conversation with Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka when the game was halted due to rain. Rahul Dravid was sharing his wisdom with Shanaka, who is leading his national team for the first time.
It can be said Shanaka drawn inspiration from this talk and helped his team to pull back in a fine fashion. Jayawickrama dismissed Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya after the rain break and broke India’s backbone. India huffed and puffed to reach 225 but lost all their wickets in the process with four overs to remain.
Twitterati spotted the conversation between Dravid and Shanaka and responded in a good fashion on the micro-blogging site. Here are some of those tweets;
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) July 23, 2021
— Muzy (@toysoldier92) July 23, 2021
— Cricket Anand 🏏 (@cricanandha) July 23, 2021
Earlier, India named five debutants – Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Deepak Chahar, Krishnappa Gowtham and Chetan Sakaria – in their playing XI for the third ODI. Samson scored 46 runs on his debut but failed to capitalize on this start and threw away his wicket.
Chasing the target, Sri Lanka got off to a solid start. Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa are looking good in the middle with the team total being 68/1 in 11 overs.