Virat Kohli’s yet another century in a run chase and a patient half-century by Kedar Jadhav helped India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets and thus whitewashing the hosts 5-0. Earlier, a five-wicket haul by Bhuvneshwar Kumar restricted the Lankans for a paltry 238, which eventually proved to be short.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 238/10 (Lahiru Thirimanne 67, Angelo Mathews 55; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5/42, Jasprit Bumrah 2/45) lost to India 239/3 (Virat Kohli 110*, Kedar Jadhav 63; Wanindu Hasarang 1/29, Lasith Malinga 1/35) by 6 wickets.
The hosts decided to bat first once again keeping the cloud cover and the possibility of rain later in the evening in mind. While India made four changes to their playing XI, Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga made a comeback to the team in place of Kusal Mendis, who was given a break.
Mathews, Thirimanne bail Sri Lanka out of the woods
Tharanga, making a return to the team after a two-match suspension, got his rhythm back in the very first over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and followed it up with another boundary over extra cover off Shardul Thakur. However, Bhuvneshwar - India’s swing master when the conditions are
Bhuvneshwar five-for triggers another Lankan collapse
In the 28th over of the innings, Thirimanne finally hit the first six of the innings when he stepped out of his crease against Chahal and in the 31st over, he brought up his half-century off 83 balls. Mathews soon completed his second successive half-century off 80 balls as their century stand became the highest for any wicket for the hosts in this series and the team
Kohli resurrects Indian innings - usual, usual
India faced a terrible start in the fifth and final ODI of the series as Ajinkya Rahane, who featured for the first time in the series, failed to make this opportunity count as Lasith Malinga got his wicket in the 5th over of the game. Rohit Sharma also failed to repeat his last match show as Vishwa Fernando sent him back to send India to a precarious situation. At the end of the first powerplay, India managed 53 runs and lost two wickets with Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey on the crease. The duo started to build a partnership by rotating the strike and took India to 79/3 at the end of 16 overs. In the next four
Kohli, Jadhav ensure six-wicket victory for India
On the first ball of the 26th over, Pushpakumara gave the hosts their much-needed breakthrough dismissing Pandey for 36. In the next five overs, Kohli, along with new batsman Kedar Jadhav added 19 runs which helped to take India’s score to 147/3 at the end of 30 over. Kohli didn’t try to hit more boundaries as he kept rotating the strike with the 32-year-old. Hasaranga came to bowl the 34th over where he conceded nine runs which included two boundaries. With India needing only 61 more runs to seal the series 5-0, Jadhav took one more run in Malinga’s delivery to complete his ODI half century and Kohli, after a few jittery moments, completed his 30th ODI century as well. While India