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Kohli ton leads India to series whitewash over Sri Lanka
March 24 2018, 11:45 | Alonzo Simpson
File Image of Lasith Malinga from his 2004 debut. Reuters
Excluding a 5-0 victory against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in 2013, India hasn't achieved an ODI series but we can expect to see some miraculous to happen. Otherwise, the contest was incredibly one sided.
First, Kumar bowled Thirimanne in the 39th over, and then in the 42nd over, Mathews attacked Kuldeep Yadav (1-40) only to lob the ball back to MS Dhoni after mishitting it. He's been on top of the list seven times in the past eight years. Bumrah was the most penetrative bower, taking 15 wickets - six clear of the next best - at an average of 11.26.
"We're doing very well in Test cricket, (but) ODIs we didn't win three games in a row before this", said Kohli when asked what the 5-0 result meant for him.
"We wanted to make sure we are challenging ourselves every time we are going out on to the park". "He has really worked on his bowling a lot - especially his length ball, which has picked up more pace". If you go against India, there is one pattern they follow, so people tend to prepare like that.
Welcome to InUth's live digital coverage of India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI in Colombo. The other is the lack of tingle from the bowlers, who have been mere toys for the Indian batsmen in order to play the fame. Although he has been around for few seasons now and batsmen would have seen and studied videos of him, playing him is certainly a tough proposition.
"But I am not thinking about that".
Tharanga was disappointed to have lost again, and said: "It is a very hard time for us".
Not that the wristspinners did poorly either. The latest instalment of that came last night when India chose to field two wrist-spinners, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. When wickets came, they came in the form of a five-for so I'm happy.
Meanwhile, Kohli added another century to his record of most centuries while chasing. Shikhar Dhawan (No. 25) and KL Rahul (No. 2) weren't playing today. Rohit Sharma's astonishing performance, Kohli also collected huge number of runs and MS Dhoni's unique form are the key factors which proved India's batting efforts in this match. Nevertheless, he also had optional that the players will get numerous opportunities so that they will be carrying their roles perfectly. Teams will find it hard to set a pattern against us and we'll always stay ahead of the game or at least try to. That is the only way we can turn things around. With 299 to defend, India won the match by 35 runs.
The will aim for a clean sweep of the entire tour as they prepare for the final ODI at Colombo and the one-off T20I at the same venue, both scheduled to take place in the space of two days.