After four one sided affairs in India’s way, Sri Lanka finally turn ups with some fight as the match went down but it was Virat Kohli, the Indian captain who smashed another ton against his favourite opposition to complete ODI clean sweep.
After winning the toss, Sri Lankans decided to bat. However, they didn’t got expected start with Dickwella. the debutan fell to Kulkarni. Dilshan got going with some boundaries but Binny managed to end his 24-ball 35. Chandimal, who never looked confident was sent back by Akshar after his knock of 31-ball 5 runs. Mahela, the experienced batsman, went over spinners but a delivery from Ashwin took past an edge of his bat into safe hands of Rahane at slips.
But a sensible stand between Mathews and Thirimanne brought stability to Sri Lankan innings. However, the acceleration began when Mathews went over Rayudu in 41st over taking score past 200. But the stand of 128 runs off 159 balls came to end with Thirimanne departing for 52. Soon Mathews brought up his maiden ODI Century but didn’t stop after it. He went ruthlessly over the bowling helping his side to post 286 for 8 with unbeaten on 139.
Chasing 287, India lost Rahane early. Rohit Sharma. came out with huge expectations after his record breaking innings and started well with couple of boundaries. However, he failed to connect a ball from Mathews which kept a bit low than expected as it clipped his stumps. With 14 for 2, Kohli joined Rayudu at crease. Kohli started to find gaps easily and Rayudu looked to settle down. But once settled, Rayudu started to play some strokes and Kohli was moving quick and fast. They shared their 3rd century stand in 9 innings but it came to an end when a poor call from Kohli ended Rayudu’s knock of 59 and brought an end to 136 run stand. However, India moved on with Uthappa and Jadhav getting starts but failing to convert with Kohli steady on other end.
It was a huge blow for India when Binny and Ashwin departed in span of two balls as India still needing 56 with just 3 wickets in hand. However, Kohli changed his gears after his century and Akshar giving a decent support, India got past the target with another 8 balls to spare.
India: 288 for 7 in 48.4 overs (V Kohli 139*, AT Rayudu 59; BAW Mendis 4/73, AD Mathews 2/33) beat Sri Lanka: 286 for 6 in 50 overs (AD Mathews 139*, HDRL Thirimanne 52; DS Kulkarni 3/57, AR Patel 2/45) by 3 wickets
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