India thrash Sri Lanka by 168 runs in 4th ODI
2 months ago Purbasha Pal 0
India handed Sri Lanka their biggest defeat at home today when they demolished the hosts by a massive 168 runs at Colombo in the 4th of the 5 ODIs. Having won the toss at the R.Premadasa Stadium, skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat first and team India posted a mammoth 375 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. In reply, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 207 in the 43rd over.
India lost the services of opener Shikhar Dhawan early on.However, skipper Virat Kohli and vice captain Rohit Sharma came charging on the Sri Lanka bowling. Virar Kohli scored his 29th ODI ton while Rohit Sharma notched up his 13th ODI hundred. Virat Kohli then became the 300th victim of veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga in ODIs. After both of them fell, Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul‘s short stay at the crease was followed by ex-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manish Pandey. The former who played his 300th ODI today rose up to the special occasion as he scored an unbeaten 49 and brought up yet another century stand thrice in 3 ODIs in this series. Dhoni and Manish Pandey stitched together a 101 run partnership while the latter brought up his second ODI half century.
Sri Lanka’s run chase had a sloppy start when they lost 3 wickets within the first 10 overs. MS Dhoni proved his brilliance behind the stumps when he once again called for two correct DRS decisions. Angelo Mathews was the lone warrior for the Sri Lankan side as he proved to be the most economical bowler and also scored 70 runs in 80 balls. Though for a short while Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana hammered off spinner Axar Patel for a couple of boundaries, the Sri Lankan batting line up succumbed to the pressure. Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav bagged the last wicket as India went up 4-0 in the series.
INDIA – 375/5 (50 overs)
Virat Kohli 131(96), Rohit Sharma 104(88), Manish Pandey 50*(42), MS Dhoni 49*(42)
SRI LANKA – 207/10(42.4 overs)
Angelo Mathews 70(80), Milinda Siriwardana 39(43), Wanidu Hasaranga 22(22)
Kuldeep Yadav (2/31 in 8.4 overs) Jasprit Bumrah(2/32, 7 overs) Hardik Pandya(2/50, 8 overs)