India has won the series. Yes. But that is no reason why they should not give it their all. The Sri Lankan team on the other hand should give it their all too. They could still try to win one match and salvage whatever pride they have left. They are the lions afterall. Amidst all the drama and the selections of their national cricket team stepping down, the team has been going through a lot. The Sri Lankan Team Fans more than anything else. Their behaviour on the field the other day, while not acceptable, is quite understandable.
The teams on the other hand are not letting what happens on the field show in their personal relations with each other, that’s for sure. The two teams were seen partying at Malinga’s place ahead of the fifth ODI. That is a good sign, if you ask me. There is no point in hating each other. It is a very good sign indeed.
Kohli is in the party mood. And an experimental one too. He gave opportunities to new guys and let them get into the middle. He is also willing to see how the batting order can be changed depending on how the game goes. Reports say that Shikhar Dhawan will miss the fifth ODI and the T20. Point to be noted. Rahane might open with Rohit Sharma.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Lasith Malinga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.
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