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Sri Lankan cricket team in India in 2017–18

The Sri Lanka cricket team toured India in November and December 2017.[1][2] The original schedule had the tour consisting of three Tests, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International (T20I) match starting in February 2018.[3]

Sri Lankan cricket team in India in 2017–18
  Flag of India.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
  India Sri Lanka
Dates 11 November – 24 December 2017
Captains Virat Kohli (Tests)
Rohit Sharma (ODIs & T20Is)
Dinesh Chandimal (Tests)
Thisara Perera (ODIs & T20Is)
Test series
Result India won the 3-match series 1–0
Most runs Virat Kohli (610) Dinesh Chandimal (366)
Most wickets Ravichandran Ashwin (12) Suranga Lakmal (8)
Dilruwan Perera (8)
Player of the series Virat Kohli (Ind)
One Day International series
Results India won the 3-match series 2–1
Most runs Rohit Sharma (217) Angelo Mathews (153)
Most wickets Yuzvendra Chahal (6) Thisara Perera (5)
Player of the series Shikhar Dhawan (Ind)
Twenty20 International series
Results India won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Rohit Sharma (162) Kusal Perera (100)
Most wickets Yuzvendra Chahal (8) Dushmantha Chameera (3)
Thisara Perera (3)
Nuwan Pradeep (3)
Player of the series Jaydev Unadkat (Ind)

In March 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the dates for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, a limited-overs tri-series tournament featuring Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. This is scheduled to take place in March 2018.[4] The SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said that some of the scheduled limited-overs matches fixtures in this series would now be played in the Nidahas Trophy.[4] The revised schedule of the tour now has three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.[5][6] Ahead of the Test series, a two-day tour match was played between the India Board President XI and Sri Lanka.[7]

In August 2017, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary mentioned that the Tests would be played in Kolkata, Nagpur and Delhi. The ODI venues would be in Dharamshala, Mohali and Visakhapatnam and the three T20 games would be played in Cuttack, Indore and Mumbai.[8][9] Moreover, Choudhary said that a second reason for Sri Lanka's advanced arrival was the cancellation of the proposed series between India and Pakistan.[8]

In October 2017, Virat Kohli was named as India's captain for the Test series.[10] However, in November 2017, he was rested for the ODIs as well as T20Is in preparation for India's tour to South Africa at the end of the year, with Rohit Sharma named as captain.[11][12] On 29 November 2017, Thisara Perera was named as Sri Lanka's captain for the ODI and T20I matches, replacing Upul Tharanga.[13][14]

India won the Test series 1–0, after the first and third matches were drawn.[15] India won the ODI series 2–1, their eighth consecutive series win since beating Zimbabwe in June 2016.[16] India won the T20I series 3–0.[17]



Tests ODIs T20Is
  India[18]   Sri Lanka[19]   India[11]   Sri Lanka[20]   India[12]   Sri Lanka[21]

Hardik Pandya was initially named in India's Test squad, but was later withdrawn from the series to manage his workload.[22] Ahead of the second Test, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan were released from the team due to personal reasons. Vijay Shankar was named as Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s replacement in the squad.[23] However, ahead of third Test, Dhawan was added back in India's Test squad.[11] Rangana Herath was ruled out of Sri Lanka's squad for the third Test, with Jeffrey Vandersay replacing him.[24]

Ahead of the first ODI, Kedar Jadhav injured his hamstring and was ruled out of the series.[25] He was replaced by Washington Sundar in India's squad.[26]

During the second T20I, Angelo Mathews injured his hamstring and was ruled out of Sri Lanka's squad for the last T20I.[27]

Tour matchEdit

Two-day: India Board President XI vs Sri LankaEdit

11–12 November 2017
411/9d (88 overs)
Sadeera Samarawickrama 74 (77)
Sandeep Warrier 2/60 (15 overs)
287/5 (75 overs)
Sanju Samson 128 (143)
Lahiru Thirimanne 2/22 (6 overs)
  • Indian Board President's XI won the toss and elected to field.
  • 15 players per side (11 batting, 11 fielding)

