Sri Lanka vs India 2017: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s Ton Help Men in Blue to Post Daunting Total
Following a remarkable show with the bat, India set a daunting total of 376 for Sri Lanka in the fourth One-day International match on Thursday at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Skipper Virat Kohli and opening batsman Rohit Sharma poked at hosts bowlers to register fine centuries.
In the final overs, the senior batter and gloveman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manish Pandey helped the visitors to cross past 375-run mark. Formidable India posted 375 for five in 50 overs following a significant performance at the top against sloppy Lions.
For Sri Lanka, the dismal bowling card showed no promise, as Mathews in his six overs claimed two wickets after conceding 24 runs. Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga and Vishwa Fernando claimed wicket apiece.
The promising right-handed prospect Pandey playing his first game in the ongoing series smashed unbeaten 50 off 42 balls, as Dhoni, who is playing his 300th ODI remained not out on 49 off 42 deliveries.
For the sixth wicket, both put on an unbeaten 101-run stand after India was 274 for five in 37.4 overs. However, the Lions’ bowlers returned with a couple of wickets to somehow put a brake on a considerable run-rate when all-rounder Angelo Mathews claimed two wickets in two balls, as it was not enough, as two senior campaigners already did the damage.
Hardik Pandya, who was given a reprieve by Akila Dananjaya by dropping a dolly earlier, was sent back to the pavilion after scoring 19 off 18 deliveries in 35th over when he was caught by de Silva on the bowling of Mathews. On the very next delivery which was a short one, Sharma opted to guide the ball, as the faint edge allowed the wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella to complete a regulation catch.
Sharma, who played cautiously, scored 104 off 88 deliveries. In his knock, Sharma smashed 11 boundaries and three sixes to pile-up the miseries for hapless Islanders The 28-year-old Kohli, who accelerated the innings after losing Shikhar Dhawan early on, brought up 29th ODI century in 185th innings while playing his 193rd ODI game. Kohli was dismissed by Lankan stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga when Dilshan Munaweera at cover point boundary claimed a simple catch.
Kohli amassed 131 runs off 96 deliveries, as his innings included 17 boundaries and two maximums. At the other end, Sharma, who anchored the innings brought up his 13th ODI hundred while making an appearance in a 161st 50-over game. While flaying with the Sri Lankan bowlers, Kohli-Sharma forged a double-hundred-run stand as they went to post 219 for the second wicket.
After Kohli won the toss to bat first, the left-handed Dhawan (4 off 6) was caught at third man by debutant Milinda Pushpakumara on the bowling of fast bowler Vishwa Fernando In 38th over, KL Rahul, who’s now batting in the middle-order owing to the management’s experimentation call-up. The 25-year-old right-handed batsman KL Rahul was dismissed by off-spinner Akila Dananjaya when the former played straight into the hands of de Silva at midwicket after scoring 8-ball seven.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor