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

The Hindu - - SPORT -

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.

PTI

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.

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