Test seriesEdit

1st TestEdit

16–20 November 2017
172 (59.3 overs)
Cheteshwar Pujara 52 (117)
Suranga Lakmal 4/26 (19 overs)
294 (83.4 overs)
Rangana Herath 67 (105)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/88 (27 overs)
352/8d (88.4 overs)
Virat Kohli 104* (119)
Dasun Shanaka 3/76 (22 overs)
75/7 (26.3 overs)
Niroshan Dickwella 27 (36)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/8 (11 overs)
Match drawn
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng), Nigel Llong (Eng) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind)

2nd TestEdit

24–28 November 2017[n 1]
205 (79.1 overs)
Dinesh Chandimal 57 (122)
Ravichandran Ashwin 4/67 (28.1 overs)
610/6d (176.1 overs)
Virat Kohli 213 (267)
Dilruwan Perera 3/202 (45 overs)
166 (49.3 overs)
Dinesh Chandimal 61 (82)
Ravichandran Ashwin 4/63 (17.3 overs)
India won by an innings and 239 runs
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli (Ind)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Dinesh Chandimal (SL) passed 3,000 runs in Tests and Dimuth Karunaratne (SL) scored his 1,000th run in Tests in 2017.[33]
  • Murali Vijay (Ind) scored his 10th century in Tests.[34]
  • Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind) scored his 1,000th run in Tests in 2017.[35]
  • Virat Kohli (Ind) became the first captain to score 10 international hundreds in a calendar year and he also scored the most Test centuries as a captain of India (12).[36][37]
  • Virat Kohli equalled Brian Lara's record of the most double centuries as captain in Tests (5).[38]
  • This was Sri Lanka's 100th loss, India's joint-biggest win and Sri Lanka's biggest loss by an innings in Tests.[39][40]
  • Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind) took the fewest matches to take 300 wickets in Tests (54).[40]

3rd TestEdit

2–6 December 2017
536/7d (127.5 overs)
Virat Kohli 243 (287)
Lakshan Sandakan 4/167 (33.5 overs)
373 (135.3 overs)
Dinesh Chandimal 164 (361)
Ravichandran Ashwin 3/90 (35 overs)
246/5d (52.2 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 67 (91)
Dhananjaya de Silva 1/31 (5 overs)
299/5 (103 overs)
Dhananjaya de Silva 119* (219)
Ravindra Jadeja 3/81 (38 overs)
Match drawn
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Umpires: Nigel Llong (Eng) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Roshen Silva (SL) made his Test debut.
  • Virat Kohli (Ind) made his 20th century, scored his 3,000th run as captain of India and his 5,000th run in Tests. This was his 10th century against Sri Lanka in all forms of international cricket in 2017, the most by one player against a single team in a calendar year.[41][42][43]
  • Kohli also became the fastest batsman to reach 16,000 international runs and became the first Test captain to score centuries in each game of a three-match Test series.[44]
  • Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay (Ind) made the highest partnership for India for any wicket against Sri Lanka in Tests (283).[43]
  • Dilruwan Perera (SL) became the fastest bowler for Sri Lanka, in terms of matches played, to take 100 wickets in Tests (25).[43]
  • Virat Kohli (Ind) scored his sixth double century, his third in 2017 and the most as captain in Tests (6).[45]
  • Dhananjaya de Silva's (SL) unbeaten 119 was the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting batsman in India.[15]


During the second day of the third Test, the Smog in Delhi forced the Sri Lanka cricketers to halt play and wear anti-pollution masks.[46] Cricketer Lahiru Gamage was reported to have breathing shortness.[47] Nic Pothas, coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team, reported that Dhananjaya de Silva[48] and Suranga Lakmal had vomited regularly due to the severe pollution at the ground.[49] There was a haltage of play between 12:32pm to 12:49pm, which caused Indian coach Ravi Shastri to come out to consult with the on-field umpires.[50] BCCI president C. K. Khanna accused the Sri Lankan team of making fuss while Indian spectators called the team "melodramatic".[51] On day 4, India's Mohammed Shami was also seen vomiting on the field.[52]

Following the match, both participating countries criticised the choice to play the Test in Delhi with the high levels of pollution.[53] The Sri Lanka manager Asanka Gurusinha said that both teams were using oxygen cylinders in their dressing rooms due to breathing difficulties,[53] and suggested the use of air-quality meters in future fixtures.[53] President of the Indian Medical Association, KK Agarwal, said that playing in such conditions could result in lung and heart disease, and recommended the inclusion of atmospheric pollution as a factor in the assessment criteria for a match.[53]

