Indian bowlers complemented the valiant efforts of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to dismiss Sri Lanka for a paltry 207 runs to hand India a fantastic 168-run victory. Earlier, both Sharma and Kohli hit centuries to give India a great start before MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey helped them reach 375/5.
Brief scores: India 375/5 (Virat Kohli 131, Rohit Sharma 104; Angelo Mathews 2/24) beat Sri Lanka 207 (Angelo Mathews 70; Kuldeep Yadav 31/2) by 168 runs
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first handing Shardul Thakur his first ODI cap and he also brought in Kuldeep Yadav and Manish Pandey in the playing XI in the place of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar
Kohli, Rohit catch Sri Lanka off guard
Sri Lankan skipper Lasith Malinga opened the bowling for the hosts but it was Vishwa Fernando who gave the first success to Sri Lanka as he sent Shikhar Dhawan packing in only the second over of the game. But Kohli targeted Fernando and sent three balls for three consecutive boundaries as the bowler conceded 13 runs. In the next six overs, Rohit Sharma and Kohli added 43 runs which helped India reach 67/1 at the end of the powerplay. Malinga again came to the
Dhoni, Pandya take India past 350
At 225 for 1 in the 30th over, India would have set sights on a 400-plus total, and both the batsmen would have
Sri Lanka fail to muster a good start
For Sri Lanka Munaweera opened the innings along with Niroshan Dickwella while Thakur got the chance to bowl first and conceded only three runs in the process before getting his first ODI wicket as he sent Dickwella back to the dressing room and that would
India take a 4-0 lead in the series
Sri Lanka still needed 263 runs in the another 25 overs with Mathews and Siriwardana trying to resurrect the Lankan innings as they slowly and steadily added runs on the scoreboard. Kohli handed the ball to Pandya and he didn’t disappoint him as he got Siriwardana’s wicket who scored 39 runs. Then Wanindu Hasaranga came on at no. 7 who gave his full support to the experienced Mathews and at the end of the 30th over, the score reached 147/5 and the host needing 229 runs in the next 20 overs. However, Patel got the important wicket of Mathews who played patient innings of 70 runs to catch the Lankan team off guard. Mathews’ dismissal triggered the collapse and Kuldeep Yadav closed the things off dismissing Vishwa Fernando and Malinga to hand India a 4-0 series lead in advance.
In the last 5 IND vs SA ODIs, SA was bowled out twice, while IND was bowled out only once.
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