Riding high on confidence after taking an unassailable 4-0 lead, ruthless India will look to complete the whitewash against a listless Sri Lankan team in the fifth and final One-day International (ODI) at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. The men in blue had earlier achieved this feat, thrashing Sri Lanka 5-0, at home in limited-over series in 2014-15.
In the fourth ODI, the visitors rode on blistering centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma to thrash hosts by 168 runs. Kohli's men will once again bank on their batting prowess to decimate the Lankans in the final ODI.
With the series already in their kitty, Kohli might opt to make a few changes in the playing XI and rest opener Shikhar Dhawan or Lokesh Rahul to accommodate Ajinkya Rahane, who has been warming the bench throughout the series. In the bowling department, Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur, along with the young left-arm spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel, will once again aim to shatter the inexperienced home batting line-up.
Sri Lanka, in a transition phase, will expect their young guns to give it back to the visitors in the final ODI if they are to escape another humiliating whitewash. Captain Lasith Malinga conceded that he will assess his future after the current series against India. The hosts will also bank on the experience of former skipper Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis, besides young Niroshan Dickwella, who has failed to convert his promising starts in the series.
Young spinner Akila Dananjaya is also expected to play a key role in the bowling department alongside the likes of Vishwa Fernando and Lakshan Sandakan.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Lokesh Rahul, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (C), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Milinda Siriwardana, Vishwa Fernando, Dilshan Munaweera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis, Wanidu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan.
When is the India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI match?
The fifth ODI of the five-match series between India and Sri Lanka will start on Sunday, September 3.
Where will the India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI match be played?
The fifth ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be played at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
What time does India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI match start?
The fifth ODI between India and Sri Lanka will start at 2:30 IST and the toss will happen at 2:00 IST. For all the Live updates, tune into www.indiatvnews.com.
Where can I watch India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI match live?
The 5th ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be broadcast Live on Sony Pictures Networks. The TV channels that will show the match Live are TEN 3, SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD.
Where can I watch online live streaming of India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI match?
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