After losing the first ODI in Dharamshala, the Indian team showed character and came back to win the 3 match series 2-1. The team saw a few exceptional performances but the credit should go to how they fought back as a team giving the SL team no chance to have a sniff at a rare series win in India.
Best performances in the series
- Rohit Sharma's belligerent double century: After being bundled out for a hundred odd runs in the first ODI, it needed something special for the team to come out of the hole. The stand-in captain just provided the kind of innings which was needed. Starting slow, he accelerated in the latter overs, to get another ODI double century to his name.
2. Shikhar Dhawan's century in the last ODI: He wasn't able to contribute much in the first ODI but came back with a half century and a matchwinning century in the last ODI. His innings made sure that SL were disallowed a sniff and India walked away with the series with minimum of fuss.
3. Spin Duo weaving their magic: The openers had given SL a flying start in the final ODI and they were looking good for a 325+ total which could have made matters difficult for the Indian batsmen but Yazavendra Chahal and Kuldeep Sharma made sure that the target was well within reach. Both took 3 wickets each to take the steam out of the Sri Lankan batting effort restricting them to a below par score.
Apart from these three performances, all the others chipped in at crucial junctures with runs/ wickets to make sure India continues its series winning streak in ODIs and give Virashka a good wedding present.