Disciplined bowling from Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav helped India defeat Sri Lanka by 168 runs at R. Premadasa Stadium here on Friday to go 4-0 up in their five-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket series.
Bumrah, Pandya and Yadav picked up two wickets each. The hosts lost wickets at regular intervals to be bundled out for 207 runs in 42.4 overs in reply to the visitors’ 375 runs.
Medium-pacer Shardul Thakur had a promising ODI debut for India picking up the wicket of Sri Lankan top order batsman Niroshan Dickwella.
Chasing a mammoth target of 376 runs, the hosts were off to a horrible start and were reduced to 68/4 in 16 overs.
Angelo Mathews (70) played a vital knock along with Milinda Siriwardana (39) to put up a 73-run stand before the latter was removed by Pandya.
Sri Lankan top order batsmen Niroshan Dickwella (14), Dilshan Munaweera (11), Kusal Mendis (1) and Lahiru Thirimanne (18) were sent packing by Indian bowlers within 16 overs of the inning.
Later Mathews and Siriwardana tried to bring the hosts back on track, but failed to keep going. Mathews’ 80-ball innings was laced with 10 boundaries, while Siriwardana hit three fours and one six.
In the end, Akila Dananjaya (11), Akila Dananjaya (3), Vishwa Fernando (5), Lasith Malinga (0) all fell in quick succession as India maintained their winning streak.
Earlier, India rode on centuries by skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma to post 375/5 in their 50 overs.
Electing to bat first, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over before Kohli (131) and Rohit (104) came together to post a 219-run second-wicket partnership.
It was a good day for Indian batsmen as Kohli returned to form, ending a series of poor scores over the last few matches. The Indian skipper blasted the Sri Lankan bowlers and opener Rohit supported him well.
Both treated the balls on merit and punished the bad deliveries. At one point, the Sri Lankan players seemed helpless as Kohli and Rohit started belting the bowlers. But after scoring around 200 runs in 25 overs with nine wickets in hands, India appeared to have lost the plot as three wickets tumbled quickly.
Then Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49 not out) and Manish Pandey (50 not out) got together and added crucial runs to post a challenging total for India.
On the other hand, the hosts struggled despite taking an early wicket in the second over.
Winning the toss, India elected to bat but Shikhar Dhawan (4), who was in prime form throughout the tour went back early with just six runs on the board.
Kohli then joined Rohit and the duo proceeded to put together a crucial partnership. Kohli completed his century in a blistering 96-ball knock, but was dismissed by pacer Lasith Malinga in the 30th over. Kohli’s innings was laced with 17 boundaries and two sixes.
Unperturbed by Kohli’s exit, Rohit continued the pace of the innings along with Hardik Pandya (19), who was promoted up the order. But soon, while trying to hit the boundaries, the duo fell in the 35th over to Angelo Mathews with scoreboard reading 262/4.
The fall of wickets brought in Lokesh Rahul (7) and Pandey, who tried to steady the innings, but Rahul was sent packing in the 38th over by Akila Dananjaya.
Dhoni, playing his 300th match, then came in the middle and with Pandey sensibly steadied the innings. First, the duo helped India to cross 350-run mark and then shifted gears in the last few overs to finish the proceedings in style. Dhoni slammed five boundaries and one six while Pandey hit five boundaries.
For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews was the most successful among the bowlers, scalping two wickets.
Following is the scoreboard for the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Thursday.
Rohit Sharma c Niroshan Dickwella b Angelo Mathews 104
Shikhar Dhawan c Malinda Pushpakumara b Vishwa Fernando 4
Virat Kohli c Dilshan Munaweera b Lasith Malinga 131
Hardik Pandya c Wanidu Hasaranga b Angelo Mathews 19
Lokesh Rahul c Wanidu Hasaranga b Akila Dananjaya 7
Manish Pandey not out 50
Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 49
Extras: (b 0, lb 5, w 6) 11
Total: (in 50 overs) 375/5
Fall of wickets: 6-1 (Shikhar Dhawan, 1.3 overs), 225-2 (Virat Kohli, 29.3), 262-3 (Hardik Pandya, 34.3), 262-4 (Rohit Sharma, 34.4), 274-5 (Lokesh Rahul, 37.4)
Lasith Malinga 10-0-82-1
Vishwa Fernando 8-1-76-1
Angelo Mathews 6-2-24-2
Malinda Pushpakumara 9-0-65-0
Akila Dananjaya 10-0-68-1
Wanidu Hasaranga 2-0-19-0
Milinda Siriwardana 5-0-36-0
Sri Lanka Innings:
Niroshan Dickwella c Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Shardul Thakur 14
Dilshan Munaweera c Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Jasprit Bumrah 11
Kusal Mendis run out (Rahul) 1
Lahiru Thirimanne c Shikhar Dhawan b Hardik Pandya 18
Angelo Mathews c Shardul Thakur b Axar Patel 70
Milinda Siriwardana c Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 39
Wanidu Hasaranga run out (Bumrah/Axar) 22
Akila Dananjaya not out 11
Malinda Pushpakumara c Hardik Pandya b Jasprit Bumrah 3
Vishwa Fernando c & b Kuldeep Yadav 5
Lasith Malinga b Kuldeep Yadav 0
Extras: (b 0, lb 1, w 12) 13
Total (in 42.4 overs) 207
Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Niroshan Dickwella, 2.4 overs), 26-2 (Kusal Mendis, 5.2), 37-3 (Dilshan Munaweera, 7.6), 68-4 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 15.6), 141-5 (Milinda Siriwardana, 28.2), 177-6 (Wanidu Hasaranga, 34), 190-7 (Angelo Mathews, 37.2), 196-8 (Malinda Pushpakumara, 41.2), 207-9 (Vishwa Fernando, 42.3), 207-10 (Lasith Malinga, 42.4)
Shardul Thakur 7-0-26-1
Jasprit Bumrah 7-0-32-2
Hardik Pandya 8-0-50-2
Virat Kohli 2-0-12-0
Kuldeep Yadav 8.4-1-31-2
Axar Patel 10-0-55-1
(With inputs from IANS)
09:50 PM IST | Wicket! Malinga b Kuldeep Yadav 0(1)
Cleaned! That’s it, India now lead the 5-match series 4-0 with a massive 168 runs victory today in the 4th ODI at Colombo. Great all-round performance from India, both the bowling and the batting department did exceptionally well.
09:49 PM IST | Wicket! Vishwa Fernando c and b Kuldeep Yadav 5(4) (42.3 overs)
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has got his first victim of the evening. Fernando played it straight into the hand of the bowler.
09:43 PM IST | Wicket! Pushpakumara c Hardik Pandya b Bumrah 3(18) (41.2 overs)
Bumrah gets his man. Pushpkumara moved out of the crease and tried to play it over the third man. Was their a need for this? Another big shot attempt and another casualty for Lanka. Pushpkumara failed to handle the extra bounce of the delivery.
09:40 PM IST | 40 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 192/7, Dananjaya 3(12), Pushpkumara 1(14)
Bumrah back in the attack. The Indian depth over specialist, he will have a job to do, to get this Lankan innings packed as early as he could. Dananjaya and Pushpkumara are fighting to keep things intact. Kuldeep Yadav bowled a maiden 39th over to make things worse for the Lankans. The required run rate is close to 17 at this point.
09:33 PM IST | 38 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 191/7, Dananjaya 2(7), Pushpkumara 1(3)
5 runs of the over from Axar and a Mathews wicket. Lanka tumbling down as skipper Malinga watches from the dressing room. Hardik Pandya bowled the 37th giving away just 4 runs of it.
Pushpkumara comes in to bat for Lanka
09:29 PM IST | Wicket! Mathews c SN Thakur b Axar 70(80) (37.2 overs)
Mathews was trying to trigger the Lankan innings he hit a good boundary a ball before but couldn’t connect it well this time giving an easy catch to Shardul Thakur. Mathews walk away disappointed.
09:22 PM IST | 36 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 182/6, Mathews 63(75), Dananjaya 2(7)
So now Mathews is the only proper batsman left on the crease for Sri Lanka and Axar capitalizes on the fact, gives away just 2 runs of the 36th over. Sri Lanka are in a crisis here.
Akila Dananjaya is the new man in for Sri Lanka
09:13 PM IST | 34 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 177/5, Mathews 60(69), Hasaranga 22(22)
WICKET!, Wanidu Hasaranga run out (Bumrah/Axar) 22(22) (33.6 overs)
It was turning out to be a fantastic over for Sri Lanka, the duo of Mathews and Hasaranga took Axar Patel for a walk as they thrashed him for 15 runs before Hasara surrendered and gave away his wicket. Wanidu Hasaranga run out (Bumrah/Axar) 22(22). It was all going well for Lanka but, the two batsmen messed around in the middle, Mathews faced the ball and played it to Bumrah at mid-wicket and called for a run. Hasaranga was out of the crease, Mathews pushed him back from the middle but Hasaranga couldn’t make it back. It was a good throw from Bumrah who hit the stumps straight away. Sweet revenge for Axar.
09:08 PM IST | 33 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 160/5, Mathews 56(68), Hasaranga 11(18)
Brilliant over from Shardul Thakur, his line has been very sharp today and the youngster hasn’t shown any sign of pressure in his debut game for India. A positive sign for both the team and the pacer. He gave away just 2 singles in the over, these good overs will mount up more pressure on the Lankan batsmen as the required run rate keeps going up.
09:03 PM IST | 32 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 160/5, Mathews 55(63), Hasaranga 10(17)
Mathews struck a boundary in the next ball after reaching his half century, but couldn’t capitalize much in the next over from Axar with just 6 runs of it for Lanka. Hasaranga though earned a good boundary and is trying his best to test the Indian bowlers.
08:59 PM IST | Fifty! Angelo Mathews 50*(61) (30.5 overs)
Lone fighter for Lanka, this is Mathews 2nd half century in the series. He has been comfortable again today and has played the Indian bowlers much better than his other teammates. He will now be more attacking after securing the fifty mark.
08:57 PM IST | 30 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 145/5, Mathews 49(60), Hasaranga 3(8)
Mendis is just 1 run away from his half century. Pandya gave off 9 runs of the 29th over but Siriwardana’s wicket was the compensation. Axar came into attack and just leyt off 3 runs of the 30th over. India have this match in their pocket now I will say it’s a 80:20 in India’s favour.
Wanidu Hasaranga, comes to the crease for Lanka
08:47 PM IST | Wicket! Siriwardana c Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 39(43) (28.2 overs)
Finally, another breakthrough from India and it’s Hardik once again who has done the job for the visitors. 3rd catch for Dhoni behind the stumps in his 300th match, Magic? maybe. Siriwardana was close to his half century but had no patience to bring it as he edges it straight to Dhoni.
08:42 PM IST | 27 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 129/4, Siriwardana 32(39), Mathews 43(54)
16 runs of the two overs as Sri Lanka plot a fight back. Both Mathews and Siriwardana have settled down well in the middle. They both got a boundary each in the 29th over of Hardik Pandya to get 10- runs of it.
08:35 PM IST | 25 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 113/4, Siriwardana 22(38), Mathews 38(49)
Indian spinners are keeping it tight here, not giving any room for the Lankans to fire and have manged to keep them quiet. But this partnership between Siriwardana and Mendis is budding and can prove to be decisive for Lanka. 6 runs of the over from Axar and 3 runs given by Kuldeep in the 25th over.
08:28 PM IST | 23 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 104/4, Siriwardana 19(26), Mathews 32(43)
Hundred up for Sri Lanka , Mathews is settling down a bit now and also Siriwardana is getting the right angles with his shots. But almost half the overs are ending and Lanka have less than 110 runs on board, they will have to keep a check on that ticking required run rate.
08:19 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 91/4, Siriwardana 11(14), Mathews 28(37)
Axar Patel into the attack as Kohli places two left handed spinners for the two right-handed Lankan batsmen. Only 4 runs given off the over. Good start for Axar.
08:16 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 87/4, Siriwardana 8(12), Mathews 27(33)
Another solid over from Kuldeep as he keeps it tight. Siriwardana managed to score just 1 run after playing 4 dot balls.
08:11 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 86/4, Siriwardana 6(6), Mathews 26(31)
Two fours and a wide of the Hardik Pandya over, was enough to get some Lankan fans stand up and cheer for their team. Pandya has been inconsistent today and has given runs. 12 runs marked of the 18th over. Kuldeep Yadav gave just 6 of the 17th to keep things in control.
Milinda Siriwardana is the new man in for Lanka
08:04 PM IST | Wicket! Thirimanne c Dhawan b Hardik Pandya 18(27) (15.6 overs)
Caught! Dhawan grabs Thirimanne at the extra covers. A short pitch delivery from Pandya, it landed outside off stump and the Lankan batsman played it straight to Dhawan.
07:57 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 61/3, Thirimanne 12(25), Mathews 16(23)
Kuldeep Yadav brought into the attack, just 4 runs given by the chinaman.
07:50 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 49/3, Thirimanne 10(22), Mathews 6(14)
Virat Kohli bowled a good over and Hardik Pandya continued the good work so just 5 runs given off the two overs. Mathews will have to play his part and show his experience to take his team close to the target.
07:44 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 44/3, Thirimanne 8(15), Mathews 3(9)
Hardik Pandya into the attack just 4 runs given off the over. The 10th over was again a great one for India as Bumrah conceded just 2 of it. Lankans will have to take it steady and sensibly if they have to reach close to that target.
07:35 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 38/3, Thirimanne 5 (10), Mathews 0(2)
Shardul Thakur has been on point so far, just 1 run conceded of the 9th over. Thirimanne plays 3 dot balls before getting a run of fourth. Mathews too takes 2 balls to settle down.
Right hander Angelo Mathews is the new man in for Sri Lanka
07:30 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 37/3, Thirimanne 4 (6), Munaweera 11(24)
Out! Munaweera c Dhoni b Bumrah 11(24) Indian bowlers doing their job to perfection now after a brilliant batting display from the batsmen. Munaweera caught behind by Dhoni, its seems Mahi is doing some magic from behind the stumps as the second wicket too is in his hands.
Lahiru Thirimanne is the new man in for Lanka
07:12 PM IST | Wicket! Kusal Mendis run out (Rahul) 1(7)
brilliant throw from KL Rahul sends Mendis back. The Lankan knew he was far from the crease and didn’t waste anytime on the pitch. Lanka now two down in the 6th over itself.
07:10 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, Sri Lanka 26/1, Mendis 1 (7), Munaweera 5 (12)
Great start for Indian bowlers, an early blow for Lanka will take them time to recover. Mendis is still on the crease and he can very well turnaround things in Lanka’s favour
07:00 PM IST | Wicket! Dickwella c Dhoni b SN Thakur 14(11) (2.4 overs)
So close to a dream debut for Shardul Thakur as he gets the first breakthrough for India in his very first match for the men in blue. Dickwella’s gloves edged it to Dhoni and the man in his 300th match didn’t let that go by. Lanka also wasted their review in quest of a relief.
06:40PM IST | Sri Lankan openers out on the pitch to begin the chase
06:12 PM IST | 50 overs bowled, India 375/5, Manish 46(39), Dhoni 49(42)
Half Century for Manish Pandey as Dhoni misses his by just a run. so 49 for the former captain in his 300th game for India. Sri Lanka needs 376 to win the 4th ODI and make it 3-1 in the 5-match ODI series. Overall a phenomenal batting display by the Indian batsmen. Credits to Virat, Rohit, Mnaish and Dhoni for their contribution.
