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Shikhar Dhawan century guides India to eighth straight series win

Shikhar Dhawan struck a sublime hundred in the nick of time as India delivered yet again in a series decider to beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the third ODI and record their eighth successive win in a bilateral contest.

India raced to the 216-run target in 32.1 overs with Dhawan (100 n.o. off 85) completing his 12th ODI ton in what turned out to be the penultimate over of the match.

Put into bat first by India, Sri Lanka were dealt an early blow in the 4th over itself with Danushka Gunathilaka departing for 13 runs. It was then, Tharanga (95) and Samarawickrama (42) steadied the Lankan innings. Post their dismissal, Sri Lanka batsmen yet again failed as a batting unit and were bundled out for 215 runs.

Chasing a modest target of 216 runs, India lost its skipper Rohit in the 4th over but Iyer and Dhawan ensured the hosts went on to register their 8th consecutive home bilateral series win for India.