Rohit Sharma (L) and Thisara Perera    AFP
Rohit Sharma (L) and Thisara Perera AFP

India were humiliated at Dharamsala. They inflicted the same pain on Sri Lanka to level the three-match ODIs at Mohali. The third and final ODI will be played at Vishakapatnam on December 17 (Sunday).

Rohit Sharma enthralled the Mohali spectators. He became the first player to slam three-double hundreds in ODIs, leading the list of double-century makers that includes Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle. In the post-match conference, Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera complemented Rohit. He further added that all their plans faltered in front of Rohit’s heroics.

After restricting India to 112 all-out in the series opener, Sri Lanka conceded 393 for 4 in Mohali the highest score at the venue. The heroes from Dharamsala encounter, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep, combined together to give 177 runs in 18 overs.

“Unfortunately our bowling did not click, which was the main reason for our defeat. Rohit specially batted really well and such is the game of cricket which we have to take in our stride. We’ll take the positives out of it for the next game. We had a plan A, B and C but none of that clicked for us which was the most important thing,” said Perera.

In the pursuit of 394, Sri Lanka were never in the hunt. Despite Angelo Mathews’ second hundred (both against India in a losing cause), they batted their full quota of overs to lose by 141 runs. Perera said, “If you want to chase a score as big as this, you need starts and scores in the middle order as well. But none of it clicked. Angelo did really well, but it wasn’t enough. We’ll come back hard in the decider.”