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Posted September 06, 2017

Sri Lanka's batting coach Avishka Gunawardena admitted, "It has gone beyond Sri Lanka's control".

Earlier, they have clean-swept the test series too.

"Sri Lankan pitches are very slow". What little pride remains is on the line in this T20. One can only hope that this encounter isn't as one-sided as so many have been recently. These include losses in the Asia Cup T20 that was held early previous year along with their below-par display in the World T20 2016, in which their only win came against Afghanistan. They have beaten Australia and South Africa 2-1 before drawing the Bangladesh series 1-1 this year. Bumrah then had Tharanga caught behind in the 10 over and Sri Lanka were again looking down the barrel. But it isn't over yet, there is still one game to go - the one-off Twenty20 global - and Sri Lanka will be hoping they can salvage some pride through the shortest format. Niroshan Dickwella approaches many of his innings like he is playing a T20 anyway. Lasith Malinga stays the leader of the bowling attack. Siriwardana has been one of the lone bright spots for Sri Lanka in the ODIs, and he will be another player to watch out for.

Indian cricketers gained a lot of points in the latest ICC ODI rankings for the batsmen and bowlers after the team's 5-0 series win over Sri Lanka.

"In five matches we could not cross 250 even once", he said. He has been modest through the ODI series, and throughout the last three months, really. The former two are most likely to play.

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga said that his team had failed in every department in the series and none of the plans were executed well.

It was a repeat story of the first four games as the bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 238 all out in 49.4 overs.

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India is now ridding success and it is securing victories in seven matches across two formats and five venues. The wristspinners may also keep Axar Patel out of the XI.

Possible XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.

It is raining heavily in Colombo.

India would aim to cap off their super successful Sri Lanka tour with another ruthless victory in the one-off T20 worldwide at Colombo on Wednesday. Their most recent victory was in February previous year, in Pune. Tharanga, Kapugedera, and Malinga led their team and in all the matches they had already lost.

It has been a tremendous performance by Kohli's men in the ongoing tour. They have won only two out of 13 games in total.

The introduction of Twenty20 cricket has played a major role in emboldening batsmen to adopt a more reckless approach against the white ball, leading to faster scoring rates, higher scores and more milestones in 50-over cricket.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. No one else has an average above 40.