ODI seriesEdit

1st ODIEdit

10 December 2017
11:30 (D/N)
112 (38.2 overs)
  Sri Lanka
114/3 (20.4 overs)
MS Dhoni 65 (87)
Suranga Lakmal 4/13 (10 overs)
Upul Tharanga 49 (46)
Jasprit Bumrah 1/32 (7 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Simon Fry (Aus)
Player of the match: Suranga Lakmal (SL)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
  • Shreyas Iyer (Ind) made his ODI debut.
  • Rohit Sharma (Ind) and Thisara Perera (SL) both made their ODI captaincy debuts.[54]
  • This was India's lowest total at home when batting first in ODIs.[55]
  • India lost their first five wickets for 16 runs, their lowest total in ODIs, and their top five batsman aggregated 13 runs, also their lowest total in ODIs.[55]
  • Dinesh Karthik (Ind) faced the most deliveries by an India batsman before being dismissed for a duck in ODIs (18).[55]

2nd ODIEdit

13 December 2017
11:30 (D/N)
392/4 (50 overs)
  Sri Lanka
251/8 (50 overs)
Rohit Sharma 208* (153)
Thisara Perera 3/80 (8 overs)
Angelo Mathews 111* (132)
Yuzvendra Chahal 3/60 (10 overs)
India won by 141 runs
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Umpires: C. K. Nandan (Ind) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Ind)

3rd ODIEdit

17 December 2017
13:30 (D/N)
Sri Lanka  
215 (44.5 overs)
219/2 (32.1 overs)
Upul Tharanga 95 (82)
Kuldeep Yadav 3/42 (10 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 100* (85)
Thisara Perera 1/25 (5 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Umpires: Simon Fry (Aus) and Nitin Menon (Ind)
Player of the match: Kuldeep Yadav (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • Shikhar Dhawan (Ind) scored his 4,000th run in ODIs.[16]

T20I seriesEdit

1st T20IEdit

20 December 2017
19:00 (D/N)
180/3 (20 overs)
  Sri Lanka
87 (16 overs)
K. L. Rahul 61 (48)
Angelo Mathews 1/19 (3 overs)
Upul Tharanga 23 (16)
Yuzvendra Chahal 4/23 (4 overs)
India won by 93 runs
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Umpires: Nitin Menon (Ind) and C. K. Nandan (Ind)
Player of the match: Yuzvendra Chahal (Ind)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
  • Vishwa Fernando (SL) made his T20I debut.
  • This was Sri Lanka's 100th T20I.[60]
  • Rohit Sharma (Ind) captained India for the first time in T20Is.[61] He also became the second India batsman after Virat Kohli to score 1,500 runs in T20Is.[62]
  • MS Dhoni (Ind) affected the most dismissals in T20Is (74).[63]
  • In terms of runs, this was both India's biggest win and Sri Lanka's biggest defeat in T20Is.[64]

2nd T20IEdit

22 December 2017
19:00 (D/N)
260/5 (20 overs)
  Sri Lanka
172 (17.2 overs)
Rohit Sharma 118 (43)
Thisara Perera 2/49 (4 overs)
Kusal Perera 77 (37)
Yuzvendra Chahal 4/52 (4 overs)
India won by 88 runs
Holkar Stadium, Indore
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and C. K. Nandan (Ind)
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Ind)

3rd T20IEdit

24 December 2017
19:00 (D/N)
Sri Lanka  
135/7 (20 overs)
139/5 (19.2 overs)
Asela Gunaratne 36 (37)
Jaydev Unadkat 2/15 (4 overs)
Manish Pandey 32 (29)
Dushmantha Chameera 2/22 (4 overs)
India won by 5 wickets
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Nitin Menon (Ind)
Player of the match: Jaydev Unadkat (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • Washington Sundar (Ind) made his T20I debut. At the age of 18 years and 80 days, he became the youngest player to debut for India in T20Is.[70]


  1. ^ While five days of play were scheduled for each Test, the second Test reached a result within four days.


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