India wins ODI series against Sri Lanka by 5-0

 . Last updated on September 4, 2017, 2:27 PM
India wins ODI series against Sri Lanka by 5-0
Virat Kohli became the third batsman in the game so far to knock 30 ODI tons.


Sri Lanka was dismantled from the ODI series with a whitewash of 5-0. India, high on its form took the Sri Lankan team to one of its worst cricketing stretches. Before the ODI series, the team lost the test series to India by 3-0, another whitewash. The defeat in the series is created a dent in Sri Lanka's cricket history. It is the first time the team lost a series by 5-0 at home. On the other hand, there are accolades for team India, strengthening its ODI stature and players conjuring records out of thin air. Virat Kohli plundered another hundred in the last fixture, becoming the third batsmen to reach the mark of 30 ODI tons.

Sri Lanka took the pitch first, but the team could not keep its wickets intact losing three before 10 overs. There was the long-standing partnership in the inning from middle order batsmen Lahiru Thrimanne and Angelo Mathews hauling the score to 185. The latter scored 67 off 102 balls, while Mathews scored 55 off 98 balls. The inning however had the early blitz from Upul Tharanga, who knocked 34-ball-48. In the stretch he hammered nine fours, equal to Virat Kohli in the next inning. Mathews' wicket after the 41st over was continuance of Sri Lanka's slog after the partnership. The team lost next five wickets in the next 9 overs. Sri Lanka exhausted its inning at 238 in 49.4 overs.

In the next inning, India started the chase in quite a similar way as Sri Lanka. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were removed before ten overs were bowled. It was Virat Kohli who steered the inning steady after the early loss. Manish Pandey paired up with Kohli to put the chase into a gradience until Malinda Pushpakumara dismissed after the 25th over. The winning partnership stand came up with Kedar Yadav who scored 63 runs off 73 balls.

Kohli attacked Milinda Siriwardana in his overs and brought up the pace in the chase. The India captain remained unbeaten in the inning to score 110 off 116 balls. Jadhav returned to the pavilion when the chase was two runs away from victory. The batsman hammered seven fours. MS Dhoni came to bat and knock that single run to reach the threshold with Kohli. India won the ODI with 6 wickets and 3.3 overs to spare.

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