Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma India managed to inflict a 3-0 series whitewash on Sri Lanka with a tense five-wicket win in the third and final T20I in Mumbai on Sunday. Sri Lankan hopes to end the miserable tour on a high were raised when India struggled in a 136-run chase but eventually, the hosts crossed the finish line with four balls to spare.
Sri Lanka will go home with just one ODI win from this tour while India would head to South Africa with convincing victories in all three formats. Supremely confident Indian bowlers came out firing with Jaydev Unadkat being outstanding today even as the Lankans appeared to be in dilemma as if to attack or stay patient. In a hurry to collect runs, they ended up playing poor lofted shots on good balls, resulting in tame dismissals and put on board a modest 135 for seven. Unadkat, who generated a lot of pace in his first spell, was the most outstanding Indian bowler with figures of impressive 4-0-15-2.
India lost in-form openers - captain Rohit Sharma (27) and KL Rahul (4) - early, which affected their run-rate badly as Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey found the going tough against a fired-up Lankan attack. No boundary was scored for more than six overs at one stage during India's chase with scoreboard moving at snail's pace with runs mostly coming in singles. Paceman Dushmanta Chameera cleaned up Pandey (32 off 29 balls) with a faster but straight delivery, bringing Dhoni at the crease with India requiring 28 from 23 balls.
Debutant Washington Sundar (1/22) and Unadkat removed the top three batsmen in space of 11 balls to rattle the visitors. The 18-year-old Sundar maintained a tight line and length, and caught dangerous Kusal Perera (4) off his own bowling after Unadkat got rid of Niroshan Dickwella (1). The Saurashtra paceman added wicket of Upul Tharanga (11) to his tally as the Lankan opener was guilty of playing a reckless shot considering the situation. In a three-over spell, Sundar conceded 18 runs while Unadkat gave away only seven runs in his impressive two-over spell as Sri Lanka managed 37 runs in Powerplay.
Needing three from the last over, Dhoni (16 not out) got a couple from first ball and flicked the next one from Thisara Perera to mid-wicket boundary to finish the game. Mahindra Singh Dhoni interacts with Sri Lankan players at the end of their third and final T20I.