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Sri Lanka slumps to fourth successive loss, by 168 runs, after India piles up 375 for 5.

Sri Lanka slumps to fourth successive loss, by 168 runs, after visitor piles up 375 for 5.

Virat Kohli

Dismissed cheaply in the last couple of games, Virat Kohli returned to runs in devastating fashion with his 29th One-Day International hundred at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday (August 31). 

If Kohli’s breathtaking 131 from 96 balls was not enough, Rohit Sharma’s finesse proved just as effective as he cruised to his second consecutive century, complementing his unbeaten 124 in Pallekele with 104.

As the second-wicket duo added 219 runs from 168 balls, India amassed 375 for 5 in the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka. The bowlers then tied the host up in knots and bowled it out for 207 to make it 4-0 following the 168-run hammering. Angelo Mathews’ 70 was no more than a crumb for the home side.

With India’s top order asserting its dominance, MS Dhoni did not get as much batting time as one would have liked. It was, after all, his 300th ODI, but the former skipper would not have minded an easy day in the office. 

Dhoni’s 49 not out - his third unbeaten innings on the trot – and his century stand with Manish Pandey, playing his first match of the series, provided the final push to the Indian innings that had lost a little bit of steam after Kohli’s dismissal.

After Kohli won his sixth toss of the tour, he chose to give his batsmen the opportunity to set a target. Still in experimental mode, India brought in Pandey, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav for Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneswar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal respectively.

Manish Pandey (50*) and MS Dhoni (49*) added an unbeaten 101 runs for the sixth wicket to propel India to 375 for 5 in 50 overs.
Manish Pandey (50*) and MS Dhoni (49*) added an unbeaten 101 runs for the sixth wicket to propel India to 375 for 5 in 50 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit have been in exceptional enough touch, individually at least. The trend of at least one of them giving Sri Lanka a headache continued as Rohit played himself in without having to work too hard for his runs, even after India lost Dhawan for four. 

Rohit always picked the right balls to go after. Kohli did not pick and choose. He bludgeoned absolutely everything. 

Even when he was walking out to the middle, it was obvious that he was determined to put an end to what only someone like him could consider a bad patch. After an unbeaten 82 in the opener, he was out for four and three in the next two games. Eight balls into his innings, Kohli looked a bit jittery, searching for that one ball to put away. When it came, a length delivery with plenty of width from Vishwa Fernando, he leaned in and belted it to the extra-cover fence. If he was not too happy with that because the bat shook in his hand, he followed it up with a drive down the ground, right off the middle this time, past mid-on. 

The shot that gave a peek into what was to come arrived a ball later. Walking across his stumps, he flicked a ball on the rise and saw it race to the wide long-on fence. Three fours in three balls in the fourth over, and he was up and running.

Murmurs of a massive total gained voice as Kohli and Rohit looked in tremendous touch. The only chance Sri Lanka had of snipping the partnership early came in the eighth over, when Kohli nudged just wide of square-leg and set off for a single. There was no run and Rohit sent his partner back. If Kohli had not thrown in a full-length dive, his innings would have ended then and there.

Instead, Kohli went to unleash his power, while Rohit kicked on from the other end, turning this into an unrelenting combination. The only evident flaw was in their running between the wickets, and even that settled into a good rhythm with time. It was helped by the fact that a bulk of their runs came in boundaries -- Kohli smashed 17 fours and a six. Rohit creamed three sixes and 11 fours. 

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India produce another convincing performance with both bat and ball to win the 4th  ODI by 168 runs.


Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper, rotated his bowlers rapidly, but that failed to make an impression on either Kohli or Rohit. They were offered an inexperienced attack, and they feasted on it. Kohli, who reached his 100 from 76 balls with an incredible flick-pull off Milinda Siriwardana, carted the bowlers around. The standout shot came off Fernando as Kohli stood tall and cross-batted a not-so short delivery over the long-off fence.

Kohli’s innings came to an end in the 30th over, Malinga’s wait for his 300th ODI wicket finally coming to an end when the Indian captain picked out sweeper cover. 

After Kohli’s departure, India lost a string of wickets, including Rohit who nicked Mathews to Niroshan Dickwella, the wicketkeeper. That was Mathews’ second wicket in two balls after the medium-pacer had dismissed Hardik Pandya the previous delivery. 

Then came Dhoni, at No.7. With Pandey (50 not out from 42 balls) at the other end, he played second fiddle at the start, only smashing them when there was width on offer.

Dhoni did give Sri Lanka a chance in the 48th over when he top-edged Malinga to Dilshan Munaweera. The debutant, one of two for Sri Lanka alongside Malinda Pushpakumara, put down a sitter at point. Dhoni celebrated with a towering six over long-on.

In the face of the daunting score and given Sri Lanka’s batting travails this series, it didn’t seem as if it would make a serious fist of it. The host was reduced to 68 for 4, among them two shouts for catches down leg by Dhoni that were won on review, and the run-out of Kusal Mendis, backing up too far. Mathews and Siriwardana (39) offered some resistance. The fifth-wicket pair added 73 before Pandya scalped Siriwardana, caught behind. Mathews stuck to his guns, compiling a vintage 70 from 80 balls, but it was always going to be too little, far too late.   

Mathews was dismissed by Axar Patel in the 38th over, and the end then came swiftly as Kuldeep ran through the tail.  

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Should Dilshan have continued until Cricket World Cup 2019?

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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews


Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.


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