India continues winning streak against Sri Lanka – takes ODI series 5-0

Posted on 03 September 2017 by admin

Virat Kohli scored unbeaten 110 runs against Sri Lanka.


India 239 for 4 (Kohli 110*, Jadhav 63) beat Sri Lanka 238 (Thirimanne 67, Mathews 55, Tharanga 48, Bhuvneshwar 5-42) by six wickets.

Virat Kohli scored yet another century in a chase for India as they beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth one-day international in Colombo. With the win, India clean-swept the series five-match series 5-0. 

The Indian skipper once again structured the chase for India with an unbeaten century and guided his team to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-day international in Colombo. The win gave India a 5-0 series sweep, the first time a country has won those many ODIs in a bilateral series. Chasing a target of 239 runs, India had a new opening pair at the crease with Ajinkya Rahane opening the batting with Rohit Sharma who has been in tremendous form with two centuries in this series. Rahane and Rohit could not make most the opportunity as both the openers were dismissed early. Manish Pandey rebuild the innings with Kohli and made 36 runs before getting out. Kedar Jadhav then scored an unbeaten half-century and took India on the verge of victory. He was dismissed with India needing only two runs. Kohli scored the winning runs with two overs remaining.

Earlier, three Sri Lanka players got off to decent starts but none of them converted it into a big one. After a solid stand between Thirimanne and Mathews, the hosts were looking good for a good total but India fought back well in the final overs and bundled them out for 238. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was pick of the bowlers for India as he returned with 5/42. Spinners Kuldeep and Yuzvendra did well in the middle overs to contain the flow of runs in the middle overs and picked one wicket each. For hosts, Tharanga (48), Thirmanne (67) and Mathews (55) played well but were not able to post a big score.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs and Virat Kohli's 30th hundred in the format led India to a clinical six-wicket win that consigned Sri Lanka to a first ever home-series whitewash. There was a sense of inevitability to it all, particularly to Kohli's innings, which swept him past 1000 runs for 2017 and moved him level with Ricky Ponting in second place among ODI century-makers.

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