Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga hosted a dinner for Virat Kohli and men ahead of their fifth and final ODI that is scheduled to take place on September 3, Sunday in Colombo. Notably, India has already sealed the series and are eyeing for another clean sweep by winning the last ODI match. Many Sri Lankan players have shared the dressing with Indian cricketers in the Indian Premier League. Maling who has been a part of Mumbai Indians franchise shares a good bond with Indian players like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Ajinkya Rahane.
While Malinga was the host of the party, the Indian players also did not leave any opportunity to show their gratitude to him and shared pictures on Instagram. Indian opener Rohit Sharma took to the social media and said, “Great night with great friends ????” while Ajinkya Rahane wrote, “Had a great time with my mates. Thank you for hosting us Lasith. ✌️✌️.” Shikhar Dhawan also took to Instagram to share a picture with Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal and said, “It was a pleasure meeting @Angelo69Mathews & @chandi_17 off the field. ????????☺️☺️????”
Here are the pictures:
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 2, 2017
The Indian side would like to win the ODI series with a clean sheet. Earlier, they white washed Sri Lanka in three-match Test series. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has faced some difficult times in the recent months. The series loss against India is their second on the trot as they were earlier defeated 2-3 by Zimbabwe. The loss in the fourth ODI on Thursday against India has denied them an ease and certainty to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup to be played in England.