The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Saturday evening that Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will come back to India from Sri Lanka tomorrow to attend his ailing mother. This also means that the opener will not able to finish the tour.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Saturday evening that Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will come back to India from Sri Lanka tomorrow to attend his ailing mother. This also means that the opener will not able to finish the tour. He will not only miss the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka which is scheduled to take place on Sunday but will also not featured in the only T20I unless BCCI decides to send him back. The all-India Senior Selection Committee has decided not to name any replacement for 5th ODI and the only T20I which is scheduled to take place on Sept 3 and 6 respectively in Colombo. This means that either KL Rahul will be promoted to the opening slot once again or Ajinkya Rahane will be brought into the side to partner Rohit Sharma. Dhawan was the player of the series in the longer format of the game where India whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 to lift the trophy. He started off the ODI series on a good note by smashing a century in the first match but failed to score runs after that.
India has dominated the series so far and has taken an unbeatable lead of 4-0. The visitors already swept the Test series 3-0, and given their dominant run on this trip, would like to sweep the ODI series as well. On the other hand, Sri Lanka has already let go of an opportunity to automatically qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup by failing to win two matches in this series. They will be hoping to get at least something positive from the last match.
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Here are the squads for the 5th ODI:
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Lasith Malinga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.