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Team India lose third ODI, win series 2-1

Sri Lanka avoided a possible whitewash against India after winning the final ODI by three wickets.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Team India started well. A rain delay saw the match being reduced to 47 overs per side. Following that, Indian batting order saw a collapse from 157/3 to 225 all out.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka batted really well and were always ahead in the run-chase. At 194/3, they were comfortably winning the game but a flurry of wickets did give them a late scare. However, they managed to finish on the victorious side.

We take you through some of the talking points in the third ODI between Sri Lanka and India.

Five debutants for Team India

In what was a dead rubber game, India decided to experiment by making six changes. It was the first time since 1980 that five players were making their ODI debut in a single game for India.

Sanju Samson who got his shot in ODIs after a long time began well. However, he got out for 46 after showing a bit of promise at the crease.

Chetan Sakariya struck twice on debut by getting the wickets of Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dhananjaya de Silva. The 21-year old was also quite economical.

Rahul Chahar kept the Sri Lankan batsmen on their toes throughout his spell. The leg-spinner dismissed Dasun Shanaka and Avishka Fernando to finish with figures of

Nitish Rana and Krishnappa Gowtham couldn't make much of an impact with the bat. Rana did roll his arm for three overs and conceded just ten runs. As for Gowtham, he picked the first breakthrough of Minod Bhanuka.

Shaw, Surya get good starts again

Prithvi Shaw was off to another flier start. However, he departed just one short of his maiden half-century in ODIs. Suryakumar Yadav was also looking good during his stay at the crease before getting trapped in front of the stumps at 40 (37).

Sri Lanka come back strong

Team India were in a strong position at 102/1 and further 157/3. However, the Sri Lankan bowlers cashed in after the rain delay and restricted India to 225 all out. Akila Dananjaya and Praveen Jayawickrama picked up three wickets apiece.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa scores a half-century

Walking out to bat at number three, Bhanuka Rajapaksa didn't let the pressure get the better of him. He continued to get the important boundaries and added 109 runs for the second wicket alongside Avishka.

Avishka Fernando continues good form

The Sri Lankan opener who has been consistently scoring runs at the top order stepped up again. Avishka Fernando scored 76 runs to take his team closer to the total and also end up as the highest run-scorer in the series.

Sri Lanka won the match by three wickets with eight overs to spare. India went on to win the ODI series 2-1. The cricketing action between both teams will now move on to the T20 international series which begins from Sunday.