Dhoni to tick another box: ODI No. 300
India’s reserve players may get a look-in; wounded Sri Lanka hopes for a face-saving win
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the cynosure of all eyes as he gears up for his 300th ODI, with a marauding India ready to tighten the noose around beleaguered Sri Lanka in the penultimate encounter of the five-match series here on Friday.
Dhoni should be in fine fettle after playing a significant role in bailing out the team in back-to-back tricky chases against the host.
The unbeaten knocks of 45 and 67 under pressure is proof that he is still not finished and his sights are firmly set on the 50-over World Cup to be held in England in 2019.
The series already sealed with an unassailable 3-0 lead, Virat Kohli’s next aim would be to give a chance to players like Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur who have only warmed the benches.
The teams (from):
India: Virat Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (capt.), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Vishwa Fernando. Match starts at 2.30 p.m.
Landmark beckons: It will be a double delight for millions of his fans if Mahendra Singh Dhoni, turning his arm over under the gaze of skipper Virat Kohli during practice on Wednesday, can conjure up another defining performance in his 300th one-dayer.