Colombo: India completed the 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka with another emphatic six-wicket victory at the R Premadasa ground here on Sunday.
Virat Kohli continued his excellence with the bat to comfortably cruise India to a memorable victory. Incidentally, it is Sri Lanka’s first ever whitewash at home by any team in the world.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
During the course of the game, veteran wicket-keeper-batsman MS Dhoni also set the world record of effecting 100 stumpings in One-Day International (ODI) Cricket.
Despite getting off to a shaky start while chasing 239 runs, Virat Kohli ensured his team doesn’t face any more trouble and partnered the crease in two big partnerships with Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav.
Kohli remained unbeaten at 110 off 116 deliveries and laced his inning with 9 flourishing fours. With this ton, he also equalled the record of Australian batting great Ricky Ponting (30 centuries). Now he only trails behind the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who has 49 ODI centuries to his credit.
After losing Ajinkya Rahane (5 off 17) and Rohit Sharma (16 off 20, 1 four) with just 29 runs on the scoreboard, Kohli partnered the crease in a 99-run partnership with Manish Pandey (36 off 53, 2 fours) and in a 109-ru8n partnership with Kedar Jadhav (63 off 73, 7 fours).
Jadhav got out when India needed only 2 runs to win which the visiting team achieved comfortably to get the six wicket victory. MS Dhoni came to the crease to face just one delivery on which he scored a single and once again returned unbeaten.
Lasith Malinga, who looked dangerous during the initial overs, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara and Wanindu Hasaranga took one wicket each in their respective spells.
Ealier, after electing to bat first, Sri Lanka could only post 238 runs on the board despite getting off to a fine start.
The Lankan stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga played an aggressive 48-run inning off only 34 deliveries, with the help of 9 boundaries. His opening partner Niroshan Dickwella, however, couldn’t last long and got out after adding 2 runs off 6 deliveries.
Dilshan Munaweera also failed to perform and went back after adding only 4 runs off 5 balls with one boundary. After his departure, Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews consolidated the Sri Lankan batting and added 122 runs for the fourth wicket.
Once their partnership was broken, Lankan batting collapsed miserably and the rest of the batsmen could only add 53 runs. Milinda Siriwardana was the highest scorer in the Lankan tail-end as he added 18 runs off 13 balls with 1 four and a six.
It was a flamboyant Bhuvneshwar Kumar who claimed five wickets to dismantle a better looking Sri Lankan batting. He spent 42 runs in his 8.4 overs to register a five-for.
Jasprit Bumrah bagged two wickets for 45 runs in his 10 overs, while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal plucked one wicket each for 40 and 36 runs, respectively.
During the course of the game, MS Dhoni became the only wicket-keeper in the history of ODI Cricket to get 100 stumpings. He surpassed Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara to achieve the feat. Akila Dananjaya became the 100th victim of Dhoni’s exceptional glove-work.