nsavoury crowd scenes detracted from India’s win over Sri Lanka as Sunday’s six-wicket triumph at Pallekele gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the one-day international series.
Having claimed a clean sweep in the Tests, Virat Kohli’s side need two more ODI successes to replicate that feat in the five-match limited-overs series, but their latest victory came only after a long delay when plastic bottles had been thrown onto the field.
The tourists’ triumph was inspired by a combination of Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling as he took 5-27 in Sri Lanka’s laboured 217-9, and Rohit Sharma’s 124 not out.
It was a struggle from the start for Sri Lanka, who won the toss and opted to bat first, as only Lahiru Thirimanne (80) impressed before becoming one of Bumrah’s victims in his first international five-for.
Dinesh Chandimal’s battling 36 came at a cost as he suffered a hairline fracture on his right thumb after a bouncer from Hardik Pandya struck him on the glove, ruling him out for the rest of the series.