06:07 PM IST | 49 overs bowled, India 365/5, Manish 46(39), Dhoni 43(39)
Only Dhoni can save the bowler from Dhoni today. A full-toss third ball from Fernando and it was send over the line by the former Indian skipper. 8 runs of that over as the partnership reaches over 90. Both Dhoni and Pandey are close to their half centuries.
06:02 PM IST | 48 overs bowled, India 357/5, Manish 45(38), Dhoni 36(34)
Brilliant batting from Dhoni, two strong shots off Malinga in the last two balls. That six was picked by Mahi very early and he slapped it out of the park that was 94 meters. HUGE 14 runs of the over from Malinga. The depth over plan has failed for Lanka.When Dhoni stands in between a plan and a bowler its Dhoni who wins. Clearly.
05:57 PM IST | 47 overs bowled, India 343/5, Manish 42(36), Dhoni 25(30)
Manish Pandey reaches 40s and India just 7 runs behind 350. 11 runs of that over from Fernando. India is swiftly moving towards a big total now.
05:52 PM IST | 46 overs bowled, India 332/5, Manish 33(32), Dhoni 23(28)
9 runs again from the over, but that last shot from Dhoni was an absolute cracker, it landed just inches before the boundary line. Dhoni has triggered his gear now, it will be an interesting contest from here to see where India will end up. 370?, 380? let’s see
05:49 PM IST | 45 overs bowled, India 323/5, Manish 31(30), Dhoni 17(24)
9 runs of the over again as India drags closer to reaching 350. Manish Pandey has taken the charge now and he is moving well. 30 odd runs so far for the India A skipper.
05:43 PM IST | 44 overs bowled, India 314/5, Manish 23(26), Dhoni 16(22)
Straight down the ground as Dhoni takes on Malinga. That four just flew off to the boundary line. 9 runs of that over for India. I still see a 370 above for India from here if any of these two stay in the middle.
05: 39 PM IST | 43 overs bowled, India 305/5, Manish 21(24), Dhoni 11(18)
Two boundaries from the over and India crosses the 300 mark in the 43rd over. A 40 over 300 was expected but this has taken a bit to come now. Both Dhoni and Pandey will have to fire if a big total has to be posted. Lanka is not a team to undermine when they are chasing, Mendis and Dickwella have done it before in the Champions Trophy game against India.
05: 35 PM IST | 42 overs bowled, India 294/5, Manish 15(21), Dhoni 6 (15)
Another good over for Lanka, just 1 run of the 41st for India. But 9 runs drawn of the 42nd over. Manish Pandey has had a comfortable outing so far and he would be needed for India to post anything close to 350.
05: 28 PM IST | 40 overs bowled, India 283/5, Manish 8(13), Dhoni 3 (11)
Maiden 39th over from Pushpkumara as Dhoni takes his time to read the pitch. You can expect a close to 350 from here. Only 13 runs of the three overs between the 37th to 40th. Dhoni is playing his 300th ODI match, If he showers some of those big hits, you cannot ask for anything else.
Dhoni is the new batsman in for India
05: 20 PM IST | WICKET! Rahul c Wanidu Hasaranga b Dananjaya 7(8) (37.4 overs)
KL Rahul becomes the first prey of the day for Dananjaya, who was continuously on a hunt for his first victim. Rahul failed to read the delivery and ended up playing it into the hands of Hasaranga.
05: 16 PM IST | 37 overs bowled, India 271/4, Manish 3(8), Rahul 6(6)
Things have slowed down for India after the departure of Rohit and Kohli as two new and unset batsmen are in the middle. Manish Pandey and KL Rahul two of the most sharpest talents in the current Indian setup will have their day today.
