Indian cricket team is on a winning streak. The tourists who have whitewashed Sri Lanka in three-Test series produced a scintillating all-round display to crush Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the third ODI at the Pallekele International Stadium on Sunday. With this stunning win, India has now taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Sensing another meek surrender from the home team, the crowd went berserk as they started throwing water bottles at the end of the 44th over, forcing a 35-minute stoppage. After that particular stand was emptied, the Indian batsmen returned to the ground to score the required eight runs for victory.
Former Srilankan cricketer Russel Arnold took to Twitter to express his disappointment.
Jeez... this is sad to see !!! Never seen that before.. very very disappointing!!!— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 27, 2017
I feel like l just fell in to a deep dark hole... so sad.. Embarrassed !! Apologies to everyone if it means anything at all !!— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 27, 2017
Needing only eight runs to win, "Captain Cool" Mahendra Singh Dhoni took some time off to take a nap on the field. While the agitated Sri Lankan fans threw bottles, Dhoni made the maximum use of the situation and recharged himself during the stalled game.
The photo of Dhoni chilling and lying on the ground spread on social media like wildfire and memes were created in no time.
non striker when rahul dravid used to bat pic.twitter.com/8Hhk8657QS— ㅤ ㅤ (@firkiii) August 27, 2017
Dhoni catches his nap in the middle of the ground. pic.twitter.com/FRXDAVsVrl— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) August 27, 2017
Hahaha Seeing Dhoni taking a nap on the ground is such an adorable sight 😂😂💙#INDvSL— ADITI (@Cricketaddicted) August 27, 2017
Dhoni sums up our exact feeling of this India vs Sri Lanka series.. pic.twitter.com/aZ44TmRZC2— Sarcastic Dude (@Sarcasticdudee) August 27, 2017
Me in the morning: Bass 5 minute aur.. pic.twitter.com/E0N4fNSryX— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) August 27, 2017
Sunil Shetty teaching Dhoni about..— Comical लोचा ® 👿 (@Comical_Locha) August 27, 2017
' Ye Dharti Meri Maa hai ' pic.twitter.com/fm92DoxEIh
Dhoni has got too much chill...— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 28, 2017
'Wake me up when you're done with throwing bottles' 😊🙏😛 pic.twitter.com/54HbruPj5s
When you've been successfully carrying the international team for 13 years and people still ask for your retirement : pic.twitter.com/z4VCYyTyEJ— Manya (@CSKian716) August 27, 2017
Down to earth and still so high.— Trust me. (@iam_nobodyy) August 27, 2017
THY NAME MS DHONI❤️ pic.twitter.com/NT2qgqEHE4
Meanwhile, as for Dhoni, he became the fourth highest run-getter for India in ODI during the course of his innings. Only Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Sourav Ganguly (11,221) and Rahul Dravid (10,768) are now ahead of him on this elite list.
Teams will meet in Colombo on Thursday for the fourth clash.