Twitter Reactions: Rohit and Bumrah seal a series win for India

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

All the predictions proved to be right as India gained an unassailable lead by winning the 3rd ODI in a row. Where the first innings of Sri Lanka belonged to Jasprit Bumrah’s five-for, the second innings was all about the master class of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni.

The stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera won the toss and Sri Lanka opted to bat first. Their start wasn’t pretty good as Jasprit Bumrah picked 2 wickets inside 10 overs. Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne shared a fifty-run partnership but the slow scoring rate didn’t help their cause as they reached just 100 in the 26th over.

Thirimanne scored 80 but there were very little contributions from other batsmen. In the hunt to score quick runs, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets in clusters. Bumrah went on to bag his maiden five wicket haul in ODIs and became the first Indian bowler to achieve the feat since 2014 when Stuart Binny took 6 wickets against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka were halted to a paltry 217/9 and once again, failed to score big.

In reply, India lost Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli early and were in a spot of bother at 19/2. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul steadied the ship with a stand of 42 runs. Akila Dananjaya came into the attack and removed Rahul and Kedar Jadhav in quick succession. At 61/4, the daemons of the 2nd ODI began to hover over India again.

But MS Dhoni brought calmness to the proceedings and allowed Rohit to flourish at the other end. Rohit brought up his 12th ODI century and Dhoni reached his 65th ODI fifty. When 8 runs were required by India, the crowd intervened and threw bottles on the ground.

The match was halted and the players were taken off. After removing the troublemakers, the players came back and India completed the formality. A magnificent partnership of 157 runs gave India a win by 6 wickets and with that, the series as well.

Here are the best tweets that appeared through the course of the match

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