Manish Pandey is the new man in
05: 10 PM IST | WICKET! Rohit c Dickwella b Mathews 104(88) (34.4 overs)
OUT, a slow delivery from Mathews and Rohit fells, the Indian vice captain is back to the pavilion after 104 of 88 balls. Rohit played brilliantly but couldn’t turn it big as he would usually do. Sad departure. Two in two balls for Mathews.
KL Rahul comes in to bat for India
05: 05 PM IST | OUT! Hardik Pandya c Wanidu Hasaranga b Mathews 19(18) (34.3 overs)
Pandya decided to go for it and got caught at the midwicket area, it didn’t connect well and he has to go now.
04: 59 PM IST | 34 overs bowled, India 262/2, Rohit 104(87), Hardik 19(15)
10 runs of the over from Malinga, Rohit Sharma gets two boundaries of the over.
04: 59 PM IST | CENTURY! 13th ODI hundred for Rohit Sharma 100 (85)
Brillaint! Another match another century for the hitman. First Indian to hit two straight centuries against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. That took 85 balls for the vice captain to clinch his hundred. He raises his bat in delight and gets appreciation from wife Ritika who is in stands and coach Ravi Shastri from the dressing room.
04: 53PM IST | 33 overs bowled, India 252/2, Rohit 95(83), Hardik 18(13)
Dananjaya hasn’t been up to the hype today. Hardik dispatches him out of the park for a big six. 12 runs of the over. I was waiting for this contest, Hardik vs Dananjaya and clearly today Hardik has taken it away with his fearless approach towards spinners, that six reflects on his confidence that he has been sent for a purpose and he will fulfill it. Rohit too is into nervous 90s now, if he manages to survive the scare that will be the second century of the Indian innings today.
04: 47 PM IST | 32 overs bowled, India 240/2, Rohit 93(81), Hardik 8(9)
Another good over from Malinga, 4 runs of it. Hardik is brutal so once he gets going there is no score too big and no score too far. I am expecting India to go close to 400 today with more than 15 overs and 8 wickets in bay.
04: 43 PM IST | 31 overs bowled, India 230/2, Rohit 91(78), Hardik 6 (6)
That could have been close as Hardik steps forward but decides to defend it at the end moment and the ball strikes the pad. Third umpire was called in but the decision lands in the favour of the batsman. 6 runs of the over from Dananjaya. The Lankan spinner has bowled 7 today and is still to take a wicket with 49 conceded. Is the magic over?
04: 37 PM IST |30 overs bowled, India 230/2, Rohit 90(77), Hardik 1 (1)
Kohli has departed now, But Rohit is still there and he hits Malinga for a boundary in the same over. 5 runs of the 30th. Pandya has been sent in to continue the assault and make sure run rate is up to the mark. Good move? let’s wait and see.
Hardik Pandya is the new man in for India, much expected move as India targets a big total and wants to continue the good run rate.
04: 33 PM IST | OUT! Virat Kohli gone, Kohli c Munaweera b Malinga 131(96) (29.3 overs)
Finally, Malinga has done the trick for Sri Lanka as he gets the danger man Kohli. The Indian skipper was looking brilliant nut has to go as that shot goes straight into the hands of Munaweera. 300 wickets for Malinga. Legends
04: 28 PM IST | 29 overs bowled, India 225/1, Virat Kohli 131 (93), Rohit 86(75)
9 runs of that over from Dananjaya, Virat Kohli is not in a mood to mess around. Maling ahas so far saved hhimself for the depth overs but now if this pair continues the assault, the Lankan captain will have to intervene and try to stop this partnership from creating a menace. Both Kohli and Rohit garnered a boundary each in this over from Dananjaya.
04: 24 PM IST | 28 overs bowled, India 216/1, Virat Kohli 126(90), Rohit 82(72)
Colombo witnessing the best of Kohli today, all travelling fans who waited for this day throughout the series, finally have there treat. Despite just one boundary from that over, Kohli and Rohit manged to grab 11 runs of the 28th over. 200 partnership is up for the duo as Rohit reaches eighties.
