Avishka Fernando Bhanuka Rajapaksa help Sri Lanka defeat India and earn 10 ODI super league points. IND vs SL 3rd ODI| ODI Super League table standings|
Sri Lanka’s win over India (ICC)  |  Photo Credits: Twitter
- India tour of Sri Lanka 2021 – ODI series – 3rd match
- Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets in the third ODI, got important points in the ODI Super League table
- Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapakse bat in Colombo
Sri Lanka defeated India by 3 wickets in the third and final ODI of the ODI series played between India and Sri Lanka. Of course, India won the series 2-1 but in the final ODI, the Sri Lankan team tried to rectify all the mistakes they had made in the second ODI. After the bowling of the bowlers from Sri Lanka, two of their batsmen (Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa) did that wonder, which gave their team 10 valuable points.
157/3 to 225 all out
India made their debut with five players for the second time in this match, the Sri Lankan players did not let this opportunity go blank. In this match played in Colombo on Friday, India won the toss and decided to bat first but the Sri Lankan bowlers, especially the spinners, left no stone unturned to prove their decision wrong.
At one time, on the basis of Prithvi Shaw (49) and Sanju Samson (46), the Indian team had scored 157 for 3 wickets, but Akila Dhananjay (3 wickets) and Parveen Jayavikrama (3 wickets) together wreaked havoc that the next 68 runs. Inside India lost 7 wickets and Sri Lanka bundled out India for 225 runs.
Superb innings of Fernando and Rajapaksa got those 10 points
Sri Lankan team got a target of 227 runs in 47 overs, due to delay in the game due to rain. Avishka Fernando scored 76 runs and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 65 runs for Sri Lanka to reach the target in 39 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Sri Lanka won with 3 wickets and 48 balls to spare, which gave them the 10 points they desperately needed in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
Where did the Sri Lankan team reach in the table and now what next?
On Friday, the Sri Lankan team registered its second win of the year. With this, now this year Sri Lanka have scored 22 points after playing four ODI series and they are at 11th position in this points table. Whereas Indian cricket team has lost their fourth match in the World Cup Super League stage and they are at number four with 49 points. According to the rules, the top-7 teams in this table will get a direct entry in the next ODI World Cup (2023), while the rest of the teams will have to change their fortunes by playing each other. Such is the current World Cup Super League points table..
1. England – 95 points from 15 matches
2. Bangladesh – 80 points from 12 matches
3. Australia – 50 points from 7 matches
4. India – 49 points from 8 matches
5. Pakistan – 40 points from 9 matches
6. Ireland – 35 points from 12 matches
7. New Zealand – 30 points from 3 matches
8. Afghanistan – 30 points from 3 matches
9. West Indies – 30 points from 6 matches
10. South Africa – 24 points from 6 matches
11. Sri Lanka – 22 points from 12 matches
12. Netherlands – 20 points from 3 matches
13. Zimbabwe – 10 points from 6 matches
Now Sri Lanka have to play four more ODI series in the ICC World Cup Super League. They will have to increase their points by winning as many matches as possible in these series and secure a place in the top-7 teams. According to the schedule that is currently in place, Sri Lanka will have more matches than India. Along with the series against New Zealand, he has to play series against three other countries as well. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see whether they can get a direct ticket to the World Cup 2023.
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