The match which was considered to be a dead rubber but Rohit Sharma taking the lime light and breaking certain world records with the bat and brought more importance to the game than the earlier part of the series in his comeback match.

Winning the toss, India were happy to bat first. Rahane started with a blitz smashing three fours in the first over. But soon was trapped in front by Mathews. Rohit Sharma who kept playing dots tried to clear in field but ball took an edge and flew towards third man only to be dropped by Perera. However, Rohit tried to capitalize by striking healthy boundaries in intervals. On other hand Rayudu who continued to come at No.3 was cleaned up by a ripper from Eranga which brought Captain Kohli to crease. The two batsmen looked to put on a decent stand. Rohit, playing an international game after 2 months went past fifty in 72 balls but started to accelerate once crossing it. Soon India took powerplay with two set batsmen at crease.

The result of the powerplay was seen with Rohit smashing 16 runs in 1st over inched closer to his 5th ODI century. Soon he achieved the 100 run mark in the same number of deliveries. After the ton, it was no stopping Rohit as he easily picked up his shots and got to 150 off just 125 balls. With Rohit going gages, Kohli on other end slowly go past 50 mark off 56 balls. Finally, their 201 run partnership off 155 runs with 66 runs contribution from Kohli, came to an end when Kohli got run out after been dropped off same ball. Raina who came after Kohli departed soon trying for big shots for 11 which has a four & a six.

Uthappa joined Rohit and the set batsman became ruthless with Robin playing anchor role. Rohit became the 1st batsmen in the world to score two double tons in ODI getting to the mark in 153 balls, his faster than the earlier ton. It was no stopping Rohit as he kept going over the Sri Lanka attack with getting some chances from fielders. He got past Sehwag’s 219, the highest individual score in ODIs and later Dhawan’s 248, the highest individual score by an Indian in List A. And later got past 250 mark in 166 balls and had a shot to beat the highest List A score of 268 on name of AD Brown. However, he missed out on it after he failed to clear the last ball over long on and got out ending his record innings at 264. He shared a stand of 138 runs in 58 balls with Uthappa who had a contribution of just 16 runs as India ended on 404 for 5.

Chasing a huge total, Sri Lanka lost Kusal in the first over itself. Later Dilshan tried to score quickly, with some consecutive boundaries but with Umesh and Binny bowling really well, he along with Chandimal and Mahela soon were seen in the pavilion with score not even 50. But Captain Mathews and Thirimanne tried to build a big stand as they both shared a partnership of 118 in 123 balls. In this order Mathews got past his fifty in 48 balls and got dismissed by Axar for 75.

Perera along with Thirimanne tried to fear India scoring 40 runs in two overs before drinks break. But bowlers were good enough for sending them back to pavilion. With Kulkarni ran past the Sri Lankans with a four-fer on his name, they were slumped down to 233 for 9. Sarcastically thing was Sri Lanka battled to get past Rohit’s score but failed in it too as Axar got rid of last batsman as they ended 13 run short of Rohit Sharma’s 264 and 153 run short of Indian total.


India: 404 for 5 in 50 overs (RG Sharma 264, V Kohli 66; AD Mathews 2/44, RMS Eranga 1/77) beat Sri Lanka: 251 all out in 43.1 overs (AD Mathews HDRL Thirimanne 59; DS Kulkarni 4/34, UT Yadav 2/38) by 153 runs

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