Shikhar Dhawan returns home to attend ailing mother

Joy Montgomery
September 3, 2017

By this stage, this seems more like a benefit function for India's cricketers than a competitive series. The two sides will then play out a lone T20 clash on Wednesday to complete India's tour of the island nation.

"Look, it has gone beyond our control now", he said when asked about Lanka's direct World Cup qualification.

One of the major issues Sri Lanka has at the moment is that their batsmen play out far too many dot balls, according to Gunawardene.

The 28-year-old Rahane was in superb form in the West Indies ODI series that preceded the Lanka tour, scoring 332 runs from five games at an average of 67.20, the most from either side.

Sri Lanka has lost 6 straight matches and would be hoping for a turnaround in the outing on Sunday.

"We had players like Chamara Silva, Thilina Kandamby, Jehan Mubarak, Malinga Bandara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Kaushal Weeraratne, Tharanga Paranavitana and Malinda Warnapura, those players played about ten years of domestic cricket by the time they were 29 or 30, and played internationals for two or three years, and then they were out of the global scene". He seemed to have a little zip with the ball as well - two wickets falling off one of his overs. Injury is definitely one of the many, but that is something the Sri Lankans can not manage. In the third ODI, he fell chasing a wide delivery from Jasprit Bumrah, and was run out in Thursday's big defeat.

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Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out of the match after he failed a fitness Test on Saturday. In particular, he spoke about senior batsman Lahiru Thirimanne who has returned to the global fold in this series.

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will leave from Sri Lanka for Delhi on Sunday attend his ailing mother.

The Khettarama track has a little bit of grass again, which means the seamers are likely to be effective.

If India win the series 5-0, it will be the second successive time that bilateral series between these countries have finished with that scoreline. The visitors would be without Shikhar Dhawan who has returned to be by his ailing mother's side.

Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga feels that his worldwide career might be over soon but urged the cricket-lovers in his country to stand behind their struggling national squad.

"MS Dhoni is a massive influence on the team". Meanwhile, there have been talks about managing Kusal Mendis's workload and he may to be rested to make way for Tharanga. This is despite his having been a very consistent ODI batsman in the first 12 months after his debut in 2016.

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