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Malinga to lead Sri Lanka against India

Malinga to lead Sri Lanka against India

Thakur has been part of the Indian set-up since 2016 under Anil Kumble when he toured the West Indies.

The Second IOC will be chaired by Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe.

India, meanwhile, have nearly seemed bored on this tour. Captain Kohli had earlier said Jadhav, Pandey and KL Rahul would have to contest for the two places in the middle-order. India clinched the match, and the series.

The theme of this year's conference is "Peace, Progress and Prosperity" and will involve participants from more than 35 countries.

In his first 22 innings in Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma had averaged 14.25, and hit only one fifty. The batsmen attack you more in limited-overs cricket.

To begin with, the selection committee headed by Sanath Jayasuriya has resigned. "Every cricketer in our team is mentally depressed", Ranatunga, who is also a minister, said while addressing the media at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation head office.

Opening batsman Dilshan Munaweera - uncapped in ODIs - has been called up to the squad to cover for Kapugedera. Danushka Gunathilaka was ruled out with a shoulder strain (though there remains a small possibility he could recover in time for the next match), and Upul Tharanga had been suspended due to a slow over rate. There is a chance afternoon and evening showers will interrupt play.

Talking about Dhoni at the sidelines of an event, Prasad said that once the former captain was suffering from severe back injury just a day before the match against Pakistan at the Asia Cup, but even then he made a decision to play that match.

Team management sent Shardul Thakur for the pre-match PC on Wednesday, thus dropping a hint that the pacer might play on Thursday.

MS Dhoni will be playing his 300th ODI on Thursday. Players are taking responsibility, which augurs well for Team India. His ODI match tally also includes three matches for Asia XI in 2007.

Dhoni is also close to breaking two individual records: He is just one stumping away from becoming the first wicketkeeper in ODI history to reach 100 stumpings.

Sri Lanka will have their third captain of the series when they step on the field in the 4th ODI. While admitting to the team's wretched run in 2017, the swashbuckling yesteryear batsman was quick to remind Lanka's historic 3-0 whitewash against Australia in Tests a year ago.


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