Sri Lanka vs India, 5th ODI: Rain delays toss in Colombo

Rachel Hardy
September 3, 2017

Indeed, in his last six innings, he's notched only a miserly 52 runs for India in ODIs and has particularly struggled against Sri Lanka's young-spinner Akila Dananjaya in the ongoing series.

With Team India dominantly steamrolling over Sri Lanka so far in the ODI series, the Men in Blue will fancy their chances of completing a 5-0 clean sweep when they take on a harried Sri Lanka side in the 5th ODI dead rubber on Sunday. The match will be held at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo at 02:30 PM. In the 4th ODI match, there are so many good partnerships by team India in their batting lineup. He will be replaced by Rahane in today's match. Probably his spot is already confirmed in the playing 11. Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who shared an unbeaten 101-run stand with young gun Manish Pandey, is once again expected to add to the fireworks lower down the order against a toothless Lankan attack.

The 27-year-old seamer improved on his previous best, 4/8 taken against Sri Lanka at Port-of-Spain, during a Tri-series in 2013.

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Tharanga, who missed the previous game due to injury, chipped in with a valuable 48.

Sri Lanka has failed to secure a direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup after losing four consecutive limited-overs cricket internationals to India.

Upul Tharanga, returning to lead Sri Lanka after serving a two-match over-rate suspension, chose to bat first after rain delayed the toss by 40 minutes in Colombo.

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