Sri Lanka earned a consolation win against India in the third and last one-day international after Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit half-centuries on Friday.
It was Sri Lanka’s first win over India in a bilateral series game in nine years and 10 matches.
India, having already won the series, debuted five players. But after opting to bat first, India was bowled out for 225 in the 44th over.
Sri Lanka spinners Akila Dananjaya and newcomer Praveen Jayawickrama took three wickets each to restrict India to a modest 225.
Opener Prithvi Shaw top-scored with 49. Sanju Samson (46) and Suryakumar Yadav (40) also made good starts but India suffered after being 157-3 to be all out 19 overs later.
Despite India’s series win, there were setbacks as well. Former India batsman Virender Sehwag pointed out who according to him was the biggest failure for India. He slammed Manish Pandey for his failures with the bat. Pandey scored 26, 37 and 11 in three games.
“Here was an opportunity for Manish Pandey and even Hardik Pandya for that matter. Both had scored some 15-20 runs so they disappointed me more. In this three-match series, if anyone got the most benefit, it was Pandey. He played all three matches, and got the chance to bat, and on all the three occasions, the situation wasn’t challenging either that he had to accelerate,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
“So, I believe Pandey has disappointed me the most. Perhaps he may no longer get a chance in ODIs for India, and even if he does, it is going to be a long time. Since he lost the opportunity to score in these three matches, he’s fallen behind in the pecking order. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have scored runs so these two will be considered ahead of him in the middle order.”