04: 19 PM IST | 27 overs bowled, India 205/1, Virat Kohli 116(85), Rohit 81(71)
A good over from Dananjaya in crisis, just 4 runs of it. But still there hasn’t been a real sign of trouble today in the Indian batting even Dananjaya has been ineffective today. But good 27th over.
04: 15 PM IST | 26 overs bowled, India 201/1, Virat Kohli 114(82), Rohit 79(68)
200 up for India in just 26 overs, the captain has led from the front. Any Lankan bowler hasn’t been a subject of trouble to these two set Indian batsmen. That’s the highest 3rd wicket partnership in R Premadasa. and Kohli now stands third in the list of most ODI centuries. 14 runs of the 26th over from Fernando.
04: 10 PM IST | CENTURY! Virat Kohli 100 (76) What a batting display from the Indian skipper, absolutely comfortable, 29th ODI hundred for Kohli. He raises the bat and celebrates, passion his filled up to head in this guy, inspiring, legendary, what not. Kohli is indescribable today words would fell short certainly.
04: 07 PM IST | 24 overs bowled, India 176/1, Virat Kohli 96(73), Rohit 72(63)
Amazing over for India as Rohit Sharm takes on Pushpkumara. A boundary and a six from the last two balls to finish on 12 out of the 6 deliveries. Kohli very close to his 29th hundred.
04: 04 PM IST | 23 overs bowled, India 164/1, Virat Kohli 95(73), Rohit 61(59)
Things slow down a little as Kohli reaches his 90s. both the batsmen are rotating the strike well and earning as many singles as they could.
03: 59 PM IST | 21 overs bowled, India 155/1, Virat Kohli 89(67), Rohit 58(53)
150, up for India and Kohli dashes the third ball of the 20th over from Siriwardana to the boundary line. 21 overs up India 155 for 1. 11 runs from two overs as Kohli nears his century.
03: 51 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, India 144/1, Virat Kohli 81(61), Rohit 55(47)
Fifty, for Rohit Sharma, third half century for Rohit Sharma in this Sri Lanka series. Both Kohli and Rohit are turning a nightmare for the Lankan bowlers as they struggle to find a counter to these two. Kohli is closing on his century as India nears 150.
03: 44 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, India 132/1, Virat Kohli 77(41), Rohit 47(41)
It’s Rohit vs Dananjaya and Kohli vs all, Dananjaya no more a mystery man for the hitman as he continues his assault on the lose balls. Dananjaya lost his line and Rohit lofted it for a boundary. Too early to say Kohli nearing his hundred but the way he has skippered this inning he isn’t far from achieving the feat meanwhile Rohit is now just three runs away from another half century.
03: 37 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, India 113/1, Virat Kohli 68(49), Rohit 37(35)
Another good over from India, Kohli is in brilliant touch absolute Virat as I would say. Hasaranga dispatched for two straight boundaries in his second over of the innings. 11 run of that over for India as Kohli and Rohit set the platform for a big total for India to look at.
03: 32 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, India 102/1, Virat Kohli 58(41), Rohit 36(34)
11 runs of that over from Dananjaya, as I said earlier today is not the spinner’s day he will be taken on later in the game when he becomes more predictable. Rohit absolutely destroyed him in lat two deliveries as he lofted him for a boundary on the 5th ball and came forward to send the last ball over the park for a brilliant six. Rohit is looking dangerous today and if you have a full flowing Virat backing you on the other end you will not think much about the pressure and that’s exactly what Rohit is doing as he enters his thirties. 100 up for India.
03: 25 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, India 83/1, Virat Kohli 51(39), Rohit 24(27)
Malinga has launched his trump card early into the game as Akila Dananjaya comes into attack. A good over from the lethal spinner, just 5 runs of it. Kohli and Rohit would take him over by over or ball by ball to be more specific. First two balls were runless but the next 4 Rohit and Kohli got at least a run of each so it’s clear that they are going to take him on today after they read him well.
03: 20 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, Half century for Virat, India 78/1, Virat Kohli 50(38), Rohit 20(22)
Fifty, Virat Kohli 50(38) 45th ODI fifty for the Indian captain, he brings on with a comfortable single and raises his bat towards the dressing room as coach Ravi Shastri applauds. Both the Indian captain and Vice captain touch gloves. What a delight it has been to watch a full fledged Virat today, some amazing shots and sensible batting altogether.
03: 16 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, India 67/1, Virat Kohli 44(35), Rohit 17(19)
Pushkumara has looked much more readable today with his line. Kohli on the other hand has fpound his ground early today as the Indian skipper nears his first fifty in the ODI series. Two boundaries from Kohli’s bat in this over as he races to 44 of 35, 12 runs of that over and India aren’t missing Shikhar Dhawan too much as Kohli continues charge.
03: 12 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, India 55/1, Virat Kohli 33(30), Rohit 16(18)
Mathews bowls the 9th, 3 good balls and there you have it the first six of the innings as Rohit Sharma pulls it over midwicket. Mathews tried balling short this time around but couldn’t really execute it well and faces the wrath of Rohit’s bat. Hitman getting his groove. 7 runs of that over.
03: 08 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, India 48/1, Virat Kohli 32(28), Rohit 10(14)
Good over from Pushpkumara, just 3 runs of it. Spinner brought in from the other end, Malinga is on today with all he can get from his bowlers.
Malinga is the skipping the Lankan side today, expect some genius bowling combinations here.
03: 04 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, India 45/1, Virat Kohli 30(23), Rohit 9(13)
Both batsmen taking their time to settle on the middle, Rohit’s turn now as he plays all 6 balls of the 7th over from Angelo Mathews. 6 runs gathered of the six ball with a boundary , he drove that good length delivery over the extra covers for 4 runs. Angelo Mathews has been brought early into the attack by Malinga here.
03: 00 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, India 29/1, Virat Kohli 30(23), Rohit 3(7)
Regular boundaries coming in here as Virat get going, 2 boundaries from the 6th over by Fernando. Kohli as shown some brilliant footwork as he targets Fernanado. 10 runs of that over.
02: 55 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, India 29/1, Virat Kohli 20(17), Rohit 3(7)
So 29 in the first 5 overs for the visitors, a big positive in these overs has been Virat who has played some good shots and defended the ball well. A Virat Kohli show today will probably give Indian fans the cheery on the cake in this series as India is yet to lose a match. Meanwhile Rohit Sharma is also trying to get the best out of his bat. Kohli hit 3 consecutive boundaries of Fernando in the 4th over. 13 runs of that over, biggest over for India so far.
02: 40 PM IST | Wicket! Dhawan c Pushpakumara b Vishwa Fernando 4(6)
Dhawan departs early as , thick outside edge from the southpaws bat and the ball lands directly into the hands of Pushpakumara who makes no mistake with that one. Lanka draw first blood here as India lose it’s first player. Dhawan has been in a good touch so far in the series but couldn’t continue that form here. Bad shot selection from him.
02: 30 PM IST | Match Begins!
Both the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are at the crease. Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga will open the bowling attack.
02: 21 PM IST | Shardul Thakur to play his maiden ODI today & 300th ODI match for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
02: 03 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Indian captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and decided to bat first. This will be for the first time India will have to post a total to Sri Lanka to chase. Interesting!
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01: 45 PM IST | Team Sri Lanka Preview: The Sri Lankan batting will depend upon openers Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal along with middle-order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne who played a vital knock in the previous match.
Besides Malinga, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, who has looked effective in the series, will try to threaten the Indian batting line-up.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 28, 2017
01: 30 PM IST | Team India Preview: In the coming match, with some experienced player failing to make their mark, Dhoni and Rohit will look to continue their fine form to help the visitors continue their unbeaten run. Star Batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul and Kedar Jadhav will try to get back to scoring after putting up a failed show in the previous matches.
Skipper Kohli might opt to make changes after playing with the unchanged side in the first